Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo)

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Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo)

Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo)
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Patricia H
Clacton-on-Sea, UK114 contributions
Mar 2020
We usually try to visit a zoo on our travels and this one surpasses most aq short taxi ride from centre of Lima. It is huge so be prepared for some walking but it is in beautiful surroundings, the animals are in spacious pens and appear to be well cared for. There is also a botanical gardens within the grounds and plenty of places for food and drink.
Written March 30, 2020
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Jim_and_Barbie
California706 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
Some people might think that all big-city zoos are alike. And at first glance, walking into the Parque de las Leyendas zoo felt a lot like walking into the a zoo in San Diego, Denver, or Miami. But that feeling would soon change.

Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t come to Peru to see San Diego. Obviously, I want to experience and appreciate different cultures and different value systems. So, it’s perfectly fine that this was not like the zoos back home. In fact, I enjoyed the experience far more because of the uniqueness of the experience.

Anyway, so at first it seemed like a zoo back home, but we quickly discovered that visitors to this zoo are far less concerned about being “politically correct” than the visitors to the zoos back home.

The most surprising example occurred when we were looking at the famous Peruvian Spectacled Bear. As we peered down into the bear’s large enclosure, the bear slowly walked over to where he was directly in front of a small crowd of visitors. The bear sat down and looked expectantly up at the crowd. At first, I didn’t understand why the bear would do this, since in my experience zoo animals don’t seem very interested in looking at the people. (It’s usually the other way around.)

Soon the bear’s motive became clear. To my amazement, people started feeding the bear! This must be a normal thing because the bear was absolutely expecting it, and he sat there for quite a while eating whatever the people threw at him. He stared with a few bananas, but moved on to popcorn and candy bars.

The most astonishing aspect of this surrealistic scene was that it seemed to be perfectly acceptable. Back home, if someone threw food into a cage, the rest of the crowd would totally freak out, and the perpetrator would be lynched on the spot, or at least tarred and feathered.

In any case, this wasn’t San Diego. This was a different culture with different priorities and values. I found it fascinating.

The lack of “political correctness” appeared in other places, too. Part of the zoo had a little bamboo forest where thousands of initials and messages were carved into the trunks of the trees. I don’t think there was a single tree in the whole forest that wasn’t covered with carved initials. Obviously, countless people had climbed over the wall and collectively spent hundreds of hours carving on the trees. Clearly, this wasn’t a problem in the eyes of all the people who must have walked by while someone was out there with their pocket knife.

Back home, zoo security would have been all over them like white on rice. Then a team of bamboo environmentalists would have been called in to repair the tree, followed quickly by a new barb wire fence and closed circuit video surveillance.

Littering seems to also be acceptable, and liter was everywhere. On the paths, in the ponds, in the restrooms, in the bushes… everywhere.

Ironically, the most interesting part of my trip to the zoo was observing the behavior of the humans in their natural habitat.
Written September 3, 2012
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favtravels
Santa Barbara,Ca205 contributions
My wife and I spent a week in Lima and thought going to the zoo might be fun. The grounds were very attractive with an entire section designed to look like you were in the middle of the amazon jungle. The cages and exhibits were very well done and the Amazon jaguars were very impressive. They have a pair of black jaguars that are massive. The best part about the zoo was the fact that everyone else there was a local, and it wasn't overrun with foreigners. I just wish they had some kind of gift shop, but maybe next time.
Written May 10, 2009
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sallyj1992
Reading, UK45 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
I always think it's a fun idea to go to the zoo and usually come out feeling regretful and depressed. It happened again here. Went on a weekday so no crowds really which was good, but it also meant there was no happy vibe. Many of the animals (the puma, the oso anteojos, the tiger, the lion, the hippos and giraffe) seemed either really hungry, uncomfortable or verging on insane. I'm sure the smaller animals are probably also just as uncomfortable but it's less obvious. Many of the animals such as the seals were missing altogether. The park seems to spend a lot more on park maintenance and watering flowers than on keeping their animals healthy. Also ironic is the overabundance of unhealthy food stalls for humans. The only decent part was the mini macchu picchu on the motor boat ride. Really not recommended if you truly love wildlife and nature.
Written August 30, 2014
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Daniel S
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Some of the animals were cool to see, but zoo was mediocre at best. Hard to see into the enclosures. Glass needs to be cleaned. That being said there was lots of variety of animals
Written February 17, 2018
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Bob P
SILVER CITY26 contributions
Mar 2013 • Friends
This zoo is amazing.. very well done. It is constructed around some ancient Inca ruins that are continuously being excavated.. It also surprised me that seniors are free.. It is clean, well landscaped.. the animals look healthy and happy and active. We all were very pleased!!
Written October 14, 2013
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Arvrim
Guntersville, AL162 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
This is a attraction made for locals and just for this fact worth a look. The park las Leyendas is a mixture of zoo, bothanical park and ancient peruvian ruins, located 25 minutes from Miraflores district. There are a newer instalations like the "felinario" and older ones visited mainly by locals. We saw a great effort to renew this park and recommend a visit. Take a cap, sunblock and confortable shoes in your visit.
Written April 13, 2013
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Bill S
Lima, Peru108 contributions
Dec 2012
It's a local zoo with a good selection of animals. It's not world class, but it's cheap, very clean and the landscaping is lovely.
Written February 22, 2013
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voodoo-d
Los Angeles, CA334 contributions
Going on the one single review on TripAdvisor, I decided to head over to the zoo. I am not sure about your experience, but I could characterize this as a non-touristy spot! We were the only non-Peruvians this day!

The cost of admission is around 10 Nuevo Soles (about 3 USD).

We arrived early in the morning -- about one hour after opening. I would suggest that if you want to avoid large throngs of little kids, you show up as soon as it opens.

The park is divided into three parts -- as there are three distinct geographic areas in Peru.

There are some incredible animals here including bears, jaguars, birds from the Amazon, monkeys, lions, tigers, you name it.

I definitely have mixed feelings towards encarceration of these great animals. There is no doubt that these animals have a look of resignation in their eyes, knowing that they are resigned to life inside a cage-- especially the massive animals including the lions and tigers. I must admit, this is one aspect that makes you think twice about "zoos."

What I enjoyed here just as much were the grounds and the gardens. I would pay the admission fee hands down just to see the variety of plants, trees, gardens, flowers, etc. Absolutely beautiful, breathtaking gardens. I would recommend the zoo on the grounds alone.

There is also a museum with pre-Colombian art (very cool) -- included in the admission. Additionally there is a "Petroleum Museum" which I personally could have spent hours exploring, but did not due to time constraints.

All in all, I would highly recommend the zoo as a stop if you are in Peru. The taxi cab ride from Miraflores should run about 10 NS (about 3 bucks). It is located fairly close to the airport.

Lastly, bring your camera, as there are many beautiful trees, flowers, etc to photograph.
Written July 18, 2009
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Kempinho
Gdansk, Poland33 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
It is absolutely terrible. Many animals are kept in tiny dirty cages just by themself without any sunlight. You can see them going nuts trying to find a way outside. It was heart breaking.
Written December 19, 2017
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