A steep, winding road leads high into the Andes, to Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras (also called Pampa Galeras BĂˇrbara Dâ€™Achille) at 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) altitude. This reserve is home to two South American camelids, the vicuĂ±a and guanaco, which can be seen running freely through the Andean plateau. Roughly 70 percent of the vicuĂ±as in the world reside in Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras, therefore a tour to this national park guarantees any visitor a good experience with these wonderful Andean animals. In addition, one also can see the famous Andean rodent known by the locals as vizcacha, as well as eagles, ducks and condors. The park also has pre-Incan corrals which are still used by the local people between May and September, to shear the fine wool from vicuĂ±as. As well, there are caves with rock paintings (pinturas rupestres).
90 kilometers (55 miles) East of Nazca town
Many tour operators offer excursions to the reserve, charging on average $60.
For more information about the park or getting there, visit the national park office (Sernap) in Nasca (Av. Bisambra s/n. Cel: 995-149-648, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Open Hours from:Dawn
Open Hours to:Dusk
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Bring warm clothing, as it gets quite chill at that altitude. Also use sun protection, and bring along water and high-energy snacks (chocolate, granola, etc.).
Peruvian nuevo sol, US dollar