Chacas, a “painted” town in danger of losing its beauty

C hacas a small town in the Peruvian Andes in the Ancash Region, behind the highest mountain peak called Huasacarán. It has a very special kind of beauty. From winter to spring, visitors can see a stunning and colourful landscape: red roofs, white walls,  and green fields against bottle blue sky background. The quaint and narrow streets are ordered neatly, and two-story houses with wooden balconies, generally painted green or sky blue, surround the square. It was like that before the arrival of Ugo de Censi Scarafoni S.D.B (Polaggia, Italy), a priest, and for some years nothing changed. Father Ugo had been very careful in maintaining the original design of the town and he believed that building new houses and premises should not affect the original beauty of the town.

Nowadays in Chacas, you can see carved balconies borne from the designs of students and the cooperative “Families of Artisans Don Bosco”, graduated from the Don Bosco Carving School of Chacas. There are houses in the original design, but with three storeys. However, the construction fever has been slowly rising to the point that threatens the implicit agreement amongst the people: to keep the traditional shape of the houses, especially around the plaza.

Many people are complaining about this violation of the traditional beauty of our town. This might be the beginning of the destruction of this “painted” town, a shift in construction that imitates the style found along the coast and in the big cities. I believe Chacasinos ought to stop this. Where are the authorities to protect this town? What about the mayor? Who is going to save this original pearl of the Andes?

Author: Victor Reyes
Translation/corrections: Nicola Phillips

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

*

Archeological monuments suffering water filtrations due to rain

According to declarations made by staff of the Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de Ancash (DDC), most archeological monuments in the […]

Noise pollution in Huaraz for 99% caused by claxons

A group of teachers and students of the Chao Virú University in Trujillo were to be seen on the main […]

After estimating 8,000 dogs, Huaraz Municipality agrees to tackle stray dog problem

Some tourists ironically call Huaraz the city of dogs and you can´t blame them for that. It´s actually very sad […]

Laguna Palcacocha still without its early warning system

A visit to Lake Palcacocha learned that the lake which caused the 1941 flood in Huaraz and killed approximately 2,000 […]

Heavy rain causes many roads to collapse in Huaraz and Ancash area

The torrential rains that affected the Callejon de Huaylas for the past month have left houses, schools and roads in […]

Certified osteopathy course offered in Huaraz by an Amercian psychotherapist

The Huaraz Telegraph was informed by Danaan Lahey that the International Society of Orthobionomy Peru will be organising a 22-month […]

Meteorologist predicts waterlogging and heavy rainfall in Huaraz

Rafael Figueroa Tauquino predicts more heavy rain for the urban area of Huaraz. Not the news many tourists would like […]

Psychologist: Anxiety is a problem for people in Huaraz’

Psychologist Yalu Palomino Zárate shared her professional point of view on a part of Huaraz society. Having analysed and studied […]

Locals question Huanchaco’s 25th spot in South American beach ranking

In a beach ranking which was created by the FlightNetwork team who talked to over 1,200 travel journalists, editors, bloggers […]

BREAKING: Three Spanish mountaineers and Peruvian guide die on Mateo

An expedition counting four Spanish climbers and their mountain guide from Huaraz (Rubén Dario Alva) was hit by surprise and […]

Early seismic movement awakens citizens Ancash coast

A perceptible tremor of 4.6 on the Richter scale awoke many people on the Ancash shore living in Huarmey, Casma, […]

Baby with 12 fingers and 12 toes born in Chimbote hospital

A beautiful baby was born in the Hospital La Caleta in Chimbote on the eve of New Year. However, when […]

Huanchaco Beach in top 50 best beaches of South America

Earlier this week, the Chamber of Tourism of Huanchaco announced to be proud that Huanchaco Beach was chosen among South […]

Visitors are prohibited to take plastic into Huascaran National Park

William Martínez Shiñquin, head of the Huascarán National Park, announced that they have issued a provision that prohibits the entry […]

Local guide shares search details and reveals that Jesse Galganov was last seen in Taullipampa

Earlier this week, the editor of The Huaraz Telegraph spoke with Beto Pinto Toledo, manager and founder of local tourism […]

Meet cebiche de chocho, Huaraz’s hearty food icon

Perhaps one of the most popular local dishes of Huaraz, yet one which is often overlooked by travellers, is cebiche […]

Local newspaper spreads painful fake news on Jesse Galganov

What was announced as a huge scoop on the front page of the Friday morning edition of local newspaper Prensa […]

No visits to Pastoruri Glacier; access road closed until the 29th of December

Jesús López Gómez, head of the Huascarán National Park (SERNANP – Huaraz) informed the press and agencies in Huaraz and […]