A popular coastal town, just four hours south of Lima, Paracas is a great base for exploring the Ballestas Islands within the Paracas National Park, Ica and the Huacachina oasis, and also the Nazca Lines, slightly further south.
As well as these Paracas highlights, with a warm climate, sunshine most of the year, and beautiful beach-side Paracas hotels, it’s a great place to just relax for a few days, especially at the end of an action-packed adventure through Peru.
Paracas National Reserve
Paracas National Reserve is brimming with wildlife and stunning geographical features. Where arid sandy desert dunes meet the Pacific Ocean, the park features miles of coastal desert, hidden bays with quiet beaches and beautiful salt lakes home to flamingos and other birdlife.
One of the main Paracas highlights is the Ballestas Islands, just off the mainland. An important sanctuary for marine wildlife, the islands are home to thousands of birds including the guanay guano bird, blue-footed booby, and the Humboldt penguin. It’s also an important colony for two species of seal. While you can’t step foot on the islands, a boat tour circles around the rocky formations and arches, bringing visitors close enough to see the incredible wildlife up close, and great for taking photos.
Other Paracas highlights include nearby Ica. In stark contrast to the arid desert, this fertile valley is Peru’s wine and pisco growing region. There are some beautiful vineyards where you can enjoy a tour, relaxing lunch in the garden, and of course sample the wine and pisco.
Ica is also home to Huacachina, a beautiful oasis in the middle of the desert. A popular travel destination, you can enjoy a tour of the sand dunes in a sand buggy, with a stop to pump some adrenaline, sand boarding down the high dunes.
For a bit of history thrown into the mix, Peru’s famous Nazca Lines, the mysterious geoglyphs etched into the desert, are nearby. Overflight tours are available from airports in Nazca, Ica and Pisco, all easily reached from Paracas.
Visit Paracas with Good Life Expeditions
If you’d like to include some of these Paracas highlights as part of your trip to Peru, the travel team at Good Life Expeditions are ready to help with all the planning and logistics. Contact us to start planning your memorable trip to Peru.