Two days – The complete wildlife kayak experience
This two-day kayak experience gives you an opportunity to experience all marine wildlife off the Peruvian central coast up-close: sea lions, penguins and other marine birds – you may even encounter dolphins. All this you can enjoy up-close and surrounded by amazing coastal landscapes of unpopulated beaches and steep coastal cliffs with huge bird colonies glued onto the wall.
Come and experience the spectacular landscape of the coastline of Pucusana port and Asia Island. Asia Island is a so called guano island, located 100 km south of Lima. Guano islands are unpopulated islands with huge bird colonies whose bird droppings have served for thousands of years as natural fertilizer for agriculture and are still harvested nowadays. Since December 2009 Asia Island is part of the new National Reserve Guano Islands – a result of nine years of lobbying from our associated conservation group Mundo Azul.
Day 1: Pucusana
Explore the coast of Pucusana with it’s amazing coastal cliffs and small hidden beaches. View sea lions, marine birds and sea stars along the rocky coastline. While on the water your knowledgeable and friendly naturalist kayak guide will educate you about the surrounding region and wildlife while helping you further improve your kayaking skills. Starting from Lima we will reach Pucusana port in just about 90 minutes drive. From there we explore the southern coastline in the morning and the northern coastline in the afternoon. At noontime you can take a break in the local fish restaurants or just simply relax on the beach.
South American sea lions will rest just a few meters away from you on the rocks or pop up aside your kayak. During our bird-feeding activity dozens of the famously beautiful and endemic Inca terns will hover over your kayak while catching their bits of fish in flight. The endemic band-tailed gull will land on your kayak to get her fish and the pelicans will come paddling up-close. You can observe all three Peruvian cormorant species, a number of other seagull species, the endemic Peruvian sea side cynclodes, the blackish oystercatcher and a number of other marine and shore-bird species – we listed more than 30 bird species in the port area. With a little bit of luck you will see one of the endangered Humboldt penguins already on your first day, as well as the endangered Peruvian diving petrel.
We will stay overnight in a comfortable beach hotel. All rooms have ocean view and the hotel has WIFI.
Day 2: The Asia Island Penguin experience
The next morning we continue by road to the small town of Bujama, about 100 km south of Lima. From here we start our 13 mile kayak trip around Asia Island. While paddling you will be able to observe the endangered Humboldt Penguin which has a breeding colony on the island and everyday we see between 30 and 100 penguins up-close. You can also enjoy a small sea lion colony (30-50 strong), as well as thousands of Inca terns, Peruvian pelicans, Guanay cormorants, Peruvian boobies. Apart from that, you will see a great number of other marine and shore birds like the endemic band-tailed gull, the endemic Peruvian sea side cynclodes or the blackish oystercatcher. You also have a chance to encounter the small local dolphin pod living in the area around the island.
After returning to our beach in Bujama we drive back to Lima.
The waters around Pucusana and Asia Island are challenging enough for kayakers to come away with a sense of accomplishment yet plentiful enough to keep you exploring the vast array of wildlife that inhabit this area.
The tour includes:
- Hotel pick-up
- Private transport Lima-Pucusana (total 70 km)
- Private transport Pucusana – Bujama – Lima (140km)
- Boat transfer (36 km)
- Overnight in double room with ocean view and breakfast included
- 2 x Lunch box
- Kayak and sprayskirt
- English, Spanish, German speaking kayak and naturalist guide
- Safety/Kayak lesson
Cost (Low season: 07.08.2013 to 14.12.2013): 1,330 Nuevos Soles per person (not including tax)
Cost (High season: 15.12.2012 to 21.04.2013): 1,423 Nuevos Soles per person (not including tax)
Minimum group size: 2
If you book for a group larger than 3 people, or if you have your own transportation, we can make special offers.
For families apartment accomodation is possible. Single room accomodation is possible for an additional charge of 60 Nuevos Soles per person in low season and 100 Nuevos Soles per person in high season.
Sea kayaking with Nature Expeditions in Peru
No previous sea kayaking experience is required: We begin each of our sea kayak tours with a thorough safety/kayak lesson to familiarize you with your equipment and adequately prepare you for your adventure. The lesson includes paddling technique, sea kayaking safety, familiarization with our safety gear and providing other helpful and necessary skills for our kayak tour.
Our excellent knowledgeable and friendly naturalist kayak guides: We strongly believe that an outstanding guide can make the difference between a good trip and a fabulous kayak vacation. We choose our guides carefully. Our guides are skilled, friendly, and knowledgeable, they have a positive attitude and are passionate teachers but most importantly, they love what they do.
Small personal groups: Providing an excellent kayak trip involves a combination of many factors. One key aspect is the group size. A smaller group is safer on and off the water, allows for more interactions between the guide(s) and guests as well as gives our guests a chance to get to know each other. We adjust and modify each trip to the individual desires and interests of the group.
Our kayaking tour is a special and memorable activity
that will surely be the highlight of your vacation!
See our other kayak programs:
- Half day – Lima skyline kayak tour
- Half day – Pucusana wildlife kayak tour
- Full day – Pucusana ocean experience
- Full day – Asia Island penguin and sea lion experience
- Three days – Paracas kayaking
- Four days – coastal kayak adventure
- Five days – The complete coastal kayak experience
Travel with biologist Stefan Austermühle, Executive Director of the Peruvian nature conservation group Mundo Azul and founder of Nature Expeditions. Stefan is deeply involved in marine conservation and biological research in Peru since 1998. He is an experienced professional diver, owns a captains license and loves sea kayaking. Over the last decade he has been working all along the Peruvian coast and also leeads a longterm bottlenose dolphin research program. To read more about his work click here.
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