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SAN FERNANDO NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU

SAN FERNANDO NATIONAL RESERVE: Wild! Only access in dune buggy, often Condors at -50m, guanacos, Sea lions, Humboldt penguins

San Fernando National Reserve

Located at about half an hour's ride from Nazca, San Fernando National Reserve, is the largest and richest true coastal desert park of Peru, and yet, hardly anybody goes there. The park ranger told us he gets an average of 15 visitors per month, less than 350 per year.

 

Why consider booking our  Peru National Parks Tour? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL places Peru is so famous for. 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 Lima,  World 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 has 252 species of birds, 90 species of fish and crustaceans, 90 species of desert plants, and a variety of reptiles and mammals , such as Guanacos, Pumas and Andean foxes.

 

The best way to enter the park is in an visitor-adapted dune buggy, as one needs to traverse a zone with rather steep dunes, before reaching the coast. From an overlook looking down from some steep cliffs, one can see a fabulous selection of marine birds, like Humboldt Penguins - often with chicks - Inca Terns, Blue Footed and Nazca Boobies, Neotropic and Red Legged Cormorants, Frigate Birds, Peru Pelicans, and many other marine and shore birds. A large colony of South American Sea Lions is always a joy to watch as they crawl across each other and are always ready to pick a fight. There are almost always vultures and Andes Condors roosting on the overlook waiting for a dead Sea Lions of fish to wash up ashore.

 

On the inland part of the park, one has the opportunity to watch the different land formations, like the bromeliad clad sand dunes, where Guanacos roam, although they are not always visible.

 
San Fernando National Reserve: San Fernando National Reserve begins only half an hour away from Nazca. San Fernando National Reserve: National Parks Ranger with driver of our dune buggy.

San Fernando National Reserve begins only half an hour away from Nazca.

National Parks Ranger with driver of our dune buggy.

   
San Fernando National Reserve: a mere track into the reserve. San Fernando National Reserve: The desert coast lacks any vegetation.
San Fernando National Reserve: A fantastic overlook down on the cliffed shore allows you to see nesting marine birds, condors and Sea Lions.

A fantastic overlook down on the cliffed shore allows you to see nesting marine birds, condors and Sea Lions.

San Fernando National Reserve: The sparse vegetation of Bromeliads holding together dune formation. San Fernando National Reserve: The sparse vegetation of Bromeliads with flower.

The sparse vegetation of Bromeliads holding together dune formation.

 

San Fernando National Reserve: Guanacos are extremely draught resistant animals that can go days without drinking water. San Fernando National Reserve: The Andean fox also lives in the reserve, although it is difficult to sea them in daytime.

Guanacos are extremely draught resistant animals that can go days without drinking water.

The Andean fox also lives in the reserve, although it is difficult to sea them in daytime.

   
San Fernando National Reserve: A South American Sea Lions, Otaria Flavescens, colony is dominated by a bull, San Fernando National Reserve: They sunbath, crawl over each other, always ready to pick a fight.

 

A South American Sea Lions, Otaria Flavescens, herd is dominated by a bull with up to several hundreds of females. They sunbath, crawl over each other, always ready to pick a fight.

   
San Fernando National Reserve: Andes Condors as well as vultures use the outlook to look out for dead sea lions and fish that wash up on the shore. San Fernando National Reserve: We never garantee you seeing animals, but the likeliness of seeing a condor is quite high.

 

Andes Condors as well as vultures use the outlook to look out for dead sea lions and fish that wash up on the shore.

   
San Fernando National Reserve: Inca terns are common breeders in the Reserve. San Fernando National Reserve: Both the Neotropic and the Red-legged Cormorant are found on the coast of the reserve.

Inca terns are common breeders in the Reserve.

Both the Neotropic and the Red-legged Cormorant are found on the coast of the reserve. 

   
San Fernando National Reserve: A group of Humboldt Penguins taking off for a swim. San Fernando National Reserve: Humboldt Penguin chicks flock together right under the overlook of the park.

A group of Humboldt Penguins taking off for a swim.

Humboldt Penguin chicks flock together right under the overlook of the park.

   
San Fernando National Reserve: Visitor adopted dune-buggies are the ideal transportation. San Fernando National Reserve: Dunebuggies get you across the sand dunes in the San Fernando National Reserve.

 

Visitor adopted dune-buggies are the ideal transportation to get you across the sand dunes in the San Fernando National Reserve.

 

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT THE NAZCA LINES DRAWINGS

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT THE NAZCA LINES. Graphs: hours of sunshine, overcast, rainfall, temperatures, etc.

Best Time of the Year to visit the Nazca Lines Drawings

Nazca lies at an elevation of around 500 m and has a desert climate, due to the Humboldt current. Often the days begin with an overcast sky, but clouds disappear by 9:00 - 10:00, allowing for flights over the Nazca lines. Down at the coast of San Fernando National Reserve, the climate is even drier, with hardly any precipitation at all. The little vegetation that one finds there probably depends on moisture brought in by nightly fogs.

 

As one rises from Nazca to Pampa Galeras, humidity gradually rises, while temperatures fall, which makes for fascinating desert vegetation transitions over very short distances.

 

The climate in the city of Nazca is even dryer that that of Lima; many days start out being overcast, but then, the skies often clear up by 9:00hrs in the morning, which is important for the flights over the Nazca lines. So, Every day is the best time of the year to visit the Nazca Lines Drawings. Closer to the coast however, in the San Fernando National Reserve, the weather is often very windy and frequently rather chilly. Bring a jacket.

 

Climate of Nazca

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Average high °C °F

30.7
87.3

31.3
88.3

31.3
88.3

30.4
86.7

28.3
82.9

27.1
80.8

25.3
77.5

26.5
79.7

28.3
82.9

28.9
84

29.8
85.6

30.0
86

28.99
84.17

Average low °C °F

16.8
62.2

17.8
64

16.9
62.4

14.8
58.6

12.2
54

9.3
48.7

7.9
46.2

9.3
48.7

10.1
50.2

11.5
52.7

12.4
54.3

14.9
58.8

12.83
55.07

Precipitation mm inches

2
0.08

2
0.08

0
0

0
0

0
0

0
0

0
0

0
0

0
0

0
0

0
0

0
0

4
0.16

Source: Climate-data.org UN, Climate of Nazca

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT THE NAZCA LINES DRAWINGS: Cahuachi pyramid. BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT THE NAZCA LINES DRAWINGS: San Fernando National Reserve visit with dune buggy.

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