This morning, we’ll transfer from Pisco to the seaside town of Paracas where we’ll board speedboats bound for the Ballestas Islands, a rugged salt desert and wildlife sanctuary home to diving Guanay cormorants, curious Humboldt penguins, languishing fur seals, and sea lions, as well as the stunning rock formations that comprise this archipelago. Unforgettable Moment: Often dubbed the Galapagos in miniature, the Ballestas are known for an extensive bird population, including Peruvian pelicans and boobies, red-legged cormorants, Inca terns, and more. Dolphins are also frequent visitors, so be on the lookout!
Afterward, we’ll head to a local vineyard for a tour and tasting of pisco, beloved regional liquor and Peru’s national drink. Cultural Discovery: An indigenous word meaning “bird” — a nod to the longstanding wildlife in this region — pisco is a popular grape brandy and the star ingredient of the pisco sour, comprised of egg white, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters. As we make our way back to port, we’ll visit the small desert town of Huacachina and its lagoon, a literal oasis in the center of undulating blond sand dunes.
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner