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63 year old active guide living in Paracas for 6 years. Works as yacht skipper and tour guide with excellent English. Has lived for a total of 15 years outside Peru and has graduated as a fishery engineer, travelled in Europe and has an MBA from Spain. Also lived one year in the US and 10 years in Venezuela. He knows about 20 countries in America and Europe.

Tours in Paracas...
1- visit to las Islas Ballestas usually 8.00 to 10.00 AM, where you can see birds and sea mammals, cost per person $15

2 - visit Reserva Nacional de Paracas, can do same day 11.00 AM- 03.00 PM as private trip $20 per person (mínimo 2 pax)

3 - SCALLOPS EXTRAVAGANZA
Day of diving and lunch in Paracas, all the scallops you can get from a depth of 6 metres in a scallop farm near shore. Includes wetsuit, mask, fins, snorkel and expert diver assistance. Also ingredients to prepare them in the oven with butter or parmesan cheese, soft drinks, transport, and if you dont get enough they can help you get more!

This tour is designed to help the local population and offer something very different. 10 AM to 4 PM return to Paracas or Pisco.

cost $50/70 per person depending on group size

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Customer Reviews

Overall
9.5 / 10
6 reviews

Joonas Palomaki (9 / 10)

reviewed June 10, 2009, 11:32 p.m.

Joonas Palomaki spent 2-5 days with Silvio Espinoza.

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Went to a island trip and a scallop diving trip. Island trip was good and informative, really what is should be. Scallop diving and cooking was exellent experience - something really unique.

Best bits: Uniqueness of the experience.
Worst bits: No complaints really.

Ratings

Overall experience: 9 / 10
Value for money: 8 / 10
Eco impact: 8 / 10
Does the local understand eco issues? Yes
Profile Accuracy: 10 / 10

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Lacey (10 / 10)

reviewed July 23, 2009, 4:18 a.m.

Lacey spent a whole day with Silvio Espinoza.

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One of the best adventures in Peru. On a whim, I went with Silvio and Joonas (from Finland) to a small shack right on the coast. We took a boat out, not far from shore, and Joonas went diving. He said the bottom was loaded with scallops. He filled a 5 gallon bucket with them and we headed back to the shore to prepare lunch. We all contributed making seasoned rice and Peru's classic BBQ Parmesan Scallops. You can't get any fresher than that. Ive never really liked scallops but WOW, I mean WOW! Thats was amazing. Muy rico!! Up here in the Pacific Northwest we do a similar dish with Oysters but what a treat, Scallops! So I enjoyed one of the best meals I had in Peru on the coast admiring the sea with boats off in the distance, surrounded by the sand cliffs and my hand on a mokawked Peruvian dog. Truly a tasty adventure.

Upon our departure we slowly said goodbyes...2 hours later, and who knows how many cigarettes, a local invited Silvio to a Birthday Party. He also said we could come along too. I felt so privileged and gladly accepted. I learned how to drink cervesa Peruvian style and got a taste of Wyno (spelling?) music and had fun dancing myself. I think the whole town was there. Everyone was really friendly. Joonas and I were the only tourists in the place. We are so lucky to have been able to attend. Silvia was so nice and had good energy so when he invited me to stay overnight with him and Joonas I was very thankful.

Sincerely, that was a once in a lifetime experience and one of the highlights of my whole trip in Ecuador and Peru. Thanks Silvio.

Best bits: fresh scallops, good company, the birthday party, the element of surprise
Worst bits: I'm no diver, didn't get to see the bottom on the Pacific covered with scallops

Ratings

Overall experience: 10 / 10
Value for money: 10 / 10
Eco impact: 10 / 10
Does the local understand eco issues? Yes
Profile Accuracy: 5 / 10

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Greg (10 / 10)

reviewed April 11, 2011, 11:26 p.m.

Greg spent a whole day with Silvio Espinoza.

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Made arrangements with Silvio the day before to see the Islas Ballestas and then tour Paracas National Park. He met me at the dock in the morning and made sure that I had a choice seat on the boat. I am a nature lover, with a special interest in birdlife. So, I was especially pleased that he knew so much about bird identification and their life histories. The islands are a mecca for birds and seals (and orcas and whales in season). A highlight for me was the abundance of Humbolt penguins but many of the birds were first in a lifetime sightings (lifers) for me. The boat drove close enough for amazing photos. There were over 200 seals, many with babies along one rocky beach. It was magical to watch them jostle for position while others played in the surf. Silvio had lots to say about the local economy, the 2007 earthquake, the fishing industry and the tourist industry. After returning to shore I had a quick stroll through the markets and then we met our driver, Jose. We stopped back at the hotel so I could change out of my boating closes (even though I didn’t get wet) and pick up my wife. He drove us to the National Park and completed a circuit by car. We stopped at the important cultural and natural beauty points. He had a lot of additional information that wasn’t included in the pamphlet from the Park warden. We stopped for a delicious lunch at the tiny fishing village of Lagunillas. We capped the day off with another birding highlight: Chilean Flamingos on their summer feeding grounds at the foot of Paracas Bay (still within the park). From this same point we could see the location of the Paracas Necropolis where over 400 funerary bundles were found. We had a great day with Silvio and Jose. I recommend doing a tour with him.

Best bits: Knowledge and insight, fluent English
Worst bits: none

Ratings

Overall experience: 10 / 10
Value for money: 10 / 10
Eco impact: 8 / 10
Does the local understand eco issues? Yes
Profile Accuracy: 10 / 10

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Robert Anthony Petty (9 / 10)

reviewed April 9, 2012, 12:10 a.m.

Robert Anthony Petty spent 2-5 days with Silvio Espinoza.

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From Paracas to Nasca Lines and back

Best bits: Finding local contacts - a hacienda with a 500 year-old church not open to the public; another hacienda with a collection of horses; always suggestions of additional places to accommodate with a short diversion.
Worst bits: None!

Ratings

Overall experience: 9 / 10
Value for money: 10 / 10
Eco impact: 10 / 10
Does the local understand eco issues? Yes
Profile Accuracy: 10 / 10

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what it says on the packet... and more. A good sense of humour is always a help!

Elyssa (10 / 10)

reviewed June 29, 2012, 2:39 a.m.

Elyssa spent 2-5 hours with Silvio Espinoza.

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We went on a dune buggy and sandboarding trip based out of Paracas. Silvio was very accomodating, knowledgeable, and allowed us to explore at our own pace. He was articulate and patiently took pictures for us while we sandboarded and rowed in a beautiful oasis. We highly recommend him on any tour of the area!

Best bits: row boat at a beautiful oasis, patience regarding out timidity, knowledgeable
Worst bits: none

Ratings

Overall experience: 10 / 10
Value for money: 9 / 10
Eco impact: 10 / 10
Does the local understand eco issues? Yes
Profile Accuracy: 10 / 10

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Charly (9 / 10)

reviewed Oct. 18, 2012, 8:36 p.m.

Charly spent 2-5 days with Silvio Espinoza.

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We visited the "Reserva Nacional de Paracas" including the Islas Ballestas. The weather was perfect.

The first day we visited the coast of Paracas Bay and Lagunillas, we also visited the Information Center.

On the second day we made a boat ride to the islas Ballestas and had the oppertunity to see a great diversity of birds and sea mammals including dolphins.

We have never seen so many different species in such a short time, realy amazing.

Best bits: The visite of the islas Ballestas. Wonderfull natur! We have seen, birds, sea lions, dolphins and much more. A fantastic experience.
Worst bits: ---

Ratings

Overall experience: 9 / 10
Value for money: 9 / 10
Eco impact: 10 / 10
Does the local understand eco issues? Yes
Profile Accuracy: 9 / 10

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