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Why visit Paracas?

This small town is best known for the sea life, seabirds and migratory birds in its marine nature reserve and as a starting point for boat trips to the Ballestas Islands. You can relax on the beach, learn more about local culture and history - and it’s also a great base for a flight over the Nazca Lines.
Reasons to visit Paracas include:

  • Explore the Paracas National Reserve, with its golden and red sand and turquoise waters. This is the oldest marine reserve in Peru and has a rich, unique ecosystem and contains a number of archaeological sites.
  • Learn about Paracas culture and traditions at the Julio C Tello Site Museum and the Paracas Necropolis within the National Reserve. Dating from 100BC, the necropolis features mummies with an unusual cranial deformation.
  • Take a boat trip around the rock arches and caves of the uninhabited Ballestas Islands. Nicknamed ‘the poor man’s Galapagos’, their waters are home to a wealth of wildlife including sea lions, fur seals, Humboldt penguins and - occasionally - dolphins and whales. There’s a good diversity of birdlife here too, including Guanay cormorants, boobies and massive colonies of Peruvian pelicans. Keep an eye out for The Candelabra, a 150m-high, 1,000 year-old geoglyph carved into a cliff side on the Paracas Peninsula.
  • Enjoy seafood at the fisherman’s wharf in Pisco.
  • Visit the Inca site at Tambo Colorado or admire the vibrantly coloured fishing boats and colonies of Andean flamingos in the Bay of Paracas.
  • Visit the hidden oasis town of Huacachina, with its lush trees and deep lagoon all surrounded by immense sand dunes, including Cerro Blanco, at 2078m tall the highest dune in the world. Adrenaline junkies love to sandboard down the dunes.
  • Take a winery and Pisco tour in the countryside around Ica and visit a vineyard, and try the local sweet red wine and the potent Pisco grape brandy.
  • Tour Casa Hacienda San José, a former sugar plantation once worked by slaves. This national heritage building is now a hotel but non-guests are welcome to take private tours of its galleries, catacombs, punishment room and chapel.
  • Take a flight out to the iconic Nazca Lines

When to go to Paracas

The climate is temperate all year round, with the most popular time to visit being summer (November to February).

How to do it

The airport near Paracas is only used by the companies that operate the small aircraft flights over the Nazca Lines. Consequently, Paracas is best reached by private car or on one of the deluxe bus services.

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Time: GMT-5hrs

Flight time:

Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.

Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.


Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.


There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.



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