O n April the 4th, the very first edition of The Huaraz Telegraph was launched. The initiative was applauded by Carlos González Ardiles, who is the academic coordinator of the Peruano Canadiense Language Institute. He said in a small interview to our paper: ¨Personally I really like the idea of having an English language newspaper which will help us to improve our English; it’s far more interesting reading up to date articles about our region. As an institution I believe that The Huaraz Telegraph will be a great alternative for tourists to read and will let them learn more about our whereabouts, history and what they can do in the Huaraz area. It is definitely a big plus that the newspaper is free and therefore accessible for everyone¨.
The first edition reported on a landslide that caused havoc at the very popular Santa Cruz trek. The landslide, On February the 8th earlier that year, torrential rainstorms caused the breakthrough of a higher lying lake resulting in the fact that the lake Artizon Bajo overflowed and filled the bigger Hatuncocha Lake causing the collapse of another embankment, filling the valley of Santa Cruz with a sea of mud. Roads, bridges, farms and even two electric plants were destroyed. The tourists in the city appreciated us reporting on this item, however some of the local agencies in town didn’t.
Thanks to the fact that we managed to sell sufficient ads to local businesses, we were able to offer the paper for free at many hostels, hotels, restaurants, cafés, agencies, language centres and the Tourist Police and I-Perú. One of the foreign local entrepreneurs who believed in us from the start was Kristof Van Den Bussche from Belgium, who back then was running the topnotch restaurant Mi Chef Kristof. But also American expat Ted Alexandre backed our paper with an advertorial on the four distinct flavours of Sierra Andina beer. As did Lucho Buendia, the flamboyant owner of Bar 13 Búhos and Lucho Beers, and Jorge Mayuri, owner of La Brasa Roja in Huaraz.
The first edition included tourist information, what to do and where to go in the Huaraz area, an interesting article on the history of Chavin de Huantar, a city map, information on Peru´s gastronomy and a couple of short stories and poems. It also included a thousand spelling mistakes which became gradually less and less after time.
The Huaraz Telegraph would like to thank followers for their interest and will soon brief everyone on what to expect for this year´s editions.
Picture: front and backpage of the April edition of THT 2012