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Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve

Reserva Nac. Salinas y Aguada Blanca

The Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve is located in the Arequipa and Moquegua region, and in the provinces of Arequipa, Caylloma and General Sánchez Cerro. It expands across a surface area of 366,936 hectares and was established August 9, 1979.

In this reserve you can find important snow capped mountains, volcanoes and lagoons of great beauty and recreational value. The principle representatives of it's unique beauty are the inactive volcanoes  Misti (5 821 m), Chachani (6 075 m) and Pichu pichu (5 440 m).

The drainage area regulated by  El Fraile and Aguada Blanca dams, guarantees drinking water for the city of Arequipa and supplies irrigation water to the agricultural country side of the region.

The reserve is home to relics of Andean forests as well as high land Andean meadowlands which possess typical species like the yareta (Azorella sp.), the quenual or cinnamon barked small tree (Polylepis sp.) and the kcapo (Parastrephia lepidophylla), used by the local population as fuel and for tending flocks of cattle.

This area is the habitation of many mammals and birds. Among the most important are the north Andean huemul (Hippocamelus antisensis), the culpeo fox (Pseudalopex culpaeus) and the vicuna (Vicugna vicugna). Among those considered to be in danger of extinction are the puna flamingo (Phoenicopterus jamesi), the chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) and the guanaco (Lama guanicoe).

The most attractive places to bird watchers and tourists are the Salinas Lagoons, where an appreciable number of flamingos are found and the Indio Lagoon which is a place of refuge for the aquatic birds.  

In the area of  Pampa Cañahuas and Tocra you can appreciate significant populations of vicunas, making them the principle attraction of the visitors and leads them to the Cañón del Colca, in the providence of  Caylloma.

The objectives of the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve are to conserve the flora and the fauna as well as the beautiful scenery and geological formations of the area. Continuously encouraging the rational utilization of the high Andean species.

Location                                             Regions of Arequipa and Moquegua. 35 km  northeast of  Arequipa.
How to Get There
From Arequipa, take any road which leads you to the Colca Valley 
When to Go
Between April and October
Other Close Attractions 
Healing Hot Springs of Jesús and Yura.
Photography, wild life observation, cultural observation 
Typical climate of the sierra
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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