Transforming Tourism in Lurin
On our third day, we will walk the streets of La Gamarra – Peru’s, if not all of South America’s, largest informal market. It is a hustling and bustling place where textile and clothing are produced and sold, and where independent manufacturers with lower production costs supply big businesses. At La Gamarra, multiple transactions are happening on different levels – people are buying wholesale for their businesses located in greater Lima, retailers are selling directly to consumers, and producers are exporting their products to North America and Europe.
After a little bit of shopping, we’re off again to nearby Lurin to meet with our partners. On the outskirts of Lima, a group of refugees escaping the Shining Path found safe haven and are now developing a unique model of cultural and craft-based tourism. There’s simply no better place to kick-start our conversation around the power of social enterprise and the rise of alternative tourism!