Ballestas Islands
Ballestas Islands
4.5
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Phoenix16,678 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Mixed feelings about this excursion - All boats are not equal. One had a covering for a roof and easy to enter and exit. Others had no roof, very difficult to enter and exit boat - employees helped a few and then wandered off! Need to improve the ability to enter and exit before someone gets hurt. You must take huge steps up and down and step across an opening. A little intimidating to say the least.
The actual boat ride was fun and amazing where we saw penguins and lots of wildlife, and the Candelabra geoglyph. Loved that.
However at the end we once again faced the dilemma of getting off the boat with little to no help. This must be corrected! Someone is getting to get hurt doing this and spoil their vacation.
Written 8 January 2024
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MariaBhandari
189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Went there with a travel group. People between 28 and 40 years old. Great experience, we were very lucky to see a lot of wildlife, including penguins, which we were told it was a rare sight at that time of the year. We enjoyed all the explanation from the tour guide and learned a lot about the guano and how it has helped the Peruvian economy. I would definitely recommend a visit, really worth it!
Written 11 February 2024
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drew d
Beacon, NY525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We took a local local guide to the islands and learned so much about the various birds, boobies, pelicans, terns, etc; saw MILLIONS of them; saw seals and dolphins as well. Very educational of how the guano is gathered and used as fertilizer. Great trips!
Written 3 July 2022
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for the Love of Travel
Jackson, WY142 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
The island is just bird poop. We saw one penguin, 4 sea lions and a blue footed boobie.
The tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. Except for the fact that she told us we might get “sprayed” a little. Get to the boat early and sit in the font. Unless you want to look like this…..
Written 26 October 2021
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GyFlo
Budapest, Hungary305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
You will definitely need these: sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and a cardigan.
luckily we went to the islands with a covered boat, because the sun has power. In other words, despite the strong wind, you can easily get burned.

On the way we stopped to see the Candelabra of the Andes, a huge geoglyph whose origins are still unknown.
The Ballestas Islands are full of life: seagulls, seals, penguins, cormorants and many other species of birds.

Be prepared for the strong smell of guano left by the birds that live there. But the clear water and the view of the wonderful islands make up for it all.
Written 24 December 2022
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gailnnels
williamsburg MA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
We were in Lima for 4 days and wanted to see the Ballestas Islands. In our hotel lobby, we found a brochure from "Peru Smile" and saw that they were offering this trip. We called them and a rep. arrived shortly at our hotel so that we could do the booking. We arranged to do this trip the following day. Jorge Fernandez arranged everything for us. The price for the entire trip was $89 pp. He picked us up at 3:15 am to bring us to the bus station (Cruz de Sur) for our 4 am departure. The bus was very comfortable with reclining seats, pillow and blankets. A small breakfast was provided. Once we arrive in Paracus, a driver brought us to the port and we boarded our boat along with approx 40 others. Life jackets were provided - the boat was immaculate. We saw the islands and all of the birds and penguins and then were transported back to the port. We had lunch (on our own) and shopped until the appointed pick up time and then were brought back to the bus station. When we arrived back in Lima, Jorge, was there to bring us back to our hotel even though this was not part of the plan. If you are looking for a hastle free way to see the islands call Peru Smile and ask for Jorge, you will have a fabulous day.
Written 4 December 2011
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Josephrobin
Tokyo, Japan29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Overall
Ballestas islands are absolutely gorgeous. Get yourself here.

From where?
They can be done as a day trip from Lima or Ica combined with the Paracas national park or you can choose to stay in paracas itself -sleepy little beachside town with a range of low end to high end hotels

What will you see?
Depending on the time of years - multiple things. On our trip we saw humboldt penguins, Sea lions, Seals, Blue footed boobys, pelicans and other exotic birdlife that the tour guide will point out. You also see gorgeous rock formations and islands full of guano.

How much will it cost?
The cheapest for us was booking from the hostel we stayed at - 20 soles per person + 15 soles park fee (combined for ballestas and paracas national park) + 2 soles dock fee. At the time of writing, it worked out to around USD13 per person. If you book from a bigger tour operator, you can end up paying around 40 soles++
Written 12 July 2014
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MariannaCND
Cusco, Peru39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
The two hours long speed boat ride take you to the rocky islands, inhabited by millions of birds-pelicans, penguins, blue foot boobies. You ride very close to sea lions colonies. It is a great half a day trip. Wear lots of sun screen and bring a hat and a windbreaker!
Written 3 April 2014
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sjaf_xo
Clermont-Ferrand, France967 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
Although it is overlooked by many tourists who go to Peru to do the main tourist track (Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno), this is definitely a highly recommend place to go by an local!

We took a Cruz del Sur bus from Lima and spent the night in Paracas. Our hostel arranged for us to have a tour of both the Ballestas Islands and the Reserva Nacional for 45 Soles each plus a 5 sole (give or take) fee for each for the park entrance.

For this trip you will remain on the boat at all times as they cannot land on any island so bring a windbreaker or sweater as it does get quite windy on the speedboats.

On this trip you will be able to see the Candelabra which is a geoglyph (like crop circle in sand) and see the abundant wildlife on the Ballestas Islands. The Ballestas Islands are filled with thousands of birds, penguins, sea lions and if you're lucky I was told you can see dolphins!

The whole tour last about 3 hours but my biggest recommendation is if possible make sure you are on the LEFT SIDE of the boat. I sat on the right with my brother and my boyfriend sat on the left and the people on the right were scrambling to get those amazing photographic shots. The boat does not turn around to give equal advantages to both sides and the left gets all the benefits!
Written 14 September 2013
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Andra079
Tallinn, Estonia86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Solo
First I would like to tell to everybody who is planning to visit islands - instead of staying in Pisco, would be much more reasonable to stay in Paracas village. Who is following Lonely Planet, then in South American version there is no hint about Paracas and I did`nt find hostels from Hostelworld but hostels are there and waiting for tourists:)
Paracas is right on the beach and there are many hostels which are even cheaper then in Pisco. However Paracas is small and quiet place, Pisco has nightclubs if you are for parties. All boats leaving from Paracas, so if you are for islands only, it`s better to stay in Paracas.
About islands - tour boats leaving all from same place and doing same tour around the islands. We saw Humboldt penquins, sea lions and thousands of other birds, so it was cool. Annoying was that all boats going same time and so it`s a bit crowded around those rocks.
Written 29 April 2012
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