Appearance of controversial flyers promoting activities at Hatun Machay raise questions

The Huaraz Telegraph was shown some surprising flyers of Hatun Machay that were displayed inside a couple of tourist shops in Huaraz. The flyers show the (new) entrance fees for the Hatun Machay Rock Forest and a couple of contact details, but it does not show directly who the person behind this controversial initiative is.

The appearance of the flyer is highly unexpected because our newspaper was informed only earlier this week by Argentine citizen Andrés Saibene that the court in Catac has decided not to archive the case (and thus continue with the investigations) he started against the local community of Pampas Chico. In fact, the Argentine businessman also informed us that as long as this case is not resolved, no one can use the refuge he built, nor can they manage the place.

The flyers, however, indicate a list of prices for camping, staying overnight in the refuge (which is still currently unusable, having been burned recently) and visiting for a day. People willing to camp have to pay 10 soles apparently, staying in the refuge will cost 30 soles per night and a visit for a day is 10 soles. Hatun Machay was visited two weeks ago by climber Beto Pinto and he declared to local broadcaster Cable Andino that the site looked completely destroyed and abandoned. Additionally, he demonstrated that many bolts of the climbing routes were (partly) removed making it unsafe to climb. This makes the appearance of the flyers even more controversial.

The paper in black and white also indicates that guides will be obliged to demonstrate their guiding license, otherwise they will be charged like tourists, and that no one will be allowed entrance without an original ID. Strangely, it does not indicate the name of the business or person running the place, nor does it explain how it is that they can charge an entrance fee when it is legally not possible and when the refuge remains inhabitable. Logically there are at least three different phone numbers and an e-mail address.

PD: To the person who made the flyer; before printing, check your grammar and spelling. Ej: extranjeros is written with a ´j´ and not ´g´ in Spanish.

4 Responses to “Appearance of controversial flyers promoting activities at Hatun Machay raise questions” Subscribe

  1. julio April 22, 2017 at 09:48 #

    who burned the refuge? yes the argentine bussinesman. who removed tje bolts of the climbing routes? yes . the” argentine bussines”man. who destroyed the site…?? yes ,tje argentine “bussinesman” that must be mentiones in this article by the way

    • Editor The Huaraz Telegraph April 22, 2017 at 09:48 #

      Hi Julio,

      We would like to thank you for your interest in one of our articles; however, we would also like to ask you to be a bit more reserved. If you wish to accuse someone like stated in your comment, it should be done with proof. We are not defending anyone, nor are we omitting things. We would like to stick to facts and cannot publish rumours or town talk. I hope you understand our point of view. However, if you have more information or proof on the matter we would really appreciate you sharing it with us.

      The editor

      • julio April 24, 2017 at 09:48 #

        hi Rex:
        what i said is not any romor. it is somethng the argentinian bussines man promised when he started having problems with the people of the comunity. he promised “i will burn the refuge and destroy every route so nobody will ever climb here if they take me out of hatun machay”
        proofs about this.. come on. deal with someone who pay to get free from all the legal things he makes. a record of the promises he made. proofs of all the great things he made during the time he have been in town. come on so far he is free wich not means inocent of ll the crime he made, how can .
        i dont want to start a controverse of this. if you want we can say this is just my opinion. but the facts are the facts.

        • Editor The Huaraz Telegraph April 25, 2017 at 09:48 #

          Hi Julio again,

          What I meant in my reply to your previous message was that in our newspaper there is no space for accusations without showing evidence. With evidence or proof I mean documents, a transcript of a chat, a recorded conversation or a video. Please understand that The Huaraz Telegraph respects your point of view, however, we cannot accept ungrounded accusations on our website.

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