Reserva Nacional Allpahuayo Mishana
Created in 2008, the Reserva Nacional Allpahuayo Mishana encompasses 58,068 hectares of rainforest, protecting the scarce white-sand forests, exceedingly rare in Peru, and flooded forests by the Réo Nanay.
Allpahuayo Mishana is famous for its variety of soil types, from white quartz sands to red clays, which makes it a very biodiverse spot in the Amazon.
Located 23 kilometers south of Iquitos, aside the highway to Nauta, this protected area has surprisingly high numbers of flora and fauna despite being surrounded by farms.
At least four new species of birds have been discovered in the reserve, including the ancient antwren, mishana tyrannulet, allpahuayo antbird, and the northern chestnut-tailed antbird. Allpahuayo Mishana also contains other protected primate species, including the collared titi monkey and equatorial saki.
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