If photography is your thing, or if you want to get some fantastic selfies, Paracas is the place to go. You will have the chance to see pink dolphins! These friendly creatures aren't afraid to get close to you. And they are only a fraction of the abundant sea life which are native to Paracas.
Pier fishing is a common sport here, and sometimes the tourist join in to see what the fuss is about. A relaxing and enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. You can also hire a boat ride for a small group of people and fish near the shore. Other animals you can see during your visit to Paracas are sea lions, the Humboldt Penguin, seagulls, pelicans, sea turtles, and flamingos.
If you visit Playa Roja, you will see fishers who collect algae to sell in the local market.
The Astronaut, Nasca Lines
If you are interested in fossils, you’ll be happy to know that you can see 36 million-year-old Turritellas (snail fossils) during your visit to Paracas The emblematic museum of Julio C. Tello contains remains of each aspect of former life in Paracas . From bones to textiles, and ceramics to tools. There is something to learn from every find, and this is a stop you won’t want to miss. The Regional Museum of Ica and the Science Museum are two others you will get a chance to visit nearby.
One of the most memorable things for tourists when visiting Paracas is the small strip of stands where the locals sell souvenirs as well as locally produced wine. Things like sea pearls and beaded necklaces, small ceramic shot glasses, and other nick-nacks to remember your journey are available in tiny shops. The shops are run by local people who make a living in part from the flow of tourists in the area.
There are English speaking guides who are happy to take you to the sites and explain the history and legends of each place. They will let you know when to pull out your camera to take the best pictures as well. Tours can be for the Islas Ballestas which starts bright and early in the day. A trip to the National Wildlife Reserve is a 3-hour run that begins later in the day. That makes it possible to handle both tours in one fun-filled day.
Dinner by the beach in Paracas
Places to Stay
Depending on what type of traveler you are, you can choose to stay at a resort style hotel with all the amenities, a backpacker’s hostel, or even a room which some locals rent out for week-long stays. My recommendation, none the less, is if you can’t afford to stay the night at one of the resorts, some offer a very convenient day pass. It gives you access to all the amenities, pool and everything you would expect from a nice hotel. So, if you have a chance, go for it!