We visited Paracas because it is known as the ‘poor man’s Galapagos’. Which was right up our alley, because actually going to the Galapagos islands for a week easily costs 3000 EUR per person.
So we preferred to visit Paracas, a coastal town in Peru which is known for the Islas Ballestas, a group of islands full of wildlife located just in front of the coast. Small boats take you on a tour around the islands and show you all the special wildlife.
The islands are, just like the Galapagos islands, full of exotic looking animals that are specific to that area. They are mostly full of different types of birds, but you can also see sea lions, penguins, starfish and other animals. The animals are beautiful to see, but the best part for me was when the huge amount of birds that are flying everywhere started shitting on everyone in the boat. Luckily we read about it on the internet and were prepared and wearing our poncho.
Besides the island we also visited a nature park which had nice views on the coastline, but really the Islas Ballestas is the real reason to visit Paracas