On November 25, 2021, a cross-party congressional motion was passed in recognition of the positive influence that the nation’s participation in the New7Wonders campaigns has had on the people and economy of Peru. Machu Picchu, an Inca citadel that was constructed in the 15th century on a mountain ridge in southern Peru, became one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007. Its election was the result of a worldwide internet poll. The Amazon became one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2011, making it the country’s second official chosen site.
Jean-Paul de la Fuente, the director of New7Wonders, met with the Peruvian Congress to celebrate the passing of the congressional motion during an official visit to Peru. The congress extended their greetings and congratulations to de la Fuente and the rest of his professional team, all of whom “work hard and tirelessly to safeguard the world’s natural reserves”. While in the country, de la Fuente visited the country’s two wonders and also participated in the events associated with the Bicentennial of the Independence of Peru and the tenth anniversary of the Amazon becoming one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Earlier this year, the Peruvian Congress also introduced two national days on the anniversaries of the election of their two wonders. The first new national holiday is July 7, the anniversary of the final selection of the New 7 Wonders of the World and the official 7 Wonders Day. The second new national holiday is July 11, the anniversary of the selection of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
New7Wonders has now launched “Peru Strategy Wonder”, a project specially designed for the nation that is home to two of the wonders elected in the New7Wonders’ global voting campaigns. “We believe that the Peru Maravilla Strategy project will generate important opportunities for positive and intelligent growth,” Jean-Paul de la Fuente said while in Peru for the passing of the congressional motion.
The aim of the project is to have a positive impact on employment, education, and the country’s economy and infrastructure. All of this can be achieved by celebrating the uniqueness of the elected sites and the culture of the Peruvian people.
The full congressional motion can be seen below:
Featured image of the Peruvian National Congress’s vote in favour of making the anniversaries of the announcement of the New 7 Wonders of the World and the New 7 Wonders of Nature national days in Peru: National Congress of Peru
Picture of Jean-Paul de la Fuente and Congresswoman Jeny L. López Morales: National Congress of Peru