Off the coast there are several islands, but not many of them are to visit. On the one hand, there is San Lorenzo, after all, the largest island in Peru, which, however, represents a forbidden area under the control of the “Guerra de Guerra del Reu”. Although there are some interesting artifacts and remains of the Inca and pre-Inca cultures on the island, only in very rare cases is a visit permit issued to, for example, biologists or archaeologists.
As there is no fresh water on the island, it never developed further. However, there are always plans to connect the island with a bridge to the mainland and build a small airfield. But until then, visitors must stay at least 300 meters from the island.
Then there is El Fronton, which is separated by an 800-meter-wide canal from San Lorenzo and was used most of the time as an island prison. For example, the two-time president Fernando Perlaunde Terry and the writer and revolutionary Hugo Blanco sat here, as well as innumerable Maoist militants.
Something less gloomy is in the Palomino Islands, an archipelago of four small islets about 6 miles from the coast. They are home to countless sea lions and huge colonies of seabirds and are considered one of the few prime examples of an intact ecosystem. In recent years, around the islands an energetic tourist flow has been established, which can observe the animals in their natural environment here.