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Ballestas Islands

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These islands are known for their many caves and arches that serve as shelter to more than 1500 species of marine birds and a large number of sea lions.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Paracas National Reserve, Pisco, Peru
+51 1 7177500
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Reviewed 4 days ago

To get here the boat takes 1 1/2 hours total and 30 min is riding around the smelly islands with some sea life such as sealions, penguins and lots of birds. The islands smell very bad from the urine from these animals. Not a good...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a nice trip. But a bit touristy. Around 5 or 6 boats loaded with 50 pax each. But was interesting. Nice to see the wildlife

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Marleen V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wouldn’t go there as it’s a huge tourist trap. They ship out hundreds of people to this so called “nature reserve” but how eco-friendly can this be? They go very close to the animals (with the boat, you can’t walk on the islands) which...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank laurasS4352MF
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ballestas Islands – best way to travel is from Paracas Bay waterfront, where one can board a motorboat for a 2-hour tour of the spectacular Ballestas Islands. Home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds, sea lions, cormorants, Inca terns, and Humboldt penguins, the Ballestas Islands...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maria B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ballestas island boat trip is super touristy and seriously impacts wildlife on the islands. Although the bird watching was incredible, I was shocked to see that some boats were driving within a meter of sea lions. Boats continually circled where the sea lions were...More

Date of experience: October 2018
4  Thank greenrover
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the islands boat trip and national park tour through this agency and have no complaints. We were given a great price, far better than other agencies we approached in town. We did the boat trip, had an hour break and then set off...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Laura B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is very interesting and worthwhile boat trip - do expect to get bounced around and wet! The guides only speak Spanish.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank marc s
Reviewed November 10, 2018

you get to see so many animals. different kinds of birds, sealions, crabs and other animals in that island. the boat trip is bumpy but its all worth the fun!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank shilllashillla
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Took the tour from Chanca, near Paracas. Tour took about 2 hours, where we saw dolphins, seals and wildlife, the tour also took in the Candelabra etching on the hill. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bald_Eagle58
Reviewed October 31, 2018

I was a poor man who would have loved to have gone to the Galápagos, so I went. (Even this was a very expensive activity for me, as I’d been working in Peru.) I didn’t see any species that I hadn’t seen in the wild...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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August 26, 2018|
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Response from riverad19 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we only see departure time at 8 or 10 am... but I recommend you to email findlocaltrips or PeruHop because They can provide you alternative hours. we saw multiple locals at the pier and tourist doing reservation same... More
June 14, 2018|
Response from cougfan72 | Reviewed this property |
We were there in April and, yes, I did get a sense there were always penguins there. Fascinating place regardless!
June 14, 2018|
Response from 245marshallp | Reviewed this property |
I went in May and it was pretty good, but really depends on how much rain. So recommend not the rainy season