The Ballestas Islands, considered to be the “Peruvian Galapagos”, are home to an amazing roster of protected species, including huge colonies of sea lions, Humboldt's penguins, red boobies, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, turkey vultures, red-footed cormorants, and neo-tropic cormorants. The vast amount of resident and migratory sea birds enables the production of “Guano”, or bird droppings. The Ballestas Islands contain narrow gorges and beautiful desert landscapes.
These spectacular Islands eroded into many caves and arches, providing shelter for thousands of seabirds and hundreds of sea-lions. Although the Islands fall just outside the Paracas National Reserve, they are protected by separate legislation. The Islands are home to over 150 species of marine birds including the Humboldt penguin, cormorants, boobies and pelicans. Even condors have been known to visit. On the shores a large numbers of sea-lions can be seen and in the sea it is possible to encounter dolphins and even whales depending on the season.
The only way to get to the Islands is by taking a two hour organized tour by speedboat accompanied by a guide. Boats depart between 08:00 and 10:00 from the fishing jetty at El Chaco port by the village of Paracus.


You will enjoy a two hour tour sailing the waters of the Pacific Ocean over a motor boat. On the way you will see thousands of sea birds inhabiting the islands; you will also see many sea lions and Humboldt’s penguins around. 

  • Duration 
  • Two hours
  • Activity Type  
  • Nature
  • Transport
  • Motor boat
  • Level 
  • Easy

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