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Amotape National Park: The Hidden Treasure of Northern Peru

Green lizard sunbathing by the pool


Amotape National Park is a protected area located in the Tumbes and Piura regions of northwestern Peru. It was established in 1975 and covers an area of approximately 91,300 hectares. The park is named after the Amotape mountain range, which runs through its territory.

The park is known for its high biodiversity and unique ecosystems. It encompasses a variety of habitats, including dry forests, mangroves, wetlands, and coastal areas. This diversity of environments supports a wide range of plant and animal species, many of which are endemic or endangered.

Amotape National Park is home to numerous wildlife species, including jaguars, ocelots, spectacled bears, white-winged guans, American crocodiles, and several monkey species such as howler monkeys and spider monkeys. It is also an important site for birdwatching, with over 300 bird species recorded, including the endangered Peruvian plantcutter and the Pacific royal flycatcher.

The park offers opportunities for ecotourism and outdoor activities. Visitors can explore its trails, observe wildlife, go birdwatching, and enjoy the natural beauty of the diverse ecosystems. The park management focuses on conservation efforts, research, and environmental education to preserve the unique biodiversity of the area.

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