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Ballestas Island Tour Sightseeing Boat

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    What to Expect
    The tour begins at the craft and tourist dock of El Chaco where we board our skimmer and observe in principle the type of boats that are used in the two main activities in the district of Paracas: tourism and fishing. The latter generates income to a large part of the population who daily go to sea for fish but mostly crustaceans and mollusks such as snails, razor clams (navajas), clams, and the well-known fan shells (conchas de abanico) that upon arrival of the child's current they reproduce and grow considerably -in the years 1982 to 1984 we had one of the phenomena of the child (el niño) with greater intensity in recent years unleashing one of the largest economic movements in the area. We sail through the Bay of Paracas and see the largest peninsula we have in Peru.

    We stop then at the North Point of the peninsula of Paracas to watch, photograph and film the Candelabrum where the tour guide in brief will explain about the measures, materials of the area and its possible origin. The navigation continues and after approximately 15 minutes from the Candelabra you reach the Ballestas Islands where there is a great biodiversity thanks to the Humboldt Current and the upwelling phenomenon as well as other factors such as the sun and winds. Those who love birdwatching will find a lot of these as: seagulls, terns, boobies, cormorants, pelicans, vultures and Humboldt penguins - it is understood that nature has constant changes and some of this species of birds may not be present in a few days-.  You will also see crustaceans, echinoderms, mollusks, seaweed and others. Interesting to know is that the islands are the remains of an ancient mountain range of the coast that some 9 million years ago sank and separated from the coast.

    Definitely the star of the tour is the sea wolf or sea lion who steals the attention of everyone for the curiousness of their behavior - they sleep, "pose for the cameras", or simply socialize and live without problems because they occupy the top of the food chain in the area without natural predators; Our summer is the time of reproduction of them. The constant fights are seen by females and territories besides the newborn babies who fill the atmosphere with a special touch to the call of their mothers.

    The guano of islands is a special subject, see it, smell it and sometimes even get it in our clothes is a different experience. Just imagining the arduous work from remote years to the present makes us think about the importance of this bird dejection in the country's economy and its contribution to world agriculture in times of population growth and lack of fertilizers for their farmland and thus cover the demand for food on our planet.

     The return becomes relaxing and enjoying the sea breeze is a natural anti stress.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Paracas Explorer Office
    Departure Time
    Daily Departures:
    • From 08:00 hrs. to 10:00 hrs. (2 hours)
    • From 10:00 hrs. to 12:00 hrs. (2 hours)
    Return Details
    El Chaco Dock
    • Driver/guide
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup (Paracas)
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • On this tour you should bring sun block to avoid sun burning, sunglasses and a cap, also bring warm clothing because it gets very windy once the boat gets in motion.
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 135 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 September 2019 via mobile

    The islands are impressive and we saw a ton of wildlife. The explanations were very good in Spanish and in English. The sea wasn't too rough on the way to the islands so we didn't feel seasick. We highly recommend taking this 2 hours tour.

    2  Thank mabre130
    Reviewed 20 July 2019

    Booked a 2h trip through findlocaltrips.com to see the wildlife of the Ballestas Islands in May 2019. We were able to time this to coincide with the Peru Hop buses we were using as they actually sell this trip on board so we didn’t need...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Explore617985
    Reviewed 11 July 2019

    Our tour agency that took care of all our trip in Peru booked also the trips in Paracas and Ica through Paracas Explorer. We had the local pick-ups from the bus to the hotel and back. When we arrived the driver was on time however...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Justine_Sade
    Reviewed 10 July 2019

    Went on a 2 hour boat tour to in May 2019 to see the wildlife of the Ballestas islands, mostly sea birds (including some penguins) and sea lions. The boats are open, so we were lucky to have a nice sunny day -- but be...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank graeme_uk_78
    Reviewed 21 May 2019 via mobile

    We booked three activities there, the isla balestas tour, the mini-buggie sand tour and rented 2 bikes! the staff in the agency speaked fluent english, was very helpful and was able to answer all of our questions! For the isla balestas tour we got past...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank N3537WOthomasg
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    9 August 2019|
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    Response from la_viajera_constanta | Reviewed this property |
    Agree with Discodiva - the morning is better. My driver usually turned the boat so people on both sides got a view but agree that left side is better for having a guaranteed good view. Enjoy!
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