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Exploring the Hidden Gem of Peru: Santuario Nacional Cordillera de Colán

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 24-10-2023

If you are interested in eco-tourism in Peru, nestled in the heart of northern Peru, the Santuario Nacional Cordillera de Colán is a pristine natural wonder waiting to be discovered by adventurous travelers. If you're seeking a destination off the beaten path, far from the bustling cities and tourist crowds, this sanctuary offers an unforgettable escape into the breathtaking beauty of Peru's wild landscape.


The National santuary of Cólan  is found in Amazonas in the North of Peru. Set out on your Peru Amazon Adventures in the lesser-discovered jungles regions on your Peru adventure vacation.

Cordillera de Colán National Sanctuary


Cordillera de Colán National Sanctuary was established in 2009, and spans Amazonas, Peru. Encompassing misty forests, it's vital for conserving biodiversity and regulating water resources. The area is the source of rivers like Shushug, benefiting local communities. It's a priority for unique biological conservation, harboring rare bird and mammal species. Frequent rainfall and scenic viewpoints enhance its allure.  On your Peru vacation package, if you have the time, head out on a journey through this awe-inspiring wonder, exploring the beauty and the adventure that this magnificent region has to offer.


This lesser-known sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to explore the untouched beauty of the jungle in Northern Peru far from the crowds of more popular tourist destinations. Head to Chachapoyas and on to Leymebamba, which is the gateway to the National Sanctuary de Cólan.

Shushug River


Getting There

Reaching Santuario Nacional Cordillera de Colán may require a bit of effort, but the journey is part of the adventure. The sanctuary is located in the Amazonas Region, accessible via flights to Chachapoyas, the nearest major town. From there, you can arrange transportation to the sanctuary, which takes you on a scenic journey through the cloud forest.


The National Sanctuary de Cólan can be added onto Chachapoyas tours if you are looking for a truly of-the-beaten-track experience or even Kuelap Peru tours, which are in a similar region.

A Natural Paradise


The Natural Beauty

As you step into the sanctuary, prepare to be awe-struck by its natural beauty. The Cordillera de Colán mountain range rises majestically on the horizon, with its snow-capped peaks glistening in the sun. The sanctuary is home to lush cloud forests, roaring rivers, and abundant wildlife, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and hikers.


If you're looking for a remote destination for your Peru adventure vacation, the National Sanctuary de Cólan offers pristine nature and untouched terrain. Take a visit to "untouched Peru" for your Peru adventures!

Colán Mountain range


Activities and Adventures

Hiking: Embark on hiking trails that take you through dense forests, across suspension bridges, and to hidden waterfalls. The sanctuary offers trails suitable for all levels of hikers, from beginners to experienced trekkers on one of our guided nature tours.


Enjoy Peru adventure tours in the cloud forests of Northern Peru and close to Chachapoyas. The Amazonas region is perfect for pristine nature.

Cloud Forest


The region is a birdwatcher's dream, with a wide variety of colorful bird species. Keep an eye out for toucans, hummingbirds, and the rare Andean cock-of-the-rock on your bird-watching tour in Peru.


If you want to go birdwatching in The National Sanctuary de Cólan on Peru private tours, check out our personalized Peru tours for ornithologists. You can also customize your own tailor made tour to Amazonas!

Cock of The Rock


Flora and Fauna

The sanctuary is also a hotspot for mammal diversity. Explore the rich flora and fauna, including orchids, mosses, and unique animal species like spectacled bears tapirs, and jaguars.


The sanctuary's remote location provides a unique opportunity to observe these animals in their natural habitat on your Peru adventure trip. Tapirs are just one of the incredible species that live in the Cólan Sanctuary!


Cultural Insights

The Cordillera de Colán is not just about its natural beauty. It's also a region rich in history and culture, with indigenous communities living in harmony with the environment. Engage with the locals, learn about their traditions, and gain a deeper understanding of their way of life.


The sanctuary is home to remote indigenous tribes for the ultimate local interaction experience. Experience different Peruvian cultures on our Peru cultural tours!

Father and Son


Best Time to Visit

The best time to explore Santuario Nacional Cordillera de Colán is during the dry season, which typically runs from May to September. During these months, you'll experience pleasant weather and clear skies, ideal for outdoor activities for your rainforest adventure.


New species are constantly being discovered in The National Sanctuary de Cólan. Frogs, birds and other species refound in abundance on our Peru Amazon adventures!

New Frog Species


Local Tips

Pack appropriate outdoor gear, including sturdy hiking boots and rain gear, as the weather can be unpredictable.


Consider hiring a local guide to make the most of your visit, as they can provide valuable insights into the area's natural and cultural highlights and help you discover the incredible biodiversity and the conservation projects in the area.


Waterfalls are plentiful in the Amazonas region. The most famous is Gocta near Chachapoyas, and you can find many inside the  National Sanctuary de Cólan.



The Santuario Nacional Cordillera de Colán is an untouched paradise for those who seek an authentic and immersive natural experience in Peru. Whether you're a nature lover, an adventurer, or a cultural enthusiast, this hidden gem in the heart of Northern Peru will leave you with lasting memories and a profound connection to the wild beauty of this enchanting region. Discover biodiversity in this natural sanctuary and don't miss the chance to dive into the breathtaking landscapes of the Cordillera de Colán during your visit to Peru. Find out more here!


Sustainable travel is at the heart of every Valencia Travel Peru vacation package. We are committed to environmentally friendly practices when we visit remote regions such as The National Sanctuary de Cólan and other Peru Amazon adventures.

Sunset over The Sanctuary