The Minister of Environment inaugurates an access route in the Tambopata National Reserve with the intent of promoting inclusive tourism
Puerto Maldonado.- The Tambopata National Reserve, located in the Madre de Dios region, has become the very first Natural Protected Area (ANP) within the Peruvian Amazon to promote accessible, inclusive, and social tourism, prioritizing access for older adults and people with disabilities, and, as a result, generating more opportunities for development.
In the same vein, the Minister of Environment – Lucía Ruíz – and the Minister of Commerce and Tourism - Edgar Vásquez – launched a project for a new access route (an elevated wooden pathway) that will connect the Madre de Dios River to the Sandoval Lake dock. The Sandoval dock is the main attraction in the Tambopata Natural Reserve, and is managed by the National Park Service (Sernanp), an organization – affiliated with the Ministry of Environment (Minam) – which draws over 80% of annual visitors to the region.
Sustainability and accessibility
Approximately 8 meters of the original path – in width – will be recuperated thanks to the implementation of this new path. With visitors transiting across the elevated access route, the transit of local wild fauna is expected to be reestablished, and ground vegetation will have the chance to regenerate.
These activities form part of the “Tambopata for everyone” campaign that Sernanp propels as a way to encourage tourism practices and opportunities with conditions apt for all.
For this project, the State – represented by Sernanp -, tourism operators, and members of the local population have joined efforts, brought together by their mutual belief that tourism is one of the best sustainable economic alternatives compatible with the conservation of the region’s natural heritage as it faces the increasing threat of illegal mining.
This new 2,800 meter-long path will give visitors the chance to access the Sandoval Lake in a safer and faster way – taking approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. In addition, there will be 12 information panels strategically located along the route to inform visitors about the local surroundings and abundant natural wealth.