Native Orchids and New Discoveries at Inkaterra Machu Picchu

The collection of native orchids within the grounds of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel is staggering, boasting over 372 species. Guests at the hotel can walk through the tranquil orchid gardens to observe these with expert guides, with some orchids so tiny they require a looking glass to spot.

This month, two new species of bromeliad orchids were identified – completely new to science - (Tillandsioideae – Bromeliaceae) growing abundantly in Machu Picchu Inca ruins, by ERIC J. GOUDA from the Botanic Garden at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands and with the support of José Koechlin, Inkaterra´s founder & CEO, Carmen Soto, resident biologist & orchid specialist at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel & Julio Ochoa, Biologist at Machu Picchu Sanctuary. The two species are called Guzmania inkaterrae & Tillandsia machupicchuensis. Continue reading

Pachamama Ritual in Peru – Pay The Earth at Inkaterra

Pachamama is the spiritual Earth Mother figure in Peruvian culture, a goddess revered amongst the indigenous peoples of the Andes.

 

Associated primarily with fertility and the harvest, the Pachamama is a positive deity whose presence is toasted during meetings and important celebrations across the country through the spilling of “chicha” (a fermented maize beverage) on the floor before drinking as well as in more elaborate rites associated with the present day Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras.

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An Authentic Andean Spa, UNU at Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Amidst the lush gardens of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel sits the UNU Spa, an authentic Andean Spa with its emphasis on traditional Andean medicinal treatments and therapies inspired by ancient Incan ritual and mysticism. The Spa Spy at The Telegraph went to visit UNU Spa to soothe aching and swollen feet following an arduous hike along the Inca Trail.

 

Other treatments visitors can experience are the thatched eucalyptus Andean Sauna, handbuilt in the gardens where hot stones create a soothing and reviving steam within the candle-lit hut. Continue reading

Inkaterra First Peruvian Hotel Chain to Win Green Choice Sustainable Tourism Award

Peterson Control Union Green Choice Sustainable Tourism Standard is the first Green certification approved by the Dutch Accreditation Council (RVA)

 

January 20th 2012. – With the presence of the Minister of Tourism and Commerce, José-Luis Silva, Inkaterra received the First International Certificate in Sustainable Tourism given by CU Green Choice Sustainable Tourism Standard. During the ceremony, the Minster highlighted the importance of the award given to a Peruvian tourism organization such as Inkaterra, which has focused on ecological conservation since 1975. He mentioned: “It is an honor that a Peruvian hotel chain is the first organization worldwide awarded with such an important Certification.” Continue reading

Inkaterra Nominated for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2012

Inkaterra is proud to announce that as Peru’s leading provider of luxury and sustainable hospitality we have been recognized for the second time since 2010 by Tourism for Tomorrow as one of the three finalists in the “Conservation” category. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are organized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the winner will be announced at the WTTC’s Global Summit in Tokyo from April 16-19, 2012.

It is an honor that Inkaterra has been nominated for such a prestigious award. Inkaterra has been practicing sustainable tourism for the past thirty-seven years, spending time and research to learn about ecosystems, local practices and community involvement,” says José Koechlin, CEO of Inkaterra. Continue reading

Peru – the hottest destination for foodies in 2012

Frommer’s, the Food Channel, National Geographic and London Confidential all agree: Peru is the hottest destination for foodies in 2012. With two Peruvian restaurants opening in London early next year, Ceviche pisco bar and Lima-London fine-dining establishment, gastro-bloggers are already salivating over the Sino-South American fusion that has marked the cuisine of Peru for decades.

 

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Jagger in the Jungle

 

This past October saw the opening of byInkaterra’s newest lodge, Hacienda Concepcion, set in 819 acres of natural rainforest.

 The lodge is reached by canoe, located eight kilometres down river from the town of Puerto Maldonado, providing a breathtaking and very secluded setting. One celebrity couldn’t wait to add some star-studded glamour to the lodge… Continue reading