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Islas Ballestas- Paracas - Ica - Peru


The Islands Crossbows, near the city of Pisco, in Peru, are composed by formation rocky where is an important marine fauna with guaneras birds like guanay, piquero and the earring mainly.

Also Peruvian pingüinos can be appreciated that are in extinction danger. Also, the Islands Crossbows constitute in the refuge of two varieties of marine wolves (fine wolves and funny wolves) and other mammals.

To these wolves of sea it enchants to them to approach the boats of tourists and jump to his environs, being this one a spectacle that of in case it justifies the visit totally. It is also from special interest when one is near these islands, listening the shouts of the herds of wolves. It gives the impression to practically be surrounded by these animals almost 360 degrees. The auditory spectacle is specially singular and matchless. These wolves of sea are inoffensive.
To these islands a circuit can be acceded from the bath of Paracas, near Pisco, doing that is made in boats, which allows to appreciate to these species in its environment of safe form. The complete circuit lasts four to five hours.

Sailing towards the Islands Crossbows, in the way the Candelabrum can be appreciated that is geoglifo of great dimensions that serves as light the navigators. This Candelabrum is related to the Lines and geoglifos of Are born and Pampas of Jumana.

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Situated 240km south of Lima, The Paracas National Reserve and the Ballestas Islands are among the most popular tourist destinations on the south coast, and offer the chance to see some of the best wildlife anywhere in Peru. The area is also of archaeological importance and includes the famous Candelabro etched into the desert hills.
The area was central to the Peruvian economy in the mid-nineteenth century, due to the vast quantities of guano produced by the sea birds. This was exported to Europe for use as fertiliser, and guano became the most important source of revenue for Peru in this period. Guano is still collected, although its importance for the economy is now far less than before. The area is also of historical importance, as the South American liberator General San Martin landed here with his army before securing Peru's independence from Spain. British troops also landed here to aid San Martin in his struggle.
Pisco is an important port with a population of about 80,000. Pisco is obviously associated with the drink named after the town, and was the port that was used to ship out pisco to Spain. Although the town is not particularly attractive, it is quite lively and it is the main base for people wishing to visit the Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve.
The village of Paracas (and Chaco, next to it) is much smaller than Pisco, 20 minutes away, although it has plenty of restaurants, hotels and travel agencies. It is a relaxing, quiet place, with a good beach, and if you want to visit the Islas Ballestas you can stay either in Pisco or Paracas, depending on your preferences.

Flora y Fauna
These spectacular islands, eroded into many caves and arches, provide shelter for thousands of seabirds and hundreds of sea-lions. Although the islands fall just outside the Paracas National Reserve they are protected by separate legislation. The islands are home to over 150 species of marine bird including the Humboldt penguin, cormorants, boobies and pelicans. Even condors have been known to visit. On the shores can be seen large numbers of sea-lions and in the sea it is possible to encounter dolphins and even whales.
The only way to get to the island is by taking an organised tour (there are many agencies in Pisco and Paracas). Tours are fairly inexpensive costing between US$ 10-15 and comprise a speedboat trip accompanied by a guide for about 2 hours. Boats depart between 08:00 and 10:30 from the fishing jetty at El Chaco port by the village of Paracas. Check that the company provides life-jackets and take warm clothing and sun protection. Also ask what is the maximum group size since some boats can become very overcrowded.
Visitors are not allowed onto the islands but views of the wildlife from the boat are usually excellent. The tours also pass the 'Candelabro' - a 50m candelabra-shape traced in the desert hillside overlooking the sea. Their are numerous theories as to its origin (best left to the guides to explain some of them).



The Ballestas Islands are located off the shores of Paracas; they are three small islands: North Ballestas, Central Ballestas and South Ballestas. Each one of these islands has an approximate area of 0.12 square km. They are rocky formations on which big colonies of dung birds, Humboldt variety of penguins and sea lions inhabit. Most of these species are described in the National Reserve of Paracas. The marine resources that exist in this area is immense. It is an ideal place for the practice of the scuba diving. National and international championships of underwater hunting are held here. You can arrive from Paracas to these islands in a boat with a circuit that has a minimum time of 2 hours. This excursion will allow you to enter in direct contact with the virgin nature of a marine ecosystem, and to see colonies of birds and marine mammals that many times group in hundreds of thousands very close to each other; it is an incredible show.





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