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Published on : Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Central highland Pasco is gearing up to host a Geotourism Festival on July 28-29. The Festival aims to promote sustainable tourism, as well as the Inca country’s geological heritage, geo- and biodiversity.
The Geotourism Festival will feature a rock-climbing competition, a magnetic-center energy-recovery ritual, boat rides in Japurin Lake, Andean cuisine tastings, among other activities.
The High-Andean region is home to the Sanctuary of Huayllay, a stunning rock forest recognized as one of Peru’s breathtaking natural wonders.
At over 4,000 m.a.s.l., Huayllay Stone Forest stretches over some 6,815 hectares that harbor not only interestingly-shaped rock formations, but also diverse natural wealth and cultural heritage.
The site now pursues the title of central Peru’s Touristic Geopark.
“Geopark designation would make it an iconic geotourism destination in central Peru and in South America,” Huayllay Mayor Hector Morales told Andina news agency.
This way, local and foreign tourists would be able to “cover the five geo-routes while taking in whimsically-shaped mammoth outcrops, cave paintings, thermal baths, glacial morphology and other attractions.”