Paracas West side

The National Reserve of  Paracas apart from the tourism zone, has other places where beauty and the open spaces makes you wonder the nature. This is a route only for experts and share with someone who know the place. The huge size of the desert when you face it should be intimidatating.

Years ago with my friend Cae, now living in Brasil, ussually we share the ride with the hobby of photography, one day another friend Diego Alvarado a pro photographer, told us to go and ride in Paracas. We took his word and went to Paracas and scouting an area that none of us knew before. We did a part, but some years later I hike with guards of the park and I knew how to complete it with bikes. Couple of years later we decided to go and ride it, we start from the hotel and point Lagunillas and La Mina, then Mirador de Lobos and finally we met the Kraken, a desert to cross to finally appear at Cequion, at the main highway to San Martin port.
35Km climbing, downhilling sand dunes, a bit of carrying the bikes, super landscapes. Important to bring with you all your equipment and some food and lot of water, if something happens there will be no one for helping you and if you have to walk, hours are waiting for you.

Following the coastline in Paracas

The National Reserve of Paracas is one of these places that deserve to be listed on best and wonderful places ro ride on.
The south side is a long line with very small climbs a lot of beaches with amazing landscapes. Remember to start early, wind could be friend or foe .

Paracas is 3 to 4 hours south from Lima. You can get there by car or bus and the key of a succesful ride is to start early, at 6am is better, wind and sun may be a torture if you are still riding after 1pm.

This route as any other starts from Paracas bay, and you must point south to Cathedral viewpoint, then, have to follow all the coastline, reaching Playa Mendieta is not a big issue, only need to know a shortcut to ride down to Playon beach. Once at Mendieta you will enjoy the beach (if is not windy)

After Mendieta you may continue to Laguna Grande following the main road, you will not get lost, but you have to be prepared for a 100km day ride.

The return must get planned after noon to be helped by the strong winds that push us back to our starting point, that´s a good relief, anyway is not for free, so pedal is a must.

Paracas short route for starters

The National Reserve of Paracas is one of these places that deserve to be listed on best and wonderful places ro ride on.
Is not a technical place, but pedaling on the desert, dry, sandy but rideable, surrounded by a great quietness and open spaces following an amazing coastline is simply a must do.

Paracas is 3 to 4 hours south from Lima. You can get there by car or bus and the key of a succesful ride is to start early, at 6am is better, wind and sun may be a torture if you are still riding after 1pm.

This is the shortest loop at the Reserve. starting from your hotel at El Chaco have to cross the Control Access Point of the Park, then split in two ways, anyone can be chosen, personally I prefer to go first to Playa Roja, so following the main road climbing to the Interpretation Center, then taking the left small road you will go downhilling to Playa Roja. Once there and after stay some minutes to enjoy the place, you take left and start a climb to surround the cliffs to continue your ride south straight to Catedral.

Once there and after a time to enjoy the landscape, you will start your way back to El Chaco, if you are new or slow pace, that loop will take you around three hours, so if you depart at 7 you´ll be back around 10, and don´t forget to pay your entrance fee! Is cheap 3USD and it helps to protect the area.