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Ballestas Islands & Paracas Reserve

A sanctuary of marine life and birds

•type:

•interest:

NATURAL

ISLAND COAST AND BAY

•location:
PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE
•country:
PERU
 

Ballestas Islands & Paracas Reserve

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ABOUT - 

Ballestas Islands & Paracas Reserve

The Ballestas Islands and the National Reserve and Regional Reserve of migratory birds Paracas-La Cathedral are part of a protected ecosystem for the conservation of terrestrial and marine species. They are located in the department of Ica, Pisco province, Peru, 260 km to the south of Lima. The name Paracas means "rain of sand".

 

The Ballestas Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, are near the coast of Peru, in front of Paracas city. To avoid disturbing the animals it is not allowed for tourists to disembark, but the boats get close enough to observe them with great detail. The animals of the islands are the endangered Humboldt penguin, or Child Bird, and thousands of seabirds. There are also sea lions and dolphins.

 

The Paracas National Reserve was created in 1975. It covers an area of ​​3,350 km2 and is the only protected marine area of ​​Peru. It has a Site Museum, called Julio C. Tello, whre you will find the Interpretation Center. The Reserve is part of the National System of Natural Areas Protected of the Peruvian State (SINANPE). Sea lions, Humboldt penguins, dolphins, flamingos, or parihuanas, and some other birds live in the Paracas Reserve. More than 100 thousand people visit this reserve annually. The abundant life of the Bay of Paracas and the Ballestas Islands is possible thanks to the cold Humboldt Current.

 

The Paracas Reserve has the archaeological attraction of Candelabro (a colossal drawing on the land) and impressive nature works, such as the rocky formation of the Cathedral and Red Beach. Those who visit the city of Paracas will be able to visit the archaeological remains of the Paracas culture discovered by the Peruvian archaeologist Julio C. Tello in 1925.

 

PRACTICAL - 

Ballestas Islands & Paracas Reserve

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

Paracas National Reserve, city of Paracas, Perú.

  • Monday to sunday from 09h00 to 17h00.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Pisco city - 30km - 18miles

DISTANCE TO CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Lima city´s airport - 260km - 160miles

PROFILE

• Interest:

NATURAL

• Kind:

SYLVAN

• Min. visit time hours:

3

PLACE

• Class:

150

• Altitude meters:

ISLAND COAST AND BAY

• Type:

432

• Altitude feet:

• Max. visit time hours:

5

RELATED ACTIVITIES

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramic sightseeing.

  • Guided visits.

  • Experiential journey.

ENTERTAIMENT:

  • Sun and sea.

SPORTS:

  • Walking

  • Trekking.

  • Running.

  • Sailing.

  • Camping.

  • Swimming.

  • Snorkeling.

  • Kayaking.

  • Biking.

SPECIALIZED:​

  • Bird watching.

  • Wild life watching.

  • Scuba diving.

  • Geo interpretation.

ADVENTURE:

  • Parapenting.

  • Espeleology.

  • Natural National Heritage.

  • National Protected Area.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • The entrance fee to Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve is S / 15 peruvian soles for national and foreign tourists.

  • Local visitors pay S / 5 peruvian soles.

  • To enter only to the Ballestas Islands are S / 10 peruvian soles.

  • To enter only to the Paracas National Reserve are S / 10 peruvian soles.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • Beach clothing.

  • Swimsuit.

  • A towel.

  • Sunscreen and/or tanning lotion.

  • A hat or a cap.

  • Comfortable shoes.

  • Binoculars.

  • A camera.

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Ballestas Islands & Paracas Reserve