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Islas Ballestas

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If you are travelling on a cruise and passes through Paracas, don't miss this opportunity and visit the Ballestas islands. This tour is for all visitors who are landing at San Martin Port where you can enjoy a half day trip around the beautiful Islands. You will be able to spot thousands of marine species such as, penguins, sea lions, sea birds, dolphins and many other species.
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“sea lions” (264 reviews)
“boat trip” (52 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Paracas 11660, Peru
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"sea lions"
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"boat trip"
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"humboldt penguins"
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"on the rocks"
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"amazing wildlife"
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"their natural habitat"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a fun trip. Make sure you have a boat with a cover. There are literally thousands of birds. It was a fun day.

Thank AJ0208
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had an amazing experience visiting Islas Ballestas with Pisco Travel. The guide was really friendly and full of knowledge. Fluent English. Pisco Travel also arranged a tour in the Paracas National Reserve with a good guide, transfer to Huacachina after and a Dune Buggy...More

Thank Johannes N
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Take a boat tour to admire these amazing islands from up close. We saw huge crowds of birds, sea lions and even pinguins. The experience is very unique. Please note there is no getting off the boat - the boats just cruise slowly around the...More

Thank Martin J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ballestas islands, called so due up the arch formations, are a sight to behold if you are as nature lover We saw thousands of birds of differing species (peruvian pelicans, inca terns, guanos etc) , bunch of sea lions playing around, humboldt penguins going...More

Thank Ashish G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When in Paracas what else is there to do, but visit Islas Ballestas for a couple of hours. It was interesting. We went at 10 which was perfectly fine. The ocean was still calm. Tour guide at least did not try to BS her way...More

Thank Gonzowuz
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a boat trip there that lasted 2 hours. While there we have seen sea lions, seagulls, endemic penguins and seals.

Thank Maksim M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We headed out in a covered craft. Not really prepared. I would recommend warm clothing, head gear and sunglasses. Our craft had a great narrator who filled us in on history, fun and fact and especially where to spot birds, sea lions,Nasca lines, even people!...More

Thank coqui_coqui_jet
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a morning boat ride with a guide out to the islands stopping to hear the theories about the flower/ candelabra lines cut into a slope on part of the peninsula. Thousands of birds populate the islands, including Peruvian Pelicans, Red-legged Cormorants, Inca Terns...More

Thank LeeD0412
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took this tour though Latin American Secrets (Mr Jose Luis Doloriert Macedo ) and Mr Joel (51-945716329). They first show you the Candelbra and then take you to the Island and it gets over in 2 hours. So if you are in Paracas, then...More

Thank Sparkle77123
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took a trip on the La Hacienda Bahia boat that docked at the hotel pier It was a great trip as everything was organized and interesting. The trip is about two hours which was just enough time to enjoy the wildlife but not too...More

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Holidav
April 9, 2018|
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Response from Rosemary B | Reviewed this property |
We booked in advance. The boat has a limited number of seats - maybe 20 - there were actually two boats that left at the same time. But I would highly recommend booking before hand - I think through your hotel. We stayed... More
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April 8, 2018|
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Response from LanceNiederhaus | Reviewed this property |
Our trip was in June, one of the coolest months of the year. The flamingos were on the beach in front of the hotel all day long. The boat trip was mid morning for about 3-4 hours and we saw wildlife the entire time. We... More
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