Attracted by its environmental, cultural and architectural wealth, 2,660 people have visited the Isla San Lucas National Park since its reopening on August 22, with a positive impact on the tourist reactivation of Puntarenas.
This was reported by the First Lady of the Republic and coordinator of the San Lucas Island Reactivation Route, Claudia Dobles, on a visit to the Park this December 15, where she inspected the progress in the construction of the park ranger house, and observed the operation and maintenance of the island.
“The reopening of San Lucas Island has represented an important boost for the tourist sector of Puntarenas, there has been an increase in the visitation of people who come to take their tour to the island and who incidentally use lodging and food services in the Port ”, commented Dobles.
According to data provided by the Puntarenas Chamber of Tourism, 50% of the people who visit the island stay in Puntarenas generating 50 thousand colones per person on average, the other 50% who do not stay generates an estimated 30 thousand colones in food and services.
The First Lady was accompanied on the tour by the Vice Minister of Environment and Energy, Franklin Paniagua; the general manager of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), Alberto López; the general manager of the Pacific Port Institute (INCOP), Alberto Morales, and the executive director of the Puntarenas Chamber of Tourism, Dayana Ramírez.
The enabling of the island as a tourist visitation center was possible thanks to the approximate investment of ₡ 324 million in the construction of trails, new sanitary services, a storage center and a water pumping system, as well as the structural intervention of the heritage area priority and the rehabilitation of the building of the old medical dispensary.
The island’s refurbishment process also required the establishment of sixteen QR code points, in order to liven up the user experience. By scanning these codes with the cell phone camera, the visitor will be able to find information about the history, flora and fauna of each of the trails or architectural or natural sites of the island, and with this be able to have the option of a self-guided tour as well as photos and videos of the park.