Best national parks in Peru

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Explore the most popular national parks in Peru with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best national parks (2)
#1 - Huascarán National Park
Ancash, Peru
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Sitting on the western slope and encompassing most of the beautiful Cordillera Blanca mountain range, the Huascarán National Park is full of deep ravines, glacial lakes, and a variety of species. The park covers approximately 340,000 ha and is managed by the SERNANP (Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas) and in 1985, the park was declared a World Heritage Site. The Cordillera Blanca is the highest tropical mountain range in the central Andes running an elevational range from approximately 2,500 m to 6,000 m. Included in those peaks are Huascarán, Copa, Huandoy and others. The geographical features of the region are unique - it has a multitude of tropical glaciers, glacial lakes, valleys, and plateaus. Along with the geography, it has a variety of climates which is why it has such unique fauna and flora. The fauna included in this region are the Andean condor, the Andean crested duck, the giant hummingbird, the Andean mountain cat, the white-tailed deer, the puma, and the Andean fox, among many others. There is an approximation of 779 species of plants that have been found inside the park. There is much to do in Huascarán National Park, such as hiking, mountain biking, trekking, and mountaineering. Visitors can also explore a number of archaeological sites throughout the park. Come plan out your next adventure at Huascarán National Park. Show more
#2 - Manú National Park
Madre de Dios, Peru
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The Manu National Forest is a huge park that stretches over 1.5 million hectares. It is a tropical forest in which diverse animal and plant species thrive. Most of the park has no roads and is remote. The park varies in grasslands, Yunga forests, and lowland forests. The Madre de Dios River runs on the southern edge of the park. There is evidence of indigenous occupation and there are Inca and pre-Inca ruins and petroglyphs. The permanent inhabitants of this area are an indigenous people who are in regular contact with the outside world or live an isolated and voluntary semi-nomadic life. The variety of the altitude and the microclimate of the park makes possible a great variety of flora and fauna. It is estimated that there are between 2,000 and 5,000 plants, more than 1,000 species of vertebrates, 200 mammals and more than 800 types of birds. Inhabitants include the jaguar, puma, and Andean bobcat - jaguars are often seen! Hikers and walkers can also visit Lake Salvador and Lake Otorongo.Show more