Discover the beautiful landscapes of Paracas National Reserve and the Ballestas Islands, also known as the “Galapagos of Peru”, on this short 2-day trip from Lima. Among the animals you will have the chance to see: Andean flamingos, Humboldt penguins, Peruvian pelicans, sea lions and maybe dolphins if you are lucky!
The Hacienda Bahia Paracas Hotel is located just three hours south of Lima, on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Paracas where luxury and simplicity blend perfectly. Come and experience the comfort and tranquility that our beach side resort offers. It is an experience that you are sure to never forget.
Every room in La Hacienda Bahia Paracas, has been designed to provide a comfortable stay and the opportunity to experience the tranquility of life on the bay. Our restaurant, El Coral, offers the best view of the bay. When this breathtaking view is combined with our exquisite menu, the comfort of our dinning room, and the genuine warmth of our service your meal will truly be an unforgettable experience.
The decorations within Hacienda Bahia Paracas make you feel like you are walking through a warmly decorated traditional coastal manor that was preserved for centuries. All of the modern conveniences that you would expect have been seamlessly integrated with an eye for maximum comfort. This fusion of the past, with a modern touch, result into an experience that you are sure to never forget. Every room is conceived with a cozy atmosphere that is what you need to achieve true rest.
Depart from the boat dock in Paracas at 8:00 am for your visit to the Ballestas Islands archipelago. As you cruise west from the tiny beach town of Paracas, you won't be able to miss the Candelabra geoglyph, a 150m high and 50m wide figure of a candlestick etched into the mountain, rumored to have been an ancient guide for sailors or a connection to the Nazca lines. A short description and time for photos is given before cruising on to the famous Ballestas Islands.
Ballestas islands is an excellent opportunity to see large families of over 100 sea lions sleeping on the shores, basking in the sun on the rocks or some barking loudly in efforts to protect their territory. Spot cormorants, the Peruvian booby and Peruvian pelican as well as other impressive varieties of sea bird species and Humboldt penguins nesting together in small groups. Feeling lucky? Watch the waters for dolphins.
Apart from the abundant marine and bird life found here, the Ballestas Islands are also very well known for the guano (seabird droppings) deposited on the island over thousands of years which creates a natural reserve of nitrogen-rich fertilizer over 50 meters deep in some areas. The guano came to be Peru's #1 export in the mid-19th century however today the extraction of guano has been regulated to every 10 years.
The return trip to Paracas is a quick, very windy, direct boat ride to the dock. Upon arrival at 10:00 am, your first tour comes to an end. You should have some time to take photos of the friendly pelicans that hang out on the shoreline beside the dock. Then make your way to the same departure point for your next tour.
At 11:00 am depart to the Paracas National Reserve for a guided tour through this pristine and unique natural reserve located south of the town of Pisco. Visit the Mirador de Flamencos and see flamingos eating at the shore, continue your adventure towards the Centro de Interpretacion to learn about all the fauna in the reserve. In this Centre you can see skeletons of whales, sea lions, and penguins. To finish your tour go off road in the desert towards beautiful Lagunillas Beach, where you can enjoy lunch with a view (not included). At Lagunillas, those who want to go for a swim are welcome to! Return to Paracas.
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