Reserva nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca, Arequipa

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Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve is a protected area located in the regions of Arequipa and Moquegua; Peru. The main purpose of this area is to protect the local flora, fauna and landscape formations.HistoryThe area was declared a national reserve on 9 August 1979 by decree N° 070-79-AA. Lake Salinas and Lake Del Indio, both located inside the reserve, were designated as a Ramsar sites in 2003.GeographySalinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve is located in the provinces of Caylloma and Arequipa in the region of Arequipa; and a small part in the province of Sanchez Cerro in the region of Moquegua. It spans an area of 366936hectare which covers the headwaters of important local rivers like Yura and Chili.The landscape features high Andean plateaus dotted by lakes and meadows; and surrounded by volcanoes like Ubinas, Misti, Pichu Pichu and Chachani in the southwest and by mounts Chuccura and Huarancante in the north. Although initially declared an area with the aim to protect local camelids, flamingoes and Andean forests, it has since become a protected water source for the city of Arequipa. Precipitation carried by the eastern winds is captured by the local vegetation and stored in the lakes, meadows and soil; thus giving a valuable environmental service to the region.
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  • nature's pantry of the shows to the lucky ones who can get up to here. vast expanses with breathtaking ... volcani ... and local wildlife ... deep blue skies. the stop should be mandatory for anyone passing by here.
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  • Very nice part of the Peruvian Altiplano, out of Arequipa to the top of the col Patapampa landscape sumptuous especially next to the refuge of souvenir and coffee. Many visible wild animals
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  • As we rented a car we were enjoying the buffer slowly, is an extensive area. A more beautiful than the other, in some many llamas, vicunas, and also other ducks in small laguna. Anyway a charm.
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  • Great views for miles, gets cold up in the altitude but also a great place to find bargains
  • Big National Park
  • A beautiful reserve with so much diversity - from the volcanoes to the wetlands. I particularly liked the odd-shaped rock formations created by wind erosion.
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