spectacled bear - tumbesian region - white winged guan - ecotourism
Chaparrí is a 34,412 hectare community-owned and managed private conservation area located in the dry forests of northern Peru.
The reserve is one of the best protected dry forest areas and is home to a range of wildlife, including many endemic and threatened species such as the:
- Andean or Spectacled Bear,
- Andean Condor,
- White-winged Guan,
- Sechuran Fox,
- Tumbes Tyrant.
The reserve is named for the spectacular Chaparri mountain that dominates the landscape; this mountain was sacred for the Muchik people and is still revered by Shamans throughout Peru. It is now a model community-led conservation and ecotourism project where local people benefit from protecting their natural resources. Additionally Chaparri is the centre for scientific investigation into dry forest ecosystems and the species that live there.
The reserve may be visited on day trips (prior booking is recommended) or by staying at the Chaparri EcoLodge. Visits can only be undertaken with a local guide and by paying an entrance fee which goes to the community (for details see "How to visit Chaparrí