The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru (Mincetur) granted, officially, Hierarchy 4 to the Amazon River, the highest distinction that has a tourist resource in the world and that, in Peru, is only owned by Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines .
The Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Edgar Vásquez, gave this recognition to the regional governor of Loreto, Elisbán Ochoa, in an act where local authorities and businessmen from the sector were also present.
The head of the Mincetur said that Hierarchy 4 places the Amazon River as a tourist resource of national importance, of great significance for the international tourism market and capable of motivating, on its own, a large flow of visitors.
“With this designation, the Mincetur will define strategies and prioritize actions to develop the tourism potential of the Amazon River and its surroundings. This, in the framework of the execution of the Regional Strategic Tourism Plan (PERTUR) Loreto, ”said the minister.
In that sense, he said that during the year, tourist signaling work will be carried out in the Monumental Zone of Iquitos and, it is expected, the validation of the project “Improvement of the tourist services of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve”, one of the most representative tourist attractions of the jungle region.
“The Mincetur will invest more than S / 12 million to improve the tourist infrastructure of the Yanayacu-Pucate river basin, the sector most visited by tourists in Pacaya Samiria. This work will begin in 2021 and through the National Copesco Plan, ”he said.
The badge granted to the Amazon River is the result of an evaluation made by the Mincetur, through the Vice Ministry of Tourism, together with representatives of the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP), the National Water Authority (ANA), the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) and the Peruvian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVIT).