Sea Lions on the Ballestas Islands

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Sea Lions in Ballestas Islands
Photos © J. Mazzotti

The boat tour around the Ballestas Islands is one of the most popular excursion from Paracas. The islands constitute a habitat for a wide variety of birds and sea lions, which can be easily seen from a motorboat.

This excursion begins in the pier of El Chaco in speedboats (2 hours), on the way you will see the Candelabra, an enigmatic geoglyph over 120 metres long, which is best seen from the sea. This recommended excursion, you can come in direct contact with the wildlife of a marine ecosystem, and see close to flocks of seabirds and marine mammals that are often grouped into hundreds of thousands, is an incredible spectacle.

Although not allowed to land in the area, the boats pass close enough to the birds and animals that are in the islands.

Ballestas Islands are located in front to Paracas, and are three small islands, North Ballestas, Central Ballestas and South Ballestas, each one has an approximate area of 0.12 Km². The islands are located outside the area of Paracas National Reserve.

They are rock formations that inhabit vast colonies of sea birds, Humboldt penguins and sea lions. The islands are a refuge for two varieties of sea lions, lobo fino (Arctocephalus australis) and lobo chusco (Otaria byronia) and other mammals.

 

Photo Gallery Photo Gallery of Ballestas Islands

Photo Gallery Photo Gallery of Humboldt Penguins on the Ballestas Islands

Photo Gallery Photo Gallery of Seabirds on the Ballestas Islands

Photo Gallery Photo Gallery of Sea Lions on the Ballestas Islands

Tours to Ballestas Islands

Ballestas Islands are accessible from the resort town of Paracas by tour boat which typically lasts 2 hours, normally the boats begin the tour at 8 am. and 10 am. and depend of weather conditions.

Tourists should pay the right to use the dock, and SERNAMP payment for the visit to the islands, additional to the boat tour.

During the visits it is not uncommon for the sea lions to approach the tourist boats and make spectacles for the visiting tourists. The sea lions are also responsible for a unique audio spectacle with their cries that echoes around the islands and creates an effect of a 360 degree surrounding choir. The show is especially unique auditory. These sea lions are harmless. The sea lions population increases dramatically in the summer months (January - March), which corresponds to the time of mating and birth of offspring.

Tours in Paracas

  • Boat Tour to Ballestas Islands

    Boat Tour to Ballestas Islands
    © J. Mazzotti

  • Boat Tour to Ballestas Islands

    Boat Tour to Ballestas Islands
    © J. Mazzotti

  • Bus tickets from Lima to Paracas

    Bus Tickets to Paracas