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From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

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Experience the singular beauty of two of Peru's natural treasures. Float by one of the world's largest colonies of sea lions. Explore deserts and craggy cliffs — all right next to the ocean.

Highlights

  • Visit the stunning region often referred to as 'Peru's Galapagos'
  • Watch collections of thousands of sea lions and penguins basking on Ballestas Island
  • Explore the otherworldly landscape of Paracas National Reserve
  • Gaze upon the ocean while standing in a stark desert

Description

After a convenient hotel pickup from either Paracas or Pisco, head to the Marina Turistica to start your 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. You’ll then return to the Marina Turistica for a drive to Paracas National Reserve. An almost alien landscape, the Paracas National Reserve is composed of vast, sprawling deserts and high sandstone cliffs directly next to the bright, blue ocean. Driving through the reserve, see the Cathedral, an area where a vast rock formation once stood before being destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake. Your tour caps things off with visits to Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach, two stunning maroon-sand beaches that are truly one-of-a-kind. Having seen some of the world's most unique natural features, flora, and fauna, you'll hop back in the car for a convenient transfer back to your hotel.

Includes

Hotel pickup and drop-off in Paracas and Pisco Bilingual guide in English/Spanish Boat tour to Ballestas Islands Private vehicle for Paracas Reserve tour Water, soft drink, coffee, or tea
Entrances fee for adults (22 Peruvian Soles per person; in cash only) Entrances fee for kids (16 Peruvian Soles per person; in cash only) Meals and alcoholic drinks Personal expenses Optional gratuities

Important Information

  • The Entrance Fees to the Ballestas Island and Paracas National Reserve are paid locally at harbor main gate - cash only, so it is recommended that you bring some Peruvian Soles for the payment of the local fee.

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