Lachai National Wildlife Refuge
Peru, Lima

Lachai National Wildlife Refuge is located in the west of Peru, on the Pacific coast, 30 kilometers from the city of Uaral and 105 kilometers north of the city of Lima. The reserve was created in 1977 in order to protect the unique ecosystem of the Lachai hills and representatives of the local flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to Peru. The reserve covers an area of 5070 hectares, due to its biodiversity and the presence of archaeological sites - cave paintings of the pre-Columbian era, Lachai Reserve is one of the most visited in Peru. From May to September, thick Pacific fogs (the only source of moisture) dominate here, which turn the desert lands into an area with bright and lush vegetation, at this time of the year the Lachai hills are covered with colorful flower and grass carpets. More than 74 plant species grow in the reserve - containers, Peruvian papaya, wild tobacco, mountain sage, begonia, capers, acacia, cacti, succulents and many others. More than 60 species of birds live on the territory of the reserve, including kestrel, red-backed buzzard, cactus canastero, plover, eagle buzzard, flycatchers, hummingbirds, parrots, desert scoops, among the endemic species are Andean steppe tinamu and thick-billed digger. Of the mammals in the reserve, one can meet the securan fox, the pampas cat, many rodents and several species of bats. In the reserve for tourists, hiking trails are developed, recreation areas, barbecue areas, parking for cars are equipped, annually the Lachai Reserve receives more than 100,000 visitors.

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