Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve (Full Day)

Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve (Full Day)

The National Reserve of Paracas includes both the coastal land area and bay and part of the Pacific Ocean where the Humboldt Current converts it into one of the riches seas on the planet.We’ll start by visiting the Ballestas Islands, home to more than 150 species of marine birds and colonies of hundreds of endangered Humboldt Penguins, fur seals, sealions, and endangered marine otters, all jostling for space on the rocks. From January to March the sealion population grows even greater as baby sealions are born. Occasional dolphin packs pass through the waters, and with special luck one might have the chance to see an endangered Andean Condor, the world’s largest bird of flight, or a humpback whale. From there we’ll return to the subtropical desert of the Paracas Peninsula, named for the strongest winds of the coast, known as “Paraca”, with its beaches, desert vistas, fishing villages providing spectacular scenery, especially for birdwatchers, than

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  • CategoryCultural
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Birds on the rocks in Paracas Reserve in Ica, Peru, near Lim
Sea Lion on the rocks of Ballestas Island in Paracas Reserve
Boat trip through the Paracas Reserve in Ica, Peru, near Lim
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Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve (Full Day)
1 Day Program

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Paracas Port - Ballestas - Paracas Reserve - Interpretation Center

We’ll meet at 8am in the port of Chaco in Paracas, from where we’ll set off for the rocky outcrops known as the Ballestas Islands. It takes 30 minutes to arrive at the Ballestas by motorboat. Along the way we’ll stop so that you can get a good view of El Candelabro, a large mysterious geoglyph etched into cream-colored rock. Its origin and purpose is unknown, although some have theorized that it is a road marker pointing towards the Nazca Lines. 

Once we arrive at the Ballestas Islands, you’ll be able to see from the eroded twisting arches and tunnels why they were named after archers’ bows. The islands are crowded with different marine life colonies, including hundreds upon hundreds of playful sea lions and endangered Humboldt Penguins, as well as fur seals, endangered marine otters, thousands of migratory birds, some providing the guano upon which Peru’s economy was once based, and passing dolphins. Occasionally one might be lucky enough to spy a passing Andean Condor, also endangered and the world’s largest bird of flight, or humpback whale.

Along the half-hour return trip there’ll be some great birdwatching opportunities thanks to the magic of the Humboldt Current, which flows from Antarctica to the warm and shallow waters of the Peruvian coast, enriching phytoplankton and thereby stimulating an ecological food-chain supporting the largest concentration of birds on earth.

We’ll then continue with the land portion of our trip, shifting to the Paracas National Reserve at around 11:00am. Two thirds of the reserve is ocean, with the remaining segment being desert coast. We’ll spend about four hours exploring the land area of the reserve, which provides refuge to thousands of resident and migratory birds. Saltgrass and a small Chañar forest dominate the northern zone and exotic tillansias bloom in the fertile areas rece

What's included on this day?

  • Transport In/Out
  • Fast Motorboat
  • Lifevests
  • Professional Bilingual Guide
  • Entry to the Paracas Reserve

What's not included on this day?

  • Transport to the Port of Choco
  • Meals
  • Discretionary Spending

Additional information of this tour

Tour Includes:

  • Transport In/Out
  • Fast Motorboat
  • Lifevests
  • Professional Bilingual Guide
  • Port Tax
  • Entry to the Paracas Reserve

Not Included:

  • Transport to the Port of Choco
  • Meals
  • Discretionary Spending

Recommended for this tour:

You’ll want to bring a sweater and windbreaker, hat for sun and birds, sunscreen, and water bottle.


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