Ballestas Islands, Pisco

Must see · Educational Site · Tourist Spot
Cruise around the arches and caves of Ballestas Islands while listening to the unusual choir of noisy sea lions. As you approach the high rocky islands, you'll pass a mysterious 150 m (492 ft) high geoglyph carved into the sandy hills. The origin of the geoglyph remains unknown, but some speculations say that it served as a navigational guide for ancient sailors. At the islands, watch the sea lions pushing each other around, swimming alongside your boat, and occasionally sprawling on the rocks. This important sanctuary for marine wildlife--nicknamed "the poor man's Galapagos"--also supports the Guanay cormorant, blue-footed booby, Peruvian pelican, Humboldt penguin, and Chilean flamingo. Add Ballestas Islands and other attractions to your Pisco trip itinerary using our Pisco travel route builder app.
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  • This is another one of those, "...we did not have this on our Bucket List, but we would have if we had know about it in advance..." kind of places. It is wonderful when you come across a place or an....  more »
  • The approx 2 hours on the tour boat is worth the time spent. Great close up of all sorts of wildlife...including sea lions, diffrent tpes of birds and penguins too. An added attraction is the...  more »

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