Cruise the Ballestas Islands on a shore excursion from San Martin Port that also includes sightseeing stops at the Paracas Candelabra, Pisco, and Tambo Colorado. You’ll visit three of the Ballestas Islands to explore caves, spot sea lions, and watch for the islands’ remarkable birdlife, then head to the mainland to see Pisco’s key sites and the fascinating Inca architecture at Tambo Colorado.
Pass By: Islas Ballestas, Paracas, Ica Region
After meeting our guide at 9:15 am, you'll board our speedboat to begin the adventure to the stunning Ballestas Island. On the way, you will stop at the Paracas peninsula to see the enigmatic figure of the Candelabro, a stunning design drawn on the side of a hill in the Peninsula. Nobody knows for sure who did it or why. There are many hypotheses regarding its origin, with some believing it is related to the Nazca Lines.
Afterwards, you'll head off to Ballestas Island, where you will see a stunning world filled with birds and sea lions. Here, you'll visit the three islands at a distance & getting the chance to sail inside of some caves, depending on the condition of the sea. On your return to the port, you will board our vehicle to drive towards Pisco for a sightseeing tour, where you'll will visit the main square, the Municipal Palace, & a few other notable places.
Next, we'll travel roughly 35 miles east to the Fortress of Tambo Colorado. Tambo Colorado was an Incan settlement and was most likely built at the end of the 15th century. originally ruled by the Inca Emperor Pachacutec, it was also known as Puka Tampu, Pucallacta, or Pucahuasi. Its buildings are typical Wary (Ayacucho) and Incan (Cusco) styles, with structures including ceremonial plazas, houses, ceremonial platforms, and the main building known as La Fortaleza. It is believed that Tambo Colorado was used as an administrative, ceremonial, and military complex to control the main roads from the coast to the highland.
The site consists of several structures around a large central plaza. The central plaza is shaped like a trapezoid with its largest side being 492-ft (150-m) long. The main structure is grouped together in northern and southern regions, plus some ceremonial platforms. Because of local environmental conditions, many of the buildings original colors have been preserved, helping experts reconstruct the site.