Paracas National Reserve

The Paracas National Reserve features a unique geological landscape in Peru. The combination of strong waves and wind has sculptured the spectacular rock formations and the rugged cliffs along the coast in the Peruvian desert.

The most famous rock formation is The Cathedral Rock also known as La Catedral. The Cathedral Rock was once connected to the mainland forming an rock arch. The arch collapsed into the sea due to an earthquake that shook Peru in 2007, leaving this stunning rock formation in place.

Another famous attraction is the Red Beach (Playa Roja) which gets its name from its red sand that was formed by eroded granodiorite from the nearby cliffs of Punta Santa Maria.

Paracas National Reserve is located near the coastal town of Paracas.

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