General San Martin (Pisco), Peru
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Approximately 5½ Hours
Meals not included
Paracas National Reserve is a stunning ecological reserve located in the coastal desert.
Begin your day with a visit to the interpretive site to learn about all the different species that are protected in this area, and also the evolution of this part of the coast, which is considered a paradise for the geologists.
You'll stop at Red Beach -- a wonderful and fascinating part of the National Reserve. It is the only beach with red sand and its shoreline is populated by numerous seabirds. Take in the many different desert landscapes, including Supay Beach noted for its superb cliffs formed during the Eocene Period, which will show you sequences of horizontal layers. All the soil in the reserve is formed by marine sediments, so you'll also have a chance to see prehistoric fossils.
Next, visit the vineyard of Bodega 1615, housed in a building that was part of the Hacienda of Santa Cruz de Lanchas in the 16th century. The Jesuit order that ran the hacienda knew all about winemaking and harvested, crushed and bottled their vintages, leading to the production and sale of Pisco during the colonial period. Learn about the process and taste Pisco here -- salud!
Please note: The roads throughout the Paracas National Reserve are unpaved and can be bumpy. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring a hat. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations.