Paracas and Nasca

A land of burning sun and lovely beaches, huge flocks of birds, and large colonies of sea lions on islands in the midst of some of the richest coastal waters on Earth. The Paracas National Reserve is an ideal place for getting away from it all, for walking along snaking pathways of sand, and for contemplating the ocean.

Created in 1975, the Paracas National Reserve is spread out on 335,000 hectares south of the city of Pisco, between the Paracas Peninsula and Point Morro Quemado, south of Independence Bay. After the devastating earthquake of 2007, Paracas suffered a noteworthy transformation, yet the tourist services in the reserve are still first class, and there are several options for traveling about this amazing kingdom of wind and sun.

This land of immense deserts that change colors as the sun travels across the sky, of gigantic sheer cliffs, and of lovely shingle beaches, Paracas is a wilderness marked by the encounter between the coast and the sea. Often, it is a violent encounter; the hand of erosion has created spectacular shapes in the saltpeter, which are, in turn, used by Humboldt penguins and flocks of migratory birds for nesting grounds. The reserve has an impressive system of trails on which you can access its chief points of interest, like beaches (Lagunillas, La Mina, Yumaque, and Mendieta), the Punta Arquillo sea lion observatory, geological formations (The Cathedral and Farallones), etc.