Tourism in Colca Valley grows 25 percent

Isabel Guerra

Tourism in Colca Valley grew 25% in April compared to the same month in 2008, announced the Colca Autonomous Authority (AutoColca), which manages this touristic spot located in Caylloma, Arequipa.

According to AutoColca figures, European and American (US) tourists are the most frequent visitors of Colca: 12,031 tourists visited the Colca Valley in April, that is, 7,531 foreigners, 3,265 Peruvians and 1,235 students.

Autocolca also reported that during the first four months of the year, the Colca Valley received 36,521 visitors, a significant increase versus a year ago.

AutoColca representative Carlos Corrales thinks that this increasing is due to the successful promotion campaign of the area, which is currently participating in the New 7 Wonders Foundation contest.

Colca Valley currently ranks third in Group D of the contest, a category that includes caves, rock formations and valleys.

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