Birds of Paracas Photo Gallery

Birds of Paracas National Reserve shorebirds and seabirds
Photos © J. Mazzotti

Paracas is an excellent point for birding, large numbers of seabirds and migratory species, huge flocks, located in the Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands.

More than 215 species of migratory birds spend at least part of their lives in Paracas, of which approximately 60 migrate between Peru and the United States. Several of Paracas’s avian residents and visitors have been declared endangered or vulnerable by the Peruvian govern.


Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis)

Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus)

Peruvian Booby (Sula variegata)

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

Guanay Cormorant (Phalacrocorax bougainvillii)

Red-legged Cormorant (Phalacrocorax gaimardi)

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)

Blackish Oystercatcher (Haematopus ater)

Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)

Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

Paracas National Reserve

Reserva Nacional de Paracas - Is a natural protected area that has for objective the conservation of the marine ecosystem and of the characteristic formations of a portion of tropical sub desert, protection of the cultural and historical patrimony of the pre-Inca Paracas culture, and to promote the rational use of the marine resources. Outstanding the archaeological locations of "Cabeza Larga" and "Pampa de Santo Domingo" where human remains of collectors and fishermen have been located with an antiquity of 6,500 BC. A shelter for sea lions, Humboldt penguins, flamingos and many other birds. Trips to the reserve include visits to the numerous natural and archaeological attractions over its 335,000 hectares (827,803 acres). One of these is the Candelabra, a geoglyph over 120 meters long (394 feet), which can be best observed from the sea, on the route to the Ballestas Islands. The Interpretation Center offers an interesting explanation of local biodiversity and the dangers it faces. More information ...

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Map of Paracas National Reserve


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Access and Services in Paracas National Reserve

A paved road leads down to the reserve and its beaches from the town of Pisco at kilometer 234 of the South Pan-American Highway. Once past the guardpost (entrance paid), the road turns into a packed dirt track. In the nearby resort of Paracas and El Chaco beach, where can find hotels, restaurants and boats for hire. Apt for all vehicles, by car, buggies, ATV or bicycle you can visit the terrestrial area of Paracas National Reserve and enjoy the desert dunes and beaches.

  • Birds in Paracas

    Huge flocks of Seabirds
    © J. Mazzotti

  • Bus tickets from Lima to Paracas

    Bus Tickets to Paracas