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How to Spend 1 Day in Paracas

How to Spend 1 Day in Paracas

Home to the Peruvian equivalent to the Galapagos Islands, Paracas is a must-visit destination for wildlife and nature lovers. The coastal town boasts the spectacular Paracas National Reserve, some of the best seafood in Peru, and serves as the gateway to the Ballestas Islands. Here’s how best to spend one day in Paracas.

Morning: Best of the Ballestas

Rise early and head straight to the Ballestas Islands by boat. Tour options are plentiful and range from time-saving speedboat trips to private tours that ensure you receive undivided attention from your guide. Whichever you choose, your boat is sure to pass the enigmatic Candelabra geoglyph—a colossal figure of a candlestick etched into the side of a mountain—and may stop to observe the hundreds of sea lions sleeping on its shores. You’re also likely to see dolphins, cormorants, and the Peruvian pelican.

Afternoon: Desert Delights

Devote the afternoon to the desert scenery that characterizes the west coast of Peru. Choose between tours that visit Paracas Natural Reserve, where sandstone cliffs drop down onto terracotta beaches lapped by turquoise waves, and Huacachina, home to rolling sand dunes that offer some of the best opportunities for sandboarding in Latin America. The desert town is also home to a vivid green oasis that makes for unique photo opportunities and is close to the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of geoglyphs best seen by air on a guided flight.

Night: Ceviche at Sunset

Stay in Huacachina to watch the sun set over the seemingly endless sand dunes before heading back to Paracas for dinner and drinks on the waterfront. The coastal town is famous throughout Latin America for its fresh seafood and ceviche, raw and thinly-sliced fish seasoned with lime juice and chilli. Following dinner overlooking the sea, head to Hotel Paracas for cocktails in a sophisticated atmosphere.

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Ballestas Islands Excursion

Ballestas Islands Excursion

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You don't need to spend a fortune to visit the Ballestas Islands when you book this budget-friendly Ballestas Islands tour from Pisco. Head out from the dock on a boat fully-equipped with safety equipment and led by a certified captain—relax and enjoy the views knowing you're in good hands. Then, stop to tour one of the island for a chance to see wildlife like sea lions, guano birds, and penguins.
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Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve Day Trip from Paracas

Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve Day Trip from Paracas

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Get up close and personal with the rich array of marine life that inhabits the waters and rocky shores of Peru during this full-day trip to the Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve. Start your morning with a boat ride to the Ballesta Islands, stopping to check out the Candelabra geoglyph and observe the wild array of species like Humboldt penguins, Peruvian boobies (birds), sea lions and sometimes even dolphins that inhabit the area. In the afternoon continue your trip at Paracas National Reserve, observing the area’s Andean flamingos, whales, and other wildlife. Your trip also includes the services of a guide.
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Ballestas Islands Sightseeing Boat Ride from Paracas

Ballestas Islands Sightseeing Boat Ride from Paracas

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Journey by boat from Paracas for a 2-hour trip to Peru’s unspoiled Ballestas Islands, a marine sanctuary where you can observe a wealth of sea birds and marine life in their natural habitat. Spot for some of the Islands’ rich array of penguins, Peruvian boobies (native birds), sea lions and Peruvian pelicans, along with many more species. If you’re lucky, you might even observe a dolphin or two. You’ll also enjoy views of the mysterious 490-foot (150-meter) Candelabra geoglyph, rumored to have been constructed in ancient times. Your boat ride also includes the services of a guide.
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