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Ballestas Islands: Tours & Tickets

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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.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Paracas National Reserve, Pisco, Peru
+51 1 7177500
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked our tour through Ventura and would use them every time they were delightful to work with. We Found them at the Paracas Resort Hotel.The Island is amazing to say the least, it is a National Park and should be. Seeing these birds and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Richard A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trip started at around 8.15 am. Well organized. Nice boats with life jackets and a bilingual guide. Our guide was very knowledgeable. We started by looking at the candlebra a geoglyph. There are multiple Ballestas islands which are rocky outcrops. I was surprised then...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Ravi S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very inexpensive 2 hr total trip. Approx 25 min each way in a speed boat. Did not need a poncho. Was on a peru hop tour, so we did the 8am trip, then the 11am national reserve 2 hr trip before catching our bus out...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank nichols96
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is really nice visiting the islands. It is about 2 hours total. You'll see different sea birds, cute penguins and sea lions. It is great for people who love watching animals.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank seankay86
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

They say there may be 750,000 cormorants nesting on Islas Ballestas. I believe them. More birds in a few hours than I may have seen in my life before this. Most interesting how the birds compete with the sea lions and the sea lions compete...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Ozarkers
Reviewed August 1, 2019 via mobile

Had a great time on this tour! Full day of activities and the staff was great. The tour operator was quick to answer my questions. Would recommend to anyone looking to visit those regions in one day from Lima.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Y463QZcarolineb
Reviewed July 28, 2019

We took the 2 hour boat ride to Ballestas Islands, we saw 3 penguins way up on the rock, lots of birds and sea lions sunning themselves. We come from the coast so we see sea lions all the time so it wasn't particularly exciting...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019

This is a lovely half day excursion to see some fabulous rock formations and the wildlife which lives there. We saw vulcans, pelicans, sea lions and penguins. Which apparently not everyone sees as they are seasonal in their appearances. The birds covervthe rocky formations without...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Beki64
Reviewed July 11, 2019

We took the 8am trip to the islands on a cloudy day. We went in May and I actually appreciated the fact it was cloudy as the boat is open and I am guessing when the sun is out you can easily get burned. It...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Justine_Sade
Reviewed June 19, 2019

We had a wonderful boat tour of these "Poor Man's Gallapagos" - it was a beautiful day and we saw lots of wildlife, including penguins! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the photos we took were "National Geographic- worthy"!

Date of experience: May 2019
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Tanya S
February 7, 2019|
Response from darian s | Reviewed this property |
Yes that bus has a depot in walking distance to where the boats depart from. We walked from bus depot after coming from Lima on same bus, walked to hotel and walked for the boat trip. Enjoy!
Tanya S
January 27, 2019|
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Response from laurasS4352MF | Reviewed this property |
I did both - Peruhop and booking by myself on the spot. Definitley preferred doing the booking myself. It keeps you super flexible and the buses in peru are clean and on time, plus it’s way cheaper than Peruhop. The boat... More
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