Paracas Peru provides access to plentiful marine life and an especially large population of marine birds can be found along the coast or gathering on nearby islands.

The Ica region was once the home to some of the most influential ancient cultures in Peru, and today is a fascinating destination off the beaten path. From the outdoor lovers’ Paracas, to the pisco trails, to the mysterious Nazca Lines, the region holds varied wonders often overlooked by international travelers.

The Ballestas Islands are an important sanctuary for fur seals, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, Humboldt penguins and many other species. Ker & Downey’s regional guides can make sure that you see the islands free from the throngs of tourists, ensuring that the magic of the islands is not lost.

With a wealth of reserves, parks and a stunning coastal location, Paracas is a mecca for outdoor adventurers. Peruvians flock to the sand dunes for a unique variety of sand sports, including four-wheeling and sand-boarding. Families traveling with teenagers can take advantage of the region’s dual strengths: low-key relaxation and high adrenaline sports.

Ker & Downey works with experts in pisco culture to design tasting itineraries for those looking to explore the South American spirit. Visit the powerful international brands where celebrity vinters continue to drive the traditional drink to new heights, as well as local family establishments preserving the traditional techniques and tastes of pisco.

Ica’s pre-Incan discoveries date back before the Common Era and represent several ancient indigenous cultures. The area is home to the famous ancient geoglyphs the Nazca Lines and the Paracas Candelabra, both unforgettable marvels to view by air. Many more artifacts from the era are on display at the Museo Sitio de Julio C. Tello, named for the Peruvian archaeologist who helped uncover the mysteries of the prehistoric Paracas culture in the early 1900s.

While it’s possible to fly from Lima to Ica for a day trip, we recommend putting your feet up at one of the region’s luxury hotels, having a glass of pisco, and soaking in the coastal sun.