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Pisco, Peru-port

Pisco is the largest port between Callao and Matarani, Peru. There are two parts of town: Pisco Pueblo with its colonial-style homes; and Pisco Puerto, which, apart from fisheries, has been replaced as a port by the deep-water Puerto General San Martin. This area was also home of the Paracas culture, and in August 1820, the great liberator General San Martin landed on its coast, marking Pisco as the birthplace of Peru’s struggle for independence.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Ballestas Island
    Seated Tour
  • Ballestas Island
    Seated Tour
  • The Paracas National Reserve
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Paracas National Reserve
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Route of the Pisco
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Route of the Pisco
    Light Activity /Walking

Ballestas Island

Seated Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: PIO-003

Explore Peru's own version of the Galapagos during this fascinating tour of the Ballestas Islands.

You'll transfer by bus from the Port of Pisco to the private pier belonging to the Hotel Paracas, where you'll board your boat and ride to the scenic Ballestas Islands. Though on a much smaller scale, these islands represent Peru's very own version of the Galapagos Islands. The Paracas Peninsula and nearby Ballestas Islands comprise the most important wildlife sanctuary on the Peruvian coast. During your journey, you'll marvel at the famous Candelabro, also known as Candelabra, a giant figure in the style of the Nazca drawings etched into the coastal hills.

While cruising around the Ballestas Islands, you'll have the opportunity to watch many different kinds of marine birds, including the frequently observed Guanay cormorant, Peruvian booby and Peruvian pelican. Humboldt penguins, Chilean flamingoes and large colonies of sea lions can also be found here.

Please note: The boats are not covered. Wear a hat and sunglasses, and bring sunscreen.