Reserva Nacional Pampas Galeras

Wildlife Reserve in Nazca & Around

This national reserve is a vicuña (threatened wild camelids) sanctuary high in the mountains 90km east of Nazca on the road to Cuzco. It is the best place to see these shy animals in Peru, though tourist services are virtually nonexistent.

Every year in late May or early June is the chaccu (round-up), when hundreds of villagers round up the vicuñas for shearing and three festive days of traditional ceremonies, with music and dancing, and of course, drinking. Full-day or overnight tours from Nazca cost US$30 to US$90 per person.