The Ballestas Islands are located 20km off the coast of Paracas. The best way to experience the Islands is on a speed boat tour
Information on the best buses to take to Paracas is available on our passes page. Simply choose your departure city, the locations you would like to visit, and amount of time you have to travel. Then browse our many passes to see which of them include your desired stop in Paracas.
Bolivia Hop does not operate any of the speedboat tours to the islands. However, we do have a select number of tour operators that we work with. All of these operators are trusted, and we only collaborate with companies guaranteed to give you the best value for your money and time. Check out the itinerary for one of our recommended operators below, or click the “Learn More” button to explore other options.
– First Tour: 08:00am
– Second Tour: 10:00am
Duration: 2 hours
Meeting Point: Frayles Residencial Hotel – 15 minutes before departure time
IMPORTANT NOTE: The duration of this tour is shortened to 1 hour and a half during holiday periods (e.g. Easter weekend, end of July).
Special deal for Bolivia Hop Passengers – If you book your tours with Paracas Explorer via FindLocalTrips.com there is a date change allowance of up until the evening before your tour begins at no extra cost.
Due to the increasing winds during the course of the day the only tours available are in the mornings at 08:00am and 10:00am, which both operate every day of the week. We recommend where possible to opt for the 08:00am tour as this is when there is optimum water conditions and wildlife spotting.
I am planning to follow your recommended minimum schedule leaving on one of the 07:00am departures from Lima. Spending the first night in Paracas do I have time to do the Ballestas Island Tour, go on the free National Reserve Tour and still catch the bus leaving for Huacachina at 13:00pm on the second day?
Yes, our buses are scheduled to allow you to visit the Ballestas Islands (08:00-10:00am), then the Paracas National Reserve (depart 11:00am) and still leave for Huacachina at 13:00pm to arrive with enough time to sandboard the dunes at sunset!
I do not feel well and wish to cancel my tour for the next morning. Will I get a refund?
Bolivia Hop does not operate the Ballestas Islands trip. The tour provider allows cancellations up to 18:00pm the evening before at no cost. However, cancellations after this time or missed tours will be charged the full price of the tour.
I woke up late and missed my tour. Can I change it for tomorrow?
Unfortunately not, the operator of the Ballestas Island will charge in full for any ‘NO SHOW’ or missed tours that have not beeen cancelled before 18:00pm the day before. If you would like to book the tour again for the next day then this is completely possible, but you will be charged the full price again.
Is there a pick up?
No, the tour meets at Frayles Residencial Hotel. Paracas is a small village, just a couple of hundred meters long and Frayles Residencial Hotel is located in the centre.
Is it possible to walk on the islands or to go swimming?
The islands are protected, this means you are not permitted to walk on the islands or swim with the marine life, but you will get very close to them by boat. A unique experience comparable to that of the Galapagos.