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Batan Grande National Park

   
Reserva Nac. Pacaya-Samiria

The Reservation Zone of Batan Grande was established on the 16th of October of 1991, by means of Supreme Law # 031-91-ED. It is found located in the region ofLambayeque, province of Ferreñafe, and the Pitipo district. It has a surface area of 13,400 hectares. 

In Batan Grande, you will find the largest natural forest in the Peruvian Coast, with characteristics of  a natural state with various species of carob trees of the Prosopis genre.

In this reservation zone you will find the denominated Poma area, the place that keeps evidence of pre-ceramic occupation (5,000 years b.c.) and formation (1000 years b.c.). The cultural values of the area, as the archeological remains that are found there are very important, could be tourist attractions alone.

In order to safeguard this patrimony, the National Institute of Culture, through the Brünning National Museum, works in association with local settlers and other institutions in a Archeological Protection of Patrimony program. 
Batan Grande, in its monumental complexity, has deserved the attention of investigators from the beginning of the century.  During the last two decades, the Poma zone (Archeological Complex of Batan Grande) has been the object of intense archeological investigations. They  have been carried out in a systematic way and have documented the Sican culture with valuable information.

In addition to its archaeological wealth, the zone lodges different types of forests like the semi dense, the savannahs and the chaparral. One of the curiosities of the forest is that it attracts the attention of the public with its Millenarian Tree, and enormous carob tree, of capricious form, which holds popular beliefs that if a person cuts the tree, he will have bad luck.

The representative species are the steel acacia or  porknut (Acacia macracantha), the sapote (Capparis angulata), the bichayo (Capparis ovalifolia), the cun cun (Vallesia dichotomica) and the Palo Verde (Cercidium praecox).

The fauna is represented by the ferret (Galictis vittata), the puma (Puma concolor), wild guinea pig (Cavia tschudii). Among the reptiles, the boa (Boa constrictor ortonii), and an exceptional variety of birds.

The reserve zone of Batan Grande has a principal objective of conserving the carob tree forest and other typical species of the northern Peruvian coast, and as well protects archeological remains of the Sican culture that are found there.

Location
Loreto District.
How to get there
From Iquitos through the Amazonas river until the confluence between the Marañon and Ucayali rivers.
When to go
Between May and October.
Other close attractions
Iquitos, Requena.
Activities
Photography, wildlife observation, cultural observation.
Climate
Typical tropical forest climate: hot and very humid, with temperatures that usually surpass 34° C. Count on a "dry" or summer season -from May to October-, as well as one season with strong rains, between December and March. 
Services
No tourist services are found here.
Prices
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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