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Address: Ica, Peru
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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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We made a 5 hours biketrip through the park. I won't lie - it is really hard because of the wind. You dont have to be a sportsgeek but you should be fit. Nevertheless, it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made a 5 hours biketrip through the park. I won't lie - it is really hard because of the wind. You dont have to be a sportsgeek but you should be fit. Nevertheless, it was totally worth it! You can also visit the park with quads, cars or a bus, but it was amazing to do it by bike!... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

It's more than just the pink flamingoes. There is some incredible wildlife - birds and sea lions. Tjhere are also some lovely top shelf resorts. Everyone we cam,e across was so passionate about the area, it was infectious.

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Walden, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Its very desolate and desert, but definately worth the visit. Our family collects seashells and we were able to find a bunch unlike any others we have. The roads and drving can be difficult since only one is barely marked for traveling and you kind of just have to decide for yourself whether to drive across spots or not.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

The contrast between the desert and the sea is amazing and there are some great viewpoints along the tourist route. Apparently the roads inside the reserve are not actually asphalt although they look like it but made of salt that's mined locally. Guided tours have a lunchbreak at a restaurant complex, the food is highly recommended! The portions are huge... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Lucky to arrange a private guided tour for a group of 7. There was a van taking us to see all the beautiful sights and there was no rush. We could stay and enjoy as long as we wish. The local restaurant in small fishing town offer the best sea food in very reasonable price!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Beautiful nature reserve - loved the contrast of desert and the ocean. Many great photo opportunities... Definitely worth the visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

During our day in the area, we booked a boat trip out to the island for wildlife viewing, but it was cancelled due to weather. We rescheduled to a bus tour of the National Park. First impression is most definitely desert as we departed the ship heading for the museum. We initially saw a promotional film, which provided some great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We went in our own car. It was a leasurly afternoon trip after a cvisit to the museum in ICA. Noe the entire regionis desert, with a few rivers alng which mainly grapes grow now, but the great cultures of Peru were born an florished along these rivers. But the reserve is pure desert! No plants for miles and impressive... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We decided to rent bikes and bike the National Reserve which turned out to be a really cool (but pretty hard) afternoon. The scenery is crazy, almost like being on a different planet or on the moon, with dunes everywhere and stunning water views. The total bike ride was over 25 miles but it was so worth it at the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

After going to the Ballestos Islands we taken through the park to see the Red Beach and other interesting places within the park. Short extra excursion but worth it.

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