Water activity

From Paracas or Pisco: Ballestas Islands Private Boat Trip

Activity provider: LAS ADVENTURE

From Paracas or Pisco: Ballestas Islands Private Boat Trip

Activity provider: LAS ADVENTURE

From US$ 350 per group up to 6

Get up close with the marine and birdlife that inhabit the waters and rocky shores of Peru during a guided day trip to the Ballestas Islands, stopping to see the Candelabra geoglyph.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Italian
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. If you want to drive to the local partner's office and park your car, please contact them in advance.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Feel the wind in your hair as you cruise west from the tiny beach town of Paracas
  • Uncover the mystery of the geoglyphs carved into the Paracas Candelabra hills
  • Speedboat out to the Ballestas Islands, a little-known gem off the coast of Peru
  • Spot a wealth of wildlife like penguins, sea lions, Inca terns, and dolphins
  • Gaze upon the diverse marine life residing in the islands' many caves and arches
Full description

A protected habitat for the rich array of birds and animals that call these islands home, Ballestas is one of Peru’s natural treasures. See the islands up close on a speedboat tour around the shores. Make a stop at the Paracas Peninsula to observe the Candelabra glyph.

After a convenient hotel pickup from Paracas or Pisco, head to the Marina Turistica to start your island adventure. Board a private speedboat with your guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas.

Along the way, stop at the seaside hill of Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabra, an enigmatic pre-historic glyph etched into the side of the island—whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Afterward, continue towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores, filled to the brim with sunbathing seals. Watch penguins dive into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface—all alongside other beautiful creatures, like pelicans, and blue-footed boobies.

After an exclusive tour of the islands tailored for just you and your group, be taken back to your hotel or be dropped off around Paracas.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Paracas and Pisco
  • Private boat tour
  • Life jacket
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry fee to Ballestas Islands (16 Peruvian Soles)
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Babies under 1 year
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Entrance to Ballestas Islands costs 16 Peruvian Soles and is to be paid locally at the harbor main gate in cash
  • If you plan to take the tour after 1:00 PM, it is suggested that you have lunch after the activity
Customer reviews

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Booked this just one hour before the scheduled tour, they were prompt in responding to my booking immediately, from picking us from hotel till dropping us back everything went great. Special appreciation to our guide Alexander who explained about the Ballestas island, paracas and lot of general history of the land with so much details and without any rush!! Highly recommended.

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March 20, 2022

Product ID: 410733