Paracas is the name of a desert peninsula located in the Paracas District of the Pisco Province in the Ica Region, on the south coast of Peru. It was home to the Paracas culture, an important Andean society between approximately 750 BCE and 100 CE. Most of the peninsula is part of the Paracas National Reservation.
The area is normally visited because of the concentration of marine animals and birds at the Paracas National Reservation, or the Peruvian Galapagos. At the reserve there are the Ballestas Islands, which are off limits to people, but boat tours can get close. The Chincha Islands are also near its coast. On the islands there are many birds, including pelicans, penguins, cormorants, Peruvian boobies, and Inca terns. There are also sea lions, turtles, dolphins, and whales.
Things to See & Do
* Wildlife viewing
* Bird watching
* Pisco city
* Plaza de Armas – Pisco
* Tambo Colorado – Inca site close to Pisco
Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Nuevo Sol (S/)
Language – Spanish and Quechua
Land Area – 3,350 km2 (Paracas National Reservation)
Population –117,000 approx (Pisco)
Electricity –2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – +51
Port Location – The Port of Paita is located in Paita harbour, on the Pacific coast.
Travel Links – Paracas can be accessed by boat from the city of Pisco.