Peru Fiestas Patrias: About 100,000 visited protected natural areas

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About 100,000 tourists visited protected natural areas of Peru across its diverse landscapes during Fiestas Patrias, according to the “National Service of Natural Protected Areas”:http://www.sernanp.gob.pe/sernanp/ (Sernanp).

“We have taken important measures to improve services offered to visitors seeking new recreational activities in natural sites; they include new signaling, a passport to visit 10 protected areas, a tourist manual in English, a free application for smart phones, promotional rates, sale of admission tickets to natural areas via Teleticket and promotional campaigns,” said Sernanp head Pedro Gamboa.

The weekend of July 24-27 was the extended holiday weekend for Peru’s independence day, known as Fiestas Patrias (officially celebrated on July 28). Over that weekend, about 100,000 people visited different protected natural areas in Peru.

The National Reserve of Paracas hosted 11,676 visitors, representing an increase of 31.5% compared to last year. In 2014 Paracas saw 7,934 foreign and domestic tourists, while in 2013 it hosted 3,700 tourists according to “Andina”:http://www.andina.com.pe/ingles/noticia-nearly-100000-tourists-visited-peru%E2%80%99s-protected-areas-on-national-holidays-568477.aspx news agency.

Sernanp owes the growth to improved quality of services and infrastructure seen in the interpretation center, cafeteria and restrooms at Paracas.

Of the most visited parks in Peru over Fiestas Patrias, was the Huascaran National Park with 25,634 visitors, foreign and domestic. They saw an increase of 29% compared to last year over the same period.

Since just finishing the celebration of their “40th anniversary”:http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-huascaran-park-celebrates-40-years-106866, Huascaran Park expected to see “10,000 visitors”:http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-huascaran-park-to-receive-10000-tourists-for-fiestas-patrias-107072 over Fiestas Patrias.

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Hillary Ojeda

Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.