A natural protected area almost in the middle of the city
Pantanos de Villa is the local name for the only wetlands located inside Metropolitan Lima. This is the only natural protected area and ecological park in Lima area, and its staff organizes walking tours and educational visits for both kids and adults.
These wetlands are pretty close to the center of Chorrillos district, which is not far from Miraflores and Barranco, and since they are connected by the Huaylas Avenue and by the Panamericana Sur road, getting there takes less than an hour.
Pantanos de Villa wetlands cover almost 2000 hectares of land, that provide the perfect habitat for over 150 resident bird species, many of which can be seen only in Peru.
Since 1997 this area is acknowledged by the Ramsar convention as an Important Wetland, that is, that provides feeding, breeding, roosting and sheltering sites to resident and migratory birds, which travel many thousands of miles between North and South America (escaping from the Northern Hemisphere winter), and between the Andean high altitude lagoons and the Amazon: a total of 208 have been reported here. On an average day, you can expect to see some 35 species.
The Villa wetlands include prawling “totora” (a native plant) reed clumps, pools and meadows, all of them fed by water seeping up from the Rimac River watershed.
This birdwatching excursion to Pantanos de Villa, takes half day. You may not be a birder, but if you are in Lima with your children, they will for sure enjoy these tours that combine fun, nature and learning.