Tingo Maria National Park to attract over 80,000 visitors

Published on : Saturday, May 14, 2016

Tingo Maria National ParkTingo Maria National Park will soon celebrate the 41st anniversary of its designation as Protected Natural Area on May 14.

More than 80,000 people are expected to visit Tingo Maria National Park to experience its biological diversity and wonderful landscapes.

The park’s head biologist Carlos Sanchez said over 73,000 visits were recorded in 2015, of which 50% came from Lima and other regions, 40% from Huanuco, and 10% from abroad.

The Park is home to 178 species of birds, including the Andean cock- of-the-rock, the guacharos, and several species of parrots, woodpeckers and toucans.

According to Peruvian State-run National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp), the King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) and the blue-crowned motmot (Momotus momota) can be found here, too. The best places to watch birds are Tres de Mayo and Cueva de las Lechuzas.

The most outstanding mammals in the area are the South American tapir (Tapirus terrestris), the red brocket (Mazama americana), the collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu), the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), the black-capped squirrel monkey (Saimiri boliviensis), and the brown- mantled tamarin (Saguinus fuscicollis).

Likewise, the park is home to an impressive number of butterflies.

Tres de Mayo tourist circuit, in the South, is home to insects, birds, as well as medicinal forest and ornamental plants. The place has beautiful waterfalls like Gloria Pata and Sol Naciente.

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