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.
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