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Paracas National Reserve

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Address: Peru
Description: This protected maritime region serves as a refuge for a wide variety of...
This protected maritime region serves as a refuge for a wide variety of marine animals and birds such as sea lions, penguins, whales, dolphins and migratory seabirds.
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Very interesting and funny 2 hours excursion on a boat. In the average trip, you can see sea lions, penguins, crabs and a lot of birds, while If you'll be lucky enough you can see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Rocca di Papa, Italy
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Rocca di Papa, Italy
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Very interesting and funny 2 hours excursion on a boat. In the average trip, you can see sea lions, penguins, crabs and a lot of birds, while If you'll be lucky enough you can see some dolphins.

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Ashburn, Virginia, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We too the trip to the Paracas National Reserve on our way to Nazca, first I've always praise Peru for how well their tour industry is organized. I thought it was all about Sea Lions, but turn out to be more that that, first some awesome stone arches naturally formed, we saw many sea birds including some penguins, and of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My boyfriend and I loved visiting the Paracus National Reserve. We, like many other visitors, actually wanted to do a boat tour to the Islas Ballestas but unfortunately there were no boats because of too much wind. So we did the National Reserve instead. We booked onto a tour and had a great guide - very informative and quite an... More 

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Innsbruck, Austria
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We actually wanted to do a boat tour to the Islas Ballestas but unfortunately there were no boats because of too much wind. So we did the National Reserve instead. We took a colectivo to Paracas because we had thought (Lonely Planet made the suggestion!!) we could do the reserve on our own - BIG mistake. The national reserve is... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We did a 4 hour tour of the reserve and it was a waste of time. You basically drive across the desert and stop at a bunch of shore lines and cliffs, and it gets really really repetitive. We thought we would see alot of cool animals like seals and flamingos, but we only realized after the tour that these... More 

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Sherwood, Arkansas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Very limited attraction. It was ok. If you are pressed for time, you can skip it. If you have teenagers I would recommend staying longer in Huachachina for some dune buggy, sand boarding experience, atleast you get to do something. The restaurants they take you to in the Reserve is also a tourist trap, bring a snack with you so... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I thought this was really great. We could not get to Ballesta Islands because of rough seas, so this made for a great alternative. I have never been to the desert before, so it was very interesting seeing this one, especially since it is juxtaposed by the ocean. The views are really quite beautiful and it was really interesting seeing... More 

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78 reviews 78 reviews
52 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Cool area that was once underwater. One of the most fascinating sights here is a red sand beach. The color of it was unlike anything I have ever seen. Worth going to check out

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Omaha
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60 reviews 60 reviews
39 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Its wonderful that Peru has made the Paracas Oceanside Desert into a preserve, but there's not a lot to see there. Extensive sand dunes, some sea rock formations, and a few birds are good to see if you have a couple of extra hours in the area, but the preserve does not compare with the Ballestas Islands cruise or the... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

What a beautiful paradise! I just hope it is not lost with the industry going on around it. It was interesting to note the boundaries of the park and how some of the coastline was not within the boundaries so it is about to be taken over by industry. There is an awesome little restaurant it is right at the... More 

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