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Santuario Nacional Huayllay

Reserva Nac. Pacaya-Samiria

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 partridge (Nothoprocta 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 road).
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 USD)
Child: daily PEN 1,5 (in USD), for three days PEN 4,00 (in  USD)

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