The Quillkay River, a growing concern that is sadly not of interest of the local authorities

H uaraz is celebrating its 158th anniversary this week and Fiestas Patrias will most likely see many national tourists coming to this region. The big question is what will a tourist remind of Huaraz when he returns home and how many of those visitors will actually recommend Huaraz to their family and friends. Tourism in Huaraz should be generating an economic and social development and its public resources should be used to install, expand, and improve tourism services. To satisfy the visitors’ needs, and in turn improve their experience, Huaraz will need to offer attractive quality facilities such as honest and up to date tourist information, cultural interpretation services, safe parking and rest services. However, Huaraz and the surrounding area count with poor road conditions, lack of service in restaurants, overwhelming number of (informal) agencies and touts, and lately public safety is also a growing concern.

To this list we can now unfortunately also add the Quillkay River. The Quillkay River is the river that splits Huaraz in two parts; the other part belongs to the District Municipality of Independencia although for tourists this is not visible or noticeable. The Quillkay River feeds the Rio Santa but unfortunately this river has become the main garbage dump of many irresponsible Huaracinos. It´s sad to see pictures of a river that should flourish with trout and microorganisms and instead is packed with auto parts, all kinds of plastic and God knows what else. Although it´s very unlikely that the Huaraz and Independecia authorities read The Huaraz Telegraph, on behalf of the president of AGOEMA (Asociación de Guías Oficiales Especializados en Montaña en Áncash) Ronny Álvaro Díaz Gomez, we would kindly want to ask to take this situation very serious. It is very sad to conclude that the Quillkay River has become a source of life AND death for the Huaylas Valley because although the Quillkay river debouches into the Santa River, the Santa River continues its path passing villages like Monterrey, Paltay, Huachenca, Jangas, Acopampa and many other places like Carhuaz; taking all the rubbish and contamination with it.

Happy 158th anniversary Huaraz!

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Pictures courtesy of Ronny Álvaro Díaz Gomez

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