The second largest protected area’s anniversary!

Every 25th of February, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (RNPS) celebrates one more year of existence. A natural paradise created to house and protect over 1000 species of animals from Iquitos and 965 plants from the Amazon fauna. Keep on reading and discover why Pacaya Samiria is a must during your stay in Iquitos.


  • Where is Pacaya Samiria National Reserve?  

Pacaya Samiria is located in the Loreto region, more precisely in the Ucamara depression, where the large rivers Ucayali and Marañon meet (forming its natural boundaries). Due to its extension surpassing 2 080 000 hectares (5 139 680 acres), it comprises part of the Loreto, Requena, Alto Amazonas and Ucayali provinces. It is 308 kilometers away from the city of Iquitos.

  • What animals can be found at Pacaya Samiria? 

The main goal of the RNPS is to conserve the flora and fauna resources, as well as its scenic beauty, an important characteristic in the Amazon Jungle. Home to a large amount of biological diversity, many people can benefit from its natural resources. Among the high variety of flora, fauna and its richness in aquatic life, there are 527 species of birds, 102 mammals, 69 reptiles, 58 amphibians, 269 fish and approximately 1025 wild and cultivated plant species. Discover some of these during your tour in the Iquitos Animal Reserve:

  • Peruvian black caiman: despite its size, it is a powerful reptile, especially when feeling hungry. With very short legs and a long tail, they defend from their predators and propel themselves to a fast swim. Their skin is tough and flaky and they can live between 30 to 35 years long. Moreover, their conical teeth and elongated snout, helps them capture their prey quickly.

  • Pink dolphin: one of the most emblematic species in the Amazon. Known for being friendly and noble, it measures up to 2.9 meters (9.5 feet) long and can weight 184 kilograms (405 pounds). Did you know its head moves 180 degrees? Not having cervical vertebrae, allows them to do so.

  • The Pichico Monkey: also known as the “Milk drinker” for the white spot in its snout; is the smallest primate from the tamarin family. Their coat varies from brownish, to blackish and reddish tones. Their diet is based on fruits, flowers and berries which they catch from the rainforest trees where they live. Being so small, their natural method for keeping themselves safe is to move around in groups of around 5 to 20 members.

  • Engaging with our Mother Earth 

The main goal of the National Reserve in the Jungle is the conservation of the ecosystems representing the Peruvian Amazon and the protection of its ecological diversity. Moreover, Pacaya Samiria’s efforts focus on raising awareness on the importance of creating positive impact in the environment.

For this reason, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve works jointly with the regional governments and the local inhabitants, promoting the recovery and responsible use of natural resources, as well as protecting natural species and appreciating ecosystem preservation.

  • Discover the Iquitos Animal Reserve, together with Jungle Experiences! 

Jungle Experiences and its team, care about the Amazon territory and its inhabitants. Along with our experienced local guides, discover every corner of our mighty Peruvian Jungle. Immerse yourself and prepare for a unique encounter with the Tropical Rainforest’s flora and fauna!

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