georgen wrote:What about restrictions in Bolivia?As far as I know there should not be restrictions at all.But for how long??
TYeary wrote:I was there climbing for a month last summer. My group climbed in several valleys. We got our 30 day park ticket and had no real problems. But restrictions are coming. I would suggest contacting Chris Benway at the Cafe Andino, in Huaraz or Beto Santillan(www.andesmadness.com) for real, up to date info. You have to remember, this is Peru. Because they checked you at the Ishinca today doesen't mean they will tomorrow. We found it was a bit of hit and miss.
Environmental issues are among the stated reasons behind the new regulations. Please, if you are climbing in the Blanca( or anywhere for that matter) please clean up your base camp area. Use the out houses, like the composting toilet in the Ishinca, the out houses in the Santa Cruz and Alpamayo base camp ect... Leave it cleaner than you found it. I bring large trash bags and hand them out to neighboring groups, as a way to encourage self-policing. I am not always greated with smiles, but if we, as climbers, don't become pro-active in helping to conserve and preserve this resource we use,( which is a privilege, not a right) then the Peruvian Goverment have no choice but to emplace new restrictions. We can help to mitagate their actions by being responsible NOW.
Sorry for the rant.
To hire a guide is clearly about money not about enviroment.
Buz Groshong wrote:georgen wrote:To hire a guide is clearly about money not about enviroment.
So what's wrong with that? The average Peruvian makes about $2 per year (in cash income). Arrieros get $10 a day plus $5 for each burro. Mountain porters get $25, cooks $50, and mountain guides $100 a day. Many of us earn $25 to $50 an hour or more, and we get that all year round, not just seasonally. So why shouldn't they make a bit of money off of us when we go down there?
TYeary wrote:Yes , you are right. It is about the money. Everything is ultimately about the money.
We are not going to stop the quest for funds dead in it's tracks, but we can make a difference. The AAC and the Mountain Institiute found that it was the enviromental practices of the LOCALS, not "eco-tourists" who impacted the environment below the snow line. If we as a group can limit our impact below and above the snowline, then the Goverment's argument is weakend, and the looming restrictions modified in our favor. The new regulations are not just about having to hire a guide. And you are right about the locals: they are not going to pick up "gringo shite" for free. However, the young men who work at the Ishinca Hut are servicing the composting toilet ( info from Adam French via the AAC) without pay and are taking pride in doing something good for the environment and those down valley who are the direct benefactors of cleaner water for crops and human consumption. Small change is a start and if we collectivily "pitch"in, we can make a difference. We can continue to use the park relativily un-restricted and manage the resource for the better. That is the goal. If we don't meet this challenge I can see a day when there may be peak fees, a environmental deposite fee(partialy refunded upon leaving) and other types of fees imposed upon us. Thanks for your ears.
hapas wrote:I have lived and worked in the Cordillera each season for the last 8 years. The rule is an impossible one for the park to fulfill as there are not enough guides to guide even the trips that want guides much less the hundreds of people that enter the park each day without guides.
The good news is the park is so completely disorganized and corrupt that they have no way of enforcing the rules that they generate. I would not worry too much about the park as there are many ways to get around their rules. This last year if you showed them your AA club card that was enough to let you in.
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