- duration 9 hours
- tour type Group Tour
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Cruise from Paracas to the famous Ballestas Islands
- View the abundant marine and bird life of the archipelago
- Spot fossils on Playa Roja, a unique beach
Take a boat tour to see the impressive Candelabra geoglyph, Peruvian boobies, Humboldt penguins, and abundant marine life at the Ballestas Islands archipelago. Visit the pristine Paracas Natural Reserve in the afternoon to see La Catedral rock formation and watch flamingos and parihuanas from a breathtaking scenic overlook.
You will be picked up in Huacachina early morning and taken to Paracas for your visit to the Ballestas Islands archipelago. As you cruise west from the tiny beach town of Paracas, you won't be able to miss the Candelabra geoglyph, a 150m high and 50m wide figure of a candlestick etched into the mountain, rumoured to have been an ancient guide for sailors or a connection to the Nazca lines. A short description and time for photos is given before cruising on to the famous Ballestas Islands.
Ballestas islands is an excellent opportunity to see large families of over 100 sea lions sleeping on the shores, basking in the sun on the rocks or some barking loudly in efforts to protect their territory. Spot cormorants, the Peruvian booby and Peruvian pelican as well as other impressive varieties of sea bird species and Humboldt penguins nesting together in small groups. Feeling lucky? Watch the waters for dolphins.
Apart from the abundant marine and bird life found here, the Ballestas Islands are also very well known for the guano (seabird droppings) deposited on the island over thousands of years which creates a natural reserve of nitrogen-rich fertilizer over 50 meters deep in some areas. The guano came to be Peru's #1 export in the mid-19th century however today the extraction of guano has been regulated to every 10 years.
The return trip to Paracas is a quick, very windy, direct boat ride to the dock. Upon arrival, your first tour comes to an end. You should have some time to take photos of the friendly pelicans that hang out on the shoreline beside the dock. Then make your way to the same departure point for your next tour.
We will then depart to the Paracas National Reserve for a guided tour through this pristine natural reserve. Visit the Mirador de Flamencos or Parihuanas and see ‘La Catedral’ rock formation created by wind and sea erosion. See the Playa Roja, unique to the Peruvian coast with fossils of ancient marine life. End your trip at Playa Lagunillas for lunch and time to enjoy the beach before returning to the town of Paracas where your trip will come to an end in the afternoon.
- Ballestas Islands boat ride
- Paracas national reserve tour
- English-speaking guides
- Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve Entrance Fees
- Entrance Fee for Huacachina Tour
- Transfers to/from bus stations
- Taxi from Ica to Huacachina
- Meals & Drinks
- Tour Leader
- Personal Expenses
- Tips for guides
- Travel Insurance
- Optional gratuities
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A deposit of 11 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 89 days before departure. For any departures within 15 January 2020 full payment is required.Travel Insurance
Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve Day Trip (from Huacachina) tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve Day Trip (from Huacachina) tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.Other Practical Information
Make sure you bring adequate clothing to keep you protected from the cool ocean air, the sun and spray from the sea. Bring a pair of binoculars to get a closer look at the birds and sea lions. If you are prone to motion sickness, you should take medication about a half-hour before you board.