The Chaparri Ecological Reserve is a 34,412-hectare reserve in Northern Peru, easily accessible from Chcilayo. Founded in 2001, it is a fantastic example of a community-led conservation and ecotourism project. The local people are very much engaged with the reserve and benefit from the protection of the local environment and its natural resources.
The reserve encompasses and protects a region of dry forest. It is a vital haven for wildlife, including many threatened species such as the spectacled bear, Andean condor, white-winged guan, sechuran fox, guanaco and the wonderfully-named Tumbes tyrant.
We’ll leave Chiclayo in the morning so we can enjoy a full day at the beautiful Chaparri Ecological Reserve. It takes about two hours to reach the reserve, and as we get closer we’ll see the towering Chaparri Mountain, after which the reserve is named.
When we arrive at the reserve, your guide will tell you all about the community-led conservation project, as well as the ongoing scientific research into dry forest ecosystems that takes place at the reserve. Y...