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PERLAGUANEQUE, AN ENTERPRISE OF YOUNG GUAJIROS THAT PROTECTS THE ANCESTRAL PARADISE OF THE PINK FLAMINGOS

It was promoted with seed capital from the Emprender Fund for $ 142 million and offers bird watching, ecological hiking, artisanal fishing, and intercultural encounters.
Juliana Sánchez
Communications leader of La Guajira.
2021/OCTOBER

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Just 27 kilometers from Riohacha, La Guajira, we find Perico, a community inhabited mostly by Wayuu indigenous people and Afro-descendants. From there you enter the Los Flamencos Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, one of the most exotic tourist attractions in La Guajira precisely due to the presence of pink flamingos. To enjoy a safe and environmentally friendly experience, Perlaguaneque offers bird watching in the lagoon complex located in Perico, ecological hiking, artisanal fishing, and intercultural encounters.
Kevin Rivadeneira Gómez, Manager of Perlaguaneque, explains: the SENA Entrepreneur Fund gave us 142 million pesos, seed capital we have used to purchase tools for ecotourism activities we offer, conditioning of spaces, and payroll payment.

"It is an enterprise that offers bird watching, ecological hiking, artisanal fishing and intercultural encounters."

Los Flamencos Flora and Fauna Sanctuary is made up of 7,033 hectares, and it was declared a protected area by the National Natural Parks of Colombia in 1977. In addition, four coastal lagoons are part of the protected area: Laguna Grande, Navío Quebrao, Puerto Chentico, and Sabalete.
The entrepreneur Ilbel Molina Gómez, points out “We follow our ancestors’ tradition. We fell in love with ecotourism activities, such as artisanal fishing and, most of all, the guide we provide for the sighting of birds such as the flamingo, an emblematic species of La Guajira and thus we also contribute to its conservation”.
Since its creation, the Fondo Emprender program has managed to finance 123 enterprises in the department of La Guajira with resources allocated for more than $ 11,448 million, which has generated 478 formal jobs with these companies in the region.

WITH PERLAGUANEQUE THE PARADISE OF PINK FLAMINGOS IS PROTECTED

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Carlos Mario Estrada Molina: SENA General Director.
Pilar Navarrete Rivera: SENA Head Office Communications.
Editorial Committee: Guillermo Martin, Karen Camacho y Fernando García. General Information: Journalists General Direction Regional Communicators. Design: República Audiovisual.