Paracas National Reserve, La Cattedrale, Ica (with Map & Photos)

The Paracas National Reserve (RNP) is one of the categorized Natural Protected Areas (ANPs), which protects representative samples of our marine-coastal ecosystems. Its importance lies in the fact that it protects a great biological diversity that is essential for the maintenance of various biological cycles that guarantee the conservation of species, as well as that it generates economic income for thousands of inhabitants. Likewise, it protects in its interior various archaeological remains of the Paracas culture settled in a large part of this important reserve.

Paracas National Reserve Ica
Paracas National Reserve Ica

The income generated through tourist activity is important to strengthen the entire National System of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SINANPE). In addition, RNP is included in the Ramsar Convention list of wetlands of international importance.

Paracas National Reserve Ica
Paracas National Reserve Ica

It is located in part of the districts of Paracas and Salas, belonging to the provinces of Paracas and Ica respectively, in the department of Ica. Its extension is 335,000 hectares, of which 35% belong to the mainland and islands and 65% to marine waters.

Paracas National Reserve - Ica


It is also home to 216 species of birds, 16 types of mammals, 10 species of reptiles, and 193 species of fish. The marine protected area covers about 3350 square meters, 65% is sea and 35% is land and islands.

It is considered one of the richest and most unusual ecosystems in the world. But, in all honesty, the attraction is not just the wildlife, but the beauty of the desert and ocean landscapes.

Established in 1975, it is the oldest marine reserve in Peru, and in addition to the biological areas, it also protects the prehistoric sites of the Paracas culture and other ancient civilizations.

Paracas National Reserve Ica
Paracas National Reserve Ica

Near the entrance, inside the Reserve, is the Interpretation Center of the Paracas National Reserve and the Julio C. Tello Site Museum named after the archaeologist who made the greatest discoveries of the ancient Paracas culture. In the museum you can see the fine funerary objects buried with the mummified remains of the Paracas elite.

Between Playa Lagunillas and Punta Santa María, this Red Beach is one of the most beautiful in the National Reserve due to the reddish color of its coast, the most unusual along the Peruvian coast.

Paracas National Reserve Ica
Paracas National Reserve Ica

Paracas Tour 2022


The Paracas national reserve received the SAFE TRAVEL seal and you can visit it without having to worry about the health issue.

How to get to Paracas?


In order to get to the Paracas National Reserve, you can travel by bus or private car.

Paracas National Reserve Map