The National Sanctuary of Huayllay was established August
7, 1974, by means of Supreme Law # 0750-74-AG. It is located in the
heart of Meseta de Bombón, with a background scenery of
the Huayhuash Cordillera in the Pasco region and Pasco
province. It extends for 6,815 hectares.
One of the Sanctuary's attractions is the Huayllay Rock Garden, a
rocky region with numerous attractively sculptured formations, which
has been formed by erosive processes of the wind, water, and the
shifting of glaciers. It is like an immense petrified oasis in the
middle of a cold and desolate plateau. Here, the inexhaustible
nature has sculpted figures of men, animals and many other
capricious forms, which allows you to pass slowly by the formation
of such dimensions as a man on his horse.
It is one of the best geological museums in the world. It is
known for it's great expansion and unique formations like the Garden
of the Gods in the U.S.A. and the Shilin Rock Garden in the Popular
Republic of China. In the middle of the rock forest exists a
beautiful thermal water fountain with curative properties. The
temperature reaches more than 60º
C and is located 4,000 meters above sea level.
Between the rock formations exist areas of grass made up of
plants from the family of the Poaceae and others like the
Cyperaceae. The only tree specie existing within the borders of the
sanctuary is the quenual (Polylesis sp.). Among the
semiligneous species we have the huamanpinta (Chuquiraga spinosa), la putaga (Rumex peruvianus)
and the mata mata or pargash (Tafalla thujoides).
The wild fauna is represented by mammals such as the deer (Odocoileus
virginianus), the vicuña (Vicugna vicugna), the vizcacha (Lagidium peruanum),
the Pampas Cat (Oncifelis colocolo) and the skunks (Conepatus chinga).
Among the birds we can mention the sparrowhawk (Buteo sp.) and the
ornata y Tinamotis pentlandii).
The primary objective of the Sanctuary is to protect the
geological formations of theHuayllay Rock Garden, as well as the
native flora and fauna.
Pasco Region. 185 km south of Huánuco and 80 km
from Cerro de Pasco
How to Get There
It is accessible from Cerro de Pasco by the paved road heading
south for Junín. At approximately 25 km, there is a
turn off heading west, which takes you to Huayllay (a secure
When to Go
May through October.
Mountains, geological formations
Hiking, natural observation
Typical of the sierra
No tourist services available.
Adult: daily PEN 5,00 (in
USD), for three days PEN 10,00 (in
Child: daily PEN 1,5 (in
USD), for three days PEN 4,00 (in