Six must-see Natural Protected Areas during Holy Week
According to Sernanp, the State-run National Service of Natural Protected Areas, there are six natural protected areas tourists should visit when traveling in Peru. And why not combine the cultural Semana Santa or Holy Week events with a visit to one of those amazing Natural Parks in Peru?
The first must-visit place is the Mejia Lagoons National Sanctuary situated in the region of Arequipa. Travellers can observe migratory birds coming from other continents passing Peru on their way to the south. In total, there are up to 212 different bird species, amongst others, the blue heron, the white-bellied heron and the grey gull.
In the Pomac Forest Historical Sanctuary which is located in the Lambayeque region Sernanp recommends a horseback ride through the forest which is almost 6,000 hectare big. Riding through the carob forest, travellers have the opportunity to explore Sican culture pyramids.
The third must-visit nature destination is the Tumbes Mangroves National Sanctuary. At this place tourists find mangroves with wetlands, forests and trees being up to 25 meters tall. Apart from that, the sanctuary is a good place for bird-watching and observing other animals.
In the Pasco region, the Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park offers a variety of rare orchid species. While trekking, travellers can also see animals like the Andean cock-of-the-rocks, squirrels, monkeys, South American tapirs, river otters, red deers and more.
The Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve in the Loreto region is popular for its biodiversity and therefore the perfect destination for trekking, fishing and the observation of animals and plants.
Sernanp also recommends the National Sanctuary of Ampay. Located in the Apurimac region, the sanctuary provides different lakes and streams that flow from the Ampay Glacier. Furthermore, the area wants to maintain its forests of intimpa trees.
All those Natural Parks are off the beaton trek and not always an easy-go but certainly wel worth a visit for the adventurous travellers with extra tie during his or her travels in Peru.