BALLESTAS ISLANDS TOUR
SEE PENGUINS, SEA LIONS, FUR SEALS AND LOTS OF SEABIRDS ON THIS BOAT TOUR. AND
ALSO SEE THE MYSTERIOUS SYMBOL CARVED INTO THE CLIFF CENTURIES AGO
The Ballestas Islands is a vibrant and colorful wildlife sanctuary that is filled with wild birds and mammals, including
sea lions, fur seals, and endangered Humboldt penguins. During this two hour boat tour you will come face-to-face with
these animals in their natural habitation while you are onboard a speedboat. On rare occasions, it is even possible to see
dolphins and whales. Obviously, this tour is a spectacular choice for animal lovers and birdwatchers.
In addition to the animals named above, a wide range of seabirds also call these rocky islands their home. You may see and hear pelicans, boobies, red-footed Guanay cormorants, and many other types of birds.
Early in the 20th century, the guano (bird droppings) from all these birds was collected and sold as fertilizer. Due to the vast quantities of this valuable substance, this became a major source of revenue for businesses on the coast.
During this tour, you can observe a mysterious geoglyph, similar to the Nazca Lines, that was carved into the face of a cliff over 1,000 years ago. This symbol is called The Candelabra, and it remains the source of much speculation and debate. It likely was created by the Paracas tribe living in the coast at that time, for reasons unknown.
For this tour we can pick up passengers in PARACAS, or we can pick them up in HUACACHINA / ICA and transport them to Paracas. For pricing for these options, see below.
Ballestas Islands photographs
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR:
+ Pickup at your hotel in PARACAS or HUACACHINA / ICA depending on the price you selected
+ Transport to the dock in Paracas
+ Two-hour Ballestas Islands boat tour, with english-speaking tour guide
+ High-quality speedboat that has been well-maintained and is in excellent condition
+ Life jacket and other nautical safety / emergency equipment
+ Entrance fee (13 soles per person)
+ Tips for the pilot or guide (optional)