Tourism in San Martín: the incredible forest that you must visit

Lima, June 11, 2021Updated on 06/11/2021 01:13 pm

Various tourist spots in the country have received the Sello Safe Travels, which is delivered by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), and which qualifies them as safe destinations against COVID-19. This week it was the turn of the Bosque de las Nuwas, an Awajún women’s enterprise that was born in order to recover the traditional knowledge of the indigenous community of Shampuyacu, in the San Martín region.

Thanks to this recognition as a safe destination, the Bosque de las Nuwas reopened to the public after fifteen months since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The purpose of this undertaking by the Nuwas (woman in the Awajún language) is to promote the ancestral customs of the indigenous community within its nine-hectare Amazonian territory in the upper basin of the Mayo River, in the province of Rioja.

In this way, the work of the Nuwas Forest has made it possible to revalue the role of the Awajún women in Alto Mayo, which has involved up to 75 women.

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In this tourist attraction, the visitor will be able to connect with the positive energy of the trees, visit demonstrative plots of medicinal plants, get involved with living culture through its dances, crafts and gastronomy.

Nuwas forest in Alto Mayo.  (Photo: Regional Government of San Martín)
Nuwas forest in Alto Mayo. (Photo: Regional Government of San Martín)


The deputy governor of San Martín, Nohemí Aguilar Puerta, who presided over the reopening ceremony and delivery of the Safe Travels distinctive, highlighted that the regional government will continue to promote actions in favor of economic reactivation, since tourism is one of of the most important axes in the region, after agriculture.

He expressed the availability of the regional government of San Martín (Goresam) to join the reforestation activities carried out by the NGO Conservation International Peru in the valley inhabited by this indigenous community of Shampuyacu.

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There is a production of 10 million seedlings grown in three nurseries in the region and the closest is the Calzada cattle farm.

The head of the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur), Milner García Abad, affirmed that this achievement reflects the work coordinated between the public and private sectors. In the context of the covid-19 pandemic, he assured that Goresam will promote, in a sustained manner, actions to promote and position these tourist attractions that have the Safe Travels seal.


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