Paracas and the Ballestas Islands National Reserve

The Paracas National Reserve (340,000 hectares) was established in 1975 and is essential for the protection of bird life in the Paracas Peninsula and marine life at sea. The reserve is about 15 km south of Pisco (it is not a particularly attractive place, but it is famous for the white brandy that bears the name of the city). Places of interest within the Reserve include a visitor center (free maps available) and an archeological museum. A short walk from the museum to the edge of Paracas Bay allows you to see several types of birds, including flamingos that feed by the water.

The Ballestas Islands (Ballestas Islands) These spectacular islands, eroded in many caves and arches, provide shelter for thousands of seabirds and hundreds of sea lions. Although the islands fall outside the Paracas National Reserve, they are protected by separate legislation. The islands are home to more than 150 species of seabirds, including the Humboldt penguin, cormorants, boobies and pelicans. Condor visits are even known. On the shores, you can see large numbers of sea lions, and in the sea, it is possible to find dolphins and even whales. The only way to get to the island is by doing an organized tour.

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