Cruises from Islas Ballestas
The Islas Ballestas are a group of small islands in the Pacific Ocean, 8 km off shore from Peru. The islands are nicknamed “The Poor Man´s Galapagos”. The nearest mainland port is Paracas, 18 km distant. The islands are barren rocky formations and are an important sanctuary for the guanay guano bird, the blue-footed booby and the tendril.
Other notable species include Humboldt penguins, fur seals and sea lions. Visitors usually take the two-hour boat trip from the resort town of Paracas. Some research stations are built on the islands. Many of the islands rise from the sea with steep vertical cliffs.