Cordillera Azul National Park
Cordillera Azul National Park extends into the Peruvian Amazon, an impressive mountain range between the rivers Ucayali and Huallaga. The Park was founded for two main reasons: to conserve the species, the ecosystems and the geological formations unique to the Park, and to promote sustainable development of neighboring communities.
General facts about the Park:
Location: In the northeast of Peru, in the Amazonian regions of Loreto, San Martín, Huánuco and Ucayali
Size: 13 500 km² ≈ Irlanda del Norte ≈ Northern Ireland ≈ Lambayeque Region
Elevation: 200 msnm - 2400 msnm
Ecosystem: Tropical Rainforest
Buffer Zone: 23 000 km²
Interesting facts about the Park
- The mountain range formed between the Jurassic and Cretaceous period and was covered by the sea 95 million years ago
- There are unique geological features like the ‘vivian’ formations, salt flats and fossils
- There are numerous small river basins that flow into the main rivers Huallaga and Ucayali
- The Park is home to more than 1000 different vertebrate species and around 6000 different plant species
- The Park is home to unique species like the Capito wallacei, the endemic and emblematic bird of the Park.