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The distinctive landscape of the place is characterized by the presence of cloud forest and the Loreto River’s waterfalls and rapids.
The area called “Loreto Papallacta Canyon ” has been the target of study and protection of wildlife since 1998 when the Terra Foundation opened.


Flora: The following plants and trees, among others, can be found (many local names are given in the Quechua language): alamoja, bretaña, capulicillo, carrizo, chachaco, chilca, chivo caspi, guantog, ichul, isca, orchids, pantag, peperomias, pucuneros, pumamaqui, quijuar, suro, urco guantog, wild blackberries, willows, passion fruit and ferns.
One of the most emblematic species of the area is the famous Polylepis or paper tree, which can grow up to 10 meters high.

Fauna: The following birds are native to this area: Andean condor, blackbreasted eagle, sparrowhawks, curiquingue, sparrows, blackbirds, tanagers, torrent duck, brown ducks, kingfishers, antpittas, trogons, hummingbirds, pinchaflores (Diglossa spp), among others. With regard to animals the following could be mentioned: bears, pumas, rabbits, wolves, cervicabras (Manzana rufina), dwarf deers, chucuris or Andean weasels, mountain paca, hog-nosed skunks, mountain tapirs, mountain coatis, and several mustelids, rodents, frogs and bats.


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