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South America, Peru

Yanachaga Chemillen National Park – Sector Paujil
Photo © by Thibaud
Pasco Peru August 27, 2020


As one of the Protected Areas of Peru, Yanachaga–Chemillen is regarded as one of the greatest. Here you can find a mix of habitat and ecosystems. It's a location frequented by various NGOs as well as Peruvian officials. But, at the same time is still accessible to the everyday traveler.

It's an expansive spot of 122,000 hectares/30,468 acres spread across Oxapampa, Villa Rica, Huanacabamba, Pozuzo, and Palcazu in the province of Oxapampa in the region of Pasco on the west coast of South America.

Habitat and ecology in this location range from mountains and rainforests to plains and scrub. This range is a region with many species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and plants as well as people. [1] Peru considers it a natural and anthropological highlight of their Central Jungle.[4]


Notable Species

Yanachaga Chemillen is a place with a large number of bird species that have been spotted. The number of those species varies from 427[1] by one count to 539[2] by another.

They have 9 globally threatened species as well as 16 endemic species recorded for the location.[2]

Yanachaga Chemillen's endemic species include the Green-and-white Hummingbird, Bay Antpitta, Large-footed Tapaculo, Rufous-vented Tapaculo, Tschudi's Tapaculo, Cerulean-capped Manakin, Masked Fruiteater, Peruvian Wren, Pardusco, and the Yellow-scarfed Tanager. .[2]

One species of note here is the Andean Cock-of-the-rock which is considered the National Bird of Peru. Some others regarded as species to be on the lookout for include the Harpy Eagle, Blue-crowned Motmot, Hoatzin, Amazonian Umbrellabird, and Blue-gray Tanager. .[4]


None noted as of 4, September, 2020.


Birds you can see here include:

Cinereous Tinamou, Torrent Duck, Speckled Chachalaca, Stripe-faced Wood-Quail, Least Grebe, Band-tailed Pigeon, Groove-billed Ani, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Gray-rumped Swift, Pale-tailed Barbthroat, Black-throated Mango, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Hoatzin, Jameson's Snipe, Sunbittern, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Green Ibis, Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Roadside Hawk, White-throated Screech-Owl, Crested Quetzal, Andean Motmot, Lanceolated Monklet, Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Versicolored Barbet, Ivory-billed Aracari, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Red-throated Caracara, Red-throated Caracara, Barred Antshrike, Spot-backed Antbird, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Bay Antpitta, Large-footed Tapaculo, Short-tailed Antthrush, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Lineated Foliage-gleaner, Rufous Spinetail, Dwarf Tyrant-Manakin, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Barred Becard, Tawny-breasted Flycatcher, Olive-striped Flycatcher, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Olive Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Dusky-capped Greenlet, Green Jay, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Tawny-faced Gnatwren, Grass Wren, White-capped Dipper, Swainson's Thrush, Paramo Pipit, Hooded Siskin, Yellow-browed Sparrow, Russet-backed Oropendola, Tropical Parula, Scarlet Tanager, White-capped Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Plushcap

Other Wildlife

Some of the wildlife noted as present here in the park include the Jaguar, Puma, Jaguarundi, Ocelot, Spectacled Bear, Northern Pudu, White-tailed Deer, Andean Fox, Capybara, Brown Wooly Monkey, Lowland Paca, and Molina's Hog-Nosed Skunk.

Site Information

History and Use

Yanachaga Chemillen National Park was made a protected area, under Peruvian law, in 1986. It's considered a natural and anthropological highlight of their Central Jungle. .[4]

Areas of Interest

To do

Access and Facilities

Yanachaga Chemillen National Park – Cloud Forest
Photo © by Thibaud
Pasco Peru September 17, 2020

Access to Yanachaga Chemillen can be had from the town of Oxapampa.

However, for those intending to fly commercially to the area, the nearest airports are located a 5 hour drive away in Huanuco at the Alferez FAP David Figueroa Fernandini Airport (HUU) or 10 hours away driving along the Central Highway in Lima at the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). [4]

Once there, the four main access points to the park are:

El Paujil – Where the Andean foothills and Amazonian lowland forests come together at 350-750 m/1148-2460 ft. above sea level.

Huampal – A varied habitat in the Huancabamba canyon at 800 - 1400 m/2624 - 4593 ft. above sea level.

San Alberto – A typical montane forest at 2400 - 3000 m/7874 – 9842 ft. above sea level.

Santa Barbara – An interesting habitat at 3000 – 3800 m/9842 – 12,467 ft. above sea level.[3]

Consult a trusted travel professional for specific, up-to-date information before traveling.

Contact Details

To do


  1. Peru Vacations Guide and Tours about Peru - https://www.apec2016.pe/
  2. Lepage D. (2020) Yanachaga - Chemillen National Park Bird Checklist - Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World. Retrieved 5 October 2020
  3. Bird Forum member observations
  4. Peru North - https://www.perunorth.com/yanachaga-chemillen-cloud-forest

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External Links

  1. Bird Forum thread – Yanachaga Chemillen National Park


  1. Yanachaga Chemillen National Park on Google Maps