The Ballestas Islands are located roughly 15 km off the coast of southern Peru. These islands are home to various fauna like the guanay guano bird, the blue-footed booby, the tendril, the Humboldt penguin and two varieties of marine mammals (fur seals and sea lions). They can be reached by the small sea side town of Paracas. Paracas is also the name of a nature reserve further south on the coast.
The Ballestas Islands are located off the coast close to Paracas. The best way to get there is to take a speed boat tour of the islands from Paracas.
Las Islas Ballestas are protected, that means you can't swim with the animals or walk on the islands by yourself, but you can get very close to them on a boat tour.