31 May

Live as you dream: The series in which Fernanda Kanno travels through Peru’s 26 natural protected areas

Live as you dream: the series in which Fernanda Kanno travels through Peru’s 26 natural protected areas.

I am writing these lines from the National Sanctuary of Ampay, in Abancay, after having travelled through a forest that looks like a scene from the film Avatar. We are in the highlands of Apurímac, but this protected area is like a rainforest at 3,400 metres above sea level. A few years ago, men used to cut down the intimpa or del sol trees – the species that the site protects – to make doors or to turn their youngest specimens into Christmas trees. It was because of this that they were on the verge of disappearing, and with them this beautiful refuge that it has in Peru. Happily this did not happen.

At the time of going to press, we had visited 17 of the country’s 26 protected natural areas. This is due to the recording and production of the series Vive como sueñas – Perú natural, which is already being broadcast on the digital platforms of Minam and SERNANP.

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It has been more than 18,000 kilometres of road travel. We have been to the Pleistocene refuge of the Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, in Oxapampa, a site that nature has kept intact since the age of the dinosaurs. 

We also woke up in the Salinas Lagoon, in the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, in Arequipa, at 4,300 m.a.s.l., surrounded by Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu and Ubinas. Yes, all at the same time. We also kayaked across the Purhuay Lagoon, the largest in the Huascaran National Park, in Huari, with a warm climate and an altitude of 3,500 metres that does not take your breath away, unlike other altitudinal levels.

Between camps surrounded by landscapes and wonderful stories of the Sernanp park rangers, tireless guardians of all forms of life, we are learning great lessons. Today, after five months of travel, I tell them that I want to be persistent like the carob trees of the Pomac Forest, which plant their roots up to 60 metres in search of water to survive. 

That I am going to be resilient like the mangroves of the Tumbes Mangroves National Sanctuary, which expel through their branches the salt they absorb from the sea water that permanently floods them. 

And also like the guanacos and the Andean condor, which leave their comfort zone in the highlands to descend to the coasts of the San Fernando National Reserve, in Marcona, in search of their favourite food. I have realised that we have always admired the beauty of nature, but we have rarely stopped to listen to it. Today it awaits us with much to tell us. I hope the series will encourage you to go in search of those messages.

Source: elcomercio.pe

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