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6 things to do in paracas

Paracas is a desert area and although at first glance it may seem the ugliest area of Peru, it has very interesting places to visit, not only in Paracas and the Natural Reserve but also in the surrounding area. And we must not forget the Nazca Lines! Although they are not located in the same town, from here planes leave daily to visit them from the heights.

In order to upload photos to Facebook, Instagram or VK, you need a mobile phone plan. That’s why you may need to use one of our mobile phone plans for tourists to avoid high roaming costs. In order to make a nice trip, here in PeruSIM, we made these top 6 things to see and do in the city of Paracas.

How to get to Paracas from Lima?

The cheapest and most comfortable way to get there is by bus. You have several options, but nowadays Peru has a network of buses with different categories of comfort, air conditioning and it is worth it. Besides, they are cheap routes.

The company that manages these long distances is: Cruz del Sol. For about 20 dollars you can make the trip in the VIP category.

1. Visit the Nazca Lines

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Although the Nazca Lines are farther away than the Paracas area, this is where the flights depart from to visit the Nazca Lines and fly over them.

The Nazca Lines are one of the most visited places in Peru and behind them there are many theories about how these enormous lines and images could have been created in the middle of the desert. Although it is an expensive activity it is worth it and without a doubt it is something that can only be seen here. It is something unique in the world.

2. Sailing the Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Park

These islands are located near the coast of Paracas and are formed by rock formations where you can see a huge amount of wildlife, including sea lions, seals, penguins and birds. In particular there are pelicans and guano birds.

In order to visit these islands you can visit them by boat, where you make a route around the islands.

3. Buggy ride through the Paracas Desert

For the more adventurous or for those who love to do exciting activities, this is a great option and a lot of fun.

You will take a tour through the desert in a jeep, going up and down the dunes. You can surf the dunes and go down them with a snowboard or if you do not dare they have a kind of sleds (planks) so that lying down you can throw yourself.

The best option is to take the last exit, to see the sunset and avoid the strongest hours of sun.

4.  Visit the city of Pisco

visit city pisco

The city of Pisco is a very little town and is ideal for a walk in the afternoon, after having done some activity in the morning. The highlights are the Plaza de Armas, the church and the archeological site of Tambo Colorado.

5. Visit the city of Ica and the oasis Huacachica

In the city of Ica you can visit the Plaza de Armas, the church of Señor de Luren and the Regional Museum of Ica. Stroll through its streets, take pictures of its little houses and enjoy an ice cream or a pisco sour.

If you decide to take a tour, a visit to the town of Huacachina, located in an oasis in the middle of the desert, is included. It looks like a place out of a fairy tale!

6.  Enjoy the beaches of Paracas

Paracas is the best area if you want to stop at the beach on your trip to Peru. Although in Lima there are also some beaches that are pretty good, they are nothing like these!

The most beautiful ones are: Red beach, La mina beach, Yumaque beach and Lagunillas beach.

As you see, you can visit many places, also considering that they’re very near to Lima. You have to know that there are many full day tours so you can visit these places in only one day.

Finally, we know that you have to keep communication with your relatives and friends, that you need to be able to orient yourself in new cities, that you might need help with translation and that you might need to search for restaurants or hotels. That’s why with PeruSIM you can buy a SIM card including the data plan of your need without having to worry about high roaming costs.

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