Hi, my name is Lisa.
For a short time I am working as a trainee with Centro ECO, an organization with the goal to organize and lead public and private projects in the context of social work and nature protection. Recently, the company focused in a further topic, the ecotourism.
In my first days I didn’t understand the correlation of these different business focuses. I thought “How falls tourism into place with social work or nature protection?” Now I am smarter.
Centro ECO combines both topics with the Ecolodge Huaca de Piedra.
The construction of the Ecolodge as a touristic project supports the social projects of Centro ECO as well. The small village in that the Ecolodge is located consists of a community of some families. From the installation of the Ecolodge there evolved a lot of technical and administrative jobs that are exercised by these families today. Furthermore, the community benefits from their support in the reforestation project by the improvement of their own kitchens and toilets.
Soon, the Ecolodge will offer its guests the possibility to spend a great time in a unique environment. In parallel they can learn a lot about the Peruvian nature and culture. The automatically initiated sensitization for country and people supports the local communities and authorities in their preventive work against the exploitation of natural and cultural resources.
Furthermore, guests of the Ecolodge Huaca de Piedra have the chance to collaborate actively in the various projects of Centro ECO. Last week I was for example in the Bosque de Pómac (dry forest). I worked there together with the team of Centro ECO, a group of European volunteers and local helpers for one day to reforest destroyed areas. With shovels we dug channels into the dusty ground. Afterwards we filled the channels up with water and planted Algarrobos (Carobs) in the irrigated furrows. Carobs are the typical plants of this region. You can find them exclusively in Peru. For this reason they deserve to be protected and a lot of organizations like Centro ECO bother to rebuild the original population of carobs in the Bosque de Pómac.
The work was arduous indeed due to the glowing sun and the unusual physical effort, but afterwards I felt pretty good because I had done something positive for the world.
After work we ate in the Huaca de Piedra. The food was prepared by the likeable neighbors (a family of the community). We had the local specialty Arroz con Cabrito y Alubia (rice with goat and beans). Cabrito tastes similar as beef. But anyway, it was something new. But the best aspect for me was that we ate together with the neighbors. They told us a lot of their local customs. For me it was really interesting.
On the loading area of our Jeep we drove back through the forest to Chiclayo. The absolute highlight during the drive was the crossing of a river that flew over the path. At full throttle we drove through the water at which water and mud spattered on us. It was so much fun!
A further offer of Centro ECO for guests of the Ecolodge is guided tours through the Bosque de Pómac. You can cover the distance either by foot, by bicycle or by horse. On your way through the forest you can really enjoy the peace and the incredible environment and if you have luck you can also observe divers animals in their natural environment.
During the tour you pass different lookout points. The one called Huaca la Merced offers for example an absolute Wow-effect (at least I felt like this). You are walking until you get to an abysm from which you have an awesome view on the Bosque de Pómac. The picture on the top of this web page originated at this lookout point. :-)
A touristic experience
Huaca las ventanas, the forest of Pomac, the tree of thousand years, bird-sighting, walking trails, the museum of Tucumé, the huacas and the ecolodge.
In the region, you can spend an amazing day visiting the diverse sites in the proximity. The visit of the astonishing region of Lambayeque was lead by most competent guides. We started our day with a visit of the museum telling everything about the historic relevance of the huacas. It displays a large variety of pre-Columbian artefacts that taught me, with help of our guide, a lot about Peruvian history.
Afterwards, I was able to admire the natural beauty of the sanctuary of Bosque de Pomac on our way to the Huaca de las Ventanas from whose summit we had an impressive view over the landscape.