"PARACAS NATURAL RESERVE / BALLESTAS ISLANDS" Pisco Things to Do Tip by swesn

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A visit to the Paracas Natural Reserve is easier by organised boat tour to the Balletas Islands in the bay of Paracas. The bay is sheltered by the Paracas peninsula. The name 'Paracas' means 'sandstorm' because in this region, there can be severe sandstorm and wind can reach a speed of 32km/hr.

The area here around the Ballestas Islands is an amazing marine reserve with the highest concentration of marine birds in the world. It is also a reserve designated for migratory birds. The islands are also interestingly eroded into arches and caves, providing shelter for the birds.

It is quite fun to go out to the islands (you don't get off the boat) and observe the thousands of birds and the hundreds of sea-lions. Sometimes, you see huge long lines of flying dots which are the birds approaching from the sky. 'Guano' (bird sh!t) have been collected by the locals for ages to be sold as fuel.

The boats pass Puerto San Martin and the Candelabra enroute to the islands so you can view the interesting design from the boat.

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  • Updated Jan 5, 2008
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