The project, “Development of local capacities for the promotion of community cultural tourism integrating the Qhapaq Ñan in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador,” is financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and jointly executed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of the Environment and Water, as well as its attached entities.
The project arises from an understanding of the important role community tourism plays as an alternative of economic development to create sustainable economic alternatives for rural populations living in areas adjacent to the Inca Trail that are characterized by marginalization and high rates of poverty.
- 1. Preserve, conserve, safeguard, value, and give public use, through participatory processes in the communities, the tangible and intangible cultural heritage associated with the routes and / or tourist circuits of the Qhapaq Ñan.
- 2. Offer a touristic product that articulates the community tourism offered in the routes and / or circuits associated with the sections, sub-sections, and prioritized groups of the Qhapaq Ñan.
- 3. Put into operation inter-institutional spaces for coordination, promotion, and facilitation of the routes and / or tourist circuits associated with the sections, subsections, and prioritized sections of the Qhapaq Ñan, with the participation of national, sub-national and local governments, community actors, and private sector.
- Create and / or strengthen heritage and community tourism activities with a quality approach in at least 11 of the intervened communities.
Currently, the project is developed by the cooperation of the communities: Azuay, Launag Grande, Caguanapamba, Coyoctor, Sisid Anejo and Cojitambo
Wanderbus and UNDP work together for the promotion of community cultural tourism of the Qhapaq Ñan in Ecuador, including the products and services of the communities that have been supported by the project.