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Ampay National Sanctuary

Pacaya-Samiria National Park
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 neighboring hills.

It is located in the district of Apurimac, province of Abancay, district of Tamburco.  It has a surface area of  36,355 hectares.

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
Year around
Mountains, lakes, lagoons, rivers and streams, waterfalls, flora and fauna, picturesque routes.
Trekking, high mountain trekking, flora and fauna observation, photography
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 USD)
Children: daily PEN 1,5 (in USD), for three days PEN 4,00 (in USD)

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