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Top Choice Peruvian in Paracas (El Chaco)

El Chorito

The Italians come to the rescue in the clean, polished Chorito – part of the Hostal Santa Maria – where a welcome supply of Illy coffee saves you from the otherwise ubiquitous powdered Nescafé. The cooked-to-order f…
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)

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…
Bar in Paracas (El Chaco)


Strong drinks and well-chilled vibes star at this root-down tourist resto-bar that serves up plenty of international dishes and has a perpetual reggae soundtrack that will keep you skankin' it easy.
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.
International in Paracas (El Chaco)

Punta Paracas

Coffee and chocolate brownies hit the spot at this open-all-day cafe that remains lively after most other places have closed.
in Paracas (El Chaco)

La Tia Fela

Island in Paracas (El Chaco)

Islas Ballestas

Grandiosely nicknamed the ‘poor man’s Galapagos,’ the Islas Ballestas make for a memorable excursion. The only way to get there is on a boat tour, offered by many tour agencies, touts and hotels. Tours leave at 8am,…
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…
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.