Las Palmeras de Yaranche's Coppers
Another place to be one else with Nature - the water too.
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By Marco Flores, Marco Paulini and Nelson Peñaherrera
All photographs by Marco Flores and Marco Paulini.
Along this story, different sets you can find around the coppers.
Peru - One of the Nature's sounds with a soothing power on the mind,
even not seeing where it comes from, is the water falling in cascades
and opening its way up in its own course.
In Las Palmeras
de Yaranche, San Francisco Creek has created a place where the
sound of the water falling down little steps is not enough, so it has
built a natural amphitheater allowing to watch and hear it from
the high as well as front row. If you sit down in the rim and get
focused in the sound, you will enjoy a stereophony that you will hardly
find at the movies. If we add the birds tweeting, living, and flying
among the carobs, you will have the best surround sound experience,
that should be uncomparable to the best sound engineer.
If you open up
your eyes, within the blue sky (when it is clear), the ocher sand at the
highest part, the erratic degrade of the rock from gray to
yellow, the green vegetation, and the transparent water where it gets
to rest after falling to continue down the creek, you will have an
ethernal last generation high-definition experience. And we have to add
the chromatic changes according to the Sun moving, raising, or setting
Geomorphology For Beginners
Las Palmeras de
Yaranche's Coppers is one of the touristic places that was made
naturally for enjoying focused on the power of the water, as a
landscape modifier in the beginning, but as an outdoors element with
artistic and architectonic intuition hard to be imitated, in the most
The coppers set
is joined by little cascades those went creating stepped ponds until
the lowest level, where it has carved a kind of pool that could be
until 40 meters or 130 feet diameter and 2 meters or 6 feet in
the deepest point, and ever the water flow is regular.
The whole is
worked in sedimentarian rock at the middle and igneus rock
at the sides. According to geological surveys made during the
last 40 years across Tambogrande District, the most logical explanation
of this place is some incandescent mass emerging up the surface where
it cooled, perhaps 100 to 66 million years ago at least, during
the Upper Cretaceus, the last period of Mesozoic Age, formerly known as
This fact has to be locally proven by some geological survey.
The rest was
made by San Francisco Creek, a Piura River's tributary, fracturing the
rock as it was going down during millions of years. Currently, the
water course is used by San Lorenzo Dam (Las Lomas) as a natural
spillway, so the flow will depend on how much liquid is sent from there
The coppers are
located just where the creekdetours its North-South course taking a
Norwest-Southwest trace, 1 km or 0,6 miles to the South of Las
Palmeras de Yaranche Village, Tejedores Sector, located 25 km or 16
miles to the Northeast of Tambogrande City. There is any geodesical
survey neither, but it is probable the set altitude is 90-100
meters or 295-328 feet.
Access & Managing
You can get it
from Sullana or Piura cities, taking Tambogrande City as a stop, or
going directly to Cruceta Town, through the Andean way of North
Pan-American Highway. You take the road to Tejedores right tehre,
turning right, paying attention to signs those inform where to turn
left again, and going straight ahead until the welcome sign. The road
from Cruceta is compact dust.
City, you take the road to Tambogrande, cross San Francisco Creek until
getting Cruce de Vega (te route is asphalted). Turn to Palominos, take
the road to 23-5, pass aside Pueblo Nuevo de Tejedores, get to the
detour sign, then turn right until the welcome sign (the road is
are autos and mototaxis to be taken, we suggest having your own
transportation to avoid waiting much timeuntil catching any vehicle.
As a big part of
the Tambogrande District's non-irrighated zone, the touristic place is
surrounded, actually embeded at the Equatorial Dry Forest ecosystem.
Many of the specimens are carobs those are conserved by the organized
"The people come
here to take a bath 50 years ago," Las Palmeras de Yaranche's
local governor Flor Sánchez tells. "And we decided to organize in a
committee for managing it more than 10 years ago."
The first they
did was fencing 4 hectares or 10 acres around the ponds, that now is
known as Los Peroles de Las Palmeras de Yaranche Touristic Area. As the
years have passed through, they were specifying recreation zones,
accesses with stairs, WC, dressing lockers, and even a balcony. The
works were funded by Tambogrande District Municipality.
"We began about
11 locals and now we are more than 30 who distribute responsibilities
like cleaning, caring the place, and watching the visitors to be
safe," committee's vice-president Gilberto Juárez Nima explains.
The place is
open everyday from 8:00 in the morning to 6:00 in the afternoon. The
access per person costs 2 soles or US$ 0,60 (actual conversion). With
the collaboration of Farmers' Patrol and the weekly watchdog by the
National Police of Peru, it is possible to carry on your own
transportation and leaving it parked without thefts risk.
FACTORTIERRA.NET producers and Las Palmeras de Yaranche leaders during the production of this story at the copper's balcony.
Potential To Work
beginning when we were not organized, the people came in and there were
many robberies and assaults; but now we have taken control of the
place, we have any of these problems," Juárez assures.
frequency of drowning accidents is very rare, even not having a
lifeguards service. In fact, it still remains to implement a service
chain that increases the self-sustainability of the place as well as
the village, because it could create a low-dificulty trekking circuit
with the closer Yaranche Hill, and even tejedores Sector, where there
are other interest places as Las Lisas Bridge or Carrizalillo's Ancient
It is possible
to camp at the coppers and the safety is guaranteed, prior arrangement
with the committee and the Farmers' Patrol. Typical lunch is offered
just at the place's entrance, with cheaper prices than restaurants in
Tambogrande, Piura or Sullana, but care in preparation and a
flavor that can compete quietly to them.
Although we have
to point out that due to the coppers are relatively far from the
population, much wild life uses it to feed or drink water. We have
detected a wild duck, a kingfisher, and a snake locally known as
macanche (Boa constrictor ortonii), so be aware for not having
accidents with those specimens.
By the way, for
the city's people there is no more intriguing show than seeing the
farmers' goats going out to graze around confident since the morning
and return to their farmyards at the sunset. Nobody pastors them, but
every local knows where to find the lost one in the flock if it does
not hit to get back - wherever nobody thinks, there is somebody who
ever is watching.
Plastic artists have here too many inspiration items. The same to the
ones who love photography, sound engineering, or cinematography.
So in the
value-chain level, there are many things the community can do for the
tourist's experience upgrades from amazing and relaxing to highly
satisfactory, and attracting not only to who wants to refresh
into the water but the ones who want to do some adventure sports
(rock climbing, rowing, trekking), or pure ecotourism, or even
meditation sessions with the natural environment and the water sound as
spiritual connection is really fortifying. After feeling one else with
the Nature, the dreaming patterns seem to regulate, the problems seem
to be lighter, and the human dimension enriches with many humility and
Too many benefits for one place alone. It will depend on yourself to find that fulfills you better.
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