Paracas national reserve
Its bleak 117,000 hectares of pampa are frequently lashed by strong winds and sandstorms (paracas means "raining sand" in quechua).
Home to some of the worlds richest seas (a couple of hundred hectares of ocean is included within the reserves borders), an abundance of marine plankton gives nourishment to a vast array of fish and various marine species including octopus, squid, whale, shark, dolphin, bass, plaice and marlin.
This unique desert is also a staging point for a host of migratory birds and acts as a sanctuary for many endangered species.
Paracas national reserve and ballestas islands
The ballestas islands and paracas national reserve, offer the most amazing wildlife experiences in peru.
Located only three hours by bus from lima, paracas is an excellent destination for a short and not expensive trip in peru.
#6 watch sea lions and penguins in paracas national reserve
The first day we took a boat trip to islas ballestas.
A small catamaran first took us along the coastline to see the candelabra – ancient geoglyph of unknown meaning, then to the islands, 25 km away from the coast, where we could admire sea lions colonies and loads of birds including pengins – oh men the smell of the bird poop was terrible.
We have also spent one night and one day in the paracas national reserve, with beautiful views of the ocean and flamingoes‘ lagunes.
Cycling in the paracas national reserve
It was hot, it was sweaty, it was off-the-beaten-track, our legs were covered by bicycle grease, the back of our necks burnt, and it took days for our butts to recover from the pothole ridden roads, but the landscapes were (almost literally) out of this world.
For those that travel to seek the epic, this is the day trip for you.
In fact, it is one of the best independent day trips we’ve done in peru.
Birds in paracas national reserve
The climate is dry and the terrain is rocky and sandy, and all the birds native to the area can be seen year round.
Other birds found in paracas include a variety of cormorants and terns, in addition to the graceful peruvian diving petrel.