The Ballestas Islands are a marine reserve right of the coast of Paracas in southern Peru. In 2012 it was the second most popular nature reserve destination of local and foreign tourists. They are also known as the Galapagos for poor people. The islands are made of rock formations that provide a home for many marine inhabitants, bird species, and a resting place for sea lions. The preferred inhabitants are the blue footed booby, and penguins.