The fun-filled Ballestas Islands boat tour offers visitors a chance to see a wide range of marine animals,
including endangered Humboldt penguins, fur seals, sea lions, pelicans, crabs, incan terns, cormorants, boobies and other seabirds and marine animals. To preserve the habitat of these animals, stepping onto the islands is forbidden, but from the comfort of our speedboats you will have an excellent view.
During your 2-hour boat tour, you will get close enough to the animals that you could almost touch them, and the animals are neither scared nor concerned by our presence. From the dock at the small fishing town of
Paracas, we will get onboard a modern and well-maintained speedboat and head 10 kilometers west to the Ballestas Islands.
During the Ballestas Islands tour, you will not only see wild animals, but you will also see a mysterious symbol carved into the cliff over 800 years ago. It is called the Candelabra, and noone is sure why it was created. We will also have a chance to see lovely coastal scenery, including cliffs, rock arches, and ocean caves.
For safety reasons, every passenger will be wearing a life jacket. The boats you ride on are designed to have 24 passengers, and there is an english-speaking and spanish-speaking guide onboard to explain the history and biology of this region.
In the 1800s, Europeans discovered that the bird droppings (guano) found at the Ballestas Islands was extremely effective at helping their crops grow, and the value of guano from this region skyrocketed. Soon it was a major industry on Peru's coast, and continued to be an important industry for decades.
We can offer the Ballestas Islands tour with a pickup at your hotel in Paracas, or we can provide transportation from Huacachina or Lima. Send us an email and we will be glad to assist you.
Ballestas Islands Tour Itinerary
The ocean is rough later in the day, so your tour starts early. This itinerary is for those passengers who
get picked up in Paracas. If you are staying at a hotel in Ica or Huacachina, we will pick you up at 6:30 AM. :
Tour itinerary for a visit to the Ballestas Islands
7:45 AM + Pickup at your hotel
7:45 AM - 7:50 AM + Transfer to the dock at El Chaco, Paracas
7:50 AM - 8:10 AM + Pay entrance fee (6 soles), meet your guide, and get into boat
8:10 AM - 10:10 AM + Ballestas Islands tour by boat
10:10 AM - 10:20 AM + Transfer back to Hotel
This tour does not include hotel accomodations, because we want to customize your
tour according to your wishes. We are happy to make reservations on your behalf.
There are many options in Paracas, including 2, 3 4 and 5 star hotels. Contact us for details.
Luxury 5 Star Hotels
Hotel Paracas (previously called Hotel Libertador)
Doubletree Hilton Paracas
Elegant 4 Star Hotels
Hacienda Bahia Paracas
Modern 3 and 2 Star Hotels
Brisas de la Bahia
San Augustin Paracas
What's included in this tour?
- Pickup at your hotel in Paracas
- Transfer to El Chaco dock
- Two-hour Ballestas Islands boat tour
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Seat on a modern, well-maintained boat
- See many animal species, guaranteed!
- Onboard first aid supplies
- Transfer back to your hotel in Paracas
What's not included in this tour?
- Hotel accomodations
- Meals / Snacks / Drinks
- Entrance fee [6 soles per person]
- Transport from Pisco
- Tips for guides or boat driver
- Transport to other locations, unless coordinated with us
Important Information and Recommendations:
- Wait for us in your hotel lobby, on time
- Please wear light clothing (t-shirts, shorts, etc)
- Sunglasses, hats and sunscreen/sunblock are recommended!
- If you want to do the Paracas National Reserve tour afterwards
- please let us know
Why choose us for this tour ?
- High-quality customer service
- Reputation for honesty and reliability
- Flights are onboard the safest airlines
- Excellent prices
Ballestas Tour Prices:
Ballestas Islands Tour
with pickup in Paracas:
One Passenger Two (2)Passengers:
$28 USD $25 USD
Three (3) Passengers: 4+ Passengers
$25 USD $25 USD
* All Prices are listed per person, in US dollars