Can’t afford the Galapagos Islands? The Ballestas Islands off the coast of Peru are condsidered ‘the poor man’s Galapagos’ and are home to hundreds of seals, penguins, pelicans and sea lions.
Speed boat ride to the Ballestas Islands - Pictures of the Ballestas Islands - Fabulous Travel Guide

Speed boat ride to the Ballestas Islands - Pictures of the Ballestas Islands - Fabulous Travel Guide

Boat trips leave from Pisco at 7am and take about 1.5 hours  to reach the islands. On the way you’ll stop to see the three-pronged Candelabra, a giant figure etched into the sandy hills (pictured below).
Candelabra etched into the sand in Pisco - Ballestas Islands, Peru - Fabulous Travel Guide

The Candelabra is approx 595ft long - Ballestas Islands, Peru - Fabulous Travel Guide

After a quick photo stop, you’ll cruise the Ballestas Islands for several hours observing scores of noisy seals, sea lions, penguins, boobies and pelicans.
Spot seals and sealions on the Ballestas Islands in Peru - Ballestas Islands in Peru - Fabulous Travel Guide

Spot seals and sea lions on the Ballestas Islands in Peru - Ballestas Islands in Peru - Fabulous Travel Guide

Looking for more things to do in Peru? Go sandboarding in Huacachina or visit the infamous Machu Picchu. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates!