Families own the campsite
community members benefitting
travellers visit each year
Lares Community Campsite
Lares Valley, Peru
The Cuncani community settled in the Lares Valley slowly over the years without any formal planning. The community has 71 families living in houses made of mud and stone, with thatched roofs and dirt floors. The community has piped water, which is in a state of neglect. They have no medical facilities so most of the population receives medical attention at the district of Lares, about four hours walking distance. The rocky terrain in the valley causes crops to be unreliable and produce low yields. Due to lack of food sources, and poor medical services, one of the main issues is malnutrition, which approximately 90% of the children suffer from.
The Cuncani campsite officially opened in April 2014 and has an average of 450 visitors per month in the high season. Most visitors come with G Adventures but the community services approximately 30 other tour operators and travel agencies from Cusco. The campsite was funded by G Adventures and implemented by the Planeterra Foundation, and is now owned by the Community of Cuncani and is managed and administered by the governing council of the community. The earnings from the campsite are allocated for investment in social projects such as health, education, food and nutrition, and infrastructure improvements to water and electricity.
The community and the residents received technical assistance and ongoing training in organizational management, business formalization and taxation, management and business administration. In addition to the campsite program, 37 families received greenhouses and training on how to grow vegetables as a measure to decrease the severe malnutrition in the community.
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