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Why Paracas Is Worth Visiting When Traveling In Peru

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In a world where mystery and reality are two parallel lines, Paracas is a place where you can find both.

With an increase in tourism, the land of mystery in Peru isn’t so unfamiliar anymore. Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, all are great, but there is plenty more to find when you think critically about what kind of trip you want to have.

Paracas has everything; beaches, museums, wildlife reserves, islands, and everything in between.

Here is a curated list of five reasons why Paracas is worth visiting on your tour of Peru:

1. Paracas Nature Reserve

This massive national reserve is heralded as a haven for an impressive amount of wildlife. This place is well known for having the largest concentration of birds on earth, leaving nothing to the imagination. Book a guided tour to see all that the Paracas Nature Reserve has to offer.

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Check out our on the Paracas Nature Reserve here.  

2. Nazca Excursion

From Paracas, you can book a flight tour of the nearby Nazca lines. Let your pilot indulge you on all there is to know concerning this ancient culture. The 90-minute flight will take you over amazing scenery, and let you enjoy the Nazca lines the way they were meant to be seen. I can’t imagine the people who made these lines intended for them to be seen from anywhere else.

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3. Islas Ballestas

These islands are home to rare birds, penguins and seals. Take a guided tour for two hours to enjoy the majestic scenery, and see the sights that these islands have to offer. Much better than a trip to the zoo!

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Learn more about the Islas Ballestas in this article.

4. Paracas History Museum

Learn about local history at the Paracas History Museum. Here you will find elongated skulls, pottery, tools, and many other things that were discovered in the pursuit of knowledge. The Paracas culture is more mysterious than the Incas, and much more ancient. Uncover the mystery here!

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5. Playa Roja

There are a few beaches around the area, but Playa Roja is highly recommended. This beach is  isolated, pristine, and serene. The geology is the most outstanding feature, as the iron oxide mingles with the area to create a natural red color.

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More exists beyond the veil in Peru, and all it takes is a little exploration. When you begin traveling off-the-beaten-path, you’ll find the reward much greater.

For more destination features and Peru travel tips, don’t miss:

7 THINGS TO DO IN CUZCO PERU

3 LAKE TITICACA ISLANDS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON THEM

HOW TO SPEND 48 HOURS IN LIMA

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