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These natural areas are crucial because they aim to preserve and protect Peru’s biological diversity, including its plants, animals, and landscapes. Therefore, one of the main goals of these spaces is to promote sustainable tourism. We know that tourism is of vital importance in Peru, so it’s important to ensure that visits to Protected Natural Areas are respected based on certain parameters.

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What are the Protected Natural Areas in Peru?

In Peru, some of these places include:

Cavinzas Islands and Palomino Islets (Lima)

In addition to Paracas, there is a group of islands that are part of a Protected Natural Area. They have a permitted capacity of 30% and are home to a wide variety of animal species. To reach these islands, you can take a boat or yacht. During this journey, you can enjoy unforgettable views of the Peruvian coast. This protected natural area is part of Peru's natural heritage. In this area, you can engage in certain activities such as: Exploring a moon worship center, visiting a sanctuary for guano birds, swimming with sea lions, and touring an old prison (El Frontón). Undoubtedly, an unforgettable experience.

Huascarán National Park

Huascarán is Peru's most imposing and largest snow-capped peak. This protected natural area is located in the department of Áncash, in the central highlands of Peru. It is precisely in this place where many adventure sports enthusiasts carry out their activities. If you're looking to climb, hike for several days, and enjoy some time away from the city, this is the ideal place for you. In this protected natural area, you can appreciate the beauty of flora species (779 high-Andean species) and wildlife (112 bird species and 13 mammal species).

One of the main attractions in the area is the glacial origin lagoons. These are like turquoise-colored mirrors that amaze travelers, some of these include: Laguna 69, Laguna Llanganuco, or Laguna Parón.

Manu National Park

Manu National Park is a protected national area located between Cusco and Madre de Dios. In Manu, you can have an unforgettable experience, exploring diverse ecosystems teeming with exceptional wildlife. From the misty cloud forests shrouded in fog to the lush tropical jungles, and from the winding rivers to the impressive highlands, each day reveals a new chapter of discoveries. Immerse yourself in the symphony of natural wonders as we explore this pristine environment, discovering vibrant bird species, elusive mammals, and captivating flora.

This is perhaps one of the favorite destinations for travelers to experience nature tourism. Dare to explore this protected natural area and you can experience the magic of nature.

Tambopata National Reserve (Madre de Dios)

In the midst of the hot Peruvian tropical jungle, we find this wonderful protected natural area: Tambopata. In the heart of the Madre de Dios department, one of the largest and most beautiful natural reserves in Peru is located. Boasting a great diversity of habitats and enormous biodiversity. Here, you can find over a thousand species of butterflies, 600 bird species, 100 mammal species, and hundreds of species of plants and trees. The landscape itself is impressive; lovers of birdwatching, extreme nature. And living away from civilization will greatly enjoy spending their time here. Some of the animals that frequent this place the most are monkeys, parrots, and insects of all kinds and sizes.

Historic Sanctuary of Bosque de Pómac (Lambayeque)

Right in the northern part of the country, there is a place called Bosque de Pómac. In this protected natural area, capacity is limited to conserve it, allowing 50% access. Located in the Lambayeque department, this sanctuary has a special ecosystem where we can find 36 pyramids that belonged to the realm of the Lord of Sican. Its history is a myth to this day, as the exact purpose of these pyramids is unknown. 

Did you know about the carob tree? When we talk about this reserve, it is pleasant to mention the trees that produce carob syrup. In this territory, you can go horseback riding, hiking, and even have the opportunity for bird watching.

Paracas National Reserve

Paracas National Reserve is located in the Ica department, nearly 3 hours from Lima. In this protected area, we can find one of Peru's most relevant marine ecosystems, home to species such as sea lions, Humboldt penguins, dolphins, flamingos, among others.

Paracas also boasts natural beauties such as "El Candelabro," a geoglyph of unknown origin that captivates the eyes of thousands of travelers. Did you already know about this wonderful place?

Huayllay National Sanctuary - Pasco

In the Pasco department, in the northern Sierra of Peru, lies a beautiful stone forest called Huayllay National Sanctuary. These impressive rock formations, of volcanic origin, blend with the beauty of the unique flora and fauna of the area. Additionally, various archaeological vestiges can be found, including over 500 cave paintings believed to depict the lives of ancient Peruvians and their relationship with nature.

This protected natural area is undoubtedly one of Peru's best living museums. Ready to explore it?

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is a protected natural area located between Loreto, Requena, Alto Amazonas, and Ucayali in the Loreto department. It covers an extensive area of over 2,080,000 hectares and is formed by the confluence of the great Ucayali and Marañón rivers. It is perhaps the second largest protected natural area in Peru. Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve protects one of the most amazing ecosystems on the planet: the Amazon flooded forest.

Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary

Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca site, is located approximately 80 kilometers from Cusco, Peru. It was built around the year 1430 by Inca Pachakutiq. Following the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire in 1530, this site became an important religious and administrative center. Archaeological research since 1911 has revealed exceptionally well-preserved ruins.

In 1983, Machu Picchu was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Nowadays, these Inca ruins continue to showcase their beauty to the world. This is currently the most impressive tourist site and reminds us of the importance of the Incas.

Titicaca National Reserve

In Puno, we can find a beautiful lake called Titicaca. This lake is located between Bolivia and Peru and can reach an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,500 feet). Due to this elevation, it is currently considered the highest lake in the world.

This lake is the origin of many myths and legends. It was considered the center of the cosmos and the origin of the sun, the moon, the stars, and humanity, being a special center for the Inca civilization.

Tumbes Mangroves National Sanctuary

In the north of the country, in a small department called Tumbes, we find the Mangroves. These are particularly the shelters for a large number of fauna species such as birds, fish, and crustaceans. Additionally, in this part of Peru, we can find the Mangrove, a twisted-shaped tree that grows between the sea and the rivers of tropical zones.

This magnificent place, with landscapes typical of arid and dry climates, is a destination many travelers choose to visit on their route along the northern beaches. This protected natural area is undoubtedly one of the best places to enjoy extraordinary landscapes.

 

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