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Paracas Adventure Tour: Wildlife and Stargazing in the Desert
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  • Discover the tranquil beauty of southern Peru's coastal valley while helping alleviate extreme poverty in Pisco..Explore the beautiful Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve..Learn how to surf the sand dunes and spend a night in the serenity of the Peruvian desert.
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Spend two days experiencing the beautiful nature and wildlife that Paracas has to offer! Explore this diverse region, from the Ballestas Islands to the Paracas Natural Reserve, as well as Moron Lagoon, an oasis in the desert. Get to know the many species that call this region home!Day 1Begin your tour at 8 am with an adventure to the beautiful Ballestas Islands, also known also as “the Small Galapagos,” off the southwestern coast of Peru (2 hours). Jutting out from the sea, this impressive collection of craggy rock formations is an important sanctuary for endemic marine fauna like the Guanay cormorant, the blue-footed booby, and the Humboldt penguin. The islands are also a refuge for two varieties of seals-- fur seals and sea lions.After exploring this vibrant haven for sea wildlife, you'll return to shore for a visit to the Paracas National Reserve, a protected natural wonder that provides shelter to numerous species of birds and marine animals, such as the Peruvian pelican and the Chilean flamingo (2.5 hours). Made up of the Paracas Peninsula, tropical desert, and miles of coastal waters, the Paracas National Reserve exists to protect the marine ecosystem and preserve the rich history and heritage of the pre-Inca Paracas culture. You will have the option to eat lunch in Pisco or to enjoy fresh, local seafood prepared by the fisherman of the village of Lagunila before leaving the reserve.Then, head off to take a dip in the waters of Moron Lagoon, a desert oasis hidden among rolling sand dunes. Try your hand at surfboarding along the dunes with some expert guidance (1 hour). For dinner, enjoy a delicious barbecue prepared by Casa Illary Ika (vegetarian options available with advance notice).Once evening falls, spend the night connecting with nature and stargazing in the desert of rural Peru. Casa Illary Ika will provide all the necessary equipment – 4-person tents, sleeping bags, and a grill – for you and your group to have an unforgettable camping experience unlike any other.Day 2Start off your day right with a succulent breakfast served at the campsite before returning to Casa Illary Ika to learn more about the organization and the meaningful social work they do. Then, sit down for a tasty lunch at a local restaurant in Bernales, a small community near the lagoon. Later, visit an authentic winery nestled in the Peruvian countryside, half an hour from the Casa Illary Ika (1 hour). Here you'll find a uniquely untrammeled landscape, free from the hustle and bustle of trinket shops and commercial centers. You'll meet Miseika, a local organic winemaker who will take you on a tour of his orchards. Taste delicious wines, nuts, and fruits from his garden. After, Casa Illary Ika will drop you back off at your bus station or hotel.
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