Lomas de Lachay Reserve: 5 good reasons to visit it
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Lomas de Lachay Reserve: 5 good reasons to visit it

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Lomas de Lachay Reserve: 5 good reasons to visit it

At km 105 of the North Pan-American Highway, just two hours from Lima, the Lomas de Lachay National Reserve is a must-see plan for nature lovers.


The Lomas de Lachay National Reserve, located 105 kilometers north of Lima, in the province of Huaura, is an excellent destination to enjoy impressive landscapes, go trekking and camp in the middle of nature. If you don't have plans for this weekend, what are you waiting for to visit this charm located a stone's throw from Lima?


The two hours that separate it from Lima, place the Lomas de Lachay National Reserve as an attraction that is not to be missed if you want to enjoy outdoor activities. In the reserve you can see rock formations, green areas and a large number of birds. In addition, you do not need a large budget to meet her.


Why visit the Lomas de Lachay National Reserve?

-It's a step away from Lima. The reserve is located just two hours from Lima, in the province of Huaura. By car you must travel the North Pan-American Highway until kilometer 105. Another option is to take the buses that go to Huacho and get off at the entrance of the reserve.


-Its impressive vegetation. The reserve has 5,070 hectares of beautiful vegetation, located between the Lima provinces of Huaral and Huaura. The best time to visit is from June to October, during the wet season. Business hours are Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • You can do the tour in a maximum of two hours. Lovers of walks can do any of the three routes offered in the reserve: “Circuito El Zorro” (twenty minute walk), “Circuito de Las Taras” (one hour) and “Circuito de La Perdiz” (two hours). The routes are duly signposted and you will have a privileged view of the flora and fauna of the place, made up of birds and coastal foxes.
  • You can camp with all the comforts. Spend a unique experience in the middle of nature camping in this reserve. The cost is S/20 adults and S/6 children. This ticket gives you the possibility to stay in the place up to 3 days. The place has toilets, an area for camping and another for grills, cafeteria, public telephone and vehicle parking area.
  • The price is affordable. Many times the price is an impediment to tourism, but in the Lomas de Lachay National Reserve the opposite happens. To enter the reserve, adults pay S/ 10 and minors, from 5 to 16 years old, S/. 3, an affordable cost. Only in case you decide to camp, you must make a single payment of S/20 adults and S/6 children.

How to get to the Lachay National Reserve?

The Lachay National Reserve is located 105 km from Lima (2 hours away), in the province of Huaura. It is recommended to leave very early, between 6 and 7 in the morning, so that you make the most of your visit and reach the established capacity. You can go by private car or by bus. For this second option, remember that you must take an interprovincial bus towards Huacho, from the Gran Terminal Terrestre de Lima Norte, and get off at km 105 (The Reserve has a western limit from km. 100 to km. 108) A From there you can walk about an hour and a half to access the tourist circuits: Zorro, Tara and La Perdiz, or hire a private mobility or use the services of the cars that perform bus service (authorized by the ANP headquarters) .


Price of admission to the Lomas de Lachay and its schedules

Before telling you about this important point, you should know that, due to the context of covid-19, to enter the Lomas de Lachay you must fill out a health affidavit confirming that you do not have symptoms of the virus. You can easily fill out this form. Before the pandemic, camping inside the Reserve was authorized, but this year, 2021, this activity is not allowed, so only one-day visits are made.


The price for one day varies per visitor:

  • Peruvians: adults S/ 15 and children (5 to 16 years old) S/ 5
  • Locals (residents of Huaura, Huaral and Barranca): adults S/ 5 and children S/ 3 Foreigners: S/ 30
  • Visitors over 60 years of age and under 5 years of age are exempt from payment. 

The schedule of entry to the hills of Lachay is as follows:

  •  Monday to Friday: from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. m. to 2:00 p.m. m. 
  • Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. m. until the capacity is filled. 

We recommend you arrive early, because on weekends there is quite a crowd!


The Lomas de Lachay are perfect for staying healthy

This magnificent green spot near the capital can be used for walks in the middle of nature and fresh air. It could be said that this is the indispensable requirement: that you like to walk. This way you will get to know up close the various species of animals and plants that inhabit this beautiful place. Just remember that during your tours you must always protect what surrounds you, as it is a fragile ecosystem that urgently requires our care and respect. Regarding this, we tell you that since August 2021 the entry with food has been restricted, so we recommend you take it into account at the time of your visit.


Here you will also be able to put your photographic skills into practice, because, in addition to the green hills and little animals that you will find along the way, the tara trees of the Lomas de Lachay form characteristic positions, they are filled with moss and seem to be taken from a fairy tale. Dare to take photos without leaving the trail and enjoying the incredible views.


The Lomas de Lachay have three hiking trails

The Lachay National Reserve has 5,070 hectares of beautiful vegetation, located between the provinces of Huaura and Huaral. The best time to visit is between the months of June and October, because you will be able to see the green hills in all their splendor. The tour within the Reserve can last different ranges of time, depending on the route you choose. Each of them is duly signposted and it is recommended to follow for safety. 

  • Tara Circuit: 2.5 to 3 hours: recommended for young people with a moderate slope.
  • Tara Circuit: 1.5 to 2 hours, recommended for adults and teenagers with a slight slope.
  • Zorro Circuit: 45 minutes to 1 hour light slope recommended for children and older adults.

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