Tumbes Mangroves National Sanctuary is the best proof that there is a lot more to Tumbes than its beautiful beaches.
This natural site covers an area of 2,972 hectares and is located on the coast border with Ecuador. It is a unique place and the largest area of mangroves in Peru.
The most striking thing of this ecosystem is not only its biodiversity, but the fact that many human populations receive direct benefits from it through the extraction, trade, and consumption of hydro-biologic products.
In addition to this, visitors can enjoy whale- and giant turtle-watching tours, which are gaining popularity due to an increasing demand for eco-tourism in the world.
Lachay National Reserve
Location: Chancay (Lima region)
Its close location (only 3 hours from Lima) and easy access make Lachay National Reserve the ultimate weekend getaway.
Unusual summer rains in Lima turn the coastal desert of Lachay into a green paradise.
Fauna species include: Spiny Holdback or tara; Campomanesia Speciosa; Vasconcellea candicans or mito; and Prosopis pallida or Huarango. These species have the ability to adapt to the mist usually seen during the season.
Visitors can contemplate different bird species, such as the common kestrel, "cactus canastero," tawny-throated dotterel and others, such as the Andean tinamou. In total, 60 bird species have been identified so far. Other animals are bats, Darwin's leaf-eared mice (Phyllotis darwini) and the Sechuran fox.
Novelties include speleology (exploration of caves) and watching rock paintings.
Tambopata National Reserve
Location: Tambopata (Madre de Dios region)
A must for nature lovers, Tambopata National Reserve is one of the best choices to welcome the New Year surrounded by infinite amazon biodiversity.
This captivating protected area boasts countless species, such as giant otters, jaguars and macaws, just to name a few.
Visitors can take in all this flora and fauna along Tambopata's tourist routes.
The reserve even caters for thrill-seekers, offering adrenaline-packed activities like kayaking, rafting, among others.
Attractions also include observation towers, zip-lining and hanging bridges for a 30-meter-high view of Peru's breathtaking rainforest.
Pomac Forest Historical Sanctuary
Location: Ferreñafe (Lambayeque region)
This northern destination is a refuge for carob trees, birds, and varied flora. 70 bird species, 7 mammal species, and 9 reptile species have been spotted living in within the protected area.
The sanctuary houses nearly 36 pyramids from the Sican culture (called “huacas”), where archaeologists have discovered some of the finest pre-Columbian pieces to date.
Pomac Forest is ideal for long treks, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, and many other activities.
Tingo Maria National Park
Location: Leoncio Prado (Huanuco region)
Surrounded by the towering Bella Durmiente (Sleeping Beauty) mountain range, Tingo Maria National Park is home to a complex underground cave system. The best is undoubtedly Cueva de las Lechuzas (Cave of the Owls), a top bird watching tourist route.
Also a Tingo Maria gem, Tres de Mayo lies to the south of the park and is 14 km away from Tingo Maria City.
Travelers should head to Huanuco City in a 20-minute drive to get there. Different types of insects, birds, as well as medicinal, forest and ornamental plants can be seen during the journey.
The landscape also includes beautiful waterfalls such as Gloria Pata and Sol Naciente.