Places of Peru: Tumbes #2 – National Mangrove Sanctuary (PHOTOS)


The Mangrove National Sanctuary of Tumbes is a haven for one of the world’s rarest and most sensitive ecosystems.

This week, we continue our Places of Peru series in the Andean country’s northernmost coastal department.  There is no better way to appreciate the region than to experience their most unique treasure: the National Mangrove Sanctuary of Tumbes.

Mangroves are “miracle plants” that can turn high volumes of salt water into fresh water, which they store in their roots.  They provide for a large variety of species that includes crabs, birds, and foxes.  It is also an extremely rare ecosystem that is found in only a handful of places throughout the world.

Like many of Peru’s natural areas, the mangroves are under threat from a changing climate and human activity.  Ecotourism is a way to create value for these fragile and unique areas and thereby prevent their destruction.

Join us as we explore Tumbes’ National Mangrove Sanctuary, a one of a kind experience in the Andean country.

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The guardian of Tumbes' Mangrove Sanctuary greets you as you enter a domain of tranquility and fragility. Above all, the mangroves are home to many of the regions most iconic birds. (Photo: Mike Dreckschmidt/Living in Peru)
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In case you missed it, check out last week’s Places of Peru where we explored the city of Tumbes.

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Mike Dreckschmidt

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.