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Lomas de Lachay National Reserve

Reserva Nac. Pacaya-Samiria

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 interest.

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.

Location
The region of Lima, province of Huaura.
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
Activities
Photography, Observation of the wild life, Cultural observation
Climate
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.
Services
The reserve has marked trails, areas for camping, BBQ, and hygienic services, in addition to a translation center
Prices
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 USD)
 
 

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