Lima to Paracas Tour

Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands

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The coastal city of Paracas, home to the Paracas National Reserve and the Ballestas Islands, also known as “Galapagos de los Pobres”, is probably the Perú Tours from Lima.

In just a few square kilometers, you can see enigmatic archaeological sites, astonishing desert landscapes, stunning beaches, and diverse wildlife. The best thing about Paracas is that it is only a four hour drive from Lima, which makes it a very convenient place for a quick vacation outside of the capital, whether or not to escape for a weekend.

With this Perú Tour from Lima you will discover the beautiful landscapes of the Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve. One of the Perú Tours from Lima captivating and essential route in Peru!

What will you do?

  • Get in touch with nature in the oldest marine reserve in Peru
  • See the local fauna of the Paracas National Reserve
  • Sail through the Ballestas Islands and admire its unspoiled nature
  • See unique elongated skulls and beautifully woven as you learn about Paracas culture
  • Savor fresh seafood

Brief story:

The Paracas peninsula and its surroundings were first colonized by the Paracas culture, which shares its name in 900 B.C. These early inhabitants lived as fishermen and farmers, but they were also known to be extremely skilled artisans. Its finely crafted tools, ceramics, and woven textiles have survived to this day, many unearthed in the tombs of the nearby Paracas Necropolis, a mass burial site of the Paracas and later Nazca cultures. These two cultures were also well known for their practice of skull lengthening, producing a strange alien appearance that has led to all manner of wild speculations and conspiracy theories. Many of these interesting discoveries can be seen at the nearby Juan Pa Infra Hierro History Museum.


Ballestas Islands

Nicknamed “The Galapagos of the Poor”, it is the most popular attraction for travelers in Paracas. Given the nickname due to the similarity to the Galapagos at a much lower price, these rocky islands off the Pacific coast of Peru are an essential stop for any nature lover. The islands are home to hundreds of species of animals such as the endangered Humboldt penguin, seals, many subtropical birds (the blue-footed booby, guanay, etc.) and more exotic and interesting fauna.

The candelabrum

On the way to the Ballestas Islands, you will go through El Candelabro, a large prehistoric petroglyph of unknown origin that is 150m high and 50m wide. To this day it is unknown why it was recorded in the sand, but there are several theories; being the most reasonable, the one that says it was made by ancient sailors to be able to navigate.

Paracas National Reserve

Like the Ballestas Islands, the Paracas National Reserve is a protected area due to its importance in flora and fauna; especially birds. In total, the reserve has 74 species of plants, 216 species of birds, 16 types of mammals, 10 species of reptiles and 193 species of fish. Its main attraction, however, are the incredible and magical landscapes. The peninsula reflects the point where the driest desert on earth connects with the Pacific Ocean, making for a picturesque and dramatic landscape. There are several parts of the coast and beaches with a unique appearance: the small town of Lagunillas, the radiant red sand of the red beach, the beautiful, Playa de la Mina among others.


02:50 a.m. At the scheduled time you will be picked up from your hotel in Lima and then transferred to the bus station for your departure to Paracas (3 and a half hours of travel).

07:10 a.m. Approximate arrival time in Paracas, we will wait for you at the bus station in Paracas with your name and then transfer you to our office for the respective recommendations and then start our Full Day Paracas Tours.

08:00 a.m. Ballestas Islands & Candelabro Tour.

At the indicated time we will board our glider from the chaco, after all our group is on board and everyone with their life jackets we will sail through the Paracas bay for approximately 15 minutes until we reach the Candelabro, in this place we will make a stop and our guide will explain the different theories that exist about this mysterious figure, then we will sail 20 minutes out to sea and arrive at the Ballestas Islands, here we will appreciate rock formations and a great variety of marine species, while our boat goes around the islands gently our guide will go explaining about this place and its fauna which will be observed as sea lions, Humboldt penguins, Chuitas, Guanayes, Pelicanos, Tendrils, Ostreros, thousands of seabirds, then we will return and be in the port of Chaco at 10:00 am approximately.

After the Lima to Paracas Tour you will have free time of 50 minutes to have breakfast, shop at the handicraft fair or stroll along the boulevard.

11:00 hrs Paracas National Reserve Tour.

We will continue with our Full Day Lima to Paracas Tour boarding our mobility to start the tour to the paracas reserve, we will visit the interpretation center of the paracas reserve where you can see interesting videos, photos and marine fossils showing all the life and fauna that in it it already existed millions of years ago. We will also take a tour of the Paracas Peninsula, the sedimentary coastal desert which shows a contrast of reddish and yellow colors, formations made by the winds, we will know its beautiful beaches, such as Yumaque beach, Roja beach and Lagunillas beach, in this last beach They will have free time so they can have lunch since there are restaurants in front of the beach or take walks in the surroundings and take photos, then we will return to Paracas at 3:00 p.m. This tour lasts approximately 4 hours.

15:40 hrs. Transfer to the bus station.

16:35 hrs. Departure of the bus from Paracas to Lima.

20:45 hrs. Arrival in Lima / Reception at the bus station and transfer to your hotel in Lima

End of our Lima to Paracas Tour


  • Tourist mobility from Lima
  • Local tour guide for each tour
  • Tour to the Paracas National Reserve
  • Traditional City Tour


  • Entrance ticket to the National Reserve: S / 11.00 each
  • Feeding
  • IGV, add 18% if you want an invoice


  • All minors (-18) must travel accompanied by at least one of their parents or with notarized permission.
  • Tours are in shared service and are subject to the climatic factor (in case a tour is not carried out due to this factor, it will be changed for a similar one)
  • In case of No show, cancellations or postponements, they will be charged 100%.
  • Transfer service from Lima can be given with another bus operator if the one indicated initially does not have availability.

What to bring?

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Before travelling
  • Remember to protect your belongings from the water while sailing between the islands, as they could get wet.
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