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Ballestas Islands

The Ballestas Islands are situated just off Peru’s southern coast next to the city of Pisco. In this beautiful area, you can expect abundant marine life and interesting rock formations.

These uninhabited islands offer a selection or arches and caves, which provide an interesting landscape to observe and photograph. Usually, the rocks are occupied by herds of barking sea lions.

Full day tours of the Ballestas Islands are available. You can get an early morning transfer from your hotel in Lima to the harbour in Paracas Bay. From there, you can take a boat ride to the wonderful Ballestas Islands, inhabited by Peruvian boobies, pelicans, sea lions and Humboldt penguins. The boat will also make a stop in front of the peninsula to view the unexplained figures of the Candelabro Lines.

On the return trip along the Pacific coast to your hotel in Lima, you might spot some dolphins if you’re lucky. If you ask nicely, there may be a chance to visit the southern part of the bay where the Chilean flamingos reside. The best time to spot these elegant flamingos is between June and August.

The boat will take you close to the wildlife and you will have great views, but it is recommended to take binoculars. It can be tricky to pick out the penguins, so the binoculars will help to make them more visible.

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