Peru has just launched a tourism campaign to attract more than 30,000 visitors to the Paracas National Reserve this summer.
Established in 1975, the Paracas National Reserve is a four-hour drive south of the Peruvian capital Lima, in the province of Pisco in Ica department and it is home to one of the largest sea-lion colonies in the world.
You can also see numerous birds, including pink flamingo on the Peruvian coastline.
The coastal desert area around the reserve was the home of the pre-Inca Paracas culture, famous for its amazing textile work.
“You can’t love something you don’t know. Paracas is not only nature but also culture,” said Pedro Gamboa, head of Sernanp, Peru’s national park service. “We want people to visit our protected areas and understand the important role they play in the sustainable development of the country.” There are some very interesting tours on offer on the Peruvian Southern coast
Gamboa says that the number of visitors to the Reserve have increased from nearly 170,000 (2012) to over 175,000 in the first eleven months of 2013.
And during the festivities at the end of 2013, the Paracas National Reserve received over 10.000 visitors, and Ballestas Islands only, about 250.000 tourists throughout the last year.