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From Paracas: Scenic Boat Tour to Ballestas Island

4.5 / 5

54 reviews

Activity provider: LAS ADVENTURE
Water activity

From Paracas: Scenic Boat Tour to Ballestas Island

Activity provider: LAS ADVENTURE

From US$ 25 per person

Experience the singular beauty of the Ballestas Islands. Witness playful seals and penguins along the rocky shores. Uncover the mystery of the Candelabro.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Audio guide included
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Please, arrive 15min before the activity starts at your hotel lobby. All our pick up are from your hotel or home address within Paracas town and Pisco city. If you are staying in another town which is not listed, please call us +51 945 716 329 to arrange a pick up with an additional cost.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the stunning region often referred to as "Peru's Galapagos"
  • Watch collections of thousands of sea lions playing on the rocks
  • Gaze upon the diverse marine life of Ballestas Islands
Full description
After a convenient hotel pickup from either Paracas or Pisco, head to the Marina Turistica to start your islands adventure. Board a speedboat with your bilingual, Spanish and English-speaking guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Along the way, stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabro, an enigmatic glyph carved into the side of the island — whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Afterwards, continue onwards towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores, filled to the brim with sunbathing seals and penguins diving into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface — all alongside other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. A protected habitat for the wide swathe of birds and sea-life that call these islands home, Ballestas is truly one of Peru’s natural treasures — and a speedboat tour around their shores is the best way to see the islands, and all they have to offer, up close.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Paracas and Pisco
  • Boat tour
  • Bilingual guide in English/Spanish
  • Entrance fee to Ballestas Islands (16 soles)
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Babies under 1 year

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The 16 Soles entrance fee to the Ballestas Island is paid locally at the harbor main gate, in cash. It is recommended that you bring some Peruvian Soles for the payment of the fee. Please inform the activity provider with details for the pickup or meeting point if you are coming by your own car or local bus
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 54 reviews

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Una muy bonita experiencia, Las Adventure se hizo cargo de recogernos, guardar el equipaje y llevarnos al muelle. La comunicación y la ayuda fue excelente. El tour dura 2 hrs total (30mins ida y 30mins vuelta hasta las islas). No se vieron muchos pingüinos pero sí lobos marinos y muchas aves, la guía fue muy informativa. Importante llevar sombrero con amarre porque el viento es fuerte en el camino hacia las islas.

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March 31, 2023

Joel was awesome! From just the excellent customer service & knowledge that Joel provided, to transportation, to the boat ride - everything was flawless! I would 10/10 recommend Joel & this whole activity to anyone & everyone. Can't say enough great things!

March 31, 2023

The experience was amazing and the service was excellent ! We could observe wildlife of the Balletas islands very closely and learn more about the Paracas culture, Juan was very nice and helpful with everything, and offered to plan the following days of our trip, giving us good tips and contacts in other cities !! We recommend 200% !!! We will definitely use GetYourGuide again :) thanks again Juan !

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March 31, 2023

Product ID: 246182