in Av. Paracas S/N, , Av. Principal de Paracas, , Lote 30-34 Urb. Santo Domingo Ica, , Asociacion Pro Vivienda Julio C. Tello, Paracas Lote 11 Mzna. B, Asoc. Jose de San Martin Mz Manzana O Lote 6, Av Paracas mz a lote 4, Carretera Paracas Km 20, Paracas National Reserve, Avenida Paracas N0 25, , Lima, Lima, Peru, Asociacion Don Jose De San Martin Mz H Lt 11

Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin Port

Av. Paracas S/N, , Av. Principal de Paracas, , Lote 30-34 Urb. Santo Domingo Ica, , Asociacion Pro Vivienda Julio C. Tello, Paracas Lote 11 Mzna. B, Asoc. Jose de San Martin Mz Manzana O Lote 6, Av Paracas mz a lote 4, Carretera Paracas Km 20, Paracas National Reserve, Avenida Paracas N0 25, , Lima, Lima, Peru, Asociacion Don Jose De San Martin Mz H Lt 11

95.00 USD

1 - 15

5 hrs

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  • If your cruise dock at San Martin Port, don't miss this great opportunity and visit the Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve in our exclusive small group tour.

  • Around:
    • Av. Paracas S/N,
    • Av. Principal de Paracas,
    • Lote 30-34 Urb. Santo Domingo Ica,
    • Asociacion Pro Vivienda Julio C. Tello, Paracas Lote 11 Mzna. B
    • Asoc. Jose de San Martin Mz Manzana O Lote 6
    • Av Paracas mz a lote 4
    • Carretera Paracas Km 20, Paracas National Reserve
    • Avenida Paracas N0 25,
    • Lima, Lima, Peru
    • Asociacion Don Jose De San Martin Mz H Lt 11
  • Pickup: Terminal Portuario General San Martín, Terminal Portuario Gral. San Martín, Peru

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Meeting Point at San Martin Port (we will be waiting with a sign LAS ADVENTURE. FRONT OF THE SHIP) In case you are not coming by cruise ship, let know us the name of your hotel or bus company you coming.


    • Terminal Portuario General San Martín, Punta Pejerrey, Peru

  • Cruises Water Tours
  • Outdoor and nature Nature & Wildlife
  • Boat icon Ports of Call Tours
  • Landmarks category Half-day Tours
  • Landmarks category Bus & Minivan Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 9:15 AM
  • Duration: 5 hrs

  • Price per person: $95.00
  • Size: 1 - 15 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide, Spanish - Guide

  • Pickup and drop-off from San Martin Port.
    English and spanish speaking guide.
    Transportation for both tours in group..
    Bottle of Water.

  • Personal travel insurance.
    Entrance fees. 22 soles per person (8 USD) local payment at reception.
    Food and drinks, unless specified

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin Port

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Pass By: Islas Ballestas, Paracas 11660 Peru

You will be met by our guide at 9:15am at San Martin Port, then you will be transferred to Paracas town, at this point you will meet the rest of the group and board our speedboat to begin your adventure to the stunning Ballestas Island. On the way you will stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the enigmatic figure of the Candelabro. A stunning design drawn on the side of a hill in the Peninsula. Nobody knows for sure who did it or why. There are many hypotheses regarding its origin. Some believe it is related to the Nazca Lines but still found no proof or evidence that can define its creation. Afterwards will head off to Ballestas Island where you will enjoy a stunning world filled with birds and sea lions. Here you will visit the three islands at an allowed distance, navigating in some caves (this will be depending on the condition of the sea). On your return to the port, you will board our vehicle to drive towards Paracas Reserve in group. During your tour you will learn more about Paracas Reserve by visiting the interpretation centre, an interesting building that displays photos about all the fauna, flora and many others important facts about the Paracas Peninsula. Afterwards, we will drive throughout a lifeless desert till we reach an area where once stood a great natural rock formation known as the Cathedral. Unfortunately, this old formation did not withstand the 2007 earthquake. At this place you will have amazing views of the desert and the blue ocean and you will see thousands of sea birds, then you will visit Playa Roja and Lagunillas beach for some refreshments. At the end of the tour you will be return to San Martin Port to re-join your ship.

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
If your ship has any delay in arriving, we strongly suggest to notify us three to four days in advance so we can arrange a new pick up time. We also suggest you to keep checking your emails in case the pickup time changes..
Printed travel voucher or E-travel voucher along with your passport or any ID its required before boarding (verification purpose only)..
Not wheelchair accessible.
Near public transportation.
Infants must sit on laps.
Not recommended for travelers with back problems.
Not recommended for pregnant travelers.
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
Most travelers can participate.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival


4.9 stars, based on 11 reviews
John R
John R

What a diverse excursion! We first boarded a boat ( this one has a canopy, good thinking!) for the Ballestas Islands. We passed the hieroglyph the candelabra en route and saw many species of birds, including Humboldt penguins, brown pelicans, and one-eyed cormorants. Out boat also got to close to sea lions. When we returned to Paracas port, we boarded a bus to see the wonders of the Paracas Nature Reserve. Many gorgeous vistas of the Pacific Ocean, and vast desert dunes awaited us. This was a very enjoyable excursion!

Mary M
Mary M

The lady Tour Guide was very informative and was simply amazing! she is very enthusiastic!!! and shared a lot of interesting facts.

only constructive feedback is when you sit in the back of the speed boat, you CANNOT hear when the tour guide speaks!

Derek M
Derek M

What a wonderful combination of natural wonders this trip provides. The boat trip to the islands was amazing. So many different birds it was almost overload!
The desert landscape in the Natural Reserve is very interesting and the guide enthusiastically passed on her knowledge. Highly recommended.


Guide unclear as to what park passes to purchase. Error caused us to pay for passes twice. The tours were great otherwise.


This tour was a great value. The island tour by boat was interesting and fun. The land tour showed nature's beauty in a very desolate and dry area. Our guide Manuel was energetic, helpful and simply did a wonderful job.


Great tour! We saw tons of birds, sea lions two types, and several penguins! The tour was a nice leisurely pace - plenty of time to enjoy all of the wildlife and take pictures. One the way out, enjoyed the Candelabra on the hillside. Following the boat tour to the Ballestas, drove through the Paracas Reserve and saw the fossils. Guide was knowledgeable and both tours were extremely enjoyable. Highly recommend.

Richard G
Richard G

The day didn't start off too well when we found out that due to high winds and waves, the Ballestas Islands portion of the tour was cancelled by all tour operators. We began our tour to the Paracas National Reserve an hour later, which was an extended version of what was originally offered. Our guide, Lars, from Holland, was a pleasure to be with and our small group of six made it feel like a private tour.
The Paracas Reserve is a must see - a contrast to anyone's image of Peru. It is like driving on the surface of the moon, nothing but sand and not even a plant, but with amazing ocean views and red sand beaches. We saw a lot more than anticipated, and we were able to stop for lunch directly at an oceanside restaurant where we enjoyed fresh caught fish - sea bass, sole, and peruvian cerviche. And the icing on the cake was that we were completely refunded the price of the tour due to the disappointment of
the Ballestas Islands cancellation. Five stars to the tour operator, Joel, and the complete professionalism of our guide, Lars, and the
pleasure of booking a Viator tour!




This was amazing! The Ballestas were overwhelming - I have never seen so many birds! The boat captain took us very close and we got great photos. The sea lions were so comical. They seemed perfectly comfortable draped over the rocks at impossible angles. But the penguins were the funniest. We watched one group trying to jump into the water in a difficult place. You could almost hear them debating about whether the incoming wave was big enough to avoid getting bashed on the rocks. Paracas was also fascinating. Our guide showed us fossils from 20 - 65 million years old in the desert, left over from the days when it was a sea bed. The views were fantastic! This was our last day of the cruise, so we finished on a high note! The guide was amazing - spoke English to us and French to a woman from Quebec. He was very knowlegeble and also a lot of fun!

Douglas F
Douglas F

Manuel, our tour guide was great. A lot of interesting things to see. One of the best shore excursions we have ever had. Doug

Vivien D
Vivien D

This was a great tour, the guide is knowledgeable and provided lots of information. We were picked up on time, everything was well organised. My only complaint was the fairly long wait to board the boat out to the islands, took about 45 mins as we watched other groups that came later board in front of us. Not sure why this happened, our guide didn't say anything.
The visit to the islands was worth the wait though, lots of birds, penguins and sea lions. There is commentary by the boat guide and plenty of time for everyone to see the wildlife and scenery no matter where you sit in the boat. But don't sit at the side at the back of the boat if you don't want to get wet.
After lunch we headed to the national park, all I can say about this place is 'wow'. The scenery is incredible. Being in a small group we were able to drive to places a bigger bus would not have been able to go.
Overall a really great day, I highly recommend this tour.

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