The people of Casa Lupuna
The Casa Lupuna Association started managing tourism 8 years ago, and has always been organized by members of the San Martín de Tipishca Community within the Pacaya Samiria Reserve.
When the Reserve was created 28 years ago, the natives were not allowed to profit from the area’s resources, especially fish and wood; they could use these resources just for themselves. This made a huge economical impact on the community and, for many years, the only income they had was what a few visiting professors spent to cover their needs while teaching there.
After some years of bureaucratic procedures, the Reserve finally granted permission to a group of natives to handle the small touristic activity that took place back then. At that time, the few people who visited the area were mostly Biologists doing research. It was at this point that the idea to form a working group came up.
Communication and Planning
The community only has one phone which was recently installed and it does not provide a reliable connection. Hence, communicating with them is very difficult. For this reason, Warmiboa and Casa Lupuna work as a team in order for travelers to be able to arrive to a place in Iquitos where they can get to know the town and then leave to the Reserve at the ideal time and with all the information at hand.
Proyectos comunitarios de Casa Lupuna
For the last year, Elvio has been working along with the German organization Pro-vita Andina, designing and executing several self-sustainable projects.
The main goal of their projects is to obtain self-sustainable systems after an initial investment and payback period.
All the money collected from tourism is invested in these projects.
The ongoing projects are related to education as well as human and environmental health. You can read more about this projects in Pro-vita Andina Website
If you whant to visit the people of Casa Lupua, here you will find the information you need.