The Paracas National Reserve is about 155 miles south of Lima, in the department of Ica. Its closeness to Lima and its dry and sunny climate throughout the year as well as the region’s immense natural and cultural wealth make this an ideal tourist area.

Cultural development in this region began approximately 700 years B.C. during the Paracas civilization. Julio Tello, a famous Peruvian archaeologist, discovered in the sands of the Paracas peninsula, vast underground cemeteries which contained the famous Paracas mummies. These mummies were dug up and found to be embalmed, and wrapped in fine colored mantles, covered with symbols describing the life of said culture.

The Paracas civilization was also outstanding for its advanced medicine, especially its skull trepanning, examples of which can also be seen in local museums.

Paracas Highlights

  • Design Your Trip to ParacasBallestas Islands: An amazing place where you can admire thousands of sea lions, seals, different species of birds unique on the Peruvian coast, including picturesque penguins from the Humboldt Current, otters and dolphins. To reach these islands you take a fast speedboat across the beautiful bay of Paracas, during which you will also be able to appreciate the enigmatic figure of the Candlemas designed in the sand on a coastal cliff, which can only be seen from the sea. This gigantic 650 feet figure is attributed to astronomists of the Nazca culture.
  • Our Selected Itineraries for ParacasParacas National Reserve: Established in 1975, this vast National Reserve is vital to the protection of both marine life in the Paracas Bay and bird life on the entire Peninsula. You will be able to see hundreds of wild and varied birdlife such as pelicans, condors, Inca terns, and even Chilean flamingos, who usually remain in the bay area.