Top 10 Things to do in Paracas, Peru

January 2, 2018 Malia Yoakum

Discover the best top things to do in Paracas, Peru including Islas Ballestas, Playa Roja, The Chandelier, Paracas Nature Reserve, La Catedral, Supay Beach, Playa de la Mina, Paracas History Museum - Juan Navarro Hierro, Freedom Park, Inti-Mar-Paracas.
Restaurants in Paracas

1. Islas Ballestas

Paracas 11660, Peru
Excellent
67%
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27%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Islas Ballestas

If you are travelling on a cruise and passes through Paracas, don't miss this opportunity and visit the Ballestas Islands. This tour is for all visitors who are landing at San Martin Port where you can enjoy a half day trip around the beautiful Islands. You will be able to spot thousands of marine species such as, penguins, sea lions, sea birds, dolphins and many other species.

Reviewed By James G - New York City, New York

Definitely recommend taking half a day to visit. We were part of a group traveling through South America, so everything was pre-booked. However, lots of local agencies in Paracas (launchpoint). You will see more birds here than probably your whole live. The bird poop (guano) was actually what helped Peru become wealthy after gaining independence. (The US still buys hundreds of millions of $ of Peruvian guano to help fertilize crops such as cauliflower, broccoli, etc). Anyways, the guide will tell you more. Bring hat + sunscreen.

2. Playa Roja

Paracas National Reserve, Paracas 11550, Peru
Excellent
57%
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30%
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4.5 based on 276 reviews

Playa Roja

Reviewed By 1Dutchie13 - San Diego, California

You can tour the Paracas Reserve by organized bus tour, bicycle or ATV. Never saw so much sand! The red beach was small but you got a good taste of its uniqueness.

3. The Chandelier

Paracas National Reserve, Paracas 11550, Peru
Excellent
51%
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36%
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4.5 based on 693 reviews

The Chandelier

Reviewed By ruzha2014 - Prague, Czech Republic

The Paracas National Reserve has a similar candle-shaped pattern. This "candlestick" was seen on a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands. A further refinement of the figure is not known, reminds me of its origin line in Nazca visible from eg the aircraft.

4. Paracas Nature Reserve

Paracas, Peru
Excellent
62%
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26%
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4.5 based on 134 reviews

Paracas Nature Reserve

Reviewed By LAURENT N

I went with a friend with bikes. It's a 24km tour but be careful because there is a lot of wind (Paracas means "sand storm" in quechua) so it's really difficult to make the entire tour. I would recommand sporty people to do it and leave around 9am because the place closes at 5:30pm. We paid 25 soles for 2 bikes. It really worth the effort! You can enjoy amazing Beaches with nobody on it. That was a wonderful experience!

5. La Catedral

Paracas 11550, Peru
Excellent
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4 based on 217 reviews

La Catedral

Reviewed By icouldiwill - Istanbul

This rock used to look like a Catedral but it was broken off by a recent earthquake. Good to see what earthquakes do on this side of the world. Now it doesn't look like a Catedral but the tour guide said most common guess of people is that it looks like a gorilla!

6. Supay Beach

Paracas National Reserve, Paracas 11550, Peru
Excellent
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Supay Beach

Reviewed By KajNielsen - Copenhagen, Denmark

You are crossing the dessert and the sun is frying you and then you arrive to the most spectacular wiev to the Pacific Ocean where the big waves splash against the rocks and the shore with enormous power. Go to the edge and be amazed by the nature.

7. Playa de la Mina

Reserva Nacional de Paracas | Reserva de Paracas, Paracas 11550, Peru +51 946 864 314
Excellent
48%
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4 based on 434 reviews

Playa de la Mina

Reviewed By enderjjk - London

It's a bit overcrowded and the water is very cold. Plus the toilets which are just outside of the beach area might stop working any second. Bare that in mind especially if you had a ceviche next village over!!!

8. Paracas History Museum - Juan Navarro Hierro

Main St, Paracas 11550, Peru
Excellent
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4 based on 141 reviews

Paracas History Museum - Juan Navarro Hierro

Reviewed By Lenke_13 - Budapest

The museum has a rich collection of the heavily debated large skulls, which were produced not by headbinding for cultural reasons. They have a cranial volume of 25-60% larger than ours, and binding doesnt make your brain volume larger. They also have other characteristics not known in human species. Brian Foerster's potential explanations and DNA testing results are under heavy attack (you can find related youtubes). However, nobody else came up with even a tentative explanation who these people could be, why they were also taller and why some of them had hair with natural ginger tone too.
Nobody will be able to decode controversies during the visit, but I found valuable and interesting to see one of the most mysterious things in Peru. I encourage anyone to visit it even without a special interest or knowledge about anatomy. The entrance fee is really symbolic, and the museum is small (though very informative). It is at the end of the Promenade. You can walk there or approach it by car from the other side of the building. Not far from the terminal of Cruz de Sur.

9. Freedom Park

Panamericana Sur | Km 260, Paracas ica 01, Peru 0511 98 111 4055
Excellent
66%
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Freedom Park

Welcome to Freedom Park of the Parakas´Desert, where you´ll find the cleanest energies. Place where is taking care the Fifth Liquid Asteroid fallen on Earth, Jewel call Parakita, just Discovered, as in Egipt called the RA Stone or in Checo is The Moldavite. Museum of Place, Private Collection in Metheorites, Gems, Mineral, Ancestral Weapons, Fossils and some Parakas Artefacts. Camping, trekkin, Sandboarding, Buggys, Cycling and Astral Ceremonies with Ayahuasca.

Reviewed By Jean B - Ottawa, Canada

this is a monument to a Peruvian hero, General San Martin. I do not recall the details of his achievements.
The monument is really in the desert, there is nothing around it. As there is not much in the area local tours. like those from a cruise, stop there.

10. Inti-Mar-Paracas

Km. 38 carretera Paracas-puerto San Martin, Paracas 56, Peru 5101991350656
Excellent
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Inti-Mar-Paracas

Campamento de maricultura que ha sido adaptado para el turismo vivencial relacionado al cultivo de las conchas de abanico en la Bahia de Paracas.En este lugar, Ud. podra disfrutar del mar y conocer sobre las tecnicas y asuntos relevantes sobre el cultivo de las conchas, producto que podra degustar junto con bebidas y otros ingredientes de mar tipicos de la zona.Podra adicionalmente bucear con snorkel, participar en caminatas y tendra acceso a banos y duchas limpias en una zona exclusiva para nadar, tomar sol y relajarse.

Reviewed By reinsbrain11 - Puerto Máncora, Piura, Peru

Inti-mar is more than just a little hotel/restaurant on a secluded beach... they have a small scallop farm so you can eat freshly shucked scallops just minutes after they are caught... it was very tasty , especially the scallop spaghetti in huancaina sauce (very peruvian)Thank you so much for your encouraging comment...We will be looking forward for your next visit. Best regards, Luis

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