Inkaterra awarded at PURE Life Experiences

 

 “There is nothing more emotionally rich, with less impact, than the Inkaterra canopy walk in the Peruvian rainforest. Stunning!” –Richard Bangs

Inkaterra PURE Life the Show

Another great achievement for Inkaterra! We were very pleased to win the Best High Emotion/Low Impact Travel Experience for our Canopy Walkway at Pure Life Experiences, The show, in Marrakech just yesterday. Our mission has  been to conserve and celebrate Peru’s nature and cultures. In partnership with The World Bank and National Geographic, our NGO Inkaterra Asociacion created a 1,330ft canopy walkway suspended above the Peruvian jungle. This canopy walkway exists in the middle of a pristine part of the jungle, allowing guests to experience a fantastic sense of place in the most high emotion / low impact way.

Canopy Walkway

To complete this memorable experience we built an adjoining canopy tree house 30 meters above ground, which provides an incredible oasis where guests can observe a range of wild animal species, most of which aren’t usually visible from the ground, and listen to the amazing jungle sounds, all while enjoying drinks served by a private butler. Be on the lookout for different birds of the jungle, such as toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, among many others, or try to identify them through their songs, from the observation decks. Learn about the interrelationship of the flora and fauna at the various levels of the forest and its integration into the jungle ecosystem. Come and experience it yourself at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. Thank you PURE! See you next year…

PURE Life The Show

“The Inkaterra approach gives new meaning to “being in the forest.” You truly become a part of the action.” – Sylvia Earle

Our founder José Koechlin von Stein wins prestigious developer award during SAHIC 2013

Our founder

Great news for Inkaterra: founder José Koechlin took the award for Developer of the year during the South American Hotel & Investment Conference 2013 (SAHIC 2013), held on September 23rd and 24th at the JW Marriott hotel in Bogota,  Colombia. This prestigious recognition was given for the second time to Mr. Koechlin “in recognition of your tireless and characteristic entrepreneurial spirit, whose devotion to continuously undertake new challenges, either the development of new investments or recovery improvement or upgrade of existing projects, together with the constant contribution for the preservation of the environment, with the marine reserve at Cabo Blanco as your most recent eco-initiatives, is an example of passion, commitment and hard work”, stated SAHIC organiser ‘HVS Global Hospitality Services’.

SAHIC is an annual event of international resonance, which unites South American leaders in Hotel and Tourism business and the Real-Estate industry. Since 2008, it has been celebrated in Buenos Aires (2008), Rio de Janeiro (2009), Cartagena de Indias (2010), Santiago de Chile (2011), and Lima (2012). “SAHIC certainly helps you understand where the industry is today and where it is heading, but above all, it helps you understand where the opportunities lie, how to meet the right partners and build the partnerships that may increase job opportunities”, said its president Arturo García Rosa. In this opportunity, SAHIC gave recognition to the  bold work Inkaterra have been since 1975.

Cabo Blanco

Inkaterra’s most recent project is the recovery of a region of Cabo Blanco in Northern Peru, which during the 1950’s was considered the best zone for game fishing. Inkaterra are working on the protection of the marine reserve Cabo Blanco-Bank of Mancora, and collaborating with local artisanal fishermen guides for the education of sustainable fishing methods, with the purpose of rescuing the area’s biodiversity. Inkaterra wants to transform Cabo Blanco in a model for sustainable tourism, where recreational fishing is a main source of development that encourages economic growth, social inclusion and environmental care.

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Inkaterra awarded at ETC’s Responsible Tourism Showcase

Mr. Jose Kochlin collecting the award for Responsible Tourism

Inkaterra was awarded at last week’s Educational Travel Conference 2013 for their efforts towards Responsible Tourism. The event takes place to recognise the efforts of those members that are continually working on developing and implementing their initiatives towards the future of sustainable tourism. The event took place in Orlando Florida, where tourism representatives, suppliers and governments joined together for the five day summit. The ETC’s mission is to facilitate deeper, more enduring connections between travellers and the communities in which they visit. Through authentic, people-to-people exchanges and strong guide interpretation, this can be achieved.

This year was a special celebration as Inkaterra were recognised for their 38 years of effort towards promoting eco-tourism and sustainability in Peru. Throughout Inkaterra’s history, they have pioneered authentic experiences in Peru, whilst ensuring they preserve and rescue Peru’s geography, nature, traditions and cultures.

Reforestation Project at Inkaterra

Another great success story for Inkaterra. 2013 has kicked off to a great start!

37th Anniversary Celebrations at Inkaterra

Inkaterra

The end of 2012 saw the celebration of Inkaterra’s 37th anniversary. The last three decades have been filled with great memories and successes for Inkaterra who are considered a leader in luxury eco-tourism and conservation in Peru. In collaboration with the Inkaterra Association (ITA) the staff took to the main square on Sunday December 16th, in the town of Machu Picchu to mark the celebration.

Educating the local children about conservation and the environment

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The Inkaterra Fair was held in order to inform the population and visitors about the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and the different activities that take place at Inkaterra. The team spoke of each of their individual conservation programs that run throughout the year such as the rescue centre for the Andean bears. Dr. Phil Wittman, Research associate at ITA spoke to the children about the ecology of insects in the Machu Picchu area and the production of honey, vegetables and herbs that take place at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. He also sensitised children to the efforts that Inkaterra achieve to benefiting the local environment and conservation.

A fun filled day for everyone

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With delightful treats being served also, the event was an educational, fun filled day.

A Review of 2012 for Inkaterra

A successful 2012 for Inkaterra

The dawn of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on all that Inkaterra has achieved in 2012; a year filled with great memories, discoveries and successes.

2012 began well with Inkaterra becoming the first Peruvian hotel chain to win the ‘International Certificate in Sustainable tourism’ by the CU Green Choice Sustainable Tourism Standard. The minister of Tourism and Commerce commented, “It is an honour that a Peruvian hotel chain is the first organization worldwide awarded with such an important Certification.”

February was an exciting time for Inkaterra when two new species of orchids were found at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. This harks back to an observation made back in 2001 by the American Orchid Society who announced that in all probability Inkaterra has the world’s biggest collection of native orchid species (372) in their natural habitat, within a private setting.

Guides at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Inkaterra was in the spotlight again in March with Conde Nast Johansens, the international luxury travel guide,  who nominated Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel as the “Most Excellent Eco Resort” in the 2012 Awards for Excellence. Inkaterra was the only hotel to receive an award in Peru.

The conservation efforts of Inkaterra were highlighted in April with the team picking up the award for Conservation at The Tourism of Tomorrow Awards. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are organised by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the winners were announced at the WTTC’s Global Summit in Tokyo, April 16-19, 2012.

The Inkaterra Team pick up the award for Tourism of Tomorrow

Throughout the summer we saw the continuation of the Peruvian food craze with the opening of fine dining restaurant Lima in London. With other Peruvian food diners launching across the globe, and the ever-growing empire of Gaston Acurio, Peruvian food is considered one of the most varied and rich of the world. The World Travel Awards took note of the trend naming Peru as the Best Culinary Destination in the world in 2012. Hailed as a ‘gastronomic superpower’, the South American country fought off stiff competition from notable foodie destinations such as France, China, Italy, Spain and Thailand to come out on top as the best place in the world to eat.

Ceviche

Festivals in Peru are a time for celebration and remembrance. This June, as they do every year, visitors from across South America and around the world travelled to Cusco for the annual Inti Raymi festival, the most important ceremony of the Inca Empire calendar. Each winter solstice, native residents honour the Sun God marking the beginning of a new year: the Festival of the Sun.

There were celebrations a plenty in October, as Inkaterra was recognised for the third consecutive year at this year’s LATA Awards in London. This year Inkaterra was awarded for its efforts towards sustainability.

November was an exciting time for Peru, Inkaterra, and birding enthusiasts across the world. Inkaterra Associación (ITA), worked alongside the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR) & PROMPERU as co-organisers, to launch Peru’s first ever Birding Rally Challenge. The challenge was a great success with the winning team from Louisiana State University, nicknamed the ‘Tigrisomas’, identifying 493 species of birds! The UK team – The Forest Falcons – came a close second, narrowly missing out on being crowned the winners by just three species.

The Birding Rally Challenge

In November, the awards continued with Inkaterra being nominated in The World Travel Awards for the World’s Leading Corporate Social Responsibility Programme at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. We were also delighted to received the Relais & Chateaux Sustainability Award at the R&C Congress in Torino.

To round off an excellent year, in December, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel was awarded first position in Peru in the Travel + Leisure 500 Best Hotels of the World in 2013.

Another great accolade for Inkaterra was brought about by education. Mr. Diego Comín, Professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) presented Inkaterra in its very own unique case study for Harvard Business School. The case discusses Inkaterra as a leading Peruvian ecotourism organisation and the unique business model that is currently in place.

2013 looks to be an exciting year already, with a further Birding Rally Challenge already in planning, and the opening of Inkaterra’s Sacred Valley property ‘Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba’, due in the second half of the year. On that optimistic note, Inkaterra looks forward to 2013 and wishes everyone a joyous Christmas, and a happy New Year.

Sunrise over the Peruvian Amazon River

Inkaterra: A Harvard Business Review Case Study

Mr. Diego Comín, Professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) has presented Inkaterra in its very own unique case study for Harvard Business School. The case discusses Inkaterra as a leading Peruvian ecotourism organization and the unique business model that is currently in place. The case also emphasizes the potential barriers which exist in the development of the tourism industry; and also opens the debate on whether governments will be ready to use tourism as a generator of growth, and if so, what would be the best strategy to keep the environment safe.

“The educational goal for this case is to understand the base of Inkaterra´ s business model: evaluate its optimum evolution & the extensions of Inkaterra´s strategy to the development of ecotourism in Peru; explore current restrictions for its growth; evaluate possible tensions between its expansion and the environment” says Diego.

Inkaterra foments scientific research in order to develop business activities based on conservation carried out by local communities, in order to improve their quality of life,  with sustainable tourism. Chairman and CEO of Inkaterra José Koechlin was invited to participate in the presentation of the case in the Harvard Business School classrooms this November. Professor Diego Comín studied Inkaterra for four years together with Mr. Rohan Gopaldas (HSB) & Diego Rehder (Universidad del Pacífico-Peru).

This is a great merit for Peru and Inkaterra. Seemingly, the case has now been considered as a “Business & Government Relations: Economic Development Case” and not only a business case. It has been stipulated that ecotourism may be used by governments as a “motor of growth and of environment conservation”. “This is something very innovative”, says Mr. Luis Suarez-Clausen, ex-president of Pepsico International. Since November 28th- December 6th, Inkaterra, with the support of Promperu, has put into practice another pragmatic example with the organisation of the first World Bird Watching Championship.

This is another great accolade for Inkaterra and a fitting end to what has been a bright and successful year for Inkaterra.

Inkaterra: A World Travel Awards Nominee

It’s been another great week for Inkaterra. We have been nominated in The World Travel Awards as a potential winner of the World’s Leading Corporate Social Responsibility Programme for our Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Voting for the awards is now open and closes on November 25th. The World Travel Awards was founded in 1993 to recognise, acknowledge and reward excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry worldwide. Now in their 19th year, The World Travel Awards is regarded as the highest achievement in travel, tourism and hospitality.

Since 1975 we have ensured that our CSR efforts have been at the heart of everything we do at Inkaterra. We strongly believe that we all need to change our behaviour as individuals, as countries and as a global community. We all contribute to global warming; thus, everyone needs to be part of the solution. Inkaterra has become a truly Carbon-Neutral organisation, and every guest at Inkaterra has a 100% Carbon Neutral hotel stay. In addition, Inkaterra actively encourages their clients and guests to offset their carbon emissions of their flights through Sustainable Travel International (STI) Carbon Calculator (online at the Inkaterra website).

This is just one of many acts that we carry out to ensure we act responsibly in all our decision making. We are devoted to ensuring our conservation and scientific research is achieved through self-supported sustainable tourism, always respecting authentic cultural, social and environmental values of the local communities in which we operate.

Inkaterra is setting a precedent as one of the leading and most influential tourism companies in Peru, taking the lead in sustainability and the fight against global warming. After 37 years within the hospitality industry, we are honoured to be nominated in this WTA category, and hope that others feel that we deserve this accolade also. Please register and nominate for Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel here.

Winners will be announced in December. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on Inkaterra and the World Travel Awards.

Inkaterra: Winner of the LATA 2012 Award for Sustainability

It was celebrations all round this week, as Inkaterra was recognised for the third consecutive year at this year’s LATA Awards in London. This year Inkaterra were awarded for their efforts towards Sustainability.

The awards recognise and reward members for their excellence in areas including sustainability, customer service, innovation and promotional success while encouraging travel to the region. The annual awards are highly regarded amongst the Latin American travel industry and seen as a true reflection of the companies who go above and beyond on a day-to-day basis while working in the region. Nominations come from LATA members, all specialists in their field, who are asked to put forward the company or individual, that they think are most worthy of an award in the specific areas. A panel of judges appointed by the LATA committee then decide on the winners.

Since 1975 Inkaterra has been leading the way in eco-tourism and sustainability in South America. Their mission seeks to achieve excellence in eco-tourism and conservation, continually evaluating the real cultural, social and natural values around us whilst creating authentic experiences for their guests. Inkaterra promotes Scientific Research for the Conservation of Ecosystems and Natural Resources funded by Ecotourism, as a replicable model for local communities; offering authentic experiences, capturing, disseminating and educating about the culture and nature of Peru.

LATA Chairman, Chris Pickard, said: “It is always an honour to present these awards to the most deserving members, who really have shone out as leaders in their area of expertise, particularly companies such as Inkaterra that are achieving excellence year after year. These winners inspire and encourage others to follow in their footsteps and highlight the very best that Latin America has to offer.”

Inkaterra are delighted to receive this award and look forward to continue to lead the way in their sustainability efforts in Latin America.

Inkaterra Wins Tourism for Tomorrow Award in Conservation

Inkaterra has been presented with the prestigious Conservation Award by Tourism for Tomorrow. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are organized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the winners were announced at the WTTC’s Global Summit in Tokyo, April 16-19, 2012.

“It is an honor that Inkaterra has been recognized with 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.

In addition to the Tourism for Tomorrow prize, Inkaterra recently received the First International Certificate in Sustainable Tourism given by Control Union Green Choice Sustainable Tourism Standard.

The Certification is granted based on sustainability concepts, the use of responsible practices, the conservation of biodiversity and the contribution to local communities in the development of tourist activities.

Conde Nast Johansens, the international luxury travel guide, nominated Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel as “Most Excellent Eco Resort” in the 2012 Awards for Excellence. Inkaterra was the only hotel to receive an award in Peru.

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