Paracas National Reserve Activities

Our most recommended Paracas National Reserve Activities

From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

1. From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

After a convenient hotel pickup from either Paracas or Pisco, head to the Marina Turistica to start your adventure. Board a speedboat with your bilingual, Spanish and English-speaking guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Along the way, 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. Afterwards, 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 — all alongside other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. You’ll then return to the Marina Turistica for a drive to Paracas National Reserve. An almost alien landscape, the Paracas National Reserve is composed of vast, sprawling deserts and high sandstone cliffs directly next to the bright, blue ocean. Driving through the reserve, see the Cathedral, an area where a vast rock formation once stood before being destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake. Your tour caps things off with visits to Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach, two stunning maroon-sand beaches that are truly one-of-a-kind. Having seen some of the world's most unique natural features, flora, and fauna, you'll hop back in the car for a convenient transfer back to your hotel.

From Huacachina: Ballestas Island and Paracas Reserve Tour

2. 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

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Paracas National Reserve

Great tour, everything was great! The guide was super nice and spoke good English. The boat tour was well organized and the guide told a lot of interesting things. I found the tour in the National Park even better. We had many stops to take photos. Time spent at each site was mostly enough, except for Mina Beach in the National Park. We only had 15 minutes there and unfortunately there was no time for proper bathing (as the guide had offered us). One could have spent less time at the restaurant and more time on the beautiful beach. Otherwise everything was great on the tour, I would do it again anytime! ☺️

Part 1: Islas Ballestas Very touristy, lots of people, very crowded (~40 people/boat). But still definitely a must see. Part 2: National Park It was just my travel companion, Olenka (guide) and the driver. Very private. We asked lots of questions and Olenka had answers for all of them. We took our time and encountered almost no other people. Breathtaking views of the ocean and the cliffs. We saw many birds.

Fantastic experience! Everything was perfect, from the pickup to the tour itself. The islands and the national park are stunning and even better was our guide. She was great, taking care of us during the whole tour. She gave us a lot of info and knowledge about the places but in a really entertaining and interactive way. A must to do in Paracas!

Both the boat tour and the national reserve were amazing. Unique and wonderful, uncontaminated landscapes. The private tour by car to the paracas nature reserve was very nice and interesting, the guide explained everything carefully and was very helpful. Very happy.

Super nice guide in the national park, who also gave us a lot of additional information about Peru and the culture. We were lucky and had the guide to ourselves - very cool! :)