Appreciating the form, color and beauty of butterflies in their native habitat is a fascinating experience. One can do this in many parts of the country, in a wide variety of ecosystems. What follows is a selection of recommended routes and areas, organized by Department. Good luck in your search!
Tumbes: Tumbes National Forest on the route to the El Caucho guard station, to the east of the city of Tumbes. Lima to Tumbes by air: 1 hour 45 minutes.
Piura: the CanchaqueHuancabamba route. Lima to Piura by air: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Cajamarca: between Jaén and San Ignacio; also around the city of Cajamarca.
Ancash: Huascarán National Park (Llanganuco sector).
Lima: Pantanos de Villa and Bosque de Zárate (between Matucana and Ticlio).
Arequipa: Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Lima to Arequipa by air: 1 hour 20 minutes.
Amazonas: the ChachapoyasMolino PampaMendoza and ChachapoyasLeimebambaKuélap routes.
San Martín: the MoyobambaRiojaTarapotoYurimaguas route*. Lima to Tarapoto by air: 1 hour 10 minutes.
Huánuco: Tingo María National Park (Las Lechuzas Cave)* and the ChinchaoTingo MaríaLa Diviloria route.
Pasco: the OxapampaHuancabambaPozuzo route*.
Junín: Chanchamayo Valley (San Martín, La Merced)*; also around Satipo.
Ayacucho: Pampas Galeras National Reserve and the AyacuchoApurímac River route. Lima to Ayacucho by air: 50 minutes.
Cusco: Machu Picchu National Sanctuary*, the CuscoPaucartamboPillopataAtalaya and CuscoUrcosQuincemil routes. Lima to Cusco by air: 1 hour 10 minutes.
Puno: Lake Titicaca.
Loreto: the outskirts of Iquitos (numerous lodges)*; also the IquitosNauta route. Lima to Iquitos by air: 1 hour 40 minutes.
Ucayali: Boquerón del Padre Abad (west of Aguaytía), Laguna Yarinacocha, Atalaya, and Puerto Esperanza (Purús River). Lima to Pucallpa by air: 1 hour 5 minutes.
Madre de Dios*: various wilderness lodges on the Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Alto Madre de Dios and Manu rivers; also the Puerto MaldonadoIberiaInapari route. LimaCuscoPuerto Maldonado by air: 2 hours 30 minutes.
* Most notable and accessible
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