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GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU

  1. The 335,000 ha, this  is Peru's oldest marine reserve featuring both desert, beaches, archaeology and marine environments;

  2. Home to more than 225 migratory bird species spend time in Paracas, Sea Otters and 2 species of Sea Lions;

  3. The Paracas Necropolis has burial siteswith mummified remains of the Paracas elite;

  4. The Candelabra Petroglyph of the Paracas culture dates back to about 200 BC;

  5. The former Cathedral natural bridge collapsed during the 2007 earthquake;

  6. Paracas fishing harbor "Lagunillas" is a charming place to eat fresh seafood.

Things to do in Paracas National Reserve, Peru

The 335,000 ha, Paracas National Reserve  is Peru's oldest marine reserve. It is one of the most visited national parks of Peru for its desert landscapes and its proximity to the Ballestas Islands, which legally are a distinct protected area. Located about 265km South of capital Lima, it includes Bahía de la Independencia as well as a large area of coastal waters. Its was primarily created to protect the marine ecosystem as well as some 100 archaeological sites of the Paracas culture.

 

Why consider booking our  Peru National Parks Tour? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL places Peru is so famous for. On top of that, you get to see 9 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a naturalist guide. There is nothing similar on the market. As Peru can be combined with other countries, we organize tours in modules: Lima Cusco, Machu Picchu module, Manu National Park module, National Parks Module, All modules.

Destinations Overview:  World Heritage Site Lima,  World Heritage Site Cusco, Amazon park Manu National Park World Heritage Site Valle Sagrado/Sacred Valley, World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Cloud Forest Machu Picchu Sanctuary, Highland wetland Titicaca National Reserve, Uros floating islands, Altiplano wildlife park Salinas & Aguadas Blancas National Reserve, World's second deepest canyon Colca Canyon, Word heritage site Arequipa, World heritage site Nazca Lines, Pampas Galeras National Reserve, San Fernando National Reserve, Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands National Reserve.

 

The park is a great example of how the Humboldt Current's cold water that flow from the south creates subtropical desert conditions, as well as some of the world's most productive conditions for fish and their dependent marine mammals and birds. Anchovy, sardine, hake, smooth and spotted dogfish are the more common of the more than 160 fish species that living in the park's coastal waters. The photosynthetic basis for these fishes are some 254 species of marine plankton and some benthic algae on the coastal rocks.

 

On land, however, prevail some of the driest desert conditions in the world, and only 14 species of herbaceous plants and lichens have been recorded for the terrestrial part of the park.

 

Two species of Sea Lions, Sea Otters and many marine birds live off the Anchovy and other fishes, scallop, crab, abalone and octopus, while in turn Orcas and whales prey on the predators. The area is also home to marine reptiles: Green, Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles.

 

More than 225 migratory bird species spend time in Paracas, some 60 of which coming from the USA. Among the endangered or vulnerable species are: Humboldt penguin, Spheniscus humboldti, American flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber, Peruvian diving petrel, Pelecanoides garnotii, Blue-footed booby, Sula nebouxii, Peruvian booby, Sula variegata and masked booby, Sula dactylatra.

 

Near the Julio C. Tello museum near the entrance of the park, is the Paracas Necropolis (100 BCE - CE 300), with burial sites known as the Cabezas Largas and Cerro Colorado, where mummified remains of the Paracas elite were found with fine burial goods. Named after the archeologist who made major discoveries about the ancient Paracas culture, the visitor center features artifacts as well as information about the flora, the fauna and the ecosystems of the area.

 

In the Bahia Lagunillas is the picturesque fishing harbor with wonderful little restaurants for savoring a fresh fish lunch, while  enjoying coastal birds, like Peruvian pelicans, a variety of gulls and several shore birds almost at your feet. The bay is lined with red sand beaches, product of the erosion of porphyry rocks on the Peninsula.

 

Paracas National Reserve Tour

Our Peru National Parks tour includes the Paracas National Reserve Tour as an integral part of the program.

 

GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Entrance sign. GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Visitor Center, "Julio Tello.

Paracas National Reserve entrance.

Paracas Visitor Center, "Julio Tello" is well worth a visit, even though it can be noisy with children at times. 

   
GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Paracas fishing harbour "Lagunillas" GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Fearless Peru Pelicans wait at the kitchen of restaurants.

Paracas fishing harbor "Lagunillas" is a charming place to eat fresh seafood, enjoy people swimming and observe lots of birds right at your feet while having lunch.

Fearless Peru Pelicans wait at the kitchen of restaurants to beg for fish remains.

   
GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: the Candelabra petroglyph.

With a hundred archaeological sites, Paracas is not only biologically important, but also historically. The best known ancient site is the Candelabra Petroglyph of the Paracas culture, dating back to about 200 BC.

GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: A charming restaurant in a bay on the beach in the reserve. GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Fish ceviche is the Peruvian form of sushi.

A charming restaurant in a bay on the beach in the reserve.

Fish ceviche is the Peruvian form of sushi, a delicious raw (or lightly cooked) fish dish marinated in lime.

   
GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Peru Pelican. GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Pelicans waddle around your feet in Lagunillas fishermen harbor.

Pelicans waddle around your feet in Lagunillas fishermen harbor.

   
GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: The former Cathedral natural bridge. GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Steep cliffs and lower lying beaches form an ideal landscape for marine and shore birds

The former Cathedral natural bridge collapsed during the 2007 earthquake.

Steep cliffs and lower lying beaches form an ideal landscape for marine and shore birds, as well as for South American Sea Lions.

   
GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: American Oystercatcher foraging on the beach. GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Grey-headed Gull.

An American Oystercatcher foraging on the beach.

Grey-headed Gulls are common on the beaches.

   
GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Kelp Gulls in Lagunillas Harbor. GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Kelp Gull.
GREAT THINGS PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]: Kelp Gull taking off.

Kelp Gulls in Lagunillas Harbor keep a close eye on the patrons of the little beach terraces for anything edible remaining. Sometimes they may even steal something off your plate. Such a wonderful place Paracas National Reserve, Peru.

 

PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU [TOURS 2020]

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