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Peru's protected areas lure over 1.3mn visitors in 2013

Turistas recorren la reserva natural del Manu, en Madre de Dios. Foto: ANDINA/archivo.

Turistas recorren la reserva natural del Manu, en Madre de Dios. Foto: ANDINA/archivo.

13:18 | Lima, Jan. 06 (ANDINA).

Nearly 1.3 million domestic and foreign tourists visited the 14 protected natural areas (PNA) of Peru last year, the National Service of State Protected Natural Areas, or Sernanp said on Monday.
In statements to Andina news agency, Sernarp's head, Pedro Gamboa noted this figure is up 15 percent compared to the 1'018,000 visitors in 2012.

The official stressed that the promotional campaigns launched by Sernanp was the main drivers to help to boost tourism in these national parks which have an abundance of native plants and animal life.

"If ones visit the Manu National Park (located in the Peruvian regions of Cusco and Madre de Dios) which is a worldwide natural landmark, everyone says that it is well preserved because of our highly specialized staff which provides the highest quality of care," Gamboa noted .

He pointed out the Paracas national reserve received over 10.000 visitors during the festivities that mark the end of 2013, while Ballestas Islands drew about 250.000 tourists throughout the last year. 

Moreover, Gamboa said Sernanp has forecasted to end this year with more than 13 million soles (US$ 4.6 million) in revenues taking into account the increase on entrance fees to the Peruvian protected areas. 

This update is aimed at improving surveillance and care of the nature in order to deepen their quality service and increase the arriving of environmentally friendly tourists.

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Published: 1/6/2014
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