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Peru Travel Vacations - The Ballestas Islands in Paracas National Reserve

Peru trip on 18 Dec 10
0 The Ballestas Islands lie off the coast of the city of Pisco theyre a series of jagged, vaulted formations along the Pacific shoreline... Exotic fauna thrives in this unique rocky environment. Its a sanctuary for thousands of sea lions and more than 150 species of marine birds, including Humboldt penguins, cormorants, boobies and pelicans. Tour boats take passengers through tunnels and into caves carved out of the rock over millions of years by the pounding surf. The seaside resort town of Paracas and its national reserve form the launching point for boats that carry visitors to within a few meters of the Ballestas Islands. Looking from the sea back to the Andean hills you can see the ancient Candelabro The gigantic candelabra-shaped figure is etched into the landscape at the highest point of a hillside overlooking the bay, ita possibly a remnant of the ancient Paracas culture, which developed here from 1300 BC until 200 AD when it was conquered by the Chavin Empire. The strongest cultural legacy left by the Paracas is their ornately woven burial shrouds that are among the finest pre-Colombian textiles produced in the Americas. Visit us at: hotels peru peru tour huaraz peru caraz peru inca trail peru trip peru tourism peru alpamayo hiking peru travel agency peru climbing peru tour operator peru peru tourism trekking Peru peru flights peru bike tours tour companies
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