Ballestas Islands, Pisco

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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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  • I've never seen so many birds in my life, apparently there are about 8 million of them on the small islands - which are quite small. One of the islands was black it was so covered in cormorants. Almos...  more »
  • Special place. Very interesting and different. Lots of birds to view. Got a little wet on the boat return but that didn't matter as the weather was warm.  more »
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