Day trip

Ica: Ballestas Island & Paracas Reserve Private Tour

Ica: Ballestas Island & Paracas Reserve Private Tour

From US$ 100 per person

From Ica, explore the highlights of Paracas, Ballestas Islands, and the Paracas reserve in a full-day private tour. Discover a rich variety of flora and fauna, and see impressive rock formations.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Italian
Pickup included
Please be ready at the hotel lobby 10 minutes before the scheduled pickup time.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Visit the highlights of Paracas
  • Discover a diverse range of marine life and flora and fauna
  • Walk around the driest desert in the world, with stunning landscapes and cliffs
Full description

After a convenient hotel pickup, head to the Marina Turistica to begin your adventure. Board a speedboat with your guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabro, an enigmatic glyph carved into the side of the island, whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Continue onwards towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores filled to the brim with sunbathing seals, and penguins diving into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface. See other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. Return to the Marina Turistica for a drive to Paracas National Reserve. Discover the almost alien landscape of the Paracas National Reserve, with vast sprawling deserts and high sandstone cliffs. Driving through the reserve, see the Cathedral, an area where a vast rock formation once stood before being destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake.

Visit the stunning maroon-sand beaches of Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach. Having seen some of the world's most unique natural features, flora, and fauna, hop back in the car for a convenient transfer back to your hotel in Ica or drop-off in Paracas (Hotel or bus station).

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bilingual guide in English/Spanish
  • Boat tour to Ballestas Islands by group
  • Private vehicle for Paracas Reserve
  • Bottle of water
  • Entrances fee for adults (22 Peruvian Soles per person, cash only)
  • Entrances fee for kids (16 Peruvian Soles per person, cash only)
  • Food and other drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Babies under 1 year
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Prepare for the activity

Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Cash
  • Binoculars

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drones

Know before you go

  • The Entrance Fees to the Ballestas Island and Paracas National Reserve are paid locally at the harbor main gate with cash only, so it is recommended that you bring some Peruvian Soles for the payment of the local fee.
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Product ID: 404546