This 38,000 ha reserve is about 8 hours upriver, or two days walk, from the city of Juanjui in San Martin, and is home to some of the least spoilt forests in the region. During surveys we found tufted capuchin monkeys (Sapajus macrocephalus ), black-headed night monkeys (Aotus nigriceps), red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus), white bellied spider monkeys (Ateles belzebuth), and a great abundance of tapirs, jaguars and deer.
The conservation of this area was initiated by the local association ‘Farmers for the Conservation of the Natural Forests of Simacache’. It is a small association which has put a lot of time, money and effort into their dream to have this special area protected. We helped the association with the technical and legal aspects of the reserve creation, and are now supporting them in maintaining it. This very special area is not easy to protect because of its large size, remoteness and high levels of illegal activity around and inside it.
The Simacache reserve was officially registered in December 2012 with the Regional Government of San Martin under resolution: 534-2012/GRSM/ARA/DEARN.