Ballestas Island boat tour from San Martin port

Overview

From the port of General San Martin visitors can reach the best tours of area such as Ballestas Islands, The Paracas National Reserve and the Nasca Lines.The port of General San Martin is a small deep-water port located on the western side of Paracas Bay. It is relatively isolated as there is no settlement at the port and it is surrounded by desert terrain and the Paracas National Reserve, though it continues to serve the city of Pisco, which is some 25km away.

Be amazed Peru’s answer to the Galapagos Island on a fascinating waterborne tour of the Ballestas Islands. These islands are well protected as a national reserve and also are off-limits to people, though there are boat tours which take tourists to the islands and allow them to get a closer view.  Board your speed boat at a local Paracas pier and head out around the dramatically sculpted coast of Paracas Peninsula, part of a vast coastal desert reserve unique to this part of the world. During your journey, you’ll marvel at the famous Candelabro de Paracas, an enormous three-pronged earthwork etched into the hillside in the style of the Nazca Lines but we think that was made by the Paracas Civilization. Together with the cluster of offshore Ballestas Islands, this terrain comprises the most ecologically significant coastal wildlife sanctuary in Peru. You won’t disembark as you cruise around these protected islands, but your vessel will approach closely enough to observe some of the seabirds and marine mammals who live and breed there. Be on the lookout for Guanay cormorants, Peruvian boobies and pelicans, and Chilean flamingos. Agile Humboldt penguins and large colonies of lazy sea lions also congregate along these rocky shores. And don’t be fooled be the barren-seeming landscape; nutrient-rich upwelling waters from the Humboldt Current make this an extremely abundant fishing ground for animals – and seafood restaurants.