Paracas National Reserve

Paracas National Reserve
Reserva Nacional de Paracas
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Playa Sacasemita.jpg
Sacasemita beach, at Paracas National Reserve.
Map showing the location of Paracas National Reserve
Map showing the location of Paracas National Reserve
Location Peru
Ica
Nearest cityPisco
Coordinates13°53′43.5″S 76°16′15.9″W / 13°53′43.5″S 76°16′15.9″W / Reserva Nacional de Paracas (in Spanish)
Official nameParacas
Designated30 March 1992
Reference no.545[1]

Paracas National Reserve is a protected area located in the region of Ica, Peru and protects desert and marine ecosystems for their conservation and sustainable use.[2] There are also archaeological remains of the Paracas culture inside the reserve.[2]

Geography

The reserve is located in the region of Ica, and spans an area of 335000 hectares, 65% of which correspond to marine ecosystems.[3] The highest elevation in the reserve is 786 m.[3] The reserve includes coastal geographic features such as: the Paracas Peninsula, Independencia Bay, San Gallán Island, Paracas Bay and Independencia Island.[4]