This reserve was created in 1967 with the name of Pampa
Galeras, however it was modified to Pampa Galeras-Bárbara
D´Achille in 1993, in memory of the journalist who wrote the
ecological page for El Comercio newspaper.
This reserve, located in the Ayacucho region between 3,800 and
5,000 meters above sea level, has a surface area of 6,500 hectares.
The plateau spans an area of 75 thousand hectares, encompassing the
country community of Lucanas.
The management of the reserve's fauna was initiated in 1965, and
after a long 30 years of constant work, they succeeded in
recuperating the vicuña population. The restoration had been
possible by means of hunting restrictions, the prohibition of
international business pertaining to the vicuña, and the obtainment
of technical and financial assistance to drive these actions.
The characteristic vegetation of the Reserve is straw, formed by
various species of Poaceae like Fescue (Festuca sp.), Peruvian
Feather Grass (Stipa ichu) and Calamagrostis sp. These plants grow
in big groups dispersed between the predominating shrub-like
species, such as the tola (Lepidophyllum quadrangulare) and the
butterweed (Senecio sp.). Along the rocky valleys it is possible to
find queñual (Polylepis sp.) and the butterfly bush
On the other hand, the Puya Raimondi is a plant that reaches 12
meters in height, blooms every 100 years and flaunts a grand
arrangement containing 6 thousand flowers.
The vicuña (Vicugna vicugna) is the most abundant and
representative specie in the Pampa Galeras, and therefore it's
protection and conservation motivated the creation of the reserve.
Another important specie found here is the guanaco (Lama guanicoe),
one of the Camelidae like the vicuña which is found in it's wild
state. Other mammals found in the reserve are: que al igual que la vicuña
es uno de los camélidos sudamericanos que se encuentran en
estado silvestre. Otros mamíferos presentes en la Reserva
son: the Culpeo (Pseudalopex culpaeus), the vizcacha (Lagidium
peruanum), the guemal (Hippocamelus antisensis), the South American
opossum (Didelphis marsupialis) and the long-tailed weasel (Mustela
The bird which gets the most attention for it's grand wingspan is
the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus). It is also possible to observe
other species like the ornate tinamou (Nothoprocta ornata) and the
puna tinamou (Tinamotis pentlandii). In the aquatic areas, those
which stand out are the yellow-billed pintail (Anas georgica) and
the speckled teal (Anas flavirostris).
The principle objective of the Pampa Galeras-Barbara
D'Achille National Reserve is to protect the vicuña and
promote the communal development by means of sustainable management
of this resource.
Ayacucho region. 83 km. to the east of Nazca
How to Get There
Take the asphalt highway from Nazca to Puquio.
When to Go
Between May and October
Other Close Attractions
Photography, wild life observation
Typical of the higher Andes, with a rainy season between
December and March and a dry season, mistakenly known as
summer, between May and October. Due to it's altitude (3,800
meters above sea level), the nights in Pampa Galeras are
extremely cold, and at times the temperature reaches
below 0° C.
No tourist services are available inside the reserve.
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