Paracas National Reserve - Ica

Paracas National Reserve – Ica

Paracas National Reserve Ica
Paracas National Reserve Ica

The Paracas National Reserve is located 50 km west of the city of Ica. It was founded in 1975 and is the only marine reserve in Peru.

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Paracas National Reserve Ica

The purpose of its organization was to preserve marine ecosystems and characteristic formations of coastal tropical semi-deserts, as well as to protect the historical heritage of the Paracas culture, whose representatives lived here before the arrival of the Incas.

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Paracas National Reserve Ica

Land occupies about 35% of the reserve, and the coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean – the remaining 65%. Due to the cold current, the solubility of oxygen in the coastal waters of the park increases, as a result of which conditions are created that contribute to the development of plankton here, which is food for various other species of inhabitants – dolphins, squids, mollusks, turtles.

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Paracas National Reserve Ica

There are also about 250 types of algae. The coast is practically devoid of vegetation due to the extreme dryness of the climate, but numerous bird colonies nest here. But the most interesting place for tourists are the Ballestas Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean opposite the part of the Paracas National Reserve, located on land. (more…)

La Marina Lighthouse - Peru

La Marina Lighthouse – Peru

La Marina Lighthouse Peru La Marina Lighthouse (Faro la Marina) is an active lighthouse located in a park area on high cliffs above the Pacific Ocean in the Miraflores region, Peru. It is one of the most famous and most visited lighthouses in the country. La Marina Lighthouse Peru La Marina Read more…

Misti Volcano, Arequipa - Peru

Misti Volcano, Arequipa – Peru

Misti Volcano
Misti Volcano

A mountain peak of amazing beauty, sometimes snowy, can be seen near the city of Arequipa, Peru. This is the Misti Volcano (5822 m), also known as Putin. There are two concentric craters on the upper level of the symmetrical conical volcano. The maximum outer diameter of the crater is 930 meters, the maximum diameter of the inner crater is 550 m.

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Misti Volcano

The winds blowing between the Misti Volcano and the mountain peak of Cerro Takune (4,715 m) have contributed to the formation of impressive parabolic dunes, up to 20 km long on the leeward side.

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Misti Volcano

The El Misti Volcano has been showing periodic activity since the beginning of historical records of the arrival of Europeans in Latin America. The first record of a violent eruption of El Misti dates back to 1438. Other eruptions have also been recorded since the mid-15th century. The most recent activity reportedly took place from May to October 1948. In 1959, an increase in groundwater temperature was observed. The last activity was in 1985 – in the form of a powerful ejection of steam from six holes of the inner crater. Periodic fumarole activity is also often observed at the highest level of the volcano’s craters.

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Misti Volcano

El Misti Volcano

The second largest city in Peru, Arequipa is located just 18 km (horizontal) and 2.5 km (vertical) from the summit of the volcano. In addition, the city is located along the El Guarangal gorge on the western slopes of the volcano. A factor such as the absence of eternal ice on the Misti Volcano reduces the risk of mudflows, but a significant danger to the city of Arequipa still remains, since it is built on ash and mudflows from the eruptions of the El Misti Volcano more than 2000 years ago. (more…)

Vinicunca, Rainbow Mountain - Peru

Vinicunca, Rainbow Mountain – Peru

Vinicunca Peru
Vinicunca Peru

The Vinicunca in Peru (Rainbow Mountain) are a new wonder of the world that National Geographic has included in its “100 Places to Visit in a Lifetime.” The Vinicunca in Peru are not as well known as the Chinese ones; they are still a little known tourist destination for those looking for a weekend getaway.

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Vinicunca Peru

The Rainbow Mountain in Peru is located in the Vinicunca Valley in the Andes – this is a whole multi-colored valley in which there are all the colors of the rainbow, in the language of the Quechua Indians of the descendants of the Incas, Vinicunca means “rainbow mountain”, according to one version, and another version of the name suggests that Vinicunca means “vin” – stone, “kunka” – neck, bottleneck.

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Vinicunca Peru

The existence of the Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) became known not long ago, it was revealed to the world from the fact that due to global warming, the snow melted on the mountain and all the beauty of this place was exposed.

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Vinicunca Peru

The first tourists came to look at the Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca in 2016, the tourist route is laid in such a way that tourists do not go to the mountain itself, it is forbidden so as not to disturb the natural pattern. (more…)