Peru’s natural protected areas to attract over 2 million tourists in 2017

Published on : Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Peru's natural protected areasPeru’s natural protected areas are all set to welcome more than 2 million domestic and foreign tourists in 2017, State-run National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp) projected.


“More people want to visit natural protected areas. Our goal is to welcome 2 million visitors, and we can reach this figure by the end of the year thanks to investment and promotion measures,” Sernanp’s Tourism Department Head Pamela Salazar stated.


Likewise, Salazar highlighted over 1.8 million tourists visited various natural protected areas of the Andean country in 2016, driven by the good state of
preservation of said sites.


The most visited natural protected areas in 2016 were: Ballestas Islands, Paracas National Reserve (Ica region); Huascaran National Park (Ancash); Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary (Cusco); Tingo Maria National Park (Huanuco) and Tambopata National Reserve (Madre de Dios), among others.


In this sense, domestic and foreign travelers accounted for 70% and 30% of total visits, respectively. Thanks to tourist inflow, these areas have seen a sustained annual growth of 17% since 2009.


Aimed at improving services in various natural protected areas, including Paracas National Reserve, among others, the Peruvian Government invested more than S/20 million (around US$6.12 million) in projects.


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