WHERE PACIFIC WAVES MEET DESERT SANDS, NATURAL BEAUTY MERGES WITH RELICS OF PRE-INCAN CIVILIZATIONS.

A natural haven for wildlife of all sorts, Paracas is one of the most unique places in the world. Home to prehistoric geoglyphs and some of the oldest known archaeological sites, the oft-overlooked region is perched on the dazzling Bay of Paracas, one of the most diverse oceanfront sanctuaries in the world.

Nuevo Sol
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Pisco Airport (PIO), J Chavez International Airport (LIM)

Discoveries

BALLESTAS ISLANDS
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Accessible only for boat tours, the unspoilt Islas Ballestas are home to Peru’s largest colony of sea lions, in addition to large communities of Humboldt penguins and endangered sea turtles. Visitors are not actually allowed on the three small islands, which are an important stopover for migratory birds on the Alaska-Patagonia route. Whether you explore by yacht or eco-friendly motor boat, keep an eye (and a camera) out for packs of dolphins and humpback whales.

HUACACHINA DESERT AND OASIS
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Approximately an hour inland from the town of Pisco lie the seemingly endless undulating sand dunes of the Huacachina Desert. Explore the desert’s awe-inspiring natural beauty on a 4×4 tour or through the exhilaration of sand-boarding; try to arrange your excursion to coincide with sunrise or sunset, too. While you’re here, stop at the Huacachina Oasis, a tiny town of charming cafes and outdoor adventure outfits surrounding a natural turquoise lake.

JULIO C. TELLO MUSEUM
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Stone walls flank a white adobe gateway that bears the name “Julio C. Tello,” the father of Peruvian archeology. Inside, ancient artifacts, unearthed from nearby sites, tell the story of the people who once called these lands home. Treasures from early burial sites – like ceramics, textiles, skulls, and mummies – as well as reproductions of homes from the Cerro Colorado region, offer a fascinating look at pre-Incan civilizations.

NAZCA LINES
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The only way to experience one of the region’s most impressive sights is from the air: take a trip in a Cessna through the arid desert air, over rugged mountains to the Nazca Desert plain. There, geometric shapes are etched on flat plateaus, straight lines and sharp angles carved into the reddish-brown earth slowly turn into miles-long figures of animals, from birds to spiders to monkeys. These ancient geoglyphs were created by pre-Incan inhabitants known as the Nazca.

PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE
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A 5,600-square-mile nature reserve – approximately two-thirds of which is ocean – the Paracas National Reserve consists of some of the world’s most magnificent natural landscape and diversity of wildlife. Explore the area by hiking, cycling, kayaking, diving and snorkeling, and more, and encounter such varied animals as Humboldt penguins, flamingos, sea lions, and Inca terns. The reserve is also home to prehistoric archaeological sites and the traditional Lagunillas fishing village.

PISCO TOUR
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The Ica region outside the town of Pisco, just north of Hotel Paracas, is home to the traditional wineries, known as bodegas, where Peru’s signature spirit, pisco, has been made for centuries. Take a tour through some of the most iconic haciendas – including Bodegas Vista Alegre, Hacienda Tacama Bodega, Bodega El Catador, and Bodegas Viñas de Oro at the Hacienda Hoja Redonda – and taste the liqueur while learning about traditional processes.

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