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
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
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.
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
Photography, wildlife observation, cultural observation.
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
No tourist services are found here.
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