Harvesting and tasting scallops directly from the Ocean

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Looking for something a little different? At Impactful Travel, we specialize in crafting custom itineraries tailored to your unique travel desires and ethical values.

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  • 1 to 1.5 HoursStart 9 am (from your hotel)
  • Starting point Paracas
  • All year roundAccording to availability
  • Bookings at least 72h in advance
  • Snorkeling possibilitiesGear included
  • Group Size: 1 - 8

Welcome aboard our boat for a unique experience of harvesting and tasting scallops directly from the Ocean!

We will navigate to our scallop shell cultivation area, located 150 meters off the coast. From the beginning, we will provide you with information about our production process and how our practices are in harmony with the marine ecosystem.

Once we reach the cultivation area, you will have the opportunity to dive (3-4 meters top) and collect your own shells. Those who prefer to enjoy the scenery from the surface can go snorkeling or simply stay on the boat.

All the necessary equipment, such as mask, fins, snorkel, and life jacket will be available to you (included).

Back on the boat, we will shuck the freshly harvested scallop shells and taste them with just a few drops of lemon. There’s nothing better than eating something so fresh and delicious straight from the sea!

Join us for this unforgettable experience, where you will connect with nature while learning about the cultivation process of scallop shells.

We look forward to having you on board!

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What makes this experience Impactful?

For the past four decades, the local family you’ll visit has been dedicated to producing export-quality scallop shells. Their organic cultivation takes place in the pristine waters of Paracas Bay, renowned for its exceptional biodiversity and protected by the Peruvian government.

As a National Reserve, Paracas has specific objectives to uphold, including the responsible utilization of its hydrobiological resources. And that is precisely what they strive to accomplish!

As they are not extracting shells from their natural populations, but from their own growing fields, they can assure that they are not compromising the conservation of the species.

Nowadays, in addition to their mariculture activities, they also offer immersive experiences for small groups of nature enthusiasts who appreciate authenticity and fresh flavors while they get input about life on the sea, conservation, and sustainable development.

Cost clarity

Please take in mind that the initial price you see is a system default, displaying the lowest individual price for a group with the maximum allowed number of people for this tour.

The exact price you need to pay will be provided once you specify the number of people traveling. 

Details

Price Includes

  • Pick-up and drop-off from/to your hotel in Paracas
  • Motor boat round trip
  • Scallop shell tasting3 per person
  • Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins) and life jacket

Price Excludes

What to Bring

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Harvesting and tasting scallops directly from the Ocean

Do I need to know how to swim?

As part of the experience and if the season allows, you have the opportunity to partake in shell extraction from the sea through free diving. But if you prefer, just snorkeling along the surface is also an option.

Alternatively, you can choose to stay on board the boat.

In exceptional circumstances or specific situations, remaining on land is also a possibility.

Can I get sea sick?

Our marine adventure is a brief excursion, and the sea is typically serene in Paracas. Occasionally, it may become a bit choppy in the afternoons (this outing takes place in the morning).

If you wish, you can also consider taking a motion sickness pill before boarding. Of course, we recommend consulting your doctor to determine the most suitable option for you.

Do I have to pay any entrance fees?

Only 11 Peruvian soles (about 3 USD) to enter the National Reserve. If you take another activity from Paracas, we recommend you buy the complete entrance ticket beforehand, which will also allow you access to this part of the reserve (and that will be cheaper for you). 

Is this a private excursion or will I share the experience with other travelers?

If other people have booked the same experience on the same day, depending on the availability of the family members you might have other people joining in on your tour. We have no control over that. 

Can I keep the scallop shells I collect?

As part of our commitment to sustainable practices and the preservation of the marine ecosystem, we kindly request that you return the collected scallop shells to ensure their reintegration into the natural habitat.

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

Weather conditions can vary (sometimes can be even overcast), but we operate our tours in favorable weather conditions (not too windy) to ensure the best experience for our guests. However, it’s always a good idea to dress appropriately and bring sun protection.

Find more info about climates in Peru in our blog “Best Time to Travel to Peru“.

What should I pack for this tour?

Please refer to our article What to Pack for your Trip to Peru for all your questions about packing for your Peru trip. Whether you’re going to the jungle or the mountains, you’ll find the answers you need. You can also download a full Packing List for free.

Are there changing rooms/toilet

Of course! You will be able to change your wet bathing suit for dry clothes and also make use of the toilet.

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

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The Scallop Shell

Argopecten purpuratus

Hello!
It’s me, the Peruvian scallop, locally known as Concha de abanico. I am a saltwater clam that is not only edible but delicious! Here in Paracas, I found the perfect environment for living and reproducing, so you can come and pay me a visit anytime.
🌊 Sea ya! 😉

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