|Picture is courtesy of Mr. Rainer Hostnig.
The Ampay National Sanctuary was established on the 23rd of July
in 1987, by means of Supreme Decree # 042-87-AG. It
owes it's name to the snow covered Ampay that guards the city of
Abancay and is also the name of the forests that cover the
It is located in the district of Apurimac, province of Abancay,
district of Tamburco. It has a surface area of 36,355
As far as its wild fauna, there are mammals like the Andean
fox (Pseudalopex culpaeus), the deer (Odocoileus virginianus), the
vizcacha (Lagidium peruanum), the guemal (Hippocamelus antisensis)
and birds like the Andean gull (Larus serranus) and the Andean
condor (Vultur gryphus).
The flora is characterized by the intimpa tree (Podocarpus
glomeratus) which grows in smears forming forests upon the slopes of
the mountains. The presence of vegetation in high altitudes gives
rise to scenery of great beauty, that contrast with perpetual
snowfall on the peaks and with the aridity of the surrounding
hills. Thus we can find beautiful locations sprinkled with
gigantic chochos (Lupinus sp.) with blue flowers and herbs
with yellow flowers known as Calceolaria sp., as well as
various species of orchids.
The sanctuary houses two lagoons, the most spectacular is
the Uspaccocha Lagoon, whixch appears to be a gigantic crater.
The snow covered peaks of Ampay reflect in its waters. The principal objective of Ampay National Sanctuary is
to protect the Intimpa estate forest which is home to the wild
fauna and the two principal lagoons.
6 km north of Abancay. 891 km south east of Lima
How to get there
From Abancay to the sanctuary, take the route to Cusco until
arriving in the area of Arcopunco, 1.8 km from Abancay.
From Arcopunco, keep going until arriving to the
Sahuanay reservoir, from here you can descend, zigzagging
until the foothills of Ampay.
When to go
Mountains, lakes, lagoons, rivers and streams, waterfalls,
flora and fauna, picturesque routes.
Trekking, high mountain trekking, flora and fauna observation,
Sunny and dry during the winter (from May to October),
although nights are very cold (freezing and temperatures under 5°
C are not rare). Rainy between December and March.
Accommodations, food, transport.
Adult: daily PEN 5,00 (in
USD), for three days PEN 10,00 (in
Children: daily PEN 1,5 (in
USD), for three days PEN 4,00 (in