Scenic Boat Ride to the Palomino Islands

3.5 hours | Lima (Callao) | CA2-600
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Includes snack, Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

A short motorcoach drive from the dock takes you to the Marina Yacht Club of Callao. If you're feeling adventurous, bring a swimsuit, as there will be an opportunity to jump from the boat and swim in the refreshing waters of the Palomino Islands.

Receive your life jacket and board an uncovered boat for a 2.5-hour tour of the beautiful Palomino Islands off the coast of Lima. Keep your camera at the ready (and keep hold of it, as the sea is occasionally bumpy!), because the scene is filled with picturesque maritime life – fishing boats, pleasure yachts, naval ships and container ships all do a coordinated dance on the waters.

Your captain will point out historic Fort of Real Felipe, used as a defense against pirates. Named for King Felipe V of Spain, the 200,000-square-foot fort is also the site where the Peruvians fought one of their last battles for independence against the Spanish. Continue through the "El Camotal" Shallows and learn the tales of the shipwrecks and fierce storms from long ago that sunk many ships.

Further off the coast, you'll spy San Lorenzo Island, Peru's largest island and an important research area for scientist Charles Darwin due to its unusual geography, flora and fauna. The untouched ecosystem of its shoreline is populated by penguins and a variety of other birds. The island's lack of fresh water has precluded any permanent human settlements, but it has still played an important role in local cultures dating back to pre-Incan times. Also known as "Mysterious Island," it is steeped in the legends of pirates and treasure, a perfect hideaway from the authorities. Later the island was used as a naval base during the War of the Pacific (1879–1883).

Just on the other side of San Lorenzo Island, you'll see the Palomino Islands, a grouping of small rocky islets, home to grottos and caves, which serve as a natural refuge for sea birds and a large colony of sea lions. The sea lions swim, play and interact with the boat – they are truly carefree, as there are no predators to impede them. You can really get "up close and personal" for this amazing nature photography opportunity. If you really want to get even closer to these sleek creatures, you can jump into the sparkling waters and frolic with them!

Your return trip to the Yacht Club takes you through the islets and along dramatic cliffs. In calm waters, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a light snack before returning to the pier.

Special Notes:

Please wear your swimsuit if you wish to swim. There is no changing area on the boat. Some wetsuits may be available, but there are not enough for all passengers.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.