About 3:30 hours south of Lima, the Ballestas Islands are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peru for lovers of marine wildlife, birds, and beautiful rock formation sceneries.
These small islands, also called the “Poor Man’s Galapagos” because of how cheap it is to visit them and their wildlife experience, are an important sanctuary for marine fauna like the guanay guano bird, the blue-footed booby and the tendril. Other species include zarcillos, Humboldt Penguins, fur seals, and sea lions, amongst other mammals – all coexisting in their natural habitat.
Another interesting sight on the Ballestas Islands tour is the mysterious Paracas Candelabra, carved hundreds of years ago in the desert sandy hills facing the sea.
Here is a photo essay of my experience on the Ballestas Islands boat tour:
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The cost of the tour is around 45 soles ($15 dollars) and starts at 7:30am. If you want to include transportation from Huacachina, it will cost around 60 soles ($20 dollars), and departs at 6:30am. The Paracas dock charges a tax of 1 sol per person.