The number 1 operator in Paracas, with over 12 years of experience in these waters
Cruise to the Islands on board a modern speedboat, life vests are provided for all
All Ballestas Islands tours are conducted with passionate local bilingual guides
The Ballestas Islands are a group of rocky islands located off the Pacific coast near the town of Paracas, and are famous for their abundant wildlife. They are a must-see for all wildlife lovers, as they’re home to thousands of birds and mammals, including penguins, sea lions, and pelicans. The islands are protected, meaning you cannot swim with the animals or walk on the islands themselves, but you will get very close to them by speedboat.
All year round
Frayles Residencial Hotel, Av.Paracas, Paracas
Frayles Residencial Hotel, Av.Paracas, Paracas
08:00 or 10:00
Boarding a speedboat from the town of Paracas, this 2-hour tour will take you to the spectacular Ballestas Islands that are located off the coast of Peru. You will get the opportunity to see the many caves and arches that have eroded over time, providing shelter to thousands of seabirds and sea lions, all the while admiring the amazing scenery of the Paracas peninsula along the way.
20 minutes out from the bay of Paracas we will reach El Candelabro, a large-scale geoglyph similar to those of the Nazca Lines. Here you will have a chance to take some photos, while your guide explains the different theories on who created this enigmatic figure.
From there, we will continue on for another 15 minutes until we reach the famous Ballestas Islands. The Islands are a group of massive rock formations that, due to erosion, have created eye-catching structures, arches and caves. One of those caves is known as the maternity beach for sea lions. Here you will be able to see baby sea lions splashing around with their mothers. You will also be able to observe other animals up close, like penguins, pelicans, guanaes and chiquitas. During the tour of the islands, your guide will explain about the different species seen, and you will have an opportunity to take some amazing photos from up close. After approximately 1 hour, the speed boat will depart the islands and return to the Port of Paracas.
Note: Setting foot on the Islands themselves is forbidden as it is a protected, ecological area. This tour takes place on a speed boat.
Restriction: The operator does not allow babies under 1 year of age on to the tour.
Holidays: In the following festive dates the tour will finish 30 minutes earlier.
April 18th, 19th, 20th
July 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th
07:45 / 09:45
Meet at Frayles Residencial Hotel
08:00 / 10:00
Leave El Chaco Port by speedboat
08:15 / 10:15
First stop to see "The Candelabro"
08:30 / 10:30
Arrive to the Islands
09:30 / 11:30
10:00 / 12:00
Arrive back to El Chaco Port
- Boat trip
- Life jackets
- Tour guide Spanish/English
- Tourist taxes
- Entrance ticket
- Bring a jumper or rainjacket, as the wind at sea can be cold
IMPORTANT: Children under 1 year old can not do the tour-
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 6:00 pm the day before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel the day prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time) or earlier, a 10% administration fee (+ the card fee) will apply. After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
Is it possible to walk on the islands or to go swimming?
The islands are protected, meaning you cannot swim with the animals or walk on the islands themselves, but you will get very close to them by boat. A unique experience for those who have never been to the Galapagos.
Why does the tour start so early?
Due to increasing winds during the course of the day, the tours only depart in the mornings at 8am and 10am, and are available every day of the week. The advised schedule is the 8am tour, for the best weather conditions and wildlife spotting.
Can weather conditions affect the tour?
Yes. This is something beyond our control. Winds and waves tend to get stronger later in the day, and for this reason the tours only leave in the morning when the sea conditions are calmer. Occasionally, the seas can also be too rough in the morning. In such instances, the Navy closes the port of Paracas for safety reasons, and NO operators are permitted to leave. Unfortunately, this is not easily predicted and the decision is made at the port early each morning. If the tour gets cancelled, a full refund will be given.
Is there a pick up?
No, we meet at Frayles Residencial Hotel. Paracas is a tiny village, just a couple of hundred metres long, and Frayles Residencial Hotel is very centrally located.
Is it safe to do the tour?
Absolutely! Life jackets are provided for every passenger on board the speedboat, and the boats have regular maintenance checks to make sure everything is perfect for the tours.
What should I bring to the tour?
It can get chilly on the boat with the sea breeze. It is recommended to bring a wind jacket or jumper to protect yourself from wind/ocean spray. It can also be very sunny, so do not forget your sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen. You should also bring a camera or cell phone to take pictures.
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