In Paracas reserve, scores of sea lions can be seen lazily basking in the sun align with condors and giants turtles easing their way through the water. The winds, the sea temperature, and other weather factors have created a habitat for thousands of species of marine fauna and flora, ranging from tiny fish and mollusks to great seals.
The scenery is beautiful, a fact that ancestral cultures were well aware of, because it was in this rich area that a major civilization flourished. Paracas, famous for its weavings, the finest in the world, inimitable even today.
Choose between the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands, home to sea lions and over 200 species of birds, a flightseeing tour of the mysterious Nazca Lines and a visit to the Ica museum to see pre-Inca mummies, or an excursion to the pre-Inca ruins of Tambo Colorado and the 17th century plantation Hacienda San Jose.
The official currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.), which is divided into 100 centimos.