Palomino Islands~

The geologically stunning Palamino Islands are off the coast of Callao Peru.

The boat trip out to visit them is exciting as the waters are rough, especially in the narrows between the islands.

Local fisherman brave the rough seas in their small pangas. There is an abandoned prison on one island reminiscent of Devil’s Island, and there are multiple old shipwrecks in the treacherous waters.

Like Isla Ballestas, which I will show you next, these Peruvian islands are a wonderland of marine mammals and birds, including Humboldt Penguins. The Patagonian Sea Lion nurseries, where mamas drop their babies off for group day care while they go off to fish, are especially fascinating. Doesn’t the adult baby sitter in the lower right corner look just a tad stressed? I can relate to how she must feel!

Child care duty takes a village!

These huge southern sea lions are friendly,

and very curious.

They seem to enjoy checking out the humans who come to visit.

Cheers to you from the remarkable Palomino Islands~

208 thoughts on “Palomino Islands~

  1. Wonderful tour, Cindy. Great pictures of the sea lions. I think you were brave to go out in those small boats! Must have been hard to keep the camera still with the water a bit rough.

    1. Thank you. It was very hard to get photos with the waves and the sea spray. I had to keep hiding my camera when the waves came, cleaning my lens and planning for the bumps!

    1. I think the big papa guardians would not be too happy if you tried to approach one of the babies, and they are BIG boys! But, I agree, those pups are beyond sweet <3 <3

  2. What an amazing place. ( What is your secret to knowing so many amazing places? :D) Love the sea lion nurseries, although I wouldn’t like to be one of the adults in charge of so many littlies. 😉

    1. I wonder how they pick the daycare providers??? Is it a lottery? Is it a privilege or a punishment. Most likely, being wiser than humans, they share the duty equally. Happy Easter Mandy <3

  3. The rock in the first picture looks astonishingly like one of those statues on Easter Island. And with that thought, Happy Easter to you,

  4. I am Peruvian and a few years ago, I had the opportunity to be in those places. It is still attractive to see marine life that little island. Your extraordinary photos, remind me of a youth where the adventure in the sea was the best on school vacations and I was not afraid of danger. It was a surprise because I now live in Venezuela for 43 years and the nostagia returned. Thank you very much for this moment.

    1. Oh how wonderful to trigger such positive childhood memories. This makes me happy I posted. I too was born and grew up next to the ocean and spent my childhood in it, and on it. I have to return to the ocean regularly in order to feel happy. When I am in or on the sea, I am happy. How beautiful your childhood must have been in Peru’s gorgeous ocean. I am so happy you have been to her incredible islands <3

      1. Yes, nothing like the sea. Its blue color surrounds us and at night the waves do not want to let us go. I am also happy that you have enjoyed your trip. A good Sunday Cindy.

  5. I liked how you use the word ‘exciting’ rather than harrowing to describe your boat trip out. 🙂 I can see the mama seals doing daycare duty wondering what to do with all those crying babies. I loved seeing so many all in one place. Don’t think I’ve ever seen the babies before. What on earth brings you to all those glorious places? I would so love to travel that much. Enjoy your Easter.

  6. Cindy, this was fascinating with unbelievable images…thank you for taking us along with you to a place I will never see personally but have been so lucky to travel with you. Safe travels.

    1. Thank you Tina. It is not part of the Galapagos, although my next post will be on the Islas Ballestas, which are commonly referred to as “Peru’s Galapagos.”

    1. They can be aggressive, but usually only if they are after your fish. I grew up with the smaller northern ones. We aren’t in their food group. The males would defend the harem and pups from humans unwise enough to threaten them.

      1. Then I take it that if you don’t wave a fish in a sea lion’s face and don’t harass them, that you’ll usually be fine?

        I just remember that the sea lions I used to see in my childhood zoo always appeared to be a bit neurotic, but then again they were living in captivity.

        1. “Then I take it that if you don’t wave a fish in a sea lion’s face and don’t harass them, that you’ll usually be fine?”
          Exactly! It is a good philosophy for all creatures, including us!

  7. The scenery is just so stunning and the sea lions are so beautiful as well. They all look like adorable pups, even the adult ones! 🙂

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    It is always a trip to follow along on your journeys, Cindy.. Your generosity in inviting us is probably– no must be– part of who you are. I am grateful. With.these pictures, I feel that I am there. Sooo good for My Dear and me to travel this way, much more efficient for some than tours or even Roads Scholar-ships.

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  10. Bless their gentle little souls ! You got great photo’s of their sweet little faces. They certainly have a lot of pups, but I suppose there’s a lot of mama seals out there too. I wonder how they don’t over-populate the region ? I suppose mother nature takes a hand in balancing it all. Fantastic visit Cindy !! xk

    1. There are a lot of critters in the waters just waiting for a seal pup meal, so their numbers will diminish, that said, there were thousands of them on these islands which made me very happy. Hugs to sweet friend and wonderful to hear from you <3

  11. What personalities and characteristics God gives to them all. Sea lions, penguins, birds, etc. And I’m sure we mamas and grandmas can all relate to the stress of looking after our young’uns like these. 🙂

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