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Paracas Peru
Red sand coast in Paracas Peru -Aaron Oberlander - Flickr

Paracas Peru is a paradise of unrivaled beauty, the wild and harsh surroundings of its National Reserve will supply its visitors with untouched beaches and windswept dunes. Paracas was once a peninsula but is now a national park, as well as one of the biggest marine reserves in the world.

While the main purpose of the Reserve is to preserve the sea ecosystem and the place's historical heritage, a visit to the park will certainly include a litany of magnificent scenery and sites. Perhaps one of the most spectacular views is that of the colony of pink flamingos. While getting too close to them isn't possible the view of these beautiful pink birds will be sure to create the perfect photo opportunity.

A trip to Paracas must undoubtedly include a visit to Playa Roja, or the Red Beach, The reddish rocks and red cliffs, created by the pebbles, which end up on Playa Roja, due to the erosion of cliffs, is sure to be a sight you will not easily forget.

Playa Roja - Red Beach, Paracas Peru
Playa Roja - Red Beach, Paracas Peru - Aaron Oberlander - Flickr

Along with these two breathtaking sites the Cathedral, the famous rock arch in Paracas, and Lagunilla, a picturesque beach and fishing village, are definitely worth a visit. Paracas is not solely dedicated to magnificent scenery but also contains some important historical aspects.

The fossil spot, which is near the entrance to the park, contains small molluks fossils preserved in excellent condition. These fossils are millions of years old and once situated in, along with vast plains of the reserve, underwater.

Along with the fossil spot there is also the Interpretation Centre Museum where you can learn about the wildlife Paracas Reserve houses, including foxes, sea lions, lizards and birds. Perhaps one of the most famous historical sites in Paracas is the Paracas Candelabra, a geoglyph found on the Northern face of the Peninsula. Amazingly this mysterious piece of history has remained relatively undisturbed.

Paracas Peru
"El Candelabro" Paracas - CUPUAÇU Tim - Flickr

Paracas is simply a magical place. Filled with untouched and undisturbed scenery and sites, a visit to the Paracas National Reserve is sure to be unforgettable.

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