Canatur ensures that Rally Dakar 2019 will promote new tourist destinations in Peru

Canatur asegura que Rally Dakar 2019 impulsará nuevos destinos turísticos en Perú

Today, the 2019 Dakar Rally that will run for five days in five Peruvian regions: Lima, Ica, Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna. In this regard, the National Chamber of Tourism of Peru (Canatur) stressed that the sporting event will boost new tourist destinations in our country, mainly south of Lima, because it will put Peru in the eyes of the whole world.

“Definitely the Dakar puts us in the showcase of sports tourism in the world even more when all its sequences will be made in our country. The challenge of Promperu is to use that platform to show the benefits of tourism that our country has, “said the president of Canatur, Carlos Canales.

He explained that Peru is considered in the world as an Andean country, for which the Dakar 2019 represents an excellent opportunity to show the “wonderful” coast of our country.

“There are almost 2,500 kilometers of coastline that borders the Pacific Ocean, which can be exhibited to the world as a tourist attraction. It is the opportunity for international tourists to see Peru as an important destination of beaches, “he said.

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On the other hand, Carlos Canales said that the 2019 Dakar will also allow our country to show its pre-Inca cultural potential, which has developed largely in the coastal area.

“This will also be an opportunity to show not only fossil remains, which is part of our paleontology, but also the ancient cultures that have existed on the coast of the country,” he said.

Also, the trade union representative said that another highlight during the 2019 Dakar will be the Peruvian cuisine. “We have to show food from Arequipa, Ica, Tacneña or Miqueguana. Everyone knows the ceviche, ají de gallina or lomo saltado and it’s time to expand the menu, “he said.

On the other hand, he clarified that, although the realization of the 2019 Dakar in our country is important, the event will not have a significant impact on receptive tourism.

“I do not believe that more than 5,000 foreign tourists come because the event does not generate a strong attraction of receptive tourism, but it is a great showcase to show the benefits that Peru has,” said the president of Canatur, told Andina news agency.

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Peru has 5 beaches among the 50 best in South America

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The Canadian travel agency Flight Network published a list of the best beaches in South America. In Peru, there are beaches such as Punta Sal, Cabo Blanco, Huanchaco, Playa Roja and Zorritos.

According to the ranking made by the Canadian travel agency FlightNetwork, there are five Peruvian beaches that enter the list of the best 50 in South America.

Among the 50 best beaches in South America, is the tourist beach Punta Sal located in Tumbes (5), the agency recommends watching the sunset, while riding on horseback. It is also among the best Cabo Blanco beach in Piura (21), recognized for being visited by the writer Ernest Hemingway, a place that inspired his literary works.

In addition, the beach of Huanchaco in La Libertad (25), is a place where thousands of international surfers visit the beach to catch a wave. Followed by the Red Beach, located in the National Reserve of Paracas in Ica (39), who highlights its red sand. Finally, the Zorritos beach in Tumbes (46) closes this list of beautiful Peruvian beaches, recognized internationally.

The result of this ranking was obtained from the vote of tourists, guides, operators and opinion leaders, thus 50 beaches of the continent were selected.

Dakar 2019: champions highlight Peru’s tourist attractions

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Stéphane Peterhansel spent the new year in Cusco and Cyril Despres wants to do the Inca Trail on foot

The French pilots Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, multi-champions who will participate in the Dakar 2019, highlighted the great tourist attraction that Peru has, as well as the variety of destinations offered to the world for the practice of adventure sports.

A few days of participating in the 100% Peruvian Dakar, Peterhansel, who is looking for his 14th title in the toughest off-road competition, and his wife Andrea, who will also race in the 2019 Dakar Rally, decided to spend the New Year in the city of Cusco. Both, between December 27 and January 2, visited the Sacred Valley and the citadel of Machu Picchu.

“I was shocked by the strength and hospitality I experienced prior to the Dakar 2019. I have no doubt that Machu Picchu is indeed one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. After this visit, I think it would be great to have an adventure experience, either on a motorcycle by car, through the mountains of Peru, “stressed Stéphane Peterhansel, during his stay.

On the other hand, Cyril Despres, who is also part of the X-raid Mini JCW team, confessed to being an enthusiastic adventure vacationer. For this reason, the French pilot wants to run the Camino del Inca route once he meets the family and contractual obligations that he has.

“Whenever I have vacations, I seek, together with my wife, places of adventure. We have already put date to our visit, but, unlike Stéphane [Peterhansel], we will do the Inca Trail on foot. It will be a unique experience and I am sure that I can get my most adventurous side on a magical route in Peruvian altitude, “said the multi-champion motorcycle.

Meanwhile, the German Annett Fischer, pilot of the GirlsForDakar team, and Sven Quandt, owner of the X-raid team, also visited Cusco with the husbands Peterhansel. Both witnessed the hospitality and kindness of the Peruvians, who always welcome with open arms the national and foreign visitors.

Finally, it is important to remember that the Dakar Lima 2019 Fair will be held on January 4, 5, 6 and 17 on the Costa Verde Esplanade in the district of Magdalena del Mar. In this event live vehicles will be presented. will participate in the next Dakar Rally.

Indecopi evaluates sanctioning airline for suspending flights from Lima to Cusco

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Through a statement, Indecopi reported that it is evaluating whether to initiate a sanctioning administrative process (PAS) against the airline Via Airlines Peru, after the company decided to suspend flights from Lima to Cusco for three days, a fact that aroused the claim of hundreds of national and foreign tourists who could not reach their destination.

Following the complaints raised, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) reported that according to Corpac Cusco, Viva Airlines suspended its 756 flight from Lima to Cusco on December 31, 2018, January 1 and January 3 of this year for weather reasons .

In a statement, the MTC indicated that “in the face of bad weather, the air operators make one or more attempts to approach the Cusco airport, sometimes landing, which would not have happened with the aforementioned company, which upon Corpac’s announcement decided to cancel the landing and return to the city of Lima.

Due to this situation, the Regional Office of Indecopi Cusco (ORI Cusco), took action on the matter and began an investigation to determine what was the situation that was presented.

In this sense, the ORI Cusco verified “that the relocation of passengers on other flights be carried out, as well as the return of money to those who requested it”.

Thus, informed the ORI Cusco, passengers who could not reach their destination on December 31, were relocated on a flight that departed from the Jorge Chávez International Airport, in Lima, on January 3 last.

On the other hand, those who had to travel on January 1 did so on January 4; while those who had to travel that day, 12 people were rescheduled to take a flight this January 5.

On the other hand, it was also reported that the company made refunds in cash to 67 passengers.

“The ORI Cusco will evaluate all the information collected to determine whether or not the start of an administrative sanctioning procedure (PAS) against the aforementioned company, for an alleged violation of the rights of passengers,” the statement said.

Defines safe adventure tourism sites in Cusco

ORDER AND CONFIDENCE. Dircetur identified 105 sites where you can safely practice ten types of adventure sports. While only 26 agencies are authorized to offer this type of service.

The Hispanic-Ecuadorian tourist Nathaly Salazar Ayala arrived in Cusco at the end of 2017 and, on January 2 of this year, went to zip line in Maras. Since that day his body is unplayable. That month the guide in high mountain cycling Luis Yépez Cama died when he lost control of his mobility and fell into the Lucumayu river. His body was found in the Vilcanota river.

Three months later, on April 1, Milushka Marisella Pacheco Colquicocha (29) died while practicing zip line. His bad luck was falling into the hands of the same unscrupulous agency that had responsibility in the disappearance of Nathaly: Peru Cusco Zipline. Next to it, the tour guide Vincer Quispe Reyes (23) also died.

Sixteen tourists have died in the last five years practicing adventure tourism in the Cusco region. These are figures from the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur).

At the beginning of 2018, none of the sports were regulated or authorized. Adventure tourism was beyond all control and the companies that provided the service were informal. “It was a sector without any regulations and without any authorized company,” recalled the head of Dircetur, Rosendo Baca.

The death of the tourists and guides forced to correct the deficiency. Dircetur, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism and tourism operators, developed and approved a couple of months ago the zoning that approves 105 sites where ten types of sports can be safely practiced. They are practicable canyoning, horseback riding, cycling, paragliding, bungee jumping, rappelling, zip line, climbing, kayaking and caving in 105 safe areas (see infographic).

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Seven out of ten tourists arrive in Cusco to practice some kind of adventure sport. According to Dircetur, on average, 4 418 national and foreign tourists tread on the imperial floor every day. 70% always hires the services of companies dedicated to the provision of adventure tourism services.

The zoning shows that there are more places to practice certain sports. There are 26 declared areas suitable for cycling activity, 22 for horseback riding, 16 for zip line and 13 for kayaking.

The director of Dircetur, Rosendo Baca, highlighted that progress, because “that allows us to sell adventure sports with security”. He added that, unlike at the beginning of the year, when there were no companies authorized for this type of service, there are now 21 agencies with the respective permits. There is another group that started the procedures to obtain their permits.

Having this instrument will help ensure the safety of the thousands of visitors who come to Cusco not only to know the Machupicchu world wonder, but also to experience adventure sports.

Boating is a sport that has its own regulations for several years. It is practiced with more incidence in the Vilcanota river, in the provinces of Quispicanchi and La Convención, and in the Apurímac river in Espinar province.

New entrance time generates queues in Machu Picchu

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Since January 1, 2019, the double schedule established (6 to 12 hours and from 12 to 14 hours) has been modified in nine hours of income from 6.00 to 14.00 hours.

Cusco. The head of the Archaeological Park of Machupicchu, Fernando Astete, said that the new schedules will allow to order the entry of tourists and preserve the monumentality of the world wonder.

He explained that since January 1, 2019, the double schedule established (6 to 12 hours and from 12 to 14 hours) has been modified in nine hours of income from 6 am to 2 pm.

Visitors, both national and foreign, will have to establish themselves at the gateway to the Inca Citadel of Machupicchu a few minutes before the schedule that is indicated on their ticket, to avoid agglomerations.

The official said that companies such as PeruRail, IncaRail, Consetur and tourism operators made the respective dissemination to inform tourists.

Exhibition about treasures of Peru arouses great expectation in India

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The exhibition “Peru’s Fabulous Treasures” has awakened great expectations in India, said Walter Alva, director of the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán. This exhibition, organized and recently inaugurated by the Embassy of Peru and the National Museum of New Delhi, exhibits the most precious cultural treasures of our millenary country.

“Through photographic panels, texts in Hindi and English, replicas of ceramics, videos, reproductions of the main ornaments of Sipán and some original pieces that this museum has preserved for decades, the development of our original cultures is exposed to the Indian community , from Caral to the Incas, “said the Peruvian archaeologist.

He argued that this exhibition is complemented by the presentation of artistic expressions of our cultural miscegenation, such as a series of reproductions of colonial art -principally the painting of the Cusco school- that exhibit the well-known archangels and other religious images.

And finally, the thematic tour concludes with a sample of the ethnographic aspects of our country, in which each region is present with its typical costumes and customs.

“In the case of the first archaeological-historical exhibition carried out by a Latin American country in the Far East, this event is a real success of our embassy – led by Jorge Castañeda Méndez and his team – which marks a great step to improve our cultural and economic relations with this emerging country, which has shown a remarkable commercial increase with Peru in recent years, being the second of the Asian countries with which more goods we exchange, after China, “said Alva.

He recalled that the National Museum of India is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in Asia. Its museum collections host around 200,000 works and its corridors receive an average of 2,000 visitors each day. Going through it means appreciating the most important expressions of art from the millenary Harappa culture to British colonialism.

“The exhibition on Peru has awakened great expectations in the Asian country. It is the meeting between two of the six great foci of civilization of the ancient world, which were born, respectively, with the ceremonial architecture of Caral (5,000 years ago) and with the first urban settlements of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa Punyab (6,000 years ago ), “Also referred to the famous discoverer of the tomb of the Lord of Sipán, in the Lambayeque region.

“The presentation of Peru in India teaches that with few resources and initiative an objective and didactic sample of our cultural heritage can be organized. It remains to suggest that the Peruvian State organize a complete traveling exhibition that covers the world with the most representative of our heritage. We need to project an authentic and positive image of our country, “said Walter Alva, in an article published in the newspaper El Comercio.