A new award has just honored Peru. It is the famous title of the 100 Best Sustainable Destinations of 2020, awarded last October 6 to the wonderful Colca Canyon, located in Arequipa, by the prestigious organization Green Destinations.
"The Colca Valley is a territory focused on the valorization of cultural identity and natural diversity. Since 1995, thanks to its beautiful landscape, the deep canyon and at the same time the condor's habitat, tourism in the valley has been promoted", mentions the travel guide of the aforementioned entity.
Arequipa shares a place on this list along with other exemplary destinations such as the Galapagos Islands (in Ecuador), Kyoto (in Japan), the village of Vail (in the Colorado Rockies, in the United States) and the island of Saba, in the Caribbean (Netherlands).
The Autonomous Authority of Colca and Annexes (AUTOCOLCA) communicated its satisfaction with this international title achieved by this sensational tourist destination.
It also expressed its congratulations to the Collagua and Cabana populations for preserving over the years the cultural manifestations of the area.
Green Destinations is a non-profit foundation oriented to the preservation of ecosystems in order to promote sustainable tourism around the world.
Learn more about this designation here.
A dream destination
If you are a lover of adventure and scenery, Colca Canyon is the right place for your next vacation. A teeming Andean vegetation surrounds one of the deepest canyons in the world: 4,160 m of depth.
The selfies are accompanied by a beautiful mountainous landscape nuanced by alpacas, vicuñas and condors of the Andes that fly under a purely bluish sky. The horizon seen from the viewpoints is mind-blowing: the planet is fractionated into an underground channel under the cotton clouds.
There are also hot springs; rivers and peaks for canoeing, Mountaineering or trekking; and areas of sighting of the condor and other animals such as the vizcacha or the cougar.
See some of the goodness of this important Peruvian destination:
As you can see, Colca Canyon provides everything: peace and rest for inspired minds, as well as extreme activities for the most adventurous spirits.
Committed to the planet
The objective of this certification is to highlight success stories and exchange good practices to make destinations sustainable and better, as well as to develop participatory tourism for local communities and travelers.
The Global Destination Leaders initiative invites regions and destinations that want to engage ably with sustainable tourism as an opportunity to contribute to achieving the United Nations' sustainable development goals.
In that sense, there are plenty of reasons for Colca Canyon to be distinguished by Global Green Destinations. However, there are high standards for accessing this award.
Among them, there are green values of sustainability such as being true and authentic (celebrating local traditions); be economically and biologically sustainable (generate business opportunities by protecting the tourist destination); be responsibly sociable (involve the local community businessly) and have a welcoming natural environment (ensuring public health, safety and environmental management).
How to get there?
From Lima, you can take a flight to Arequipa with an estimated travel time of 1 hour and a cost of $80. The other option is to go by bus, whose tour takes 14 hours and you have to pay a ticket of approximately $30. From the Ciudad Blanca, you must take a transport to the town of Chivay. The trip takes about three and a half hours.
Green Destinations certification is recognized by the GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) and shares standards with the Travelife sustainability system for tour operators. GSTC is an important community of innovative destinations in sustainable tourism.