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Some of the most incredible flora and fauna live in protected areas near Máncora and Tumbes. Luckily, we can visit these important ecological areas, but only through a reputable tour operator and experienced guide. Do not believe it if someone tells you they can bring you there and back in an hour—if so they are probably referring to Puerto Pizarro. Most trips involve extensive driving, as well as hiking and camping. Including these areas in your itinerary isn't always possible, but the experience will leave you inspired and amazed.
Santuario Nacional Los Manglares de Tumbes: Crocodiles and a diverse collection of birds live in this mangrove reserve. Accessible only by unmotorized boat, this swamp forest is where the ocean water and river water meet, providing some of the most productive ecosystems on the planet.
Parque Nacional Cerros de Amotape: This area was created to protect the equatorial dry forest and its inhabitants. Living in this area are the condor, puma, boa constrictor, and approximately 100 other species of mammals, reptiles, and birds.
Zona Reservada de Tumbes: The dry forest and humid forest exist together in this protected zone, making it one of the more interesting areas to explore. As much of the flora and fauna in this area is in danger of extinction, this is also an extremely important area.
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