This area, particularly Paracas peninsula, is home of the Paracas culture (circa 700 BC), considered to be the finest of all Pre-Columbian Andean societies for its textile art.
The Necropolis - discovered in 1925 - contains over 400 funeral fards wrapped up in exquisite weavings (an average of 265 threads per square inch, colored with over 190 different tones) many in superb state of conservation.
They are also known for their advanced knowledge of medicine. Craneal trepanation (brain-surgery performed with stone tools three thousand years ago) and mummification.
The famous Candelabra - carved into the cliff - that we'll see on the way to Ballestas Islands, is part of their culture as well.
It was carbon-dated to 200 AD.
This is one of the most enigmatic geoglyphs in South America. It can be seen as far as 12 miles out to sea.
Believed to be a beacon for ancient sailors.
Paracas Nature Reserve and Ballestas Islands is part of this journey as well. It covers an area of 350.000 hectares and is one of the most important marine reserves in the world and two of Peru's greatest wildlife attractions.
Home of over 160 species of sea-birds such as flamingoes, pelicans and Humboldt penguins. Somebody called it the Peruvian Galapagos. Even dolphins and whales can be seen sometimes.
O.K., let's watch Peru Royal Tour IV and we'll chat later...
Beautiful horses, aren't they?.
The Peruvian Paso horse is probably the finest ride in the whole world.
To buggy ride the sand dunes of Ica it's also a nice treat that you might decide to experience.
So in your next trip to Peru, establish your base camp in the town of Pisco - three days minimum - and please do not miss...
Time permitting, keep on heading south to Arequipa and Colca Canyon, another incredible sight in this amazing South America...