Lima: Swim with Wild Sea Lions at Palomino Islands
- Duration: 2.5 hours
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It is a long day, but well worthwhile as a lot is packed in. I was really lucky as I was the only one on the tour that day so had Choji, my guide, to myself. His English was excellent and he was a really interesting guide. He covered not only details about the sights on the way but also happily discussing pretty much anything about Peru that I wanted to know. Great to get out of Lima and see something of Peru. Trip to the Ballestas Islands was memorable - getting up close to the sea lions and birds. Desert and oasis impressive too. Sand buggying very much like a roller coaster. Lunch and tasting at the winery were good too. Our guide there was really informative and funny. Also very generous tasting session of eight different piscos. A well put together tour.
Boat trip was ok, but we didn’t see any penguins. In sand dunes we been waiting.. waiting... in one place about 30 minutes to take pictures, us was told that we spend 2 hours in the paggy cars. After that 30 minutes or so waiting after others who tried sand boarding. Felt like more waiting in dunes than enjoining the paggy ride. Had excepted more fun there. Anyway... I recommend the bus company who took us there Perú Hop, guid was also professional and funny entertaining us on the way
The crew were funny, engaging, genuinely happy to take us out to swim with the sea lions. The experience was amazing. I have swum, surfed, dived in the ocean for 50 years but never have I been happier in the water than I was swimming with the sea lions. Their noise, inquisitive and fun nature was incredible. I was fortunate enough to be nibbled on the foot by one! Words can’t describe. Have no second thoughts, do it, you won’t regret it.
Visiting all the places was a treat ! The best thing though was our travel buddies Aymen and Pablo. We were picked up right on time in a perfect condition SUV for the long drive. Our buddies were courteous, well spoken in English, knowledgeable and by the end of the day we were like friends. A 17 hour trip that day felt like traveling with family. Highly recommended!!!
Definitely a highlight of our trip! My partner and I ended up being the only ones who had booked the tour so it was just us two on the boat, what an experience. Fernando kind, accommodating, and very personable, giving us great tips for the rest of our time in Peru.