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Paracas National Reserve
The National Reserve was established in 1975 and is important for the protection of both marine and bird life on the Paracas Peninsula. The Reserve is about 15km (9.3 miles) south of Pisco. It is a saline desert formed in the place of an ancient ocean. Paracas Reserve is the home to one of the largest sea-lion colonies in the world. You can see numerous birds along the coastline, including pink flamingo. Ballestas Islands (Islas Ballestas) near the reserve is a place where you can observe the life of penguins, sea lions, and many species of birds. If you visit the islands in March you will see female sea lions with babies – large numbers of these animals occupy the sandy beaches near the islands.
These is the Island to collect ‘guano’ (bird droppings), which is the best fertilizer and was valued more than gold at different times. When the first guano collectors arrived here these birds had accumulated guano reserves as deep as 20 to 70m.
It is a huge geoglyph that dates to 200 BCE, the time of the Paracas culture. also know as the Candelabra of the Andes, which is possible to view during the boad ride to Ballestas island.
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Paracas is a town on Peru’s west coast. It’s known for beaches, like El Chaco, set on sheltered Paracas Bay. The town is a launch point for the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, home to sea lions, pelicans and Humboldt penguins. Rugged, wildlife-rich Paracas National Reserve spans desert, ocean, islands and the Paracas Peninsula. The peninsula’s Paracas Candelabra is a huge prehistoric geoglyph, etched into a hillside. The following destinations are waiting for you:
Departure by bus Crucero or Royal Class from Lima to Paracas.
Arrival and transfer to chosen hotel.
EXC. BALLESTAS ISLANDS AND PARACAS RESERVE: they are a group of islands near the city of Pisco, they are composed of rocky formations where there is an important marine fauna with guano birds like the guanay, the piquero and the zarcillo, we will continue our magnificent visit touring the Reserve National that was created in order to conserve a portion of the sea and the desert of Peru, giving protection to the various species of wild flora and fauna that live there.
Hotel Night in Paracas.
Breakfast at the Hotel
At an agreed time return to Lima by bus.