The Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve
By Daniele from Italy

Royal Flycatcher

Just 22 kilometers from downtown Iquitos and about thirty five minutes by car on an asphalt road, lies the 57,500 square hectares Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, a true natural treasure that protects representative specimens of this area’s extraordinary natural biodiversity. The purpose for its creation was based precisely upon “the remarkable ecosystem variability” taking place there and, in particular, the rare white sand forests, locally called varillales. Different processes in the history, geology, and climate have created an authentic mosaic of different soil types of dissimilar qualities in the Allpahuayo-Mishana area, from the scarcely fertile white sands, made up of almost pure quartz, to those of the nutrient rich lacustrine clay.

Map of Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve

Despite its small size in comparison with other Amazon Rainforest protected areas the Reserve also shelters a community of plants and animals that are unique in the Peruvian Amazon. Many species are rare habitat specialists (like those that live in the white sand forests or the forests flooded each year by the black waters of the Nanay River). Only last year 2 brand new species of Pancake Sting Rays were found in the Nanay River.
About Fauna
The Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve is known throughout the world today, due to a large extent for its birdlife. Despite its small size, this reserve contains more than 500 bird species; some twenty species are related to this type of rainforest, and some of them are so specialized that they can live no where else on Earth. The Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve truly is a bird watcher's paradise where new bird species are being discovered every year.

Woolly Monkey

More than 145 mammal species have been registered, although the total number could reach more than 170, a mark surpassed by very few other reserves worldwide.

Tamandua Anteater

Finally, no other reserve in the world shelters as much reptile wealth as does the Allpahuayo-Mishana: 131 species that include two Amphisbaenia (worm lizards), thirty-six saurians, eighty ophidians, four crocodilians, and nine turtles.
Among insects, the impressive number of butterflies: 518.
Tourism in the Reserve is highly recommended. Surrounded by the infinite variety of flora and fauna, you can enjoy trekking, cycling, community visits, nocturnal hiking and swimming in the jungle along with various other eco-tourism activities, organized by various tour operators.
Last but not least, because it is so close to the city it is perfect for those who cannot spend much time in Iquitos (2-3 days) and, certainly, for those visitors looking for more affordable prices.
For more information please contact Daniele at Ricardo Palma 1208
Tel: 0051 965 356599 or 0051 65 532952 E-mail:
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