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SALINAS & AGUADA BLANCA NATIONAL RESERVE

SALINAS & AGUADA BLANCA NATIONAL RESERVE: Between Puno, Colca Canyon & Arequipa. Vicuñas, Flamingos & other aquatic birds, best Altiplano Park

 

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve

With 366,936 ha, this Altiplano reserve is one of the larger protected areas of Peru. The reserve was created in 1979 and includes several impressive volcanoes: Misti, Chachani, Pichupichu and Ubinas. With its elevations varying between about 2,800 and 6,057m at the peak of the Chachani Mountain, the area protects different elements of the Puna or Altiplano ecosystems of Southern Peru. The park has also been declared a wetland of international importance for its highland bogs, as well as a rather large saline lake, Lake Salinas, where 3 species of Flamingos are present. At different locations in the park one finds beautiful cliffs with hoodoo formations.

 

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Map.

 

Why consider booking our  Peru National Parks Tour? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL places for which Peru is so famous, and on top of that, you get to see 9 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a naturalist guide. There is nothing similar on the market. As Peru can be combined with other countries, we organize tours in modules: Lima Cusco, Machu Picchu module, Manu National Park module, National Parks Module, All modules.

Destinations Overview:  World Heritage Site LimaWorld Heritage Site Cusco, Amazon park Manu National Park World Heritage Site Valle Sagrado/Sacred Valley, World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Cloud Forest Machu Picchu Sanctuary, Highland wetland Titicaca National Reserve, Uros floating islands, Altiplano wildlife park Salinas & Aguadas Blancas National Reserve, World's second deepest canyon Colca Canyon, Word heritage site Arequipa, World heritage site Nazca Lines, Pampas Galeras National Reserve, San Fernando National Reserve, Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands National Reserve.

 

The area is home to 23 mammals, among which the taruca, Hippocamelus antisensis, or north Andean deer, Vicuñas, Guanacos, Pumas, Andean Foxes, Viscachas and a variety of rodents and bats.

 

More than150 species of birds have been recorded for the park, including Andes Condors, vultures, a variety of birds of pray, 3 species of flamingos, Andes Lapwing and other shorebirds, etc. There are 2 species of native fish, as well as introduced trout.

 

For its high elevation as well as centuries of habitation, the park has virtually no trees, with exception of the so-called queñuales, groves of Polylepis trees, which have survived in isolated pockets.

 

3 species of flamingos in Lake Salinas, the Puna Flamingo, Phoenicopterus jamesi, the Chilean flamingo, Phoenicopterus chilensis, and the Andean Flamingo, Phoenicoparrus andinus.

 

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Entrance sign.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Visitor center.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve sign and the visitor center unfortunately show poor maintenance and design. We are told however, what the park lacks on visitor infrastructure is made up by rather effective patrolling and protection, which can be seen from the omnipresent vicuñas.

   

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Altiplano with Alpacas.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: highland agriculture at altiplano or Puna.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Alpacas.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Fresh water marsh.

Grazing land in the altiplano with alpacas.

 

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Andes flower, probably an Senecio sp.

Bright yellow asters at the altiplano.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Bright yellow asters at altiplano

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Yellow asters of the Puna.

 

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Lake Lagunillas, Puno.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: The pass at 4528m, just 300m lower than the Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain.

Lake Lagunillas.

The pass at 4528m, just 300m lower than the Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain.

   

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Hoodoo formations.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Hoodoo rock.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Hoodoos.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Hoodoo ridge.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Rock formation.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Gigantic boulders.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Rock sculpture.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Spiny cactus.

Hoodoo formations with very sparse arid vegetation.

 

 

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Yareta, Azorella compacta flowering.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Yareta cushion.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Yareta cushions are small rozetta flowers of the altiplano.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Yareta forming cushions against the rocks of the high Puna.

Yareta is a very small cushion forming plant of the Altiplano.

 

 

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Hoodoos in Salinas & Aguada Blanca at Patahuasi the fork in the road with a tourist restaurant, where the road branches off to Chivay.

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Hoodoos in Salinas & Aguada Blanca at Patahuasi the fork in the road with a tourist restaurant, where the road branches off to Chivay.

Salinas Lake with salt formation.

 

 

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Vicuñas at the dried up salt lakes.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve:

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: A road sign warning for camel species crossing.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Guanaco.

A road sign warning for camel species crossing, which is definitely necessary, as alpacas and vicuñas cross all the time! When the park was created some 4,000 vicuñas were present, but due to protection the numbers have increased considerably and they can now be seen everywhere along the roads.

Guanacos - the wild ancestor of the Lama - prefers living at lower elevations than the Lama, but can still be found as high as 3,500 m. It is extremely draught tolerant and can be found in deserts from Peru to Southern Argentina. When the park was created only 250 animals were counted, but due to protection, the numbers have increased.

   

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: The shy Andean Fox, is not often seen but present everywhere.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Viscachas are common in the park and a highly valued pray for Andean Foxes.

The shy Andean Fox, is not often seen but present everywhere.

Viscachas are common in the park and a highly valued pray for Andean Foxes.

Condors are present in the park but not common.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Condors are present in the park but not common.

Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Polylepsis is a high elevation tree that grows as high as 4,000m and is one of the world's highest growing tree species.

Polylepsis is a high elevation tree that grows as high as 4,000m and is one of the world's highest growing tree species. Most forests have been cut down as fuel wood and for construction, but a few groves survive, from where slow recovery is possible.

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