The Paracas National Reserve (335,000 ha) is located along the Pacific Coast in southern Peru (13°5'S, 76°5'W), about 160 miles south of the capital city, Lima. The Paracas Reserve represents one of the best examples of Pacific subtropical coastal desert on the South American continent. The Reserve includes relicts of the coastal desert plant communities (lomas).
Paracas is one of the most biologically productive marine areas in the world, serving as a home for nearly 300 fish species,
Historically, the arid coasts near Paracas gave rise to
Lizards of the Paracas National Reserve, Peru
Catenazzi, A. Reptiles terrestres. Pintados por el desierto. In: Biodiversidad de Paracas. Environmental Resources Management, Lima.