Carlos Ortega y Obregón, the Regional Directorate of Culture (RDC) of Huanuco, announced the development of a project for the enhancement of the archaeological site of Kotosh, which dates back more than 4,000 years.
“The project has finished development and is now ready for review by the Ministry of Culture, which will determine whether to approve it or not; then we will begin to seek funding”, he told Andina news agency.
He explained that the initiative aims to conduct archaeological research and the improvement of areas that are not currently open to tourists, so that it would diversify the tourism offered by Kotosh. As indicated, there is interest from the Huanuco regional government to get the project approved and substantially improve the conservation of this pre-Hispanic legacy.
He noted that in 2011, the Kotosh archaeological site received 46,000 tourists, 20% more than in 2010, which for Huanuco is a testament to the growth trend in tourism in Peru every year. “In the peak seasons, the site gets extremely crowded. We need to promote other areas in the region for tourism so that these areas can be appreciated by tourists while relieving some of the traffic at the site. Kotosh is the most visited tourist site of Huanuco,” he said.
He also stated that the site is the predominate choice when people visit Huancao. “Most consider it a magnetic center, where you can recharge, so they come for that and for the conservation of the place,” he said.