Paracas is located in the middle of the coastal desert in the department of Ica, covering an area of 335,000 hectares. Paracas is the only national reserve that protects part of the Peruvian sea which is chilled by the cold Humboldt current.
Paracas is also home to guano-producing bird species and large colonies of sea lions, and is a haven for dozens of visiting migratory bird species and endangered species such as the marine wildcat or chingungo, the Humboldt penguin and pink flamingoes. The area also saw the rise of the Paracas culture, a major pre-Colombian civilization who left a legacy of superb textiles and items of pottery whose quality continues to astound visitors.
Join our Paracas tours and visit the popular Ballestas Islands.