Alto Purús National Park

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Alto Purús National Park
Parque Nacional Alto Purús
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Alto Purús National Park
Map showing the location of Alto Purús National Park
Location Ucayali and Madre de Dios Regions, Peru
Coordinates 10°49′S 71°38′W / 10.82°S 71.64°W / -10.82; -71.64Coordinates: 10°49′S 71°38′W / 10.82°S 71.64°W / -10.82; -71.64[1]
Area 2,510,694 hectares (9,693.84 sq mi)
Established November 18, 2004 (by 040-2004-AG)
Governing body SERNANP
Alto Purús National Park

Alto Purús National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Alto Purús) is a national park in the Amazon rainforest area of Peru, created on November 18, 2004. It contains some of the most rugged, treacherous, remote and unexplored territory in the Amazon.[2] It is also home to a number of indigenous tribes, including some that have avoided contact with the outside world.[3] Situated on the Purús River, it is the largest protected area in Peru, covering 2,510,694 hectares (9,693.84 sq mi).[4]

The park is located in the Provinces of Purús (Region of Ucayali) and the Province of Tahuamanú and Tambopata (Region of Madre de Dios).[5]

There have been reports of illegal logging of mahogany in the park.[6]


The most complete reference about the region is a gorgeous 380 pages book: Alto Purús: Biodiversidad, Conservación y Manejo. Center for Tropical Conservation and INRENA. Perú. Download it for free at:

  1. ^ "Alto Purus National Park". 
  2. ^ Paul Rosolie, Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon, Harper: First Edition (2014)
  3. ^ SERNANP info page about Alto Purús National Park (Spanish)
  4. ^ (Spanish)
  5. ^ "Alto Purús National Park". Enjoy Peru. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Illegal Mahogany Logging Exposed in Peru's New National Park". Environment News Service. March 31, 2005. Archived from the original on 23 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
Map of Alto Purús National Park