Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve to draw 43 thousand tourists in 2014


Tambopata National Reserve, located in Peru’s south-eastern region of Madre de Dios, expects to receive more than 43 thousand domestic and foreign tourists this year, the National Service of Protected Areas by the State (Sernanp) reported.

Deysi Angeles, an official at Sernanp, explained this figure represents an increase of 10% compared with 2013.

Angeles pointed out that in 2013, the national reserve received a total of 39,435 visitors. Of the total, 33,224 were foreigners and 6,211 Peruvians.

She said that several ecotourism lodges around the buffer zone will be built in order to provide more accommodations to tourists visiting this area.

Out of the protected area of the buffer zone, there are some 20 shelters, where tourists stay for one- day tours or for camping and then to return to their hotels,’ she said.

Likewise, she noted that there are only three authorized ecotourism lodges operating in the Tambopata’s reserve. They belong to three different companies.

The protected natural area covers an area of 274.690 hectare and is home to 632 bird species, 1200 butterfly species, 169 mammal species, 205 fish species, 103 amphibian species, and 67 reptile species. Tourism to the park has increased by 10% since last year.