LIMA (Sputnik) – Peru’s protected natural areas received more than 2.5 million tourists in 2019, said the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (Sernanp), the state agency Andina published.
“More than 2.5 million tourists visited the protected natural areas during 2019, which represents an increase of 14% annually for five years,” the agency told the media.
Sernanp, an office attached to the Ministry of Environment, said that of the total number of tourists, 60% were nationals and 40% were foreigners.
Peruvian tourists opted for the Paracas National Reserve, located in the department of Ica (south), the Lomas de Lachay National Reserve in Lima (center) and the Islands, Islets and Guaneras Islands National Reserve, also located in Ica .
The preference for these destinations is explained by its proximity to Lima, the most populous city in Peru with about 10 million inhabitants.
For foreign tourists, the preferred destinations were natural reserves located in the Amazon department of Madre de Dios (south-east), as well as the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, located in the department of Loreto (north-east) and Huascarán Park, located in the department Andean of Ancash (center).