Tourism is one of the sectors most affected due to the health emergency caused by COVID-19. Hundreds of visitors canceled their flights, reservations and visits to archaeological centers throughout Peru.
As a result of the cancellation of tourist services, companies such as hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, handicrafts, massages, and many other companies throughout Peru have been affected. One of the most impacted is the city of Cusco, since tourism provides its main economic income and almost 100% of its inhabitants benefit from this sector.
A piece of news that comes to the relief of this sector is the economic reactivation of tourism proposed by Peru’s executive branch and in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the National Service of Protected Areas (SERNAP).
Starting July 1, as a measure of reactivation and economic promotion of tourism in the framework of the health emergency by COVID-19, the Executive Power has arranged, through joint work between the Ministry of Culture and the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP), free access to public servants and girls, boys, adolescents and older adults, whether national or foreign, to archaeological sites, museums, historical places and natural areas administered and / or protected by the State that are open to the public.
They include access is to 55 archaeological sites, museums and historical places, in addition to 22 protected natural areas, among them is our wonder Machupicchu and the Inca Trail network located in the region of Cusco, as well as other sites such as the Chavín Archaeological Site , the Nazca Lines and Geoglyphs, the Chan Chan Archaeological Complex, the Huacas del Sol and Luna Archaeological Complex, the Kuélap Archaeological Monument, the Caral-Supe Archaeological Monument; as well as the Bruning National Archaeological Museum, the Sicán National Museum, the Julio C. Tello de Paracas Site Museum, the Junín Regional Museum, the Amazon Loreto Museum, the Gold Room of the Vicús Municipal Museum, the Regional Historical Museum Hipólito Unanue, the Archaeological Monument and Site Museum of Pachacamac, the Site Museum of Puruchuco, among the most visited.
This offer also included the Tambopata National Reserve, the Manu National Park, the Bahuaja Sonene National Park, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; the SIIPG – Ballestas Islands National Reserve, the Paracas National Reserve, among others.
After this news, we hope that this reactivation proposed by the state will have the expected results and that the tourism sector, which is the most affected by the health emergency caused by COVID-19, can re-emerge.