Over the course of a year, more than 250 different species of birds land on the guano-covered rocks located six miles off the coast, near the beach town of Paracas, the Ballestas Island’s abundant wildlife has earned the nickname of the Peruvian Galapagos, and are a must-see stop during any trip to Peru.
The Ballestas Islands are a group of small islands near the town of Paracas located on the south coast of Peru. These islands are an important sanctuary for marine fauna.
With no natural predators, the islands teem with wildlife above and below the sea. Humboldt Penguins, Guanay Black Cormorants, and blue-footed boobies roost on the islands, while the sky is thick with Brown Pelicans and Incan Terns. More than just a birder’s paradise, over 5,000 sea lions and a variety of dolphins, turtles, and whales also appears in the water surrounding the Ballestas, collectively referred to as the Paracas National Reserve
The best way to explore the islands is by boat, which can be hired easily in nearby Paracas Harbor. Standard trip typically lasts 2 hours, at least half time needs to reach the islands, so if you want to stay longer in the “active” zone, fix your demand in advance, even in the harbour!