If you are looking to get back in touch with nature, Peru is your destination. You can find a total of 74 protected areas that are designed to protect Peru’s flora, fauna, topography, and culture. The possibilities for nature lovers are many and varied. Whether you choose to visit the Amazon River or the enchanting ice peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, your luxury trip to Peru can be tailored to suit your natural preferences and choices. That is why together with our colleagues from Cusco Peru Travel we have thought of an article about the most popular Natural attractions in Peru. These are some of the natural wonders of Peru, you will not miss it the next time you visit this beautiful country.
The best Natural Attractions you can find in Peru
- Islas Ballestas
- Colca Valley
- Tambopata National Reserve
- Manu Biosphere Reserve
- Laguna 69
- Lake Titicaca
- Desert oasis Huacachina
The Ballestas Islands are one of the most popular Natural Attractions and a sanctuary for some of Peru’s most uncommon and delicate species. The Ballestas Islands are home to an incredible number of protected species, including sea lions, endangered turtles, Humboldt penguins, red birds, pelicans, turkey vultures, and red-footed cors. These islands are full of migratory seabirds and resident seabirds, known for producing guano on a big scale. Las Ballestas is part of the Paracas National Nature Reserve, of which two-thirds is the ocean.
Colca Canyon is an impressive sight and the best place to witness giant condors in South America, Mario Vargas Llosa called it the “Valley of Wonders” because the whole area is picturesque. From green mosaic valleys to snow-capped volcanoes, narrow canyons, and beautiful desert landscapes, Colca has a lot to offer. On the way to the Colca Canyon, you have the option to pass through Salinas and Aguada Blanca Nature Reserve, where you can see some vicunas and alpacas.
TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE
The tropical rainforest reserve is located in the province of Madre Dios and is one of the greatest natural attractions to appreciate the biodiversity. Within the different Amazon facts, you can find more species of birds (nearly 600 species) and butterflies (1200 species) than any place of similar size on earth. You can also find more than a dozen species of forests and beautiful winding lakes, and at least 13 species of endangered animals. The famous Tambopata macaw mud lick is where thousands of brightly-colored macaws and parrots gather for food every day, it is one of the most famous attractions of wildlife in Peru.
MANU BIOSPHERE RESERVE
The remote Manu is the closest thing to a virgin forest that you can find anywhere near and is the second-largest protected area in Peru. It has a broad variety of environments, including the highlands of the Andes, cloud forests, and lowland rainforests. One hectare of forest in Manu has ten times the number of tree species that in one hectare of temperate forest in Europe or North America. Manu has the highest diversity of birds, mammals, and plants among all countries/regions. The reserve is one of the best bird-watching spots in the world. Within this Natural Attraction, you can find other wild animals including giant otters, and approximately 15,000 species of animals, as well as American Indian tribes still living on the fringes of the modern world. If you are looking for reasons to visit Peru, this is your definitive place.
Nestled among the majestic snow-capped mountains, you can find Laguna 69. This deep turquoise lagoon is one of the most hypnotic landscapes provided by the huge Huascaran National Park. The park itself covers an area of 340,000 hectares and boasts the impressive Cordillera Blanca, the highest tropical mountain range in the world. However, it is also home to impressive waterfalls, plateaus, and several glacial lakes. Many travelers consider the hiking trail to the lake as half of the reward. The ever-changing landscape takes you through these parts, which are just as savage and unpredictable as the weather. Considered by many hikers to be one of the most impressive scenic hikes in the world. This Natural attraction has been included in the long World Heritage List.
Located in the Puno region, the Titicaca National Reserve is one of the most popular natural attractions in Peru. The Reserve is the hometown of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. During our exclusive tours of Lake Titicaca, you will be able to immerse yourself in Peru’s oldest surviving civilizations and visit some of the ancient island communities that live ways of life so different from ours.
DESERT OASIS HUACACHINA
This natural oasis not only provides an escape route for local families in the nearby city of Ica but also it is considered as one of the best luxury Peru tour destinations. The oasis is surrounded by a small town, both of which are hidden among high wind-carved dunes in the middle of the desert. The dunes are great for outdoor activities, such as sandboarding and buggy riding. Huacachina is an ideal place for young and old people seeking adventure.
“I AM GLAD I WILL NOT BE YOUNG IN A FUTURE WITHOUT WILDERNESS.”
We hope together with the experts from Cusco Peru Travel to have listed some of the best natural attractions in Peru. Keep in mind that these examples are just some of the most popular, but they are not necessarily the only ones to discover. If you are interested in getting back in touch with nature, you can start organizing your trip right now with us.