Exploring Ballestas island | The Poor Man’s Galapagos

Our second destination in Peru was Paracas, which is well known for its Ballestas Islands. Paracas National Reserve is one of the biggest protected desert reserves in South America; A fantastic desert that meets the ocean. Actually, it is a saline desert formed in the place of an ancient ocean and now home to a large wildlife. Because of its impressive marine and terrestrial wildlife, in 1975 was established as a protected area. Ballestas Islands What Are the Ballestas Islands The Ballestas are a collection of rocky islands, just a few kilometers off the western coast of Paracas. The islands are hosting a large wildlife. They are home for a thousand birds and mammals including penguins and sea lions. How to reach From Paracas, you’ll need to take a 2-hour wildlife-watching boat tour. Peru Hop arranged our tour with a local travel agency and we paid 15 USD. The tour…

Hiking the Cies Islands

If you think about Spain’s islands what first pops into your head? Ibiza? Tenerife? But what if we told you that on the Atlantic Coast of Spain you can find some of the most beautiful islands in the world? If you don’t believe us, we invite you to take a tour of the Cies Islands with us and see the natural, untouched beauty that they have to offer. A few km away from the Galician city of Vigo,  lies the Cies Islands, an unspoiled paradise of green wilderness, white sand and turquoise-blue waters. These islands are designated as A National Park, therefore an protected area. There are technical three islands in this archipelago: the sought island – San Marino, The North island – Monteagudo, and in the middle – Do Faro, which is linked to Monteagudo by a stretch of sand known as Rodas Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in…