The National Reserve of Lachay was established June 21, 1977 by
means of Supreme Law # 310-77-AG. This reserve is located in the
region of Lima and the province of
Huaura. It expands across an
area of 52,070 hectares.
The hills are a result of a combination of coastal climate factors,
and subject to a peculiar geography. They originate from the primary
spurring of the Andes, a location where they contact the clouds
which cover the area the majority of the year. There are two distinct
seasons in Lachay: the humid season (which is the most important)
, from approximately June to November and the dry season, from December
to May. The first season is emphasized due to it's ability to give
life to the green vegetation and attract the fauna of the region,
while the second season is noted for presenting a drying process
which ends when the first fog appears in the fall.
In the Lomas de Lachay (Lachay Hills) there are 74 plant species
registered, among them 25 are on their way to extinction. Among
the most notable, you will find the peruvian papaya (Carica candicans),
(Capparis prisca), (Caesalpinia tinctoria) and the nettle (Loasa
urens), which cover the reserve with yellow attractive flowers.
Also, you can observe numerous gramineous, tillandsias and succulents.
The common mammals found here are the rodents, but you can also
find other species like the Sechuran Zorro(fox) (Pseudalopex sechurae),
the Andean Skunk (Conepatus rex), the mountain mouse (Phyllotis
spp.) and the vizcacha (Lagidium peruanum).
Throughout the reserve there exists approximately 55 bird species
pertaining to 16 families, among them are: the Burrowing Owl (Athene
cunicularia), the Andean Tinamou (Nothoprocta pentlandii), the American
Krestrel (Falco sparverius peruvianus) and diverse species of hummingbirds.
Among the most notorious reptiles, you can observe the peruvian
snake (Bothrops pictus) and the Curl Tail Lizard (Tropidurus sp.).
There are also many arthropods.
In the reserve you can find archeological paintings and remains
from the Pre-Columbian cultures. At the same time, you can appreciate
the huge granite and diorite rocks which have worn away over time
leaving concavities and soft contours, which are of great geological
The primary objectives of the Lachay National Reserve are to restore
and conserve the wild flora and fauna, perform research in order
to use the hills rationally and encourage the recreation to be in
harmony with nature.
The region of Lima, province of
How to Get There
From Lima take the Panamericana Norte, take the turn off at
the height of 105 kilometers.3 kilometers of a secure road.
When To Go
Between August and October
Photography, Observation of the wild life, Cultural observation
Two distinct seasons exist. An interval between August and October,
when the hills are green and rest of the year it is found dry.
It is recommended that you bring a waterproof jacket. The temperatures
rarely drop below12° C in the winter and it reaches
25° C in the summer.
The reserve has marked trails, areas for camping, BBQ, and hygienic
services, in addition to a translation center
Adult: daily PEN 5,00 (in
USD), for three days PEN 10,00 (inUSD)
Child: daily PEN 1,5 (in
USD), for three days PEN 4,00 (in