Islas Ballestas, Galápagos on the Cheap — Part 3


Birds of a Feather Flocking Together

Birds of a Feather Flocking Together

Yes, there were a lot of Peruvian boobies on Islas Ballestas, but they weren’t the only birds around.  Here are some red-legged cormorants:

Red-Legged Cormorants

Red-Legged Cormorants

But most people on our boat were much more interested in the South American sea lions that populated the rocky cliffs and sandy beaches:

Sea Lion Beach

Sea Lion Beach

Here’s a view of yet another colony of female sea lions and their pups:

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Mamas and Pups

The flocks of birds dotting the face of the rugged cliffs were staggering:

Peruvian Boobies

Peruvian Boobies

The relentless pounding of surf erodes the rocks while producing a noticeable roar:

Crashing Waves

Crashing Waves

Eventually this erosion eats away large portions of rock leaving behind caves, bridges, and other large openings while undermining entire sections of island:

Eroding Rocks

Eroding Rocks

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3 responses to “Islas Ballestas, Galápagos on the Cheap — Part 3

  1. C.J.

    Great photos. How cold is the water? I’d like to dive there, but only if the water is warm.

    • We didn’t get into the water, C.J., so I’m just guessing here but I would say that it would be on the chilly side. Islas Ballestas, as well as most of the Peruvian coast, lies directly off the Humboldt Current.

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