Not known by general public until recently, the Palomino Islands is one of the nicest side excursions you can take while in Lima. Featured as an alternative to the Ballestas Islands for those who are unable to go to Paracas (a roundtrip of seven hours from Lima), Islas Palomino is just an hour on board a yacht from the historical port of Callao, which in its turn is just half an hour from the center. The tour takes 4 hours and you will also get to know San Lorenzo Island, El Fronton Island and the Cavinzas Islands.
These islands are full of history though another aspect to the exciting appeal is the fabulous and friendly sea life. Catch a glimpse of the sea lions of the cold Peruvian sea, the amazing Humboldt penguins (quite similar in looks and size to the Magellanic penguins) and many other sea birds species. Have a bit of an adventure by swimming and splashing alongside these young and playful sea creatures.
Many tours offer trips out to the islands where tourists can enjoy viewing the yachts, warships and freighters that are located out in the bay. Gaze upon local fisherman hauling their nets out into the waters and listen to tales dating back to pre-columbian times before encountering new sea life and beautiful waters. The Palomino Islands are a wonderful side trip for those who are looking to escape the city life and inhale the salty smells of the bay. This is a great trip for everyone in the family to enjoy.