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Islas Ballestas

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  • Average5%
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“boat trip”(56 reviews)
If you are travelling on a cruise and passes through Paracas, don't miss this opportunity and visit the Ballestas islands. This tour is for all visitors who are landing at San Martin Port where you can enjoy a half day trip around the beautiful...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Paracas 11660, Peru
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

1) Depending on the weather boats leave at 8.00, 10.00 and 11.00. After 12 p.m. the wind gets too strong. In fact the last 2 boats can easily get cancelled, so my advice is to aim at 8 a.m. Don't book in advance, it's super...More

4  Thank Валентина Ш
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

If I could give no stars I would. We waited 30mins before we could depart. Within 2 minutes of leaving the pier the boat engine started breaking down. There were too many people squeezed into the boat, there weren't enough seats and one family was...More

6  Thank Rosie S
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All reviews sea lions boat trip humboldt penguins on the rocks trip takes wear a hat bird life life jackets bird poo high speed amazing wildlife their natural habitat species of birds clams star fish nice trip worth the trip
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Love this place you will see different kinds of wildlife animals. Especially sea lions, penguins, different kinds of birds.

Thank Kneat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was fine, I don’t mind that we did it but I wouldn’t do it again. The sea lions were cool but it was mostly birds which I don’t care about. Also, they warn you to wear a hat because the birds are constantly flying...More

Thank michaelaU6447FI
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent boat tour. Saw lots of penguins, sea lions, enormous quantities of birds and enough guano for a lifetime. A must visit.

Thank NLR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful natural sites in the world. Unfortunately there are a lot of boats on the way and disturb the animals living on the islands. Use suncream bevor visit.

Thank danielmY6627RC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in seeing seabirds, sea lions and penguins, then this is the trip for you. We took a most enjoyable trip directly from our hotel near Paracus. In addition to the wildlife, the scenery is quite spectacular with rugged cliffs, sea caves,...More

Thank 53Shadrach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good boat tour with many birds, seals and Peruvian penguin sighting. Very rocky boat when stopped in the waves by the islands for wildlife viewing.

Thank Gertrude B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is generally not mentioned in the tourist guides - that said, it is a place which shouldn't be left out - extremely beautiful and full of wildlife. The boats cost 30 soles per person and 16 soles extra for tax. Please check in...More

Thank udai113
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great trip to the Islas Ballestas. James was organizing everything perfect. He also booked other tours in peru for us and was always very helpful. If we had questions concerning peru he was always reachable and helped us a lot. Thank you...More

Thank Gerl J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Abundant wildlife. Must-see. Especially bird life will wow you. So much life all around you. Ps. Wear sunscreen. Even early morning

Thank janmanden
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Must visit when in paracas esp the speed boat ride out to view the sea lions , penguins dancing and flicking towards the direction of the speed boat plus other hoards of birds. If lucky can see pelicans too. Advise to depart in the morning...More

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10 April 2018|
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Response from Rosemary B | Reviewed this property |
We booked in advance. The boat has a limited number of seats - maybe 20 - there were actually two boats that left at the same time. But I would highly recommend booking before hand - I think through your hotel. We stayed... More
8 April 2018|
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Response from Chris C | Reviewed this property |
Sorry taking so long to answer. Above answers are correct. We took a guided tour so the local tour is packaged.
Nathan Q
6 December 2017|
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Response from LanceNiederhaus | Reviewed this property |
Our trip was in June, one of the coolest months of the year. The flamingos were on the beach in front of the hotel all day long. The boat trip was mid morning for about 3-4 hours and we saw wildlife the entire time. We... More