Parque El Olivar – San Isidro
Location: The park is located between Paz Soldán, La Republica y Antero Aspillaga Avenues. Gerencia de Cultura y Turismo – San Isidro
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Hours and Fees: Open all the time. This is a city park without gates or access restrictions.
Photography: Semi-open habitats, sparse trees, birds let pedestrians approach to close distances as most are habituated to people.
Policies: No group sports, dogs on a leash are allowed.
Sidewalks Benches Limited Parking Ponds
What Can I See?
The photo gallery includes birds considered to be emblematic of Parque El Olivar – San Isidro. These include conspicuous, common, and those regarded as a specialty of the site, from a list of approximately 110 species. The selected birds provide an idea of what is likely to be seen and photographed on a visit to Parque El Olivar-San Isidro.
The caption for each photo contains the species name, measurements, abundance, and habitat type where the bird is more frequently seen.
The only wild mammal is the Guayaquil Squirrel, which has been introduced and is now establishing populations in various parts of the city.
Adult butterflies emerge from their chrysalises at times of the year when the climate and food resources are the best to survive. The period when adult butterflies can be seen is called “the flight period”. In the city of Lima the “flight period” occurs between the months of December to March.
Semi-Open City Park
Parque el Olivar is composed almost exclusively of olive trees sparsely distributed. The ground is covered in mowed grass. Many birds at Parque el Olivar forage on the grass and are habituated to people tolerating pedestrians at close proximity. The general area, including house’s yards, have a variety of other trees and flowers that attract birds.
Any source of water attracts birds and other wildlife and ponds at Parque el Olivar are no exception. Although ponds are small in size, birds come to the ponds to drink water. Some of the ponds have small fish that attract fish-eating birds such as the Black-crowned Night-Heron.
Parque El Olivar
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Visit Parque El Olivar – San Isidro
Parque El Olivar – Sand Isidro also known as the Olive Grove was established in 1620 when Fray Martín de Porras (from the Dominican monastery founded in 1539) decided to plant an olive garden from the three surviving plants that were brought from Spain by Antonio de Rivera. It is located in an affluent neighborhood in the San Isidro District and features very old olive trees, grass areas, small ponds, sidewalks, quiet pathways, and a relaxing atmosphere. This park dates from the colonial period, at which time houses around the park began to be built. Today adjacent mansions showing the architecture of that time still remain.
Parque el Olivar is a large urban park featuring a main broad pathway and smaller adjacent pathways. The park extends over city streets and bordered by houses and streets.
Plan your Trip
Parque El Olivar can be explored in approximately one hour. Birdwatchers generally spend more time and stay at this site for several hours in the morning or afternoon. The same can be said about photographers.
The best time to visit
The early morning hours is the best time to explore this urban park as birds are more active and visible, which make them easier to photograph. The afternoon is also good to visit but bird activity decreases. Parque El Olivar can be visited any time of the year. The summer months (Southern Hemisphere) of December through April may be warmer with brighter sunlight. The winter month can be cold and drizzly.
How to get there
Parque El Olivar can be reached by public transportation. It is located between Paz Soldán, La Republica y Antero Aspillaga Avenues. The best way to get there is to take a taxi back and forth.
What to do there
Walk along the main sidewalk and back. Also, explore the side trails, stop at the ponds, and walk the narrow streets that bisect the park. We recommend at least two hours exploring the park at a slow pace. There are benches and lawns to sit down and relax.
Where to look for birds
- Open Grass Areas. While all birds are mostly in the olive trees, some descent to the grass and are likely to be seen there. These include Croaking Ground-Dove, West-Peruvian Dove, Eared Dove, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Scrub Blackbird, Shiny Cowbird, and House Sparrow.
- Olive Trees. These birds are largely restricted to the olive trees including Amazilia Hummingbird, Harris’s Hawk, Pacific Parrotlet, Red-masked Parakeet, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Vermillion Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Bananaquit, and Blue-Black Grassquit.
- Ponds: Black-crowned Night-Herons visit the ponds occasionally. Some of the ponds have koi fish.
Where to look for Mammals
The White-naped Squirrel is rare at the park. This squirrel appears to have established a reproductive population from escapees from the pet trade in Lima.
What to wear and bring
Comfortable shoes and clothing according to the prevailing weather.
Parque el Olivar is a safe place with a presence of maintenance and safety personnel in the area.