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Peru to promote bird-watching in Pomac Forest
The Pomac forest (Luis Yupanqui/PromPerú)
Translated and adapted by Nick Rosen
May 29, 2012
"The Bird Route of northern Peru" is the name of the project to be launched this year to boost bird-watching in the region, and its focal point will be the Pomac Forest Historical Sanctuary, said the head of the protected natural area, Vincent Cortez.
Cortez explained to Andina that work will begin by implementing two trails for bird watching in this historic sanctuary. The initiative is promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur).
"These trails pass near the habitat of the Peruvian plantcutter bird, the ancient tree and along the Río Viejo circuit, including Huaca La Merced and the Karl Weiss bee complex," he said.
Cortez explained that this route will serve to attract more tourists, especially those interested in bird-watching.
"Most people associate the Pómac Forest with the pyramids, as well as one or two key points, like the ancient tree and a scenic viewpoint, but they do not understand the value and importance of the other natural attraction (the birds)," he said.
According to the profile developed by PromPeru, the birding enthusiasts are between 35 and 75 years, have annual incomes in excess of $ 60,000, stay between 11 and 15 days at a destination and spend large sums of money during their stay.
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