Peru's Galapagos: the Ballestas Islands

  • Port

    General San Martin (Pisco), Peru

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    3½ Hours

  • Meals Included


Transfer to the pier and board a boat for the ride to the scenic Ballestas Islands. Although much smaller in scale, these islands represent Peru’s own version of the Galápagos Islands. The Paracas Peninsula and nearby Ballestas Islands comprise the most important wildlife sanctuary on the Peruvian coast.

You’ll marvel at the famous Candelabro -- a giant figure in the style of the Nazca drawings etched into the coastal hills.

While cruising around the Ballestas Islands, you’ll have the opportunity to watch many different kinds of marine birds, including the frequently observed Guanay cormorant, Peruvian booby and Peruvian pelican. Humboldt penguins and colonies of sea lions can also be found here.


There are no restrooms on board the open vessel. Depending upon sea conditions, you may board the sightseeing vessel from the ship’s pontoon. Guests prone to motion sickness should take appropriate medication. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Pregnant women and guests with back problems or mobility limitations are not allowed to participate. Tour duration may be extended by one hour due to weather conditions.