Peru’s Paracas peninsula becomes latest tourist hotspot

Published on : Thursday, February 23, 2017

peruThe Paracas peninsula in Peru has recently become one of the country’s key projects for attracting sustainable tourism. The peninsula is a tropical desert of 335,000 hectares (827 acres)that stretches into the Pacific Ocean to form one of the richest, rarest ecosystems in the world.


The Paracas National Reserve is one of Peru’s Protected Natural Areas, with some of the world’s most luxuriant wetlands, and where sea and desert create a unique landscape with a biodiversity that embraces 1,543 species of fauna, from mammals and birds to fish and reptiles.


It is located some 260 kilometers (160 miles) south of Lima.


The Peruvian government expects that the peninsula will be visited by 414,386 tourists in 2017. Therefore, they have prepared a new “North Circuit” in the Peninsula with an investment of 18 million soles (some $5.5 million) in infrastructure and a wide-ranging choice of tourist services.


“The investment is aimed to help visitors enjoy the natural riches of the reserve, such as the impressive views and undersea diversity,” Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Eduardo Ferreyros said during the presentation of the project.


Paracas National Reserve’s excellent state of conservation has been rewarded by a growing number of visitors, which in 2016 topped all previous years when it went from 223,132 in 2015 to 327,952 last year to become the country’s second most important protected area.


Among the facilities provided are new control posts, hygienic services, lookouts and places to relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand at beaches like Yumaque, Playa Roja, Raspon, La Mina and La Plaza.


The North Circuit of Paracas has some 15 kilometers of road with 12 stops where tourists can enjoy the views of enormous dunes and the cold Pacific waters, as well as adventurous sports like hang gliding and snorkeling.


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