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Short Sea Kayak tour in the Paracas Bay

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  • 3 Hours07:30 - 10:30 (AM)
  • Group Size: 2 - 4
  • RestrictedAvailability 2022: April-June and Sept-Dec.

On this excursion we will explore part of the National Reserve within the Paracas bay. We leave early in the morning from Santo Domingo after a short safety briefing and testing the paddling equipment. We will row in the calm of the Paracas bay near the wetland protection zone where we will be able to appreciate an enormous diversity of birds and unique landscapes such as Cerro “Colorado” and Cerro “Lechuza”, formations adored by the ancient Paracas inhabitants, and where the famous mummies of “Paracas Cavernas” were found.

Distance: 5 Km


Tip: we also have a “full-morning” version of this tour, which more than doubles the distance covered and also includes a picnic on a deserted beach 🙂  It only costs $20 p.p. extra. Click here for more info about that longer sea kayak tour!

If you’d like to read more about this region, please refer to our Travel Guide for Paracas, Ica & Nazca


Note: Due to the pandemic, Eduardo and Eloisa are back at guiding kayak trips in the arctics! In the off seasons they will be happy to receive you in Paracas and show you their specialist view on Paracas’ nature from their favourite means of transportation. Please revise the booking calendar to see whether they’re available at your desired date. 

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Why is this experience RESPONSible?

This is one of the most emblematic and biodiverse reserved bays on the Peruvian coast, threatened by different pressures and deserving further protection enforcement, so we believe that making low impact use of this area is important to let the authorities know that other ways of development are possible. This place is of great importance for hundreds of species of birds, between residents and migrants, and for families of bottlenose dolphins that use the bay to hunt small fish. Full of ancient history and beautiful landscapes.

This experience tries to be as sustainable as possible. By moving only using our own energy, we do not generate a greater impact on the environment. We do not produce annoying sounds or release toxic gases into the atmosphere. The kayaks allow us easy and quick access to the sea, and many times we find marine litter adrift, these boats are of great help to remove said trash from the sea or beaches. We believe that through sea kayaking we sensitize ourselves and we sensitize others. Each paddle is a learning experience, each day in nature teaches us unique things, and that by knowing them we therefore protect them.


Price Includes

  • Transportation inside Paracas town
  • Touring sit inside sea kayaks & paddling gear
  • Safety & emergency gear, first aid gear
  • Professional sea kayak guide
  • Snacks and water

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the tour itself

Is this tour physically demanding?

A little bit, yes. It’s less strenuous than the longer version of this tour, but of course you are still paddling at sea for a few hours. The rhythm is slow, though, and you’ll get good instructions from your guide before leaving. Anyone who’s medium fit can do this tour. 

How do I get to the starting point of this tour?

This tour starts and ends in the Santo Domingo Bay just a bit further south from the center of Paracas. It is easily walkable from most hotels in Paracas center. However, a pickup from your hotel in the Paracas area is included in the price of this tour. If you prefer to walk let us know and we’ll send you more exact instructions. If your hotel is located outside of the bay area or you’re coming with your own means of transportation, also contact us. Once you book, you can be in touch by email with us and the provider. 

What kind of weather should we expect during this excursion?

The Paracas Bay, like any coastal area, can have different kinds of weather throughout the year. Generally, in (southern hemisphere) summer it’s hot and sunny, and in the long winter it’s foggy. However, any day of the year the sun can be out, or it can be foggy and wet. So be prepared for any kind of weather and make sure you’re well protected against the elements. 

Our excursion takes place in the morning because generally it becomes too windy in the afternoon. 

Find more info about climates in Peru in our blog “Best Time to Travel to Peru“. 

Is this a private excursion or will I share the experience with other travelers?

There are only four spaces available for a tour so in case there are other travelers, you’ll always remain in a small group. 

Can I do this tour with my children?

Yes, this sea kayak tour is family-friendly. We advise a minimum age of 14 years old though. If your children are younger, please fill in the Enquiry Form and we’ll advise you about the possibilities. 

General questions

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Your Host
11Eduardo Larrañaga García is our sea kayak specialist in Paracas | Responsible Travel Peru

Eduardo Larrañaga

Eduardo was born in Lima, and from a very young age he had a close bond with the sea. Little by little he acquired various experiences, thanks to surfing and windsurfing, windsurfing being a sport that allowed him to know unique places on the Peruvian coast, in addition to having been a source of work, since he dedicated himself to the instruction of this sport for many years. At 19 years of age, he fulfilled one of his dreams, embarking on a sailboat in Paracas Bay to make his first voyage to Easter Island. Years later he made a second sailing trip from Brazil to South Africa, passing through places full of wildlife such as Tristan da Cunha. Surely that contact with the sea and nature was what led him to study biology. He had the opportunity to research humpback whales in northern Peru, work for the Galapagos National Park and in Tierra del Fuego. 12 years ago he started kayaking and for 6 years he has been working as a sea kayak guide in the Arctic and Antarctica, a job he enjoys very much, since it combines his passion for nature and sport.

The combination of sport and nature is precisely what motivates him to create “Sea Kayak Paracas” and guide in Peru so that more people have the opportunity to enjoy and protect the Peruvian sea using an ancestral tool such as the sea kayak.

Eduardo is also certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and is an ACA (American Canoe Association) level 3 kayak instructor.

Like RESPONS, Eduardo is aware that the better our practices, the less negative impact will be generated on the environment. We try to minimize the use of non-recyclable materials in our operations and in the case of recyclable leftovers we make sure that they reach the correct place of processing. We promote this kind of practices because we believe that people’s health is very important to enjoying life and that is why we use healthy and organic products as much as possible. We consider that with sea kayaking we promote sustainable tourism because it is practically non-invasive and in this way we maintain our respect for wildlife. Finally, because we use this activity to teach our clients the ecology and problems of the place, since we consider this type of information very valuable to generate small changes that lead us towards sustainability.