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  • Our guide advises us about the Ballestas
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    Boat cruise to the Ballestas Islands

    by Zanzibargirl Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    These spectacular islands, eroded into many caves and arches, provide shelter for thousands of seabirds and hundreds of sea-lions. Although the islands fall just outside the Paracas National Reserve they are protected by separate legislation. The islands are home to over 150 species of marine bird including the Humboldt penguin, cormorants, boobies, inca tern and pelicans. Even condors have been known to visit. On the shores and in the sea large numbers of sea-lions can be seen. It is also possible to encounter dolphins and even whales.

    On our 2 hour cruise aboard a speed boat around the Ballestas Islands we took in sights with our guide including the famous Candelabra and the many birds and wildlife which inhibit the area. Our guide had a good knowledge of the area and its history.

    Over the years the islands have also been used to collect guano (bird droppings) for fertiliser. But now the animals that live there are free to enjoy the Islands without interferance from any industry.

    See my Ballestas Island Travelogues for more photos.

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    • Sailing and Boating
    • National/State Park

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  • Paracas Tour

    by goingtoperu Written Jun 16, 2007

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    For a combined tour of Paracas and Isla Ballestas the cost is somewhere around twenty dollars per person. However, I recommend just taking the boat tour and then hiring a taxi. While the tour was good, we spent a lot of time at the museum which I didn't find very interesting outside of the Flamingos (you need binoculars to really see them). Due to this we did not have a chance to visit the fur seal colony.

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    Tambo Colorado and Paracas Reserve

    by nhoolb Written Aug 9, 2006

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    All tourists do the Islas Ballestas boat trip and then move on to Nasca and further. There is more though in the vicinity. At Tambo Colorado are Inca ruins, a rest-place ("Tambo") for the Inca armies. Another nice trip is to the Paracas National Reserve (Paracas peninsula). Colorful desert, cliffs, birds and marine life, quiet beaches (outside weekends).

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    Visit the islas balestas

    by gonzo747 Written Jan 13, 2006

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    From paracas you can take a tour to the islas balestas. These our islands with a lot of birds (even more guano), seelions, pinguins,...
    The see gets a bit rough, if you're easily seesick, take some pils for that.
    These tours can also be organised from Pisco, a taxi or colletivo can take you to Paracas

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    Islas Ballestas the small Galapagos

    by Glorija Written Nov 3, 2005

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    Layers of sun baked, nitrogen rich seabird droppings - guano - have been diligently deposited over millennia on the Islas Ballestas by their large resident bird colonies. In places the guano is much more than 50 meters deep. This island surley is my memoriable experience. Sea lions, milions of birds different species, pinguins and fishes ... all on one place that you will surley never forgot. It is not possible to step on the island but you can only check it from the boat. But the boat goes really near the shore and curious sea lions come very very near.

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    • Birdwatching

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    Ballestas Islands

    by eeyan Written Jun 22, 2003

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    Penguins

    A boat trip out the the Ballestas Islands is worth the effort. Sea lions and a lot of bird life.

    The islands aren't inhabited and visitors aren't allowed to land but local fisherman are allowed to stay for short periods of time (according to our guide).

    The trip takes about 3-4 hours. Take warm and waterproof clothes it can get chilly.
    lifejackets are provided.

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    MUSEO JULIO C. TELLO

    by RORRO72 Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Tejido Paracas

    Ubicado a 5 kms. del balneario de Paracas. Pequeño pero muy interesante a la vez, muestra el proceso evolutivo de la cultura Paracas con cerámicas, tejidos, reproducciones de la vida cotidiana, destacando los fardos funerarios y la técnica de la trepanación craneana.

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    EL CANDELABRO

    by RORRO72 Written Apr 5, 2003

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    El Candelabro

    Conocido también como Tres Cruces, es un geoglifo de 128 metros de largo y 78 metros de ancho con una profundidad en la arena que fluctúa entre 10 y 60 cms. Se le relaciona con las líneas de Nasca, con trabajos de cosecha o bien con acciones de piratas como prueba de su paso por estas tierras.

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    LA RESERVA NACIONAL DE PARACAS

    by RORRO72 Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Interior de La Catedral

    Es la única reserva marina del Perú. Creada el 25 de Septiembre de 1975 cubre 117.406 Hás. terrestres y 217.594 Hás. de aguas marinas.
    Ofrece características biogeográficas de gran belleza. La temperatura promedio anual es de 22 ºC con sol casi todo el año, por lo que la humedad relativa es reducida. La velocidad media del viento es de 14,9 kms/hr. con máximas de 32 kms/hr., conocidos como "Paracas" (vientos fuertes del litoral).

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    AVES

    by RORRO72 Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Los diferentes ambientes costeros que existen sirven de refugio y lugar de alimentación a diversas aves residentes y migratorias: gaviota gris, zarzillo, rayador, chorlo ártico, chuita, guanay además de pelícanos, playeros, gallinazos de cabeza roja, ostrero negro, cóndor y aves en peligro de extinción como el pingüino de Humboldt y las parihuanas o flamencos.

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    ISLAS BALLESTAS

    by RORRO72 Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Acantilado con aves

    Son formaciones rocosas que albergan una importante fauna marina donde destacan grandes colonias de aves guaneras como el guanay, piquero, zarcillo entre otras, además de algunos ejemplares de pingüinos de Humboldt.

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    BALNEARIO DE PARACAS

    by RORRO72 Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Botes en Paracas

    Es un hermoso paraje cuyo atractivo está en su clima, su playa y las hermosas residencias allí construidas.
    Existen facilidades de alojamiento, restaurantes para degustar las bondades de los platos típicos a base de mariscos y pescados y un pequeño puerto de pesca desde donde salen diariamente en la mañana embarcaciones hacia las Islas Ballestas.

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    Ballestas Islands

    by albert34 Written Dec 16, 2008
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    A 2-hour tour aboard a very,very speed boat around little island
    s full of cormorans,pelicans,sea lions,pinguins...
    In order not to feel sick take a pill before.

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    The Guano Island´s

    by euzkadi Written Jan 31, 2004

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    Ballesta´s islands are known also as the Guano Islands, and are full of sea lions and hundred of different birds.

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    RISCOS EN LA PLAYA SUPAY

    by RORRO72 Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Riscos en las Playas de Paracas

    Extrañas formaciones rocosas, oradadas por el viento de decenios, produciendo a veces caprichosas figuras, rodean las playas de Paracas.

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