In Quechua, the term “Paracas” means “sandstorm”. The bay that bears that name pays homage to the characteristic winds of the central coast of Peru. The combination of the wind, the sea and its natural wealth makes Paracas a very special adventure destination. These are the water sports that you can practice in order to enjoy the bay to the fullest.
1. DivingParacas is one of the best places in Peru to practice diving thanks to its blue waters and its immense variety of marine fauna, such as guano birds, sea lions and Humboldt penguins, among other species. There are 3 beaches specially designed for the practice of this sport: La Mina (on the southeast side of the Paracas peninsula), Lagunilla (a very popular cove for artisanal fishermen) and Mendieta. There are several companies that offer the service of equipment, logistics and lessons. No experience is required to practice diving in Paracas, but it is important to know how to swim. The bay's sunny climate makes it perfect for diving throughout the year. The Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort offers an experience of collecting shells, true treasures of the Peruvian sea. This is a culinary adventure from the beginning, which includes traveling by boat to the National Reserve and submerging to collect the product, and at the same time, learn about mariculture and know the ways of preparing scallops, respecting the ingredient, which was one of the pillars of the food of the ancient Paracas culture (approximately 2000 years ago). The experience ends with a tasting at the Chalana Restaurant, a special location on the dock of the Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort.
2. Windsurfing and KitesurfingPeru is a great destination for wind sports. With a magnificent 3,000-kilometer coastline and a steady wind of up to 30 knots, it has some of the best waves in the world. Peruvian waves are soft and slow, making them perfect for learning and improving skills. Among all, the beaches of the Paracas peninsula are particularly suitable for this type of water sports. In fact, Peru has been the South American windsurfing champion and was crowned precisely in Paracas, which hosted the tournament. The bay has about 50% of kitesurfing days per year, as its wind is highest between September and April. Paracas has excellent learning conditions: flat water lagoons, protected bays, speed bands and wave spots for athletes of all levels. Furthermore, there is a professional kitesurfing school that can be found at the foot of the Paracas National Reserve.