The peninsula of Paracas is located at 261 km from Lima, in the Department of Ica; there we will find its National Reserve of 335,000 hectares, a natural paradise but also an important archaeological center. In this magical place of deserts and saltpetre blue sea are the tracks of the old Paracas culture that dates from 600 B.C., a town of great weavers whose mantles of varied colors constitute true works of art.
Paracas is the refuge of marine wolves, penguins of Humboldt, marine otters, dolphins and a great variety of resident and migratory birds. It also offers to its visitors, diverse beaches where windsurfing, fishing, or diving can be practiced.
At a height of 5 meters, Paracas has biogeography features of great beauty, with an average annual temperature of 22 ° C with sunshine almost all year round, thereby reducing the relative humidity.
Balneario of Paracas
It is a beautiful place with a pleasant climate, beautiful beaches and residences. Lodging facilities, restaurants to taste typical dishes with fish and seafood, and a small fishing port from where daily leave boats leave to the Ballestas Islands can be found.
At 2 hours from Paracas, we find this rocky formation that shelters an important marine fauna: great colonies of guano birds like guanay piquero and the earring, besides some units of penguins of Humboldt in danger of extinction are among others that stand out.
The impressive rocky formation known as the Cathedral at 7km to the south of the beach of Lagunillas is another tourist attraction Paracas. It is a natural formation worked by the erosion of the wind and the tide, crowned by a tower with a great variety of birds.
The geoglyph called El Candelabro or Tres Cruces (“The Chandelier”) is located to the north of the peninsula of Paracas, in front of the sea, engraved in the sand. It has 128 m. long and 78 m. wide, its origin still continues to be a mystery. For some one, it was a symbol that oriented navigators and fishermen in the first half of the XIX century. Is also related it to the lines of Nazca and harvesting work of those who lived in this area.