Islas Ballestas

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Islas Ballestas Paracas Reviews

Martin_Austria Martin_A…
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Birds, birds, birds and surprise birds.... Feb 14, 2011
Islas Ballestas is probably the best thing to do when visiting Paracas. It takes about 1 hour with the boat to get there.

Its quite stunning how many birds are around, our guide told us about 3 millions. The make quite a noise and unfortunately quite a smell as well.

When we did the tour the vision was not clear when we left Paracas, but when we approached the islands the view got better - so even if the weather seems to be bad - you will see the islands and the birds of course.
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davdstraat davdstra…
12 reviews
Beautiful wildlife 25 kilometers off the coast of Paru Jul 28, 2009
It starts with a boat trip from the harbour of Paracas. It's an open boat across the open sea. But arriving at the site (in the boat, you will not go ashore), the sight of the wildlife is magnificent. The barren rocks are totally covered with countless birds of many kinds and all kinds of sealife.

I found it hugely impressive, and a unique sight to see.

Oh, just one little warning: if you have a tendency towards seasickness, do take precautions: the distance of about 25 km across the open ocean is traversed at full throttle almost all the way, so the boat bounces quiet a bit, even when the ocean is as flat as a sheet.

PS: this excursion was part of the trip I booked as a complete packege, so I don't have a clue about the prices of individual excursions.
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The Islas Ballestas, seen over the…
Detail of the Islas Ballestas.
Birds and birds and birds...
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
'Poor man's Galapagos' Sep 07, 2005
I am guessing at the cast of a boat trip in a speed boat from Paracas as this was included in the overall price of our trip. You notice the inverted commas around the title. I really resent anywhere as wonderful as this being called 'poor man's' anything. On the way you pass an amazing rock carving on the mainland cliffs called the 'Candelabra'.

The islands themselves have been home to the guano trade. What we may politely call 'bird droppings' were gathered and sold in Europe as fertiliser. The remains of the industry would be fascinating if the eye were not held b the spectacular coastline and above al by the wildlife.

Humbold penguins, inca terns, boobies and pelicans are among the bird life and the main mammal is the sealion. Why no more photos? That will become apparent if you read the Arequipa part of my Peru blog!
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Vlindeke says:
I loved this boat trip!
Posted on: Jul 31, 2010
Glynnes says:
Nice.
Posted on: Jul 31, 2010

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