Peru hosts Geotourism Festival to promote Sustainable Tourism

Central highland Pasco in Peru recently hosted a Geotourism Festival aimed at promoting Sustainable Tourism as well as the Inca country’s geological heritage, geo and biodiversity.

The Geotourism Festival featured a rock-climbing competition, a magnetic-center energy-recovery ritual, boat rides in Japurin Lake, Andean cuisine tastings, among other activities.

The High-Andean region is home to the Sanctuary of Huayllay, a rock forest recognised as one of Peru’s natural wonders. At over 4,000 4000 meters above sea level, Huayllay Stone Forest stretches over some 6,815 hectares that harbor not only interestingly-shaped rock formations but also diverse natural wealth and cultural heritage. The site now pursues the title of central Peru’s Touristic Geopark.

“Geopark designation would make it an iconic geotourism destination in central Peru and in South America. This way, local and foreign tourists would be able to cover the five geo-routes while taking in whimsically-shaped mammoth outcrops, cave paintings, thermal baths, glacial morphology and other attractions,” said Huayllay Mayor, Hector Morales.