Peru’s Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands are often coupled in tours for a better experience of their unique ecosystem. Book a tour with us to see some of the best destinations that feature Peruvian wildlife!
Ballestas Islands and
Paracas National Reserve, Peru is one of the biggest protected reserves in South America, spanning over 300,000 hectares of desert and ocean. It is among the best areas to explore biodiversity in Peru, with more than 400 species of flora and fauna.
Boat tours from Paracas coasts often go to Isla Ballestas, commonly known as the Ballestas Islands. This attraction comprises rock formations, where visitors will see Humboldt penguins, several birds and mammals, including fur seals and sea lions.
Together, Paracas and Ballestas are sure to impress wildlife lovers from all over the world.
Travel Packages To Tour Paracas and Ballestas Islands
Tailor Made Peru offers tour packages to best Peru destinations, and these definitely include the Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands. Book a tour with us to make sure you don’t miss two of Peru’s top wildlife attractions:
Highlights of Ballestas and Paracas, Peru Tours
Paracas is about 250 kilometers south of Lima and the Ballestas Islands are located some 15 kilometers off the Pacific coast near the main Paracas town. These destinations make for an amazing day trip from Lima and here are some of the highlights during this trip:
Colonies of Sea Lions
Paracas National Reserve
More about the area'stop sights:
- The Playa Roja is known as one of the most beautiful areas of Paracas. The playa offers a unique landscape with its reddish beach as a coastline to crashing Pacific waves.
- La Catedral is an iconic site in Paracas, even after it sustained damage during a 2007 earthquake. The rock formation used to form a striking natural bridge over a dramatic coastline.
- The Paracas Candelabra is a well-known prehistoric geoglyph. It dates back to the first millennium BCE based on pottery discovered in the area.
- Ballestas Islands, dubbed as the “Poor Man’s Galapagos,” will welcome you with thousands of birds. Cruise around the islands and get your camera on the ready for magnificent animal sightings.
Travel Tips During Paracas and Ballestas Islands Tours
Paracas can get extremely windy and visitors are usually advised to bring light jackets and hats. Average wind speeds are about 15 kilometers per hour and strong winds reach up to 32 kilometers per hour.
For this trip, remember to pack the following:
- Water Bottle
- Sunglasses and sunblock
The Ballestas Islands are also considered protected areas and boats are not allowed to dock on the islands. This also means visitors cannot to swim with the animals or walk on the islands themselves. Our english-speaking tour guides will remind you of the do’s and don’ts during the trip, along with some facts about the destination
Paracas is considered a year-round destination as the area gets little to no rain all year. Trips are still recommended during the summer months of January to April to enjoy the region’s beaches the most. For Ballestas trips, early departure times are advised for the best weather conditions and wildlife spotting.
Sea lion breeding season is between January and March. Ballestas tours during this period often encounter beaches full of sea lion cubs and huge rival males defending their mating territories.
Humpback whales also frequent the region’’s waters between August and October as they move north for mating season. Watch out for a glimpse of these amazing creatures during your Paracas, Peru tours!