Northern Peru

PHIMA Voyages: Private Nature Reserve of Chaparri

Martina Capel / PHIMA Voyages

Love to view rescued animals and animals in their natural habitits? Voyage through this unique dry forest and become a part of an experience where the whole community is involved. Find out how.

PHIMA Voyages: Private Nature Reserve of Chaparri

(Photo: Philippe Capel)

What is it about?

  • Chaparri is a private nature reserve in the Lambayeque region in Northern Peru. It is community-managed by the residents of Santa Catalina de Chongoyape. The reserve extends on more than 34,000 hectares and is a natural habitat for many endangered species of the dry forest desert.
  • You have to take a guided tour in order to learn more about the specifics of the place. The whole community is involved in this rural tourism project. You have the people working on the fields (the field work has been restricted to certain areas, as well as hunting), and the ones that work in tourism as guides, or in charge of the rescue animals or counting the animals.


(Photo: Phillippe Capel)

  • There are also some really nice, but expensive rooms. You might want to stay within the nature reserve. An ideal place for birders, accompanied by their local guide.

What do you see?

  • You will be sure to see the spectacled bear, as the people from Chaparri rescue bears that have been (illegally) captured or chased. They get proper health care and will be released into the reserves property – where there is no fence – once they are strong enough again.


(Photo: Phillippe Capel)

(Photo: Phillippe Capel)

  • But you also will see the Sechuan Fox, very common in Chaparri and very nice to look at, or the White-winged Guan that still is an endangered species.
    Pay a visit as well to the serpentarium where you can see several species of snakes, little ones, but also bigger ones that are much better to view through the window.


(Photo: Phillippe Capel)

How to get to Chaparri

  • Chaparri is situated about 2 hours outside of Chiclayo, you can either take a private driver to bring you there or go there with Collectivos.
  • Be aware that from the entry station where you pay your fee and get your guide, there is another hour-drive to the real entrance of the nature reserve. So you better budget for some extra time!
  • As Chaparri is part of the dry-forest ecosystem of the coast, your day-backpack should contain water, sun block, hat and mosquito repellent and you should always wear good walking shoes (in case of snakes in the forests).

Further information here.

This article was written by Martina Capel, co-founder of PHIMA Voyages , a tour operator based in the Chachapoyas, Amazonas region, in Northern Peru that specializes exactly in these regions – “off the beaten path”. Small group tours and catered packages are offered covering a wide variety: archaeology, nature, experiences and encounters.

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