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Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge
Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge

Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge

Open from 8:30am-4:30pm daily
Chorrillos, Lima, Peru

The Basics

Spanning 650 acres (263 hectares), the refuge is a magnet for over 200 migratory birds. Depending on the season, birdwatchers may spy Black Skimmers, Herons, Andean Coots, Puna Ibis, Peruvian Pelicans, Great Grebes, or Neotropic Cormorants. Take a private guided walking tour to learn about the diverse creatures inhabiting this coastal stretch. Some tours include sightseeing excursions in Chorrillos, Lima’s historic center, and Barranco.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Lima

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Wildlife Refuge
Virginia_H, Oct 2019
Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge Tour in Lima
I enjoyed this excursion very much. The tour guide was very personable and knowledgeable. The only downside was that it was a sanctuary for waterfowl and limited in viewing options. I thought I would see more wildlife indigenous to Peru.
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Great Bird Watching in Lima
Edward_K, Jul 2019
Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge Tour in Lima
We had one free day in Lima before our trip to Iquitos and an Amazon cruise, and found this tour by Viator of the Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Reserve in Lima to fill part of the day. Touring this reserve ranks among the best for local bird life viewing. It is home to thousands of birds, and was conducted by Nicole who met us at our hotel. She is extremely knowledgeable and amazing in spotting and identifying the dozens of Peruvian coastal bird varieties that are found there, many of which are solitary and hide in the reeds along many waterways in the reserve. Nicole is also gracious and personable, and was accommodating to one of us who was wary of loose sand while recovering from an injured ankle . This was an excellent beginning to our trip. Thank you Viator and Nicole.
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Wear comfortable shoes
Amanda C, Aug 2018
Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge Tour in Lima
This was an excellent tour. Our guide Nicole was personable and well-informed. She had a guide of the birds we might encounter with their English names, which she said she had put together herself. We were picked up at our hotel exactly on time, and during the drive she gave us some books to look at so we would know what birds to look for. She also provided bottles of water for each of us. Once at the refuge, we walked to an observation tower, took a boat ride, and walked around a lagoon at the beach. Make sure you have sturdy, comfortable shoes, as the terrain varies from marsh to grass to sand. It was amazing to see a wild area like this in the middle of such a large city. I definitely recommend taking this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge is an ideal spot for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
  • Admission is about US$2.50 for adults and US$1.25 for children.
  • Bring binoculars to spot both feathery and scaly creatures.
  • The refuge is not wheelchair accessible.
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How to Get There

Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge is located about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from downtown Lima in the coastal district of Chorrillos, immediately south of Barranco. Drive to the refuse or jump on the blue Metropolitano Bus marked Sur (South) and get off at the Chorrillos stop.

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When to Get There

Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge is open daily. Many of the birds at the reserve are migratory, so sightings change with the season. Vist in the summer (December through March) to enjoy the beaches, which are especially popular on sunny weekends. After a visit, hike up the hill to the adjacent Morro Solar to enjoy the sunset.

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Wildcard

Explore Chorrillos The low-key seaside district of Chorrillos is a lovely place to spend the day. Catch a wave at La Herradura Beach, or stroll the boardwalk along Agua Dulce Beach, admiring the colorful houses clinging to the hillsides. Enjoy a meal at any number of notable seafood restaurants, then hike (or drive) up Morro Solar where a large illuminated cross looks over the bay.

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