Paracas. Oct. 12 (ANDINA). Ministers and senior officials attending the 3rd APEC Oceans-related Ministerial Meeting today visited the Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands on Peru's south coast. Early in the morning. the delegation went to El Chaco port in Paracas. where they started the tour to the Ballestas Islands passing through The Chandelier (pictured). a giant mysterious design on the side of a hill.
Then the APEC officials visited the Paracas National Reserve and reached a viewpoint from where they saw Andean flamingos or parihuanas. the birds that inspired Liberator Jose de San Martin to put the red and white colors into the Peruvian flag.
They also passed by the remains of the Cathedral. a unique rock formation caused by erosion from the sea and wind that was severely affected by a powerful earthquake that struck Peru’s south coast in August 2007. Their boat trip continued to the Ballestas Islands. where they saw and photographed dozens of sea lions in their natural habitat.
The ministers and senior officials returned to Paracas at around 11.00 local time and resumed their meetings on securing fish supplies. sustainable management of marine resources. enhancing free trade and the effects of climate change on oceans.
The 3rd APEC Oceans-related Ministerial Meeting ends today in Paracas. province of Pisco. southern Peru. At the conclusion of the meeting. the ministers are expected to release a joint statement and also hold a press conference for local and international media.