Parque de Las Leyendas
Parque de las Leyendas - Jungle area
The zoo is all about South America and Peruvian flora and fauna. It's divided into the 3 climatic regions of Peru: Jungle - Mountains -Coast. The coastal region is where I saw the pelicans, cormorants, sea lions, penguins and turtles, whilst the mountain area was home to llamas, vicunas, guanacos, pumas, condors and owls, of course the jungle area is where I found the monkeys, jaguars, snakes, toucans, parrots and crocodiles.
I love seeing animals and birds in their natural habitat in the wild, but in South America I didn't see a real lot. I managed to see in the wild, Llamas, Vicunas, Guanacos, Foxes, Penguins and some birds, not a real lot after reading the Zoo has 210 native animals along with a few African animals.
This Zoo differs from the normal as it was built on the Maranga huacas, a pre-Hispanic site and burial ground.
As I walked around, I saw many of these sites, each with an interpretive board written in spanish - Not much use to me!
Archaeological Complex Maranga
The "Archaeological Complex Maranga" once covered a huge area, but nobody thought to preserve it, instead it was left and gobbled up by the sprawling capital city of Lima. Many different cultures lived here from 600 BC until the Inca period in 1532.
In 1960, only a small area was left and somebody thought to save it, thanks to this, there are some sites left of the archaeological Maranga Huacas.
Maranga houses 14 large pyramids and at least 50 small buildings. In 1964, the city of Maranga and the "Parque de las Leyendas" became one.
Parque de las Leyendas
Parts of the Zoo were closed as they were in the process of building new free range enclosures for their animals. It was good to see this was happening and that one day the animals would not be in cages.
I began my tour in the Coastal Region at the Humboldt Penguin enclosure where I saw many adult and baby penguins. I had seen them on Chiloe Island, Chile, but here I had a much closer view.
In the same enclosure were brown Pelicans, no-where near as pretty as the black and white ones in Australia. Viewing was from behind dirty glass.
I saw a couple of large Galapagos Turtles and an Andean Bear who was being teased by a number of Vultures.
In the Jungle area was quite a good display of South American birds, the problem with photos were the cage bars and dirty glass.
# 1Loro Farinosa parrots # 2 Orange Winged Amazon Parrot # 3 Loro Chiricle Cabeza Negra Parrot
There was quite a good selection of South American Primates that weren't behind bars and were fun to watch.
Probably the bird I was most happy to find, was the Gallito De Las Rocas whose common name is Andean Cock of the Rock. It sure was brightly coloured.
Probably my favorite animal exhibit was the shiny Black Panther.
The park also has a botanical garden and other lawned areas, one includes a couple of Butterflies.
I followed the pathway which took me around the whole park, past the man made lake and cave where long queues of people were waiting to take a boat ride through the cave or for the paddleboats, this was a very popular area.
Scattered around the park were some excellent playgrounds.
I found plenty of food and drink stalls along the pathways, and found buying from these people was quite cheap.
The Zoo enabled me to see many South American animals.
This park had something for every-one. The children were well catered for, as were the adults and I was able to see some very old ruins.
All of this was made better as I received free entry (I think age.)
The only downer was leaving when the park closed. There was an enormous amount of people and many of us were looking to catch a taxi.
Tomorrow morning I catch a flight to CUSCO - PERU