Playa Roja beach

The aptly named Playa Roja Beach is a remarkable red sand beach that needs to be seen to be believed. Viewed by many as one of the most beautiful places in Peru, Playa Roja Beach is a true highlight of the Paracas National Reserve. Bright cliffs drop directly into the aquamarine sea, and the red colored shoreline, caused by the igneous rock pink granodiorite, creates a beach scene that’s unlike anywhere else in the world. The reserve spans more than 335,000 hectares and is best visited on an organized tour.

Getting there

Visitors flying into Lima Airport will take the 270 kilometre-long ride from Callao to Paracas. The cheapest option is to take the Soyuz Bus, but it’s recommended that travelers looking for a more comfortable and quicker route consider renting a vehicle for roughly 35 USD per day. North Americans can easily get a flight to Lima from Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg and other popular Canadian cities.