Welcome to Paracas (El Chaco)
The Paracas peninsula’s main village, El Chaco – often referred to erroneously as ‘Paracas’ – is the primary embarkation point for trips to Islas Ballestas and the Reserva Nacional de Paracas. New condos and luxury hotels are found north and south of the village proper. It's a fun place with a lively traveler scene. Most of the action centers on the Malecón, where you'll find a pretty wide selection of restaurants and bars. Its natural attractions and long beaches stand out from many South Coast destinations, and many travelers end up spending at least two or even three nights here, allowing for a day tour to the islands, beachtime and an extended foray across the peninsula. The 2007 earthquake did a lot of damage to town, but all systems are now go, with a new malecón, tourist dock and international airport.