Archaeological Site in Paracas (El Chaco)

Tambo Colorado

This early Inca lowland outpost, about 45km northeast of Pisco, was named for the red paint that once completely covered its adobe walls. It’s one of the best-preserved sites on the south coast and is thought to hav…
Museum in Paracas (El Chaco)

Paracas History Museum

Since most of the archaeological booty dug up nearby has been carted off to Lima, Paracas’ tiny museum is left with only a few scraps, the most striking of which are the elongated human skulls.
Museum in Paracas (El Chaco)

Centro de Interpretación

Located 1.5km south of the entry point to Reserva Nacional de Paracas, this modest center’s displays kick off with a 12-minute rather twee video aimed, it would seem, at wide-eyed teenagers.The subsequent exhibits o…
Archaeological Site in Paracas (El Chaco)

Paracas Necropolis

A few hundred meters behind the visitor complex on Cerro Colorado are the 5000-year-old remains of a necropolis related to the Paracas culture, which predated the Incas by more than a thousand years. A stash of more…
Village in Paracas (El Chaco)


Turkey vultures feast on the washed-up remains of yesterday’s marine carcasses on the lonely beach at Lagunillas, 5km south of the Centro de Interpretación, where three almost identical salt-of-the-sea restaurants c…
Viewpoint in Paracas (El Chaco)

Punta Arquillo

From Lagunillas, the road continues a few kilometers to a parking area near this clifftop lookout, which has grand views of the ocean, with a sea-lion colony on the rocks below and plenty of seabirds gliding by.
Beach in Paracas (El Chaco)

La Mina Beach

This beach is a short drive or walk south of Lagunillas on a dirt road. Sunbathers come here in summer (January to March) when you may find the odd mobile drinks concession set up. Camping is also allowed. Plan to b…
Beach in Paracas (El Chaco)

Yumaque Beach & La Catedral

The reserve protrudes south a fair few kilometers below the Paracas Peninsula. Dirt roads branch off just east of Lagunillas to Yumaque beach and La Catedral. The latter – a majestic natural arch that jutted out int…
Archaeological Site in Paracas (El Chaco)

Candelabra Geoglyph

A giant three-pronged figure etched into the sandy hills, which is more than 150m high and 50m wide. No one knows exactly who made the glyph, or when, or what it signifies, but theories abound. Some connect it to th…
Park in Paracas (El Chaco)

Reserva Nacional de Paracas

This vast desert reserve occupies most of the Península de Paracas.