According to Pedro Gamboa, head of Sernanp, 14,983 people visited the Ballestas Islands, while other 14,875 headed to Paracas from 31 December 2014 to 4 January 2015.
This represents a 57% growth compared to 2013-2014 New Year’s holidays, Gamboa told Andina news agency.
He also said 2015 will witness a tourism boom both in the Paracas Reserve and the Ballestas Islands, to be driven by an ambitious strategy to further improve security, the installation of modern toilet facilities and a better hotel infrastructure.
In the past few years, he added, hotel chains have invested about US$ 200 million for the construction of three five-star hotels in Paracas: the Hotel Paracas, the Hilton hotel Paracas and the Aranwa Paracas Resort & Spa, as well as another four-star hotel group.
Sernanp’s head said the Ballestas Islands welcomed 244,000 visitors, which is a 4% rise from 2013.