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Learn and have fun in Lima zoo

Translated by Chloe Mckeown — 4 months ago

Original text by Jesus en su tinta

Hello everyone, I hope that all of you are very well. There is not a single child in Lima that has not visited el parque de las leyendas, (Legends Park) at least once. I think that it is one of the first pictures I have of myself, walking through with people from my school. Rather when I was in the first grade, among those old photos at home, there is more than one where I am visiting the Legends Park.

Location of Legends Park

Legends Park is a zoo, located in the San Miguel district, close to the street avenida La Marina. It is a place where you can see different animals, both national and international. Legends Park is divided into zones, of the origins of each of the animals.

Here is a photo of a map so that you can find your way around the zones in Legends Parks, in the San Miguel district of Lima, the capital of Peru.



The layout of Legends Park and my experience

Some of the animals that I remember the most in this area are the giraffe, the elephant and the big turtles, which are at the entrance to the park. The memories that I had as a child came back when I was in university and I took a tour guide course. My group took our friends on a tour of Legends Park, and not only that, but each of them had to bring a child with them, so that we would adapt our tour to suit the children. What a time!

Another thing that I remember about Legends Park, is when my friends from the Central Library of my university, organised a walk around Legends Park since there are a lot of green areas and we could do our treasure hunt.



Bear in mind

If you go at the weekends, you will definitely find more people there than if you go from Monday to Friday. Anyway, the Legends Park is so big that there is really room for everyone who wants to be there.

The dilemma of animals being out their natural habitat

Of course there are a lot of people who defend the animals. They don't like the idea of coming to Legends Park, since most of us (including me), would like to see them in their natural habitat instead of in cages with spaces that don't even compare to their natural habitat where they are free and can live without the stress of human presence. I found a video that you can watch on Youtube and it is a report on some stories about the animals which are worth mentioning, so that you understand the purpose of Legends Park. To see these stories click here

Love of animals and humans

Now, walking around Legends Park, is walking around a diversity of animals. There are tigers, monkeys, lions and penguins. In anyway, you breathe in and connect with nature.



On the other hand, each animal has a name given to them by the zookeepers, here the animals are kings. For example, there are a lot stories to tell, such as the one about the ostrich keeper. Somehow this makes me reflect on the relationship between humans and animals, after all we are animals too.

One case that you can see is between one of the giraffes called “peñi” and her keeper.

Legends Park is named this because in the year 1950, when it first opened, you could find stories about where each animal came from.

Legends Park, in terms of the zoo area, is divided into four zones:

  • Coast zone, Highland zone, Jungle zone and finally the International zone.

In the coast zone for example, you can see Humboldt penguins, as well as sea lions and other species.

On the other hand, if you think that you will only find animals in Legends Park, you are wrong! There is also an archaeological and a botanic zone.



The variety, not only of animals but also...

There are almost 200 species of animals in Legends Park and there are almost 10 in danger of extinction. The aim was to show the history of Peru, in some way.

The archaeological zone has a small museum. I remember that one of my university friends, did their training in this museum. It is free to enter the museum and walk around this area in the Legends Park. There are also Huacas located throughout the walk. They are the following:

  • Huaca La Palma
  • Huaca San Miguel
  • Huaca Tres Palos
  • Huaca La Cruz
  • Huaca Cruz Blanca.

Museums in Legends Park

In terms of museums within Legends Park, there are the following:

  • Mine model
  • The Oil Museum
  • The Museum of the Maranga culture site
  • Replica of the tomb of the Lord of Sipan

There is almost 53 hectares in an area with 98 Huacas. As you can see, Legends Park has a great archaeological legacy.

Entrance fees

If you want to take a leap, spend the hole day there in Legends Park, and are encouraged to explore it, the cost to the general public is from 14 soles and children from 3 to 12, pay just 8 soles. For children younger than 3, it is free.

This park is more than 50 years old and it is a good way to go and get away from the stress of the city. Not only for children but also for people that want to spend an afternoon or a nice day out. It doesn't matter how old you are, you will always have a good time here and learn new things.

Thanks for reading! I hope that you have enjoyed this article about the most visited point in Lima. See you next time, I hope that you come to visit it soon!

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