A new access route to the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) will benefit the community of Chillihuani and also help recover the ecosystem.
With a financing of 700,000 soles provided by the Minam (Ministry of the Environment) and CAF, this new route is part of a project called “Recovery of the ecosystem with ecotourism potential and scenic beauty of the Llaqto sector ecosystem”.
According to the mayor of Cusipata, Serapio Llanos Taco, this route will allow a greater tourist influx to the area for the next two years. “We have to be prepared,” he said to El Comercio.
Currently, the Rainbow Mountain is the second most visited tourist attraction in Peru, after Machu Picchu, said Llanos.
In addition, the Cusipata Infrastructure Assistant Manager, Miguel Ángel Hinojosa, explained that as part of the project, the road and the pedestrian path to the Vinicunca mountain have been implemented, as well as the construction of a lookout and a center of interpretation, which will be a space for sociocultural exchange between the community and visitors in the area.
This new tourist route, which is used to reach the Vinicunca mountain in less time, will boost the entire economy of the area. “We are benefiting from tourists. Before there was nothing, now we have something. We can educate our children with the resources we obtain,” said Walter Choque, economic secretary of the Chillihuani community.