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Peru: Arequipa, Colca Valley are safe destinations for tourism

15:01 | Arequipa (Arequipa region), May. 20.

The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) on Thursday granted the international Safe Travels Stamp to two tourist destinations located in Peru's southern Arequipa region. These are Arequipa City, as well as the Colca Valley-Canyon Destination, which are classified —as of today— as safe against COVID-19.


This recognition was handed over by Deputy Tourism Minister Lyda Garcia to Governor Elmer Caceres Llica, who was joined by mayors and a group of tourism entrepreneurs from this important region.

Joint efforts

The awarding of the seal to these destinations is the outcome of joint efforts by Mincetur, the private sector, as well as regional and local authorities.

In order to meet this requirement, information was gathered. Likewise, compliance with the protocols and the implementation of corrective measures were verified.

Within this framework, work meetings were held with the Technical Teams led by Arequipa's Regional Management of Foreign Trade and Tourism, local authorities, and the private sector.


Technical assistance was provided for the preparation and implementation of surveillance plans and biosafety measures at tourist attractions, as well as audits and monitoring actions.

Deputy Minister Garcia commented that this badge is the world's first for safety and hygiene —in terms of tourism— at times of COVID-19.

In this sense, she affirmed that tourism reactivation is essential; yet it must go hand-in-hand with strict respect for biosafety protocols.

As part of the commitment to receive the Safe Travels Stamp, authorities and the population must ensure compliance with the aforementioned protocols.

At the Executive-Branch level, there will be constant monitoring of safety and hygiene actions in the region.


Below are the tourist destinations which obtained the Safe Travels Stamp in Arequipa region:

1. Plaza de Armas de Arequipa 


2. Museo de La Catedral 

3. Monasterio de Santa Catalina 


4. Complejo Turístico Mundo Alpaca 

5. Casona Tristán del Pozo 

6. Claustro de la Compañía 

7. Iglesia de La Compañía 


8. Puente Fierro 

9. Iglesia La Merced 

10. Museo Santuarios Andinos 


11. Puente Bolognesi 

12. Museo e Iglesia La Recoleta 

13. Plaza Yanahuara 

14. Mirador de Yanahuara 


15. Parroquia de Yanahuara 

16. Iglesia San Agustín 

Colca Valley and Canyon

1. Mirador de los Volcanes en Patapampa 


2. Centro de Interpretación de Chivay 

3. Plaza de Armas Chivay 

4.Templo Nuestra Señora de la Asunción 

5. Plaza de Armas de Yanque 


6. Mirador de Choquetico 

7. Mirador Antahuilque 


8. Mirador de Wayrapunko 

9. Mirador Cruz del Cóndor 

(FIN) NDP/LZD/MVB

Published: 5/20/2021
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