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Activities in Ica

Ballestas Islands Tour

The beautiful wilderness of the Ballestas Islands is a natural paradise. Discover the Humboldt penguins and seals that live there on this tour from Ica.

The beautiful wilderness of the Ballestas Islands is a natural paradise. Discover the Humboldt penguins and seals that live there on this tour from Ica.

Ballestas Islands Tour

Between 6:30 am and 7 am on the day of your tour, you'll be picked up from your hotel in the Ica-Huacachina area, ready to explore one of the wild archipelagos of the Pacific Ocean. After around an hour's drive by bus, you'll arrive at the port in Paracas. Once kitted out with life jackets, you'll hop on board a speed boat to begin your two hour cruise around the Ballestas Islands.

During your speed boat tour, you'll sail along the coast of the Paracas peninsula, giving you excellent views of the enigmatic Candelabra of the Andes, a prehistoric geoglyph carved into the hillside, dating back to 2000 BC. Just like the famous Nazca Lines, the Candelabra remains shrouded in mystery despite many theories surrounding its origins and meanings.

Continue sailing onwards to the Ballestas Islands themselves. Cruising around the coastlines of the archipelago, you'll be up close and personal with the incredible ecosystem that thrives here. Keep your eyes peeled for the Humboldt penguins waddling on the rocks and the seals basking in the sun. You'll also see many different bird species native to the isles.

At the end of your tour, you'll cruise back to Paracas, before making the return journey by bus to your hotel. You'll be dropped back off at around 12 pm.

Staying in Paracas?

If you'd prefer, you can also reserve this Ballestas Islands Tour with pick up from Paracas.

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Tour in English
Adults Children between 5 and 12 years old Children between 3 and 4 years old Children under 3
US$ 41
US$ 35.70
not permitted

Tour in English

  • Adults

    US$ 41
  • Children between 5 and 12 years old

    US$ 35.70
  • Children between 3 and 4 years old

  • Children under 3

    not permitted

More Information

Covid-19 Measures

Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

It is mandatory to present a complete vaccination certificate. This information is for guidance only and may change depending on local regulations. Always check the restrictions before travelling.

The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.

Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit), and a full refund applied.

The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.

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5 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.


Hotel pick up and drop off.

Transport by minibus.

Speed boat trip.

English speaking guide on board.

When to book?

You can book up until 24 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.


Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
US$ 41

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