The Islas Ballestas (Ballestas Islands) are a group of small islands near the town of Paracas. Composed largely of rock formations and covering an estimated area of 0.12 km², these islands are an important sanctuary for marine fauna like the guanay guano bird, the blue-footed booby and the tendril. Other notable species include Humboldt Penguins and two varieties of seals (fur seals and sea lions), amongst other mammals.
These islands are accessible from the town of Paracas (near Pisco) by tour boat. On the way to the islands, on the Paracas Peninsula, visitors will notice El Candelabro, a large-scale geoglyph which is cut two feet into the soil and is 595 feet tall. The mystery as to the origins of this particular geoglyph is ongoing with much speculation.
The visit to the Ballestas Islands is, from an ecotourism point of view, probably the best known along the Perúvian coast.