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Mincetur informed that the organization Green Destinations included eight best practice stories about Peruvian tourist destinations to its list of inspirational stories and case studies for the development of sustainable destinations. What do the stories say?

Peruvian pride! Eight destinations in Peru have been included in the Top 100 stories list of the Green Destination 2023 Awards. This was reported by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Juan Carlos Mathews.

“Tourism always brings, despite all the complications, good news. I would like to emphasize the importance of articulating efforts, of the State with the communities, with the business sector”, he said.

Juan Carlos Mathews Salazar – Minister of foreign trade and tourism

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What are the destinations included in the Top 100 of the Green Destinations Story Awards 2023?

The Green Destinations Story Awards 2023 is an international recognition that highlights tourism destinations that inspire the world through their stories of good sustainability practices. This is especially important, as the head of Mincetur said on Canal N, because “in the world there are two words that sound more with tourism: sustainability and nature”.

The list, which has no particular order, includes the following national destinations:

  • Puno (province of Puno)
  • Titicaca National Reserve (Puno)
  • Los Organos (Piura)
  • Machupicchu Historic Sanctuary (Cusco)
  • National Reserve System of Islands, Islets and Puntas Guaneras – Cavinzas Islands and Islotes Palomino sector (Callao)
  • Tingo Maria National Park (Huanuco)
  • Lachay National Reserve (Lima Provincias)
  • Paracas National Reserve (Ica)

“(This achievement) is of special interest to those visitors who are enthusiastically seeking nature and adventure tourism, an activity that has been growing significantly in recent years,”

Juan Carlos Mathews Salazar – Minister of foreign trade and tourism

What are the inspiring stories of Peruvian destinations?

To enter the TOP 100 list of the Green Destinations Story Awards 2023, representatives of each winning Peruvian destination shared their inspiring stories and sustainable practices that can be replicated globally. Most of these initiatives involve a strong participation of the communities of each place. Here is a description of each story, as detailed by Green Destinations:

Cavinzas Islands and Palomino Islets.

The organization details that “prior to the regulation of tourism activities, the destination faced a lack of control over tourist boats entering the Cavinzas Islands and Islotes Palomino, generating disturbances to wildlife due to the lack of rules of conduct. The coordinated work between the public and private sectors has allowed us to implement measures to regulate tourist activities.”

Tingo Maria National Park

In the case of Tingo María National Park, the organization reports the following: “Ignorance is perhaps the most frequent evil that affects natural areas, leading the local population to engage in illegal activities such as the poaching of guácharos, an activity that took place in the owl cave in Tingo María National Park. After a long process of sensitization, the articulated work with the institutions and their involvement in the elaboration of their management documents has allowed the change to be favorable in all aspects.”

Province of Puno

About the province of Puno it is said that the city “saw the need to restructure its community tourism practices to achieve sustainable benefits for the community and meet the expectations of tourists. Due to the lack of knowledge in the management of the destination and the lack of support from the central government, the tourism offer was not sustainable. Tourism stakeholders and local communities organized themselves to improve their tourism offerings. New tourism products were consolidated, developing a competitive and innovative tourism offer, energizing tourism activity with artisanal fishing, textile handicrafts and local gastronomy.”

Lachay National Reserve

Lachay National Reserve had to face the challenges that came with an increase in visitors, “in terms of infrastructure, waste management, and tourism services (…) To address these, agreements have been established with the local community, allowing them to participate in providing tourism services within the protected area. This has generated employment, improved the quality of services, and contributed to the conservation of the ecosystem. Thanks to these actions we have been able to reduce the amount of solid waste generated, improve the tourist experience, and guarantee quality standards in services.”

Paracas National Reserve

With Paracas National Reserve, it is reported that tourism was massive and disorderly “There were many problems due to the campsites; the generation of solid waste, the behavior of tourists, among others. One of the actions taken by the management of Paracas National Reserve was to strengthen a group of local people who had been working for years in the local tourism industry. This group is the “Los Guerreros de Paracas” Association. Thanks to them, they have been able to improve the problems generated by tourism, such as better control of visitors and reducing the amount of solid waste on the beaches, as well as the entrance of food and alcoholic beverages to the beach,” says the organization.

Titicaca National Reserve

The case of the Titicaca National Reserve, which “protects a representative sample of Lake Titicaca, an area with ample biodiversity and home to native populations,” is related to a conflict. “Currently, the Titicaca National Reserve is the only form of conservation of the Lake Titicaca ecosystem and plays a fundamental role in the conservation of the lake’s biological diversity. (…) In 2006, a social conflict arose between the Uros, native Quechua and Aymara populations, and the Titicaca National Reserve, representative of the Peruvian State, as a result of restrictive regulations on the use of totora reeds. The conflicts were finally resolved with regulations for both parties. The aforementioned law and its regulations promote the development of strategic alliances with local populations, such as peasant and native communities, respecting pre-existing rights, social and economic organization,” says Green Destinations.

Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary

“The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is a beautiful piece of the planet that not only holds mysticism and majesty for the presence of the Inca culture, but for the species of flora and fauna that inhabit it. Before 2016, on the Inca Trail, one of the main attractions of the Sanctuary, waste was thrown on the road, in water sources and surrounding areas. This led to meetings with representatives of the tourism sector to promote the creation of the Committee of Environmental Promoters, identifying problems, solutions and those responsible for their implementation. (…) (Thus, together with the support of kitchen staff, it was achieved) a reduction of 18.7% of waste generated by tourist activity in relation to 2016.”

Los Órganos in Piura

“Ñuro Cove is a community that has been facing several challenges. It has suffered from a lack of basic services such as potable water, sewage, and electricity (…), including young people not completing their primary and secondary education; pregnancies at a very young age; and citizen insecurity. Despite having concerns about tourism, the community decided to bet on developing it in a sustainable way with the management of green turtle tourism, a fact that has brought benefits to improve the welfare of its inhabitants and contribute to conservation.”

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