The Ballestas Islands are often described as Peru's answer to the Galapagos Islands and
although they don't quite match the splendour of their northern cousins,|
they are quite spectacular in their own right.
The islands have been eroded to form countless natural caves and arches.
In fact, this is where the islands' name comes from - the word Ballesta means 'bow'
(as in archery).
There are colonies of thousands of seabirds such as pelicans and penguins, and you will also see hundreds of sealions and often schools of dolphins.
It only takes a few hours to visit the islands. As well as getting you out to the islands themselves, this is also the ideal way to see the Paracas bay, complete with its stunning natural rock formations such as the Paracas Cathedral.
You also get a great view of the 'Candelabra', whic