Rainforest Partnership is excited to report on the continuing progress of Phase 1 of our eco-tourism project in Pampa Hermosa in Amazonian Peru. This initial phase focuses on making improvements to infrastructure for basic ecotourism facilities in the communities of Calabaza and San Antonio. With the help of our community leader Eusebio, the community of Calabaza has readied the town and hostel for tourists. Eusebio, who is also the newly named ground project coordinator, has been leading a community-wide “beautification” project to pick up trash and repaint the buildings in town. The hostel in Calabaza, which is the unused room in the schoolhouse, has been set up for tourist use, and now includes furniture, beds, mattresses, and sheets, along with basic bathroom facilities. The community welcomed their first group of tourists on September 23rd. According to Gunnar Engblom, the founder and bird watching guide for Kolibri Expeditions, the tourists were very pleased with their stay.
This comment is very motivating to hear as our next steps is to help the community of San Antonio refurbish an existing structure for a new hostel in their town. Also Rainforest Partnership is going to train members in both communities on how to manage a successful eco-tourism hostel. It is important to note that community members have directly done all the labor work, since they understand how important sustainable eco-tourism is for the future of their livelihoods and their clouds forests.
Thank you for supporting the communities’ need and desire to maximize their potential. Since we are only in Phase 1, there is still much work to be done, such as furnishing both hostels, training both communities on health codes, trash collection, and eco-management, and marketing these communities to tourists. Nevertheless, in the long run, the development of this ecotourism site will prevent deforestation, provide reliable income, and preserve a rich and diverse ecosystem.
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