How to visit the Islas Ballestas – a wildlife’s paradise – in Peru and what to expect?
This photo gallery and short guide should answer all of your questions and give you a first taste of what it’s like.

1st of November, 2017
13°43'59.9"S 76°23'52.5"W

 

THE PERUVIAN GALAPAGOS

The Paracas National Reserve is home to one of the largest sea-lion colonies in the world as well as numerous birds. On a visit to the close by Islas Ballestas (the “Peruvian Galapagos”) you can see Humboldt penguins, sea-lions, dolphins and many species of birds such as pelicans or cormorants. The Paracas National Reserve was established in 1975 and is important for the protection of marine and bird life.

HOW TO GET THERE

You can start the tour from Paracas (or Pisco or Ica) which is 260km south of Lima (3hours 30mins by bus) and 214km north of Nazca (3hours by bus). Several buses run in both directions daily.
In order to visit the Ballestas Islands, the only way is by taking an organized tour. The boat tours depart between 08:00 and 10:30 and last about 2 hours.

The local travel agencies offer the tours including the visit to the Paracas Reserve right after the boat trip to the Ballestas Islands. A good way to combine both.

Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Geoglyph - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Geoglyph - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Penguins - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Penguins - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Sea-Lion - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Sea-Lion - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Pelican - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Pelican - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Sea-Lion - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Sea-Lion - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Sea-Lion - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Dolphin - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Sea-Lion - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Pelican - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Sea-lion - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Sea-lion - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans
Sea-lion - Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans

Looking for more information about Peru?
Find here Our top things to do and see in Peru apart from Machu Picchu our Fact Sheet to Peru or another photo gallery about The cliffs of Lima.

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Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Peru - The Peruvian Galapagos - Perfect to observe wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins, Sea-lions or Pelicans

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  • Love your blog style. 🙂 Glad I stumbled upon your page. I’m visiting Peru next month and super psyched about visiting Isla Ballestas. Great photos.

    • Maud & Jonas says:

      Hey there 🙂
      Thanks so much! I was already writing you this on Instagram, feel free to get in contact if you need some tips and advices for Peru!
      Just checked your blog as well! Refreshingly different as well 🙂

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