iPerú report thefts and PNH report of 25,000 visitors during Fiestas Patrias

A s Fiestas Patrias (Peruvian National Holidays dedicated to the celebrations of Peru’s independence from the Spanish Empire) are behind us, it´s time to have a look at the present state of affairs, provided by iPerú and the National Park Huascarán (PNH). According to a press release by the National Service of Protected Natural Areas by the State (SERNANP), the PNH was visited by more than 25,634 national and international tourists who enjoyed the biodiversity within the boundaries of in 1975 created park. The most visited places according to the PNH directives were Laguna Llanganuco (Chinancocha) with 12,176 visitors, the new route about climate change to Pastoruri (formerly known as the Pastoruri Glacier) with 4,812 visitors, Laguna Querococha with 4,516 visitors, the Vive la Cordillera Blanca circuit (Carhuaz to Chacas) with 1,713 visitors and finally  Laguna Parón was visited by 1,548 people. Other popular places during Fiestas Patrias were Laguna Purhuay, Laguna Llaca and Laguna Churup. Interestingly, many of the national visitors came by own car or transport, which had probably something to do with the sky-high prices for bus tickets. SERNANP believes that due to the elaboration of their contingency plan no accidents were reported. Finally, SERNANP counted with help of the Tourist Police and different tourism students of the UNASAM University in Huaraz occupying different control posts in the park.

Accoding to iPerú´s Laura Rodríguez Méndez, two considerable incidents were reported by tourists during the days around Peruvian Independence Day. A total of three complaints were verified by foreigners who suffered the theft of their belongings. Another complained filled was done by a family claiming that a tourist agency abandoned a father and his son at the glacier of Pastururi and simply left without them. iPerú declined to disclose the names of the tourism offenders because of the principle of discretion dealt with such cases but said that Indecopi is already informed about these abnormal activities.

Tourism entrepreneur Lalo Anaya Rodriguez, at the same time also director of the Peruvian Association of Travel Agencies and Tourism in Ancash (APAVIT Ancash) thought that Huaraz was visited by only 6,000 visitors, and the vast majority were just residents of other cities and not necessarily tourists. One of the problems mentioned by Felipe Moreno Osorio (owner of Mony Tours) and Lalo Anaya Rodriguez was the absence of local authorities during the long holiday weekend. Moreno in contrast to Anaya thought that Huaraz was visited by 10,000 people during Fiestas Patrias.

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