Fauna at Isla Ballestas and the Amazing Lansdscape of nearby Pacaras Penninsula
Not the nicest town.
A place to sleep for a night or two.
Pisco is the home of the famous Pisco booze (don't like it's taste too much). However, from Pisco, you can also hire a motor boat that will take you (and your group) to see the famous bird islands Islas Ballestas. A great day out bird watching, it took all morning. Besides birds, there were also a huge band of seals and their barking sounded like a...more
A visit to the Paracas Natural Reserve is easier by organised boat tour to the Balletas Islands in the bay of Paracas. The bay is sheltered by the Paracas peninsula. The name 'Paracas' means 'sandstorm' because in this region, there can be severe sandstorm and wind can reach a speed of 32km/hr.The area here around the Ballestas Islands is an...more
Tambo Colorado was an Inca fort controlling the river traffic above Pisco. It was built in adobe and painted in white, yellow and red, hence the name.It was built on three levels, the higher your staus, the higher your living quarters.It is quite well preserved with the main structure and its high walls and typically shaped doors and windows still...more
Day trips out of Pisco typically combine a morning boat tour of the Ballestas Islands with an afternoon van tour of the Paracas National Reserve. Established in 1975, the 117,000 hectare reserve was established primarily to protect the area’s abundant marine life. The bleak desert landscape stands in stark contrast to the incredibly rich offshore...more
Just a few weeks removed from a ten-day trip to the Galapagos, I had low expectations for the Ballestas Islands. I was pleasantly surprised. The wildlife is nowhere near as tame as it is on the Galapagos. And rather than exploring the islands on foot, you are limited to a couple-hour boat tour. But the numbers of sealions and seabirds (particularly...more
This excurion will take you with a boat trip trough las islas ballestas, where you will admire lots of sea animals, i.e. sea leons, penguins and lots of other species.On the way you will also ahve the opportunity to see "EL candelabro", that, like the Nazca lines, nobody knows where it is from and who has done it.This exurcion can be combinate with...more
This is definitely a must see activity during your visit in Pisco, or better say, this is the thing that makes a must the visit in Pisco.Take half a day into this penisula, watching lots of falmingos and beautifull landscapes.You will walk and drive trought this desertic area and admiring his peacefully smell.Every agency could organize it for less...more
If you have time, and moreover if you are going to miss Huacachina, or just if you want to chill an afternoon doing something different, then take a ride into the desert of Pisco. Here you can enjoy the Pisco' dunes,. having a sandboarding, riving up and down to his sandduens, and just relax the "open vview" of the desert.It is really an impressive...more
We were taken there by two guys who had lived in Pisco for a while so we trusted their choice when they explained that this was the best restaurant in town.The restaurant was clean and modern looking. Our table had a nice view, overlooking the pool. Not really a romantic setting but different. You could see the courtyard and queues forming for the...more
Soyuz has a bus every 15 mins or so between Lima and Ica. They stop just outside Pisco on the Panamerica. You then need to take a short ride in a taxi or taxi tico to your hotel.Soyuz bus are reasonably comfortable and cost a fraction of what Ormeno charges. We paid 14 soles from Lima to Pisco and 15 soles from Pisco to Lima (market day...more
If you are looking to go to the Ballestas Islands from Pisco you can save some money by booking your boat tour in Paracas (where the boats leave to go to the island). The cheapest way to get there is to take a combi. It's much more exciting than a taxi or a tourist bus, and it gives you a good glimpse of how the locals live. Our combi dropped off...more
Coming from Lima is very easy to reach Pisco by bus, which is the next city from Lima (at about 230/250Km). there are a lot of companies offering such service, but i would definitely suggest you to pick "Ormeno" which is the biggest, the oldest, the most satisfacting one, altough is not the cheaper...The way is 4 hours long and it would costs 40...more
I highly recommend the tour to the Islas Ballestas. There are many animals there. I do however recommend that you skip the separate tour to the Reserva de Nacional de Paracas. According to my guidebooks, I was supposed to see flamingos and sea lions (which I did see hanging out on the Islas Ballestas), but since the earthquake in 2007, the...more
Do not under any circumstances follow the advice of a taxi driver when choosing a hotel. He will drive you to a hotel that will give him a tip for delivering clients. The hotel will almost certainly be in an unsafe part of town. Stick to your choice of hotel and ignore his 'wise' advice.This problem is so acute that the tourist authorities are...more
To get to Pisco, you usually take the Pan American Highway. It runs along the coast line between the sea and the uninhabited dry desert on the other side. The sea is cold, so there is often fog that might hamper visibility. Big rocks could fall from the steep hillside down on the road because of frequent earth quakes. So enjoy the magnificent...more
The street that heads west from the south-west corner of the Plaza de Armes will take you to the pier. It's about a 10 minute walk. The guidebook warned us about potential robberies in the area so we were cautious but didn't feel threatened at any time. When we got to the pier we were a bit hesitant to walk on it because it looked like it was ready...more
There was this local shop by the road side of Pan American Highway. They sold olives out of those big barrels. I wouldn't recommend tasting them because you don't want to put anything uncooked in your mouth. The kids were happy to beg for some soles.Notice the brand new bicycle.more
Favorite thing: Just off the main square is a shopping street. At night, many people are out. Good restaurants. And don't forget to have a Pisco Sour! The Main Plaza always has something going on. This is a nice place to base trips to Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Preserve. Pisco is just an easy three hour bus ride from Lima.