Sea lion swimming
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Pucusana
Paracas/Ballestas Islands
Pachacamac Island
 
   
   
     
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Dear customer

On 15th of August 2007 the cities of Pisco, San Andres and Paracas have been devastated by earthquake strength 7.5 Richter scale, the entire city of Paracas, San Andres and also 70 % of the buildings in Pisco have been destroyed. More than 400 people died in the ruins of Pisco, more than 1000 were hurt and over 80,000 people lost their homes. Needles to say that the entire hotel and tourism infrastructure of Pisco/Paracas was destroyed. Therefore we can not offer trips to Paracas for an unforeseeable time. We will initiate trips to the area as soon as we can provide acceptable services again.

Thank you very much for you patience.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The National Reserve of Paracas

The National Reserve of Paracas is one of the most important protected areas of Peru. Its conservation is fundamental for the protection of the coastal-marine biodiversity. The Reserve protects a part of the coastal desert of the subtropical Pacific and waters of the Humboldt Current, which is characterized by one of the highest levels of productivity in the world because of the coastal upwelling. There are nine Guano Islands located within the protected area. Aditionally there are the Ballestas Islands and the Chinchas Islands in the north of the protected area. The Peruvian conservation group Mundo Azul lobbies to include these islands into the reserve.

Flamingos in Paracas (© PromPeru)

Together these islands are home to tens of thousands of guano birds (Peruvian pelicans, Peruvian boobies and Guano Cormorants), thousands of oather marine birds like the endemic Inka terns, several species of sea gulls, the endangered Humboldt penguin and the highly endangered Peruvian diving petrel, as well as thousands fo Southern sea lions and South American fur seals.

The Monk (© Stefan Austermühle)

The Paracas National Reserve presents one of the most beautifull desert scenarios of the Peruvian coasts. The numerous desert mountains change their colours each day from different tones of yelow to pinkish reds. The coastal cliffs are offering scenaric attractions like the famous “Cathedral” (la Catedral), an impressive rock arc used by several species of sea birds to breed on its walls. Another impressive look is the “monk” a stone pillar located on a small rocky outcrop in the sea.

The Bay of Paracas in the northern limit of the reserve is one of the few coastal sites where one can appreciate flamingos venturing the shallows for food. And there is also an important population of Black skimmers, cutting the surface of the water witth their strange bills in order to catch fish.


The Cathedral (© Stefan Austermühle)

Apart of the pitoresque remains of some former mariners proud fishing boat the reserve is an important cultural site. The area gave birth to an important pre-inca culture whose remains can be seen in the small local museum. The bay of Paracas is the place where Peru’s liberator San Martin landed his troups in order to march on Lima and finally the reserve presents one of Peru’s greatest mysteries: the candelabre. A giant pictorgram carved about 1 meter deep in the rocky flank of a desert hill. Who has done this and why? Depending on whom you ask, you can choose between pirates, the liberator San Martin, an unknown pre inca culture and extraterrestrials.

The Chincha Islands as well as the Ballestas Islands, which received their name becase of the numerous rock arches are offering the possibility to visit their inmense sea bird and sea lion colonies.

 
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