Cusco: Environmental interpreters to promote tourism in protected areas

Cusco city was the meeting point for more than 200 tourism professionals and tour guides offering tour services at Manu National Park, who took part in a workshop for environmental interpreters.

Organized by the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (Sernanp), the meeting was aimed at consolidating nature tourism development in protected natural areas of Peru as one of the strategies that best supports its conservation.

Sernanp informed that visits to Manu National Park increased by 43.95% compared to 2013 and 2014, which has contributed to the economic and social development of the most remote communities in this part of the country.

The first day of the workshop was devoted to key tourist aspects that tour guides and tourism professionals must know such as tourism management, protocols, regulations, protection of isolated indigenous communities and initial contact.

Another aspect taken into consideration had to do with the importance of providing visitors with quality services and up-to-date information.

This first part of the workshop allowed access to recent research studies on representative fauna carried out at Manu.

Talks were given by Sernanp experts and forest rangers from Manu and Bahuaja Sonene national parks.

During the second day, experts explained the importance and progress made in sustainable tourism in protected natural areas.

They also presented studies on biodiversity and emblematic species of the park.



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