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Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin Port

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Enjoy a short excursion during your time at port to the Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve by speedboat. See the iconic Candelabra geoglyph carved into the side of a mountain and observe the native flora and fauna of the area, including sea lions, as you navigate through the caves. Receive a personalized experience with a private guide and learn about the Paracas area before rejoining your ship.
  • Explore the Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve on a short excursion
  • See the famous Candelabra geoglyph as you cruise by on a speedboat
  • Observe the flora and fauna of the Ballestas Islands including sea lions
  • Enjoy personalized services with a private guide
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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

Departure Point

Terminal Portuario Gral. San Martín, Peru

Meeting point at San Martin Port - in front of your ship

Departure Time

9:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY LAS ADVENTURE

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin Port?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin Port?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin Port.
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What is the social distancing policy during Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin Port?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin Port.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin Port?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin Port.

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Beautiful Ballestas and Paracas!
carolretz
, Jan 2020
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!
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amazing!!
MaryM9857
, Nov 2019
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!
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Fabulous!
peaseblossom85
, Oct 2019
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.
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Misunderstandings
dinerinparadise
, May 2019
Guide unclear as to what park passes to purchase. Error caused us to pay for passes twice. The tours were great otherwise.
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Excellent Tour 04/08/2019
Scenic27339166627
, Apr 2019
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.
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Great tour! We saw tons of birds...
anita.m.gaston
, Apr 2018
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.
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The day didn't start off too well...
Richard G
, Apr 2018
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!
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This was amazing! The Ballestas...
rmbaine
, Dec 2017
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!
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Manuel, our tour guide was great. A...
Douglas F
, Dec 2017
Manuel, our tour guide was great. A lot of interesting things to see. One of the best shore excursions we have ever had. Doug
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This was a great tour, the guide is...
Vivien D
, Apr 2017
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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