Full-day tour Ballestas islands and Paracas National Reserve

Be amazed by the Paracas National Reserve, in this Full-day tour Ballestas islands and Paracas National Reserve, daily departures, which is situated on Peru’s south coast and being a protected area for marine creatures and birds. It is completely an untamed world of over 200,000 hectares where sea lions, pelicans, Humboldt penguins and pink flamingos congregate. Here, visitors can not only have several close encounters with large groups of marine life, but it is also a place to see the pristine ocean surrounded by huge sand dunes and impressive cliffs, a magic place where the Paracas culture, a magic place where the Paracas culture, one of the most important, pre-Inca civilizations established themselves and left a legacy that has endured the passage of time and the power of the sand and wind.

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this Full-day tour Ballestas islands and Paracas National Reserve

Because by the hand of our expert staff and knowledgeable local English/Spanish official guides you will have an unforgettable experience through an enigmatic land with huge sand dunes, an untouched ocean that shelter an immense wildlife and miles of sea cliffs that will amaze you.

  • Reliable and high standard services (certified official local operator)
  • Safe transportation according to the highest standards
  • First class buses
  • Speedboat boats equipped with life vest
  • Detailed and personal pre-departure information
  • 24 hours support during your trip
  • Excellent local official English/Spanish guides who will turn out the star of your trip

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions. Contact us.

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Private VS. group services for this Full-day tour Ballestas islands and Paracas National Reserve

This is a question we must all ask ourselves before planning a trip. The answer depends a lot on the age, the particular interests of each person but above all on the economy of each passenger. Being in a group of 15/20 people with different interests will probably mean that some of them will want to make shopping without stopping on a souvenir market while others with 10 minutes will have enough, and although there is a schedule for each activity there always exist the person who arrives some minutes late running, causing a loss of your precious vacation time, at the end of the day. Besides, the local official guide of the group will guide in both, English/Spanish languages, will has a strict stipulated itinerary and will be available for the 15/20 people at the same time. The main advantage of this service is the affordable price.

On the other side, with the private services you will have a very accommodate driver (if this is the case) who will make the necessary stops where you indicate and for the time you will considerer convenient in each place and a local official guide who will guide in your own language (when possible, if not just in one language, most of the times English) and who will perfectly know your particular interests to make of your trip a very personal experience, without losing time in places that are not of your interest. The main advantage of a private tour is that you use your vacation time more efficiently, learn more about the country and have all the attention of your guide, no doubt a “must” for the demanding client. If you have 5 or more people in the group, we recommend you take the private services as the price gets very close to that of the group services.

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.

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  • Archaeological
  • Cultural
  • Nature
  • Wildlife watching

  • Ballestas Islands
  • Lima
  • Nazca
  • Paracas
  • Paracas National Reserve

  • Easy

  • Full day

  • Year round

Ballestas Islands

  • Take a boat ride around the spectacular Ballestas islands, shelter for thousands of sea birds, sea lions and Humboldt penguins


  • Enjoy a land tour to see unique landscapes of sea and desert
  • Learn about the amazing Paracas culture.


This day will begin very early in the morning as your bus will depart from the bus station at 04:00, it is recommended to be one hour before the scheduled time of departure. You will be arriving in Paracas after about 3 ½ hours aprox. and will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to the pier. You will probably have some short time to have a quick breakfast but just in case it is advisable to bring a snack.
Next you will board a speed boat equipped with life vests and comfortable seats. It is advisable to wear a good jacket or windbreaker, as it gets very windy and chilly once the boat sets off. You head off on the 30 minutes journey to the Ballestas Islands following the coast where you will be able to see the famous figure knows as The Candelabro or Chandelier, an enigmatic, giant trident from similar in style to the Nazca lines etched into the desert floor hundreds of years go by pre-Inca cultures. The Candelabro overlooks the Ocean, giving you the chance to take pictures, while learning about the most popular theories of its creation, which range from pirates marking a hidden place for their treasures to soldier fighting for Latin-American independence from Spain

Unfortunately, it is not allowed to get off the boat to walk around the islands, but the boats get close enough to admire the amazing marine life, with over 200 types of migratory and resident birds, including Peruvian Pelicans, Belcher’s gulls, the shy Humboldt and famous penguins, Guanay cormorants, red-legged cormorants, Inca terns, Peruvian boobies, turkey vultures, among many others. The islands are also home to hundreds of sea lions resting on the beaches, sleeping on the rocks or swimming nearby. After touring around the islands for about 1 hour you will return to Paracas pier and continue to the Pisco airport to board the aircraft in which each person will have a window seat.

It is highly likely that you have seen aerial pictures of the Lines of Nazca, which were declared an “Archeological World Heritage Site” by UNESCO (1994), either on television or in a magazine, however, these images do not do the lines justice, and the only way to truly experience them is to take a sightseeing flight over the area. Culturandes Travel & Adventure will make the reservation for you but payment for the flight will be made locally, solely for the possible cancellations that are necessary owing to the weather.
The very experimented English/Spanish speaking pilot will proceed to give you a briefing about this air tour and will give each participant a map of the archaeological zone, which shows all the figures you will see from the air. After some basic information about the Lines and safety instructions, you will board the airplane and take off. In a matter of some minutes you will be flying over the Nazca Lines zone. Among the figures you will see are the whale, the wing, the condor, birds, animals, the lizard, the tree, the hands, the spiral, the spider, the flower, the dog, the monkey, the astronaut and the triangle among many others.

If you are prone to motion sickness be sure to take medication as the plane is small and the elevation is low which leads to more turbulence. The plane also banks continuously in order for both sides of the plane to view the lines properly. Don’t worry there are bags in the back of every seat and the pilots frequently check how you feel during the entire flight.
After the flight you will be transferred to the bus station about 16:30 and begin the journey back to Lima, you will comfortably rest and probably take a nap in the bus and about 20:00 you will be arriving at the Lima bus station.

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