Foreword editor THT July edition 2014

Can Huaraz be extreme sports capital of South America?

I have lived in Huaraz for seven years, and in all that time I have never known a politician to present an agenda that included tourism, until now. Eleazar Espinoza who is running for mayor in Huaraz said he was looking into the construction of an airport south of the city, near the area of Catac, which will accept national and international flights, thus greatly increasing the numbers of tourists coming to Huaraz.

Espinoza is relatively young and may be exactly what Huaraz needs; a breath of fresh air blowing through politics. After all, the current and previous governments haven’t instigated much in the way of positive development, although the people (old and Nuevos Huaracinos included), must accept some responsibility for this as it was us that elected these people in the first place.

So is he the man to make Huaraz the extreme sports capital of South America? Huaraz is surrounded by some of the most spectacular landscape in South America, and provides many opportunities for outdoor activities so it seems strange that no one ever has come up with the idea of making Huaraz South America’s capital when it comes to extreme sports.

Events like the Festival del Andinismo, outdoor climbing competitions, and downhill and cross country events, as well as indoor climbing walls and numerous sites for bouldering and rock climbing make this city an ideal place – we could even have rafting competitions on the River Santa. The question is will the next mayor step up and do what is necessary to make Huaraz the place to come to for extreme sports?

Have your say

This month’s edition of The Huaraz Telegraph has three readers’ contributions. We are always happy when readers contact us, and offer to write something, there is after all so much to write about. And some articles are easier to write than others. We are particularly pleased with the articles written by Steven Wegner, whom I consider to be the most valuable member of Huaraz’ expat community because of the great number of investigations he has led, and his interest in the local culture and people.

Have we seen the last of Inkafest and Festival del Andinismo?

Readers might have heard that there will be no Inkafest Mountain Film Festival this year, due to a distinct lack of interest from the local authorities, businesses and the general public. However, there will be a two-day tour of the festival, but there will be no guest speakers like other years. This is a real blow as this would have been the 10th edition of the festival. We can only hope that the Festival del Andinismo will continue as this festival has so much on offer for Huaraz, it is unique and attracts many top athletes to visit our city. Let´s hope we can rally round and keep the Inkafest and Festival del Andinismo going for another ten years.

Rex Broekman

Founder and editor of The Huaraz Telegraph

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