Paracas Travel Guide

2023 Update

paracas Brief Summary:

  • Paracas is a beautiful small town by the sea.
  • How to get to Paracas: By bus, no Airport. Peru Hop #1 rated bus company in Peru on Tripadvisor.
  • What to do in Paracas: Ballestas Islands, also known as the “Peruvian Galapagos”, Visit stunning Paracas National Reserve and maybe do a Golden Shadows Trek (top rated on Tripadvisor)
  • You can visit Paracas on a Day Trip from Lima with Peru Hop or stop off on your way from Lima to Cusco or Cusco to Lima
  • Official Information Website: www.paracasperu.com

How to get to paracas

Paracas is approximately a 4-hour drive away from Lima. Head south for the day, spend the night or stay on board to experience Huacachina, only a short distance away.

You have 2 options to get to Paracas:

Public bus

There are many public bus companies operating the Lima to Paracas route. The only problem is the headache you will have trying to compare prices and after you choose one, having to find the companies terminal since there is no central bus terminal.

Peru Hop bus

Peru Hop buses offer a comfortable and safe trip, with free pickups and drop-offs being included for free. There are also free additional stops and tours on the way to Paracas which will make your trip much better! Make sure to check out the bus passes and decide which adventure best suits you.

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Must do in paracas

Paracas is perfect for all types of travelers. With its relaxed vibes, this beach town has a surprising variety of activities to choose from. The Paracas National Reserve is one of the main attractions here in Paracas. It is the oldest marine reserve in Peru and consists of almost 335,000 hectares of area, with its main function to preserve the marine life ecosystem. You will find many different species of birds here, most sitting on the shore’s edge basking in the sunshine that reflects of the water. This offers some excellent photo opportunities as the desert lands and endless ocean waters provide the perfect scenery to capture that treasured memory on film.

Just 45 minutes away on a boat from the Pacific Coast lies the Ballestas Islands, also referred to as the “Peruvian Galapagos”. With a tour of these islands, you’ll get to see a lot of animals in their natural habitat at just a fraction of the cost! The Ballestas are a must-do for all wildlife lovers as they’re home to thousands of birds and mammals including penguins, sea lions, Inca terns, and pelicans. The islands are protected, meaning you cannot swim with the animals or walk on the islands themselves, but you will get very close to them by boat.

You can also relax on the beach while watching the sunset along the Pacific coast. Just grab a couple of beers and enjoy the view!

paracas Safety Tips

  • Bring sunblock and a hat, it is sunny all year round
  • Never carry your passport/credit card unless 100% necessary
  • Avoid using ATM machines at night
  • If moving on to Huacachina after Paracas make sure you take cash out from the ATM while you can. While there are two ATM machines in Paracas there are NONE in Huacachina

Where to stay in paracas

Excellent for:

  • Couples
  • Older Travelers
  • Families

Why guests love it:

  • Best Value
  • Swimming pool
  • Great wi-fi
Room TypeNormal PricePeru Hop Price
6 bed dorm* N/A12 USD PP
Double/Twin85 USD PR39 USD PR
Double/Superior (inc. balcony & bath)100 USD PR45 USD PR
Triple100 USD PR45 USD PR
Quadruple120 USD PR59 USD PR
PP: per person | PR: per room | *Towel hire 5 soles

Description:
Beautiful 3-star hotel with clean 4bed/3bed and private rooms.

Facilities:
Breakfast included. Swimming pool, wi-fi, secure rooms ALL with private bathroom.

Peru Hop Deal:
Up to 60% OFF for Peru Hop passengers.

Excellent for:

  • Backpackers
  • Solo travelers
  • Couples

Why guests love it:

  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Entrance to beach
Room Type Normal PricePeru Hop Price
Double P/B53 USD PR49 USD PR
Twin P/B56 USD PR51 USD PR
Large Dorm P/B13 USD PP11 USD PP
Medium Dorm P/B16 USD PP14 USD PP
Small Dorm P/B18 USD PP15 USD PP
PR: per room | PP: per person P/B: private bathroom

Description:
The best hostel in Paracas, swimming pool and lively bar.

Facilities:
Swimming pool, small bar, breakfast included, Wi-Fi.

Peru Hop Deal:
Up to 24% OFF.

Excellent for:

  • Backpackers
  • Solo travelers
  • Couples

Why guests love it:

  • Common kitchen
  • Quiet
  • Great wi-fi
Room TypeNormal PricePeru Hop Price
Single S/B 60 Soles PR54 Soles PR
Double/Twin S/B 65 Soles PR 58.40 Soles PR
Double/Twin P/B 100 Soles PR 90 Soles PR
Triple S/B 90 Soles PR 81 Soles PR
Triple P/B 120 Soles PR 108 Soles PR
Quadruple P/B 150 Soles PR 135 Soles PR
PR: per room S/B: shared bathroom | P/B: private bathroom
Romm TypeNormal PricePeru Hop Price
10 Bed Dorm S/B 25 Soles PP 22.50 Soles PP
6 Bed Dorm S/B 30 Soles PP 27 Soles PP
PP: per person S/B: shared bathroom | P/B: private bathroom

Description:
Family owned quiet hostel, good ratings on Hostelworld.

Facilities:
Kitchen, common area, Wi-Fi (no swimming pool).

Peru Hop Deal:
10% OFF for Peru Hop passengers