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Paracas, popular tourist destination during national holidays in Peru

LIMA, PERÚ - FEBRERO 17. El ministro de Comercio Exterior y Turismo, Eduardo Ferreyros,inauguró el nuevo circuito norte de la Reserva Nacional de Paracas.Foto: ANDINA/Jhony Laurente

10:04 | Paracas (Ica region), Jul. 27.

Paracas Natural Reserve, located in Pisco province (Ica region), is one of the most popular destinations among Lima residents, and there are good reasons for that.

The place features beautiful landscapes as well as a wide range of plant and animal species that reflect Peru's rich coastal-marine ecosystem.

The Reserve extends over an area of 335,000 ha and was established as a natural protected area on September 25, 1975. 

Its value lies in protecting the great nation's biodiversity —necessary to maintain various biological cycles that guarantee the preservation of species— and in generating economic benefits for thousands of inhabitants.


Biodiversity

The site occupies a privileged zone on the Peruvian coast and provides opportunities for nature tourism, as it houses a significant biological diversity, mainly in coastal and marine environments.

Likewise, Paracas is home to about 216 species of birds, 36 of mammals, 10 of reptiles, 168 of fish and a number of invertebrates that are an essential part of the food chain in the area.

In addition to unique birds like the Humboldt penguin and the Andean condor —that occasionally descends to the coast in search of rich pickings— visitors can watch large populations of sea wolves and otters.


Other fascinating specimens seen in the surroundings include the humpback whale, the common bottlenose dolphin and the dusky dolphin.

The vegetation is scarce, but a few coastal hills can be seen at the highest elevations, providing a habitat for reptiles, insects, birds and some mammals.

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Published: 7/27/2017
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