Peruvians are getting ready to welcome the New Year, and what better way to do this than exploring beautiful landscapes and enjoying adrenaline moments across the country's protected natural areas.
By doing so, travelers will get in touch with the territory's rich biodiversity and pick up the best vibes.
For this reason, and taking advantage of the New Year long weekend, State-run National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp) has created a list of five options to visit Peru's protected natural areas along with family and friends.
1. Paracas National Reserve (Ica region)
This is a classic summer destination, in which heavenly beaches and the beautiful desert within the area provide an unforgettable experience to visitors.
The site holds many surprises like Yumaque and Mendieta beaches (in the southern area), where camping is allowed, unlike La Mina and Raspon.
Marine wildlife watching, kayaking, fishing, cycling, trekking, kitesurfing, paragliding, and camping.
2. Pomac Forest Historical Sanctuary (Lambayeque region)
Enjoy a memorable horseback ride around the nearly 6,000-hectare carob forest and get immersed in a magical experience as you explore Sican culture pyramids, one of the largest legacies in Peru's history.
Bird watching, trekking, cycling, and horseback riding.
3. Palomino Islets. Guano Islands, Isles, and Capes National Reserve System (Callao region)
Discover the largest seal colony along the Peruvian Coast at just an hour away from Callao. There, around 8,000 seals rest and swim, sharing the space with guano birds and other sea mammals.
Marine wildlife (seals, Humboldt penguins, humpback whales, and dolphins) watching and boat trips.
4. Tumbes Mangroves National Sanctuary (Tumbes region)
This protected area is home to majestic mangroves with wetlands, forests, and trees of up to 25 meters. This green paradise is a must-see for those who will celebrate New Year's Eve at Punta Sal Beach.
Flora and fauna watching plus boat trips.
5. Mejia Lagoons National Sanctuary (Arequipa region)
This is one of the few spots to see migratory birds from other continents along their north-south migration routes. The place houses up to 212 bird species including the blue heron, the white-bellied heron, and the grey gull.
Bird watching, trekking, and cycling.