Inkaterra launches Walking to Wellness Programme

Walking is the best possible exercise

The human body is designed to thrive in a ‘natural’ environment. It’s worrying then that we’re experiencing the largest global exodus from rural areas to cities in history, with an estimated five million to be ‘geographically cut off from nature’ this year (Spa Finder Wellness Report 2013)With ‘nature deficit disordera new buzz-term, and ‘wellness tourism’ one of 2013’s most salient travel trends, Inkaterra has created an eight night ‘Walking to Wellness’ programme. This incorporates diverse outdoor adventures, daily low-impact exercise, and health-focused spa treatments, taking in Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica and Inkaterra La Casona along the way.

Adventure in the Andes

Guests spend three nights at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, perfectly located for getting in touch with the Andean Cloud Forest and enjoying nature at its most exuberant.  The programme includes a selection of treks, including a two-hour hike along the Vilcanota River, a staggering walk through the Mandor Valley and a climb up Machu Picchu to the Citadel.   Guests are guided on a botanical walk through Inkaterra’s own native orchid garden and up to the hotel’s organic tea plantation to taste the camellia sinensis tea produced on site.

Our Twilight Walk at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Spa treatments at the hotel’s Unu Spa are included, and have been chosen for their health-boosting qualities.  Drawn from traditional Andean techniques, Inka Purification starts with a lymphatic drainage massage using Coca leaf, an essential element of traditional Andean medicinal rituals. The purification ends with an Andean Sauna where stones are heated in a candle-lit eucalyptus hut in the forest.

UNU Spa at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

For weary walkers, an Andean Foot Therapy, using local herbs and flowers will improve circulation, whilst a De-stress Massage will alleviate tension and anxiety.

Active in the Amazon

Next stop on the Walking to Wellness Programme is the luxurious Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge near the Tambobata National Park. Only accessible via a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre De Dios River away from the city of Puerto Maldonado, it is a gateway to one of the world’s most remote rainforest environments.

On the banks of the Madre De Dios River

Guests will spend three nights in luxurious cabañas, and by day be encouraged into the wild on a series of walks, treks and hikes.  These include an exploration of jungle trails, a trip to Lake Sandoval to spot the endangered Giant River Otter and pre-historic hoatzin bird, then hike to Gaminata Creek, home to piranha, caiman and turtles. The programme also incorporates a rainforest night walk and a climb up the mighty Inkaterra Canopy Walkway .

The Canopy Walkway at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica’s Ena Spa will offer those on the Walking to Wellness programme an Amazon Exfoliation treatment to promote circulation and eliminate impurities, as well as an Amazon Purification using local medicinal plant ‘Cat’s Claw’ or ‘Uncaria Tomentosa’, to purify and cleanse.

The Ena Spa at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Uncover Cusco and The Sacred Valley of the Incas

The programme concludes with two nights at Inkaterra La Casona, a XVIth century colonial mansion in the heart of Cusco. From here Inkaterra guests can visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas to experience the area’s staggering limestone plateaus, natural sinkholes at Moray and ancient salt springs at Maras.

Visit The Sacred Valley, staying in the heart of Cusco at Inkaterra La Casona

Back at Inkaterra La Casona, spa treatments include a Yacu therapy, which uses local river stones including Serpentine, an Andean gemstone. The stones are bathed in warm water and anointed before being placed on the body to promote inner peace and inspire long life.

The programme costs from USD $ 4,070 (approx. £ 2,612) per person in a double room, and includes accommodation, excursions and spa treatments. Meals are also included and healthy menu options are available throughout.  Accommodation is based on double occupancy, superior room category. International and domestic airline tickets are not included but can be organised upon request. For more information on this package please visit our contact us page on our website here

Inkaterra Photo Contest 2013 – First Quarter Winner

The Winner of the First Quarter Inkaterra Photo Contest 2013

We received some incredible entires for our first quarter photography contest, all of which were taken at one of our Inkaterra properties.We are pleased to announce the Winner of The Inkaterra Photo Contest for the First Quarter of 2013. Jesús Glhemm Ccari took this incredible image while on location at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica. Congratulations Jesús! View all our photo entries on our Pinterest profile.

The Inkaterra Pinterst Profile

Birding Rally Challenge: Exclusive Interview with Guy Kirwan from The Forest Falcons


Ahead of the next Birding Rally Challenge taking place in northern Peru this June, we’re proud to present this exclusive interview with Guy Kirwan, who was part of the UK team ‘The Forest Falcons’ that participated in the inaugural challenge last autumn.
Guy is an ornithologist and editor currently based in Norwich, UK, and working for Lynx Edicions on the HBW Alive project. He has edited or co-authored more than 30 major books. Since the mid 1990s he has been working intensively throughout South America and the Caribbean, living in Brazil for almost seven years, researching the taxonomy and breeding biology of birds, especially in the Atlantic Forest, Amazonia and the Greater Antilles.
 Photos taken by his team member Alex Lees 
Guy Kirwan

1. Where did your bird watching passion begin?

I grew up in North West England and can pretty much date my interest to a single event, seeing a summer-plumaged Great Crested Grebe on a local reservoir. Fortunately, I had a father who not only could identify the bird for me, but had a genuine interest in natural history in general. He certainly nurtured my love of birds, but never attempted to form it on my behalf, and took me on many trips to see birds throughout Britain.

2. The first BRC in association with ITA was a huge success. What was your highlight moment?

I think I can speak for the entire UK team in saying that our undoubted highlight of the whole event was watching a family of Spectacled Bears close to our hotel in Machu Picchu on the last morning of the rally. We’ll never know whether our spending an hour watching the bears cost us victory in the rally itself (we lost by three species, having been level-pegging with one of the North American teams overnight), but we were all in total agreement that it was worth it! So, I guess none of us will ever make Olympians with that attitude.

Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) cub

3. The Tambopata Amazon reserve is an incredible place for bird watching enthusiasts. How many species did your team specifically spot during the BRC 2012? 

Our overall total during the rally was 490 species, of which we recorded 326 species during our three days in the Amazon. This included a single-day total of 239 species on the last of those three days, which is even more remarkable given that we did not enter dry-land tall forest until midday. Terra Firme forest is the most bird-rich general habitat type in the Amazon.

The Saffron Crown Tanager (Tangara xanthocephala) and Inca Terns (Larosterna inca)

4. Birds aside for a moment, were you lucky enough to spot the Spectacled Bears that are found in the grounds of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel?

Indeed, we were and it might also be mentioned that I think all of the six teams participating in the rally saw at least one bear during their stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Simply incredible.

The final score of the BRC 2012

5. What are your top three countries for bird watching in the world?

Anywhere with some Amazonian forest really, so Peru’s scoring pretty highly, although I have only visited a handful of times. I have been hugely fortunate to spend a huge part of the last two decades in the New World tropics, from Mexico and the Caribbean all the way south to Argentine and Chilean Patagonia. A special focus during this period of my life has been Brazil, where I have spent approximately eight years in the field. I have to say that it is probably my favourite birding destination in the world. Another very special place in my heart is Turkey, where I spent several years working on conservation of wetland birds and habitats, travelling throughout the country and eventually writing a monograph to its birds. I always enjoy going back there and, of course, Istanbul is one of the great cities in the world, alongside Rio de Janeiro. My final choice is rather harder to make, but Cuba is a country that has fascinated me for more than a decade and constantly manages to lure me back, perhaps because I have still yet to see a Zapata Rail, much less an Ivory-billed Woodpecker. The staggering landscape and seabirds of Alaska will also see me return soon too.

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans), Cabot's Terns (Thalasseus acuflavidus), Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger), Franklin's Gulls (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

6. Any tips for bird watching novices coming to Peru?

Number one must be, employ a local guide. Peru is one of the most diverse countries in the world, but birds are not always easy to see. Even vastly experienced birders will often find that a local guide is a big help, but for a novice they must be nigh-on essential. Number two, spend some time learning the birds before you come. Even ten years ago that would have involved an incredible amount of homework. It’s still not easy, simply because there are so many birds. With the excellent field guides you can purchase, namely ‘The Birds of Peru’ by Thomas Schulenberg, and online sound archives like xeno-canto (www.xeno-canto.org) it’s a lot easier than it used to be! My final recommendation, which holds for anyone be they a birder or not, is to learn some Spanish before you come. You’ll certainly enjoy your visit so much more.

7. With the next BRC heading to Northern Peru, do you have any birding expectations/species you are expecting to spot with this new location?

Northern Peru is an incredible birding destination; undoubtedly one of the finest in the world, jam-packed with hundreds of birds and many special endemics with highly localised distributions. Some are among the most charismatic and most-wanted birds in the world, with names to match their appearance, like Marvelous Spatuletail (one of the world’s most extravagantly-plumaged and rarest hummingbirds), Long-whiskered Owlet (a very poorly known nocturnal bird that hardly anyone had seen until a few years ago) and Pale-billed Antpitta (a magnificent denizen of the understorey that is very hard to spot). I am not sure how many of these we’ll get to see this time; fortunately I’ve seen a great many of the region’s key birds on previous visits to this part of Peru. We’ll see how we get on…

The Forest Falcons

8. How will the next two BRCs differ from the first one?

The northern rally is going to be a lot more vehicle-based. It’s going to be interesting to see how well this works, but I am sure all the teams will embrace the concept once we are on the ground and running (or should I say driving). We haven’t seen the format for the third rally yet, but I suspect that it will be closer to that in the 2012 event, which we all felt was a great success.

9. How do you prepare for the Birding Rally Challenge & what are your must have items for the rally?

Surprisingly, preparation was rather minimal last time, and might be again for this June’s event, especially as the UK team seems to be permanently scattered over about half of the globe. Mainly, I’ll try and listen to a few more sound recordings of birds I haven’t heard for a long time. Must-have items (beyond the obvious, binoculars) include one or two telescopes between the team and most importantly, recorders and iPods with pre-recorded birdcalls for playback. The best preparation, of course, would be to go out and do the same route a week in advance; it’s not like running a marathon, where covering the same distance combined with the same weather and terrain might suffice. You can’t really practice for birding in Peru where I live in Norfolk.

The Inkaterra Bird Watching Pack

10. Do you have any go-to magazines, websites or blogs that you read that keep you up to date with birdwatching news across the world?

I’m something of a traditionalist, so magazines and journals are still very important to me (especially as I am an editor in ‘real life’). I subscribe to all of the following: British Birds, Dutch Birding, Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, Cotinga and Neotropical Birding, Bulletin of the African Bird Club, Forktail and BirdingASIA ,and Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia. I regularly look at Surfbirds and BirdForum. Birders are also great users of Facebook.

Keep up to date with the latest from the next Birding Rally Challenge 2013 here and on our Twitter and Facebook. 

Reptiles & Amphibians of Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

The River at the banks of Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

The International Reptile Conservation Foundation recently set off on a personal expedition focused on amphibians and reptiles found in the Tambopata region of Peru. The region yields the highest biodiversity of reptiles and amphibians in the world and includes more than 210 amphibian and reptilian species. At the epicentre of this diversity lies Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica; an exclusive resort just an hour boat ride from Puerto Maldonado. Each guest at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is given a personalised rainforest excursion with bilingual nature interpreters who specialise in the flora and fauna of the Tambopata region.

The International Reptile Conservation Foundation set off on a personal expedition

Around the bungalows at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, the IRCF spotted Amazon Racerunners sprinting from beneath bungalow steps to nearby bushes and pace across the footpaths. When day gave way to night, the bungalow porches were illuminated with individual kerosene lanterns which ensured there was no stepping on the abundant cane toads. Meanwhile, numerous Treefrogs were spotted perching on vegetation around the cabins and the calls of Bolivian Sheepfrogs provided a musical backdrop sounding remarkably like sheep.

 Numerous treefrogs were spotted perching on the vegetation around the cabins

The IRCF found it hard to tear themselves away from the large bridge, which connects the bungalow area to the main lodge. The colourful leaves in this swampy area are home to numerous species of frogs that call in the evening and can easily be observed with a flashlight.

Treefrogs aplenty at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

The trail systems at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica are well marked for avid walkers, some trails are as long as several kilometres. Interpreters provide tours both day and night and the extraordinary diversity is astounding. Anyone walking even a short section of a trail is generally guaranteed to observe ornately coloured grasshoppers, walking sticks, beetles, spiders and butterflies.  The Anaconda Board Walk is aptly named, with the IRCF spotting an anaconda approximately 1.5km into the trail.

The IRCF on the Anaconda Walk

The region’s amphibian and reptilian diversity allows extensive tropical field experiments and natural history research. Inkaterra facilitates the education of its interpreters on regional plant and animal diversity by collaborating with visiting biologists. The interpreters and staff are eager to learn, as well as teach about the local biodiversity and even after long hours already in the forest, the interpreters joined the IRCF on their evening excursions looking for frogs, snakes, and other organisms.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

This site has become increasingly popular for students of herpetology, visiting the Tambopata region to run their tropical research. The IRCF commented that “the excellent accommodation found at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica and natural atmosphere are just as inviting for those just longing to witness amazing biodiversity and learn about its conservation.” Read more about their journey into the Tambopata reserve here.

A New Year, A New You, with Inkaterra

The New Year is always a time to stop and take stock of health goals and dietary habits, as well as the time to set exciting and challenging new years resolutions. Reuters has predicted that healthy hotels, wellness tourism and natural spa treatments will be among the top spa trends in 2013.

Sailing along the Peruvian Amazon

With enchanting slow boats sailing through the Peruvian Amazon, the cloud-topping Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the down to earth characters of the indigenous people, Peru is the perfect place to take a break and get back to nature.

Inkaterra has a unique spa concept that combines both the classic nurturing of what you expect from a treatment, intertwined with a mystical Andean approach. Products at the Unu Spa at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel are 100% natural, derived from local botanical extracts, providing a pleasing spiritual, sensual and soothing experience.

100% Natural Products at Inkaterra

Located next to a romantic natural spring water pond, The Andean Sauna sees stones from the river, bathed in warm water and anointed with a choice of fragranced oils. These are placed on the main energy points of the body and incorporated in a rhythmic massage sequence. The stones release their warmth and power to the tired and tense muscles, promoting inner peace and deep relaxation.

Unu Spa at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

At the Ena Spa at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, a local medicinal plant from the Amazon is used to create the Lymphatic Draining massage. This treatment uses a blend of a cream made from the plant called “Cat’s Claw”, to increase the flow of the lymphatic system. Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a local medicinal plant from the Amazon. Some of its properties include: blood cleanser, detoxifier, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, facing Rolin Island, the Spa provides a great spot for watching Amazonian sunsets.

The Ena Spa at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

The spa at Inkaterra La Casona will take you on a soul journey that will leave you feeling spiritual and soothed. The Yacu Therapy Room will give your mind, body and spirit the chance to relax and embrace the mystic and magic of this vibrant Andean capital. The explore and restore package gives you the best of both relaxation and adventure on this four day experience.

Restore and explore package at Inkaterra La Casona

And for a New Year’s Resolution, why not set yourself a challenging and exciting goal, and trek the Inca Trail? The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top five treks in the world. In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. Our hotel being in the town of Pueblo means you can reach Machu Picchu in just one day on our Inca trail excursion.

New Years Resolution: Hike the Inca Trail

Whether it’s a relaxing spa break abound with natural treatments, or a challenging adventure, Peru is the ideal destination for a unique start to this new year.

Travel to Peru in 2013 with Inkaterra

Looking forward to 2013

A new year gives travellers the chance to plan a trip to one of the destinations they have dreamed of visiting. With South America named one of the go-to destinations for 2013, and a 10% increase in tourism to Peru expected, Inkaterra is looking forward to another successful year.

Here are just some of the reasons that the jewel in South America’s western point is becoming a hot-spot in 2013.

Machu Picchu  

For many, a trip to Peru and  South America is only complete with a visit to the centre of the Incan Empire; ‘Machu Picchu’. With unrivalled scenery, this awe-inspiring ancient city has become one of the top destinations for people to see in their lifetime. Set yourself a goal this New Year by hiking the Inca Trail with Inkaterra. Within a day trip, reach the Citadel of Machu Picchu via a steady climb along the Inca trail allows experiencing past diverse mountain habitats, archaeological sites and a beautiful waterfall.

Trek the Inca Trail with Inkaterra

A Gastronomic Paradise

When it comes to great food from the Americas, no other country has yet to rival that of Peru, and the whole world seems to agree. With Peruvian restaurants popping up across the globe such as Lima and Coya in London, and Gaston Acurio’s restaurant empire growing across the Americas and Europe, Peruvian cuisine continues to be the star of the world food stage.  The mouth-watering ceviches, spicy mashed potato causas and tender alpaca steaks have become a firm favourite amongst many. Come to Peru and taste it in its home environment.

A classic Peruvian drink 'Pisco Sours'

The Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, covering over five and a half million square kilometres.  Nicknamed “The Lungs of our Planet” the Amazon Rainforest produces 20% of earth’s oxygen. To see this astoundingly beautiful natural ecosystem on our planet is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Stay in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon with Inkaterra at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, in a treehouse surrounded by only the sounds of tropical birdsong. Climb the banks of the meandering Madre de Dios river and enter another world. Surrounded by a vast jungle canopy, your body and mind can truly unwind, rejuvenate and revitalise.

The Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

Unmatched Wildlife

Peru has some of the greatest biodiversity in the world thanks t0 the Andes and the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.  Lush greenery accented with wildlife cover the land, while up above a birding paradise is waiting to be discovered. With 1,836 species of birds (20 % of the world total), of which 120 are endemic, Peru possesses an astonishing ornithological diversity. Long-considered a birding paradise, Peru is now recognised worldwide with over 20,000 bird-watchers expected to visit Peru next year, generating an estimated $50 million USD in revenue.

A hummingbird flies close to a flower during the Birding Rally Challenge at "Aguas Calientes" in Cuzco, Peru

Unparalleled in history, natural beauty and diversity, Peru offers a myriad of delightful landscapes, cultural experiences, and exhilarating adventure. Whether you visit to embark upon an adventure, engage in the cultural mosaic of Peru’s charming cities, or simply to evolve the archeologist within, Peru offers a wealth of landscapes and settings to satisfy every curiosity.

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

New species of Orchid found at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Inkaterra has been in the spotlight again; this time for its magnificent collection of orchids. The American Orchid Society has stated that in all probability Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel has the world’s biggest collection of native orchid species (372) in their natural habitat, within a private setting. Now biologists and nature lovers will be excited to hear that two new species of orchid have been found on the premises of the hotel.

Biologists have confirmed the presence of the new-to-science and recently identified bromeliads around Machu Picchu and at the hotel itself. The two bromeliad species, Guzmania inkaterrae Gouda & C.Soto and Tillandsia machupicchuensis Gouda & Julio Ochoa, have been acknowledged by Dr. Eric J. Gouda, Seed Distribution Manager at University Utrecht Botanical Gardens, Netherlands. The Andean cloud forest is home to a large range of native orchids and it is one of the most significant sites from which visitors to the Machu Picchu Nature Reserve can appreciate these beautiful flowers. The unrivalled Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel’s native orchid garden and expert guided trails are available for those eager to learn more.

Whilst at the hotel, guests can feast their eyes on the miniscule Lepanthes, Trichosalpinx and Stelis, the enormous Phramipedium caudatumand the fragrant Ida locusta, not forgetting the vast range of other orchid species, such as the Kefersteinia koechlinorum and the Masdevallia marizae Luer & Rolando. Not only an orchid-lover’s paradise, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a must visit for all kinds of nature lovers.  The hotel can arrange excursions to see its 200 species of bird, 111 species of butterfly, experience a magical twilight tour, visit the organic tea plantation and of course witness the mighty ruins of Machu Picchu.

The best way to see these natural wonders is by taking an Orchid Trail Excursion: A three day, two night trip through the Andean cloud forest. Trip highlights include:

  • Personalized guided tour of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Orchid Trail by one of our nature specialists or, upon special request, by our Resident Chief Biologist, an author of the book, “Orchids at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel”.
  • A large variety of native orchids to be seen at the peak blooming season in their cloud forest habitat, with their natural pollinators.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the grand glass-walled restaurant overlooking the Vilcanota River and the Machu Picchu cloud forest.
  • Choose excursions from an array of nature activities: Nature Walk, Bird Tour, Twilight Walk, Tea Plantation and Tea House.
  • A relaxing De-stress massage.

Make 2013 the year you come to Peru and see this wonder of nature for yourself with Inkaterra.

Spotlight on: The Birding Rally Challenge

Inkaterra Associación (ITA), is proud to announce that they will be working alongside the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR) & PROMPERU as co-organisers, to launch Peru’s first ever Birding Rally Challenge. With 1,836 species of birds (20 % of the world total), of which 120 are endemic, Peru possesses an astonishing ornithological diversity. Long-considered a birding paradise, Peru is now recognised worldwide with over 20,000 bird-watchers expected to visit Peru next year, generating an estimated $50 million USD in revenue.  We’re all very excited here at Inkaterra for this forthcoming Birding Rally Challenge.

Competitors and guests will have the privilege of staying at the Inkaterra properties across the competition. Commencing on November 29th at Tambopata, the competition will cover over 700km of Peru as they travel up the high Andes over the South Interoceanic Highway and finish at the biodiverse cloud forests of Machu Picchu.

Competitors will have the chance to see over 739 bird species in just one small geographical spot. This is the first competition that brings together the world top birders, with 4 ornithologists per team: eBirders –Cornell, and LSU-Louisiana Team, from USA; the Falcon Forest Team from UK; The Zululanders from Southafrica; the Tramuntana Birding Team from Spain; and the Ararajuba Team from Brazil.

Here is a detailed overview of the plan for the 6 day competition:

November 27th: Arrive in Lima

November 28th: Press Conference / Teams Introduction

November 29th: Transfer to Puerto Maldonado City – Madre de Dios

November 30th: DAY 1 – Tambopata / Valencia Lake

December 1st: DAY 2 – Tambopata / Sandoval Lake

December 2nd: DAY 3 – Tambopata / Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Trail Systeym

December 3rd: DAY 4 – South Interoceanic Highway, Machu Picchu Town

December 4th: DAY 5 -  Machu Picchu Citadel

December 5th: DAY 6 – Machu Picchu Surroundings / Award & Closing Ceremony

December 6th: Transfer to Lima / Press Conference

December 7th: Teams return to their countries

The competition consists in the registration of as many species of birds by sight or sound during the route (the responsible use of bird calls playback is allowed). The team that registers the largest number of species will be named the winner.

Stay tuned for more news of the fast approaching Birding Rally, and follow us on Twitter for live updates from the event.

A Honeymoon Escape with Inkaterra

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There’s something inherently romantic about being in the midst of nature, with nothing but yourself, your new partner and the trees around you. With a Peruvian honeymoon, couples can experience diverse landscapes and diverse wildlife viewing opportunities, ensuring an unforgettable start to married life.

Inkaterra’s Passionate in Peru Package is a perfect solution for newly-weds seeking a little natural adventure in their honeymoon. Escape on a romantic adventure in the Southern Amazon, get spellbound in the Sacred Valley or have a quixotic exploration of the Inca legacy. The magic and mystique of Machu Picchu awaits and the captivating city of Cusco is ready to be explored.

Some of the trip highlights include:

  • A surprising welcome in Lima, where you can center yourselves as a couple at
    former crown jewel of Spain’s South American empire.
  • Enjoy rainforest luxury at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, for riverside romance on the banks
    of the meandering Madre de Dios.
  • Get spell bound in Sacred Valley as you see the finest Inca sites, colorful villages
    and markets.
  • Marvel at Machu Picchu – and each other. Enjoy your own royal Inca retreat, at
    Inkaterra Machu Picchu’s whitewashed casitas and villas
  • Take your pick for a tryst: towering temples, majestic mansions, remarkable
    ruins or cool colonial churches in Cusco

Or, why not just stay at just one of our hotels during your honeymoon. Each Inkaterra property offers unique honeymoon experiences that cater to all. At Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica spend unforgettable nights of Peruvian rainforest enchantment with your beloved. Celebrate with champagne, indulgent massages in our river-view spa, or experience an energizing flowering bath.

If the ancient ruins of the Inca empire call to you, then why not plan a Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Honeymoon escape. Champagne and special treats from Inkaterra await, as well as guided excursions to the ancient Machu Picchu. Relax after your Inca trek with our Andean sauna, or maybe a de-stress massage session for two.

If a city retreat is more your style for your first trip as man and wife, then the colonial churches and lights of Cusco will delight. Use Inkaterra La Casona as your base to explore Cusco’s meandering streets, then relax back at the hotel with a de-stress massage and foot therapy session. The quiet oasis of La Casona, located on the serene plaza Las Nazarenas, will leave you feeling rested and inspired by the surroundings of the beautiful Andean scenery.

Whatever you decide to do, there’s nothing quite like setting off on your first adventure together as you begin a new chapter in your lives. And where better to do it than in Peru with Inkaterra.