Paracas is the capital of the Paracas District in the Ica Region in Peru. A small port town catering to tourism, Paracas serves as the jumping point for tours to Islas Ballestas and to Paracas National Reservation. The beautiful Paracas Bay protected by Paracas Peninsula gives these shallow, warmer waters break from ocean waves permitting life to flourish, particularly near its south western edge encompassed within Paracas National Reserve. The Museo Julio C. Tello , also found just near the south western edge of Paracas Bay, provides excellent information about Paracas culture and the many unique species, in particular, the birds of Paracas. Paracas lies in a very windy area whose very strong air currents carry sand from which Paracas takes its name.
On September 7, 1820, General José de San Martín landed at Paracas with six ships of his Peruvian Freedom Expedition from Chile.
Paracas has become one of the major beach resorts of Peru and has received much hotel investment. With the hotel boom of 2009, Paracas Bay added three 4 and 5 star hotels and two 3 star hotels.
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