Ballestas Islands + Paracas National Reserve From Lima (Small Group)

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 13 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    Between 4am and 4:30am Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    1: Lima District, Peru
    2: San Isidro, Peru
    3: Miraflores, Peru
    4: Barranco, Peru
    Traveler pickup is offered
    All our prices included pick up and drop off to your hotel or Apartament only.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Paracas is a national reserve located south of Lima. It is home to the famous and amazing Ballestas Islands where you will see a lot of lovely families of sea lions, amazing bird-life and tiny penguins. The atmosphere is great with a big variety of rocky formations and big variety of birds which will change as you see the islands by boat.


  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free snacks included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • All entrance fees included

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A tour guide along with a professional driver will pick you up from your hotel at approximately 4:00 in the morning to begin this 15-hour tour. From there, you will drive for about 3.5 hours to reach Chaco's port in Pisco town. Here, you'll be helped to board a boat and start your sightseeing cruise of the famous Ballestas Islands. The tour takes around 2.5 hours and you will see a lot of lovely families of sea lions, amazing bird-life and tiny penguins. Enjoy the scenery and surroundings and admire the rocky formations and variety of wildlife.

After your tour of the island you will visit the impressive and isolated Paracas National Reserve. This natural reserve is part of the Guinness World Record for the "Driest dessert on earth". It is recommended that you bring lots of sunblock, a hat and lots of water for this portion of the tour. Your friendly tour guide will help you to know and learn about the dessert formation but you will also have the chance to see a impressive landscape with lakes where many migratory birds stop on their trip to the south or north. If you are lucky you might see the great pink flamingos.

After a wonderful day trip, you'll return to Lima and head back to your hotel.


Hotel or Apartament pickup and drop-off (hotels in Barranco, Miraflores, San Isidro, Lima center only)

Professional guide

Professional driver

Private transport

Entry/Admission - Ballestas Islands

Entry/Admission - Paracas History Museum - Juan Navarro Hierro

Entry/Admission - Emotion Tour Peru



Lunch is not included but we will help you to organize a meal in one of the typical restaurants in the reserve. Lunch at these places can be around 35 Nuevos soles.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat, take a bottle of water with you and spare battery for your camera.

Note: The tour by boat to the Ballestas islands is only by shared boat organized and led by Peruvian marines. There are not private boat tours to the islands. You should expect to be back to Lima at approximately 7:30pm, depending traffic conditions.

Traveler Reviews

  • 25-Sep-2019

    I booked this because it looked like an interesting way to spend a day out from Lima. After a really early pickup at our hotel (4:30), we set off for the 3-1/2 hour drive down the coast to Paracas, with a stop for breakfast at a roadside restaurant. Once in Paracas, we boarded our boat, and off to the Ballestas Islands. What a feast of animals! We saw Humboldt penguins, sea lions (including a newborn), and thousands of birds of numerous types—Peruvian pelicans, cormorants, Inka terns, etc. After the boat trip, we took a short drive to the Paracas National Reserve. What an incredible contrast to have the 2nd driest place in the world right next to the Pacific Ocean! This trip was presented as a small group trip with up to 6 people. However, we were the only ones booked, so it was basically a private tour. As a result, our excellent guide, Amadeo, was able to indulge our request to visit the small museum by the harbor in Paracas and view its collection of archeological artifacts. After lunch, we were back on the road to Lima. A truly incredible day! Would be good for teens also. Young children would probably like the animals, but might be bored otherwise, but the trip is in fairly small boats.

  • 10-May-2019

    Fair, the guide and driver along with the tour itself was great however the transportation left a lot to be desired. An hour into the trip the car started knocking and on the way back it got worse as we have to travel without A/C and @ slow speeds.

  • 19-Jun-2016

    Most amazing trip i have ever been to. The only trip i have written a tripadvisor positive review!!!

  • 19-Apr-2016

    Great day tour from Lima! Fun and interesting activities. Recommended if staying in Lima for a few days.

  • 09-Feb-2016

    This was a truly memorable experience. Be prepared for an early rise - 4am - but it's all in the interests in making it down to Paracas in time for the 8:10am trip out to sea. First the boat took us alongside the Paracas peninsula, to view the Candelabro de Paracas, before speeding off to the Islas Ballestas. On approaching the first island, we got a sense of the scale of what we were seeing. Cormorants were stood atop the cliff, too numerous to count. Dozens of sea lions loafed around or play-fought on the rocks below. After a slow cruise around the islands, we headed back, tracked most of the way by a flock of five pelicans, who were matching, even exceeding, the speedboat's speed! We then headed to the Paracas National Reserve. A harsh but beautiful place, it was brought to life by our excellent guide, José of San Juan in Lima, who shared his knowledge and showed us some of the more exclusive areas of the park. I won't go into more specifics as Paracas is a unique experience and the extent to which you enjoy it will depend on your guide and your own inquisitiveness. The Paracas museum was our final stop. Everything in the museum can be seen in half an hour to an hour but the content is fascinating. Again, José provided us with interesting background going far beyond the descriptions on offer. Then it was off to a local restaurant for lunch - although not included in the price, the cost of a meal is, as advertised, around S/. 35, so very reasonable.

    In summary - a day that really has everything. A group of islands teeming with life. A desolate and somehow awe-inspiring landscape. A chance to learn about it all at the local museum. A great guide with lots of knowledge and excellent company. Thoroughly enjoyable, I will remember it for a long time.