About Paracas National Reserve
Interesting Places, Natural, Nature Reserves, Other Nature Conservation Areas
The Paracas National Reserve is located in Ica, Peru and consists of the Paracas Peninsula, coastal areas and tropical desert extending to the south slightly past Punta Caimán, a total of 335,000 hectares (3,350 km2) (217,594 hectares (2,175.94 km2) are marine waters, and 117,406 hectares (1,174.06 km2) are part of the mainland). It includes Bahía de la Independencia (Independence Bay) and miles of coastal waters. Its main purpose is to preserve the marine ecosystem and protect the historical cultural heritage related to ancient indigenous peoples, mostly of the Paracas culture.