Chaparrí is the first Private Conservation Area (ACP) to be recognised in Peru. It is an example of how the rural community that inhabits the area can make the best use of the natural resources. It is located in the Chongoyape district, 60 km east of Chiclayo province, Lambayeque department.
For a long time, the area's wild flora and fauna were severely depleted by its own inhabitants. The Santa Catalina de Chongoyape rural community, which includes Chaparrí within its territory, decided to donate a large part of its land for the development of conservation work. In 2001, the Peruvian government recognised this land as a Private Conservation Area through INRENA (currently known as SERNANP).
The reserve recovered its natural habitat consisting of a huge variety of wild fauna, including endangered animals such as the spectacled bear, the white-winged guan and the Andean condor. Chaparrí is also a centre for scientific research dedicated to the dry forest ecosystems and the endemic species that inhabit them. The reserve is managed by members of the Santa Catalina community, who work to promote nature tourism.
There are various paths within the Ecological Reserve, including the Roads of the Guan, Bears and Huachuma (or San Pedro cactus). Visitors will often see deer and coastal foxes on hikes, as well as a variety of flora with medicinal properties. One of the main attractions is the rescue centre for Andean bears, where spectacled bears rescued from illegal captivity are rehabilitated. Early every morning visitors can see hummingbirds drinking water from the spring.
Activities: Sunbathing, hiking, bike and horse riding, shopping for local goods, photographic safari, bird watching, species collection, butterfly watching, fauna and flora watching, landscape viewing, mystical and esoteric rituals, trekking, mountain biking, camping, rural tourism, excursions, research studies, social activities, photography and filming, cultural activities, interactive and guided tours.
Weather: Sunny and pleasant all year round. The rainy season occurs between October and April. Visits recommended in all seasons.
Access by Land:
- Private car: the journey from Chiclayo to Chongoyape takes 1 hour, plus a further 20 minutes on a gravel road suitable for cars.
- Public bus: approximately 2 hours.
Bear in mind that public buses and minibuses only travel to Chongoyape, requiring tourists to arrange a transfer from the town to the reserve.
Entering the reserve: it can be visited during the day (between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.) or overnight at the Chaparrí EcoLodge. In both cases, visits must be booked in advance as spaces are limited. All visitors must be accompanied by a local guide and pay the entrance fee that goes directly to the community.
1 - 10 people: 50 Soles
10 - 20 people: 100 Soles
20 - 30 people: 150 Soles
30 - 40 people: 200 Soles
Accommodation: Approximate rates for standard accommodation range between 275 and 209 Soles (not including VAT).
Other Services: Public restrooms, electricity, security, parking, life jackets, radio, lodging, guest houses, muleteer service, information centre, horses and mules for rent.
Ecological Reserve Office (ACOTURCH Headquarters)