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Paracas National Reserve

Paracas National Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Huacachina: Ballestas Island and Paracas Reserve Tour

1. From Huacachina: Ballestas Island and Paracas Reserve Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel within Ica/Huacachina and drive towards the Marina Turistica to begin your adventure. Board a speedboat with your guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabro, an enigmatic glyph carved into the side of the island, whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Continue onwards towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores filled to the brim with sunbathing seals, and penguins diving into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface. See other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. Return to the Marina Turistica for a drive to Paracas National Reserve. Discover the almost alien landscape of the Paracas National Reserve, with vast sprawling deserts and high sandstone cliffs. Driving through the reserve, see the Cathedral, an area where a vast rock formation once stood before being destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake. Visit the stunning maroon-sand beaches of Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach. Having seen some of the world's most unique natural features, flora, and fauna, At the end of the tour drive back to your hotel in Ica/Huacachina or in Paracas.

Paracas: Mini Buggy Ride in Paracas National Reserve

2. Paracas: Mini Buggy Ride in Paracas National Reserve

Pick-up will be from your hotel in Paracas to the tour company office. Then you will have a brief health and safety instruction about how to drive the automatic mini buggy. Afterwards, you will be given a vehicle for two persons (driver and co-pilot). Once ready, you will drive and follow the lead vehicle. As you drive along the Paracas Reserve, you will see the beauty and amazing colorful landscape, which makes it such an original place on the Peruvian Coast. You will be able to stop and see many points of interest to see the main attractions of Paracas Reserve. At the end of the tour, you will return to the company office and be transferred back to your hotel.

From Lima: Paracas National Reserve & Ballestas Islands Tour

3. From Lima: Paracas National Reserve & Ballestas Islands Tour

After pickup, head to the south to discover unique landscapes where the desert, the islands and the sea all meet. Make a brief stop for a delicious breakfast and continue the journey. Then, go to Paracas dock to take a speed boat to the Ballestas Islands. Explore the rocky islands and discover the rich marine fauna. Take photos of sea lions and many types of birds such as penguins. Don't miss the enigmatic Candelabro Geoglyph, used as a navigational guide by ancient cultures. After your tour of the island, visit the impressive and isolated Paracas National Reserve. This natural reserve is part of the Guinness World Record for the driest desert on earth. Admire the stunning landscape of the peninsula. Learn all about dessert formation from your expert guide. If you are lucky you might see the great pink flamingos. Then, return to your hotel in Lima.

Ica: Ballestas Island & Paracas Reserve Private Tour

4. Ica: Ballestas Island & Paracas Reserve Private Tour

After a convenient hotel pickup, head to the Marina Turistica to begin your adventure. Board a speedboat with your guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabro, an enigmatic glyph carved into the side of the island, whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Continue onwards towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores filled to the brim with sunbathing seals, and penguins diving into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface. See other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. Return to the Marina Turistica for a drive to Paracas National Reserve. Discover the almost alien landscape of the Paracas National Reserve, with vast sprawling deserts and high sandstone cliffs. Driving through the reserve, see the Cathedral, an area where a vast rock formation once stood before being destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake. Visit the stunning maroon-sand beaches of Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach. Having seen some of the world's most unique natural features, flora, and fauna, hop back in the car for a convenient transfer back to your hotel in Ica or drop-off in Paracas (Hotel or bus station).

From Paracas: Paracas National Reserve Private Tour

5. From Paracas: Paracas National Reserve Private Tour

Enjoy the convenience of the being picked up from your hotel in Paracas or Pisco and transferred to the Paracas National Reserve. The reserve was established in 1975 to protect the bird and marine of life of the Paracas Peninsula. Admire the stunning landscape of the peninsula, formed by a saline desert, islands, and the sea. See one to the largest sea lion colonies in the world. Marvel at the numerous birds along the coastline. Learn about the reserve by visiting the visitor center, which has exhibits about the local flora and fauna. Drive to an area where a great natural rock formation once stood known as the Cathedral. Unfortunately, the Cathedral was destroyed during a 2007 earthquake. Enjoy amazing views of the desert, the blue ocean, and thousands of sea birds. Visit Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach. After your tour finishes, return to your hotel.

Huacachina: Private Transfer to Paracas

6. Huacachina: Private Transfer to Paracas

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Huacachina or the center of Ica at the departure time of your choice. If there are 3 people or less in your party, you will be picked up with a sedan car, otherwise you will be picked up in a van. Once you are picked up the trip to Paracas starts. From Huacachina to Paracas takes 1 hour and you will travel safe thanks to the professional driver. You can choose to be dropped off in your accommodation in Paracas or in any other place such as a bus stop or next to the port in case you are taking the Ballestas islands boat tour. This transfer service is available 24/7 during the whole year.

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What people are saying about Paracas National Reserve

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 12 reviews

We were not contacted by the local guide, so we asked customer service information and in less than 5 minutes the problem was solved. They came to pick us up at our hotel and moved to an area where there were ready mini buggies. We were only 2 vehicles + 1 guide vehicle. In total 2 hours of beautiful desert landscapes with 3 stops in the most beautiful beaches to take pictures and admire the places. Very nice guide! Recommended

Nice tour, we can only recommend it. The only issue we can mention is that we felt a bit lost at the start of the tour. We cannot speak Spanish and expected a tour guide who could speak English, but we only met him in Paracas. So we did not quite understand what we had to do, or where we had to go. Still everything went smoothly, there were many people that helped us, so we could enjoy the tour fully.

Fantastic desert places to the sea exceptional colors.

Ambrosio the guide explained us with passion history and described the wonderful nature of the reserve. If you make the trip try to have lunch in the reserve to the lagoon fresh fish

Great experience; guide prepared and attentive to our every need Cleaning and hygiene at the highest levels