The Rare Ecosystem and Alien Landscapes of Paracas National Reserve in Peru

Sara Dobak

Hi, I’m Sara, founder and writer at Travel Continuum, where I write about my global travel experiences, with a special passion for the stars and sustainability. I believe in the power of education through travel, and here I share the tales and tips that I find interesting and inspiring. I hope that you do too.

continuum /kənˈtɪnjʊəm/: a sequence of elements where the extremes are very different, but each individual stage is barely distinguishable from the next.

Something that keeps going, changing gradually over time…like the seasons.

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10 Responses

  1. Lucy says:

    Such an amazing landscape – it does look just like you could be on another planet. I don’t know a lot about this area but it looks stunning, and can never resist a bit of interesting geography!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      It’s one of the best things about travel, isn’t it? That moment when you discover a place you didn’t even know existed, and it just blows your mind… 🙂

  2. Incredible looking landscape that reminds me of Mt Teide National Park in Tenerife! Both look like they’re on Mars! I love the contrast of blue and red – what a beauty Mother Nature has played here!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thanks, Claire, considering it wasn’t originally on our checklist, we certainly struck gold with Paracas…and russet…and slate…and sparkling blue…!!

  3. What fabulous colours! It sounds an extremely interesting place to visit. I’d love to spend some time watching the marine and birdlife there. Other than orcas do you know what whales are found there? I’m off whale watching again in June in the Canada’s Bay of Fundy, more than a dozen species can be found there, I believe – can’t wait!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Lucky you, I’d love to get to the east side of Canada one day! About the whales in Paracas – I found this website http://www.mundoazul.org/deutsch/mammal_volunteering.htm which states ‘there is little known and published about the geographical and spatial distribution of whales and dolphins along the Peruvian coast’ and how future conservation efforts will depend on that changing.

  4. Otherworldy is right. I don’t think I would have ever guessed this was Peru. An amazing eco system full of symbiotic relationships. Love seeing the sustainable gathering of seaweed to use in products. I think it’s an ingredient of the future.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      No, it’s not what immediately springs to mind is it? You’ve hit that on the head, Alison – the inter-dependency that Paracas so beautifully embodies reminds us that if we break a link in the chain, we break the entire chain.

  5. Anna says:

    I had to go back to the top and read the words as the photos were so good I just kept scrolling through! Incredible!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thanks Anna, it’s amazing how well they came out considering they were all taken on my Android mobile, before I got myself a ‘proper’ camera – it just emphasises how striking the scenery is.

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