Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve

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Peru Paracas and Ballestas Islands


Paracas National Reserve Tour, located on Peru’s south coast it is a protected area for marine creatures and birds, 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, 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 Paracas National Reserve Tour?

Are you looking for unforgettable memories for this adventure? Culturandes Travel & Adventure want you to have a hassle-free planning and an unforgettable travel experience without any stress and unexpected situations by the hand of its experts travel advisors and knowledgeable local guides providing you:

  • Reliable and high level services
  • Certified Peruvian tour operator
  • Safe transport according to the highest standards
  • Adequate equipment for the activity
  • Detailed and personalized information prior to the trip
  • 24 hour support during your trip
  • Excellent official local guides who will be 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.

Group services versus Private services?

This is a question we all need to ask ourselves when planning a trip. The answer depends largely on the age, the particular interests of each person and, above all, the economy of each passenger. Below, we list the differences between conducting a group service versus a private service. It should be noted that, in either of the two modalities, you will receive top quality care from the entire team of professionals who will make your trip unforgettable.

Group Services

  • The driver follows the stops designated by the tour
  • Groups can have between 15 and 20 people
  • Guidance is simultaneous in English and Spanish for the entire group
  • The itinerary has to be strict to fulfill the daily plan
  • Guidance is available at the same time for the entire group
  • The main advantage of group services is the affordable price

Private Services

  • The driver will make the necessary stops where you indicate
  • Of 5 or more people, the private service has a similar price to the group service.
  • You own the time you want to have at each stop
  • Guidance is in only 1 language and at the passenger’s choice (prior consultation for rare languages)
  • The guide will be available only for you and attentive to your requirements
  • The travel experience becomes much more personal and deep in knowledge

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.


Ballestas Islands

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

Paracas National Reserve

  • 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

The land tour of the Paracas National Reserve, a must for nature lovers now continues. You will tour the terrestrial area of Paracas National Reserve by car and take in the spectacular view of the desert dunes and Pacific Ocean. As the tour continues, the next stop is in the fishing town of Lagunillas for lunch overlooking the sea. Take the opportunity to try Ceviche, one of the most famous Peruvian dishes made with local ingredients. There is also time to swim in the cold water of the Pacific. (Meals not included).

Return to the bus station to take the bus at 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.

Ask our experts travel advisors to complete your trip including a visit to the majestic Colca Canyon, the mysterious Nazca lines, the enigmatic jungle or the Kingdom of the Chachapoyas


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