Paracas This fisher town itself has little to offer to tourists and is best used only as a starting point for a trip to the Ballestas Islands and possibly the nearby salt desert and national reserve, Paracas. Pisco was the tourist hub of the area prior to the earthquake in 2007 but has not completely bounced back from that. Most businesses moved to Paracas, but enough remained to still provide a comfortable stay. Take a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands to see the sea lions and hillside Candelabra. You can usually add a tour of the Paracas National Reserve for a small extra price over the Ballestas trip. The reserve has an information center, a small fishing village and some rather dramatic sea-shore cliffs. It will not be the highlight of your trip, but it may be worth the trouble and the money.