I live in Costa Rica and I always wanted to see the huge seabird and seal colonies from either North or South America. When I went to Peru of course I had to visit the famous Guano Islands that were so important for harvesting bird droppings to make fertiliser and saltpetre. There are still huge guano deposits from the enormous seabird colonies that live there.
There are day trips departing from the Port of El Callao, close to Lima, to the small Palomino Islands. The rocky islands are just south of San Lorenzo Island, the largest in Peru. The tour brochures advertise a lot of great species like the Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti), the Peruvian Booby (Sula variegata) and the South American Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens)… twist my arm!
I got to see the three species and a few more. Here are some of the photos from that trip. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope you will like the photos too.