Year of 2017

Red Beach
Playa Roja in Paracas National Reserve, Peru

A visit to this nature reserve in Peru should include a trip to the deep red sands of Playa Roja. As the waters of the Pacific Ocean batter a nearby massif composed of red granite-like rock, the tide carries the pulverized stone to the beach, depositing the red particles on the shore. Even if you know the mechanics of how the Playa Roja got this way, the deep jewel tones of the inland soil, the red sand, and the blue waters lose none of their mysterious allure.

The Paracas National Reserve is located in Ica, Peru and consists of the Paracas Peninsula, coastal areas and tropical desert extending to the south slightly past Punta Caimán, a total of 335,000 ha. It includes Bahía de la Independencia and miles of coastal waters. Its main purpose is to preserve the marine ecosystem and protect the historical cultural heritage related to ancient indigenous peoples, mostly of the Paracas culture.
Established: Sep 25, 1975
Area: 1,293 sq miles (3,350 km²)
Reserva Nacional de Paracas Topographic Map