The Inkaterra Andean Bear Rescue Center Reproduction Program

The Inkaterra Association (ITA) and the Protected Natural Areas National Service (SERNANP) manage the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Spectacled Bear Project, an effort designed to recover bears that have been negatively affected by human impact, and reintroduce them into their natural habitat. The Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), also known as the Andean Bear, are the only bear species from South America. It gained notoriety in 1958, after English author Michael Bond created a fictional character for children’s literature: Paddington Bear.

Coco and Yossi

Coco and Yossi were welcomed with open arms in 2013

At the Andean Bear Rescue Center Rescue Center’s semi-freedom area, where females Coco and Yossi were transferred in 2013, Inkaterra Association (ITA), is developing a reproduction programme in favour of the only bear species native to the Southern Hemisphere. With a vulnerable status on IUCN’s Red list of threatened species, Andean Bears are described as solitary animals that mark a one-hectare territory. Nonetheless, they have a fascinating behaviour when mating, which is explained through the video above. Here’s to welcoming more Spectacled Bears into the fold in the coming year through this wonderful initiative.

The Andean Spectacled Bear is on the list of critically-endangered species

The Andean Spectacled Bear is on the list of critically-endangered species

If you wish to contribute with Inkaterra’s Andean Bear conservation project, please click here. Your help is much appreciated in helping towards the future of these magnificent creatures.

Escape The World Cup with Inkaterra

World Cup 2010

Football fever is spreading across the world thanks to a certain tournament, but those seeking tranquility in South America should look no further than Peru: the perfect destination to escape the hype.

No doubt Brazil will be the busiest country in South America this summer with heaps of football fanatics heading over to support their teams. Peru on the other hand, will be a place of ambient serenity – perfect for those who want to avoid the commotion of The World Cup. It’s also a go-to place for those that would like to enjoy the football from a not so busy part of South America. That way, fans can still say that they were in South America for the time of The World Cup.

Peruvian Rainforest at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Now is your chance to explore South America with our ‘escape the football packages’, or ‘embrace the football’ for those of you who want to watch the football in a calm environment.

An Amazonian Jungle Escape

Guests at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica can enjoy three nights in the exotic Amazon rainforest of Southern Peru, with not a football in sight. The package includes:

One night in the canopy tree house, 100ft above the jungle, with the only noisy neighbours being birds and other habitants of the jungle.

The Canopy Tree House

You’ll have the chance to interact with the environment with a private bird watching trip, a visit to the Butterfly house and a wildlife excursion.

Butterfly and Tortoise

After experiencing the wilderness you’ll have the chance to indulge in half bottle of sparking wine as well as a 50min spa treatment at the Hotel’s Ena spa. Feeling deeply relaxed you’ll return home feeling rejuvenated and revitalised – ready to get back to the football craze.

Ena Spa at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

The Amazonian Jungle Escape package includes return road and river transfers from Puerto Maldonado to Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica. Prices for the 3-night package are from £727pp based on double occupancy and full board basis.

An Andean Mountain Adventure

Alternatively, guests can stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel on a mountain adventure. Instead of chanting and cheering, all you’ll hear is the chirps of the sound of bird song. This Package includes:

A visit to Inkaterra’s native orchid garden which features over 372 species of the delicate flowers, and a tour of the idyllic nature surrounding the Inkaterra grounds, including sightings of the 111 bird species that live in and around the hotel.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Activities

You’ll venture to Inkaterra’s very own organic tea plantation to see how it’s all made (and drink a fair bit too), followed by half a days guided walk to the stunning Mandor waterfalls. A well-earned foot treatment   awaits at the end of the day in the Unu Spa.

UNU Spa at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Additionally, you can embark on a private excursion to Apu Machu Picchu, which offers spectacular views across the famous Machu Picchu citadel, undoubtedly the jewel in South American’s crown.

Machu Picchu

The three-night Andean Mountain Adventure package includes return transfers from Cusco with – prices from £777pp based on double occupancy and full board basis.

We promise to give you an authentic nature experience – football or with nature. The choice is yours.

Contact sales@inkaterra.com referring to  “World Cup Packages” for more information

World Environment Day at Inkaterra

World Environment Day Inkaterra 2014

Yesterday we celebrated World Environment Day: an annual event organised by the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) to promote awareness and action for the environment worldwide. Over the years, this celebration has grown into a global platform with more than 100 countries participating. Last year, the event was held in Mongolia and focused on anti-food waste with the slogan ‘Think.Eat.Save’.

This year World Environment Day was hosted in Barbados with the theme of SIDS (small Island developing states) in the context of climate change. The slogan created to reflect the theme is ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’.  The aim this year is to focus public attention on these areas and the urgent need to protect the islands from the growing risks and challenges they face as a result of climate change. As you may already know, we are doing our bit to try and conserve the seas of Peru, through our ongoing work at Cabo Blanco.

Cabo Blanco

World Environment Day is the time to realise that caring for the earth is everyone’s responsibility. We are a 100% carbon neutral travel organisation and we always ensure to integrate sustainable practices into all aspects of what we do. This year we celebrated World Environment Day by doing the following:

Sustainability Policy at Inkaterra

At Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, the team participated in the environmental parade along with the children of Machu Picchu, which was organised by the SERNAP (Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado). Carmen Soto, our resident biologist, led a talk on world environment day at the Cultural Centre of the department of Culture. The team were also invited to Radio Machu Picchu for a special programme on ‘knowing Machu Picchu’.

Carmen Soto

At Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica, José Purisaca, Inkaterra’s General Manager, delivered talks on environmental issues at the following locations: Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción and Oficina de Cooperación Técnica Internacional.

World Environment Day is very close to our hearts as we pride ourselves on being eco friendly. Our sustainability policy shows our contribution to saving our planet.

  • We use environmentally friendly products and maintain good communication with suppliers
  • We Use energy and water efficiently and provide adequate waste treatment
  • We offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by the organisations operations, in order to be carbon neutral.

World Environment Day at Inkaterra

 What steps are you taking to save our planet?

The Winner of our 1st Quarter Photo Contest 2014

Inkaterra Photo Contest

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 2014: Joaquin Escudero, our resident manager at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, who took this incredible image while on location. Congratulations Joaquin! View all our photo entries on our Pinterest profile in the coming week.

Cocktail of the month at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

A new cocktail joins the list of freshening beverages signed at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

After a long walk around the Lost City of the Incas, cocktails are a wonderful reward!After a long walk around the Lost City of the Incas, this blend of crème de cassis, passion fruit, organic tea and pisco is surely invigorating.

Cocktails at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

 Learn here how to do it yourself with the below recipe

1½ oz Green tea macerated in pisco
¾ oz Crème de Cassis
¾ oz Passion Fruit juice
½ oz Organic black tea syrup
Place an organic black tea bag previously
soaked in warm water, to obtain tea vapor
when mixed with the Orchard cocktail. Pour
into a martini glass.

Going to give it a go? Share your creations with us on Facebook and Twitter with hashtag #InkaterraCocktails

Our Inkaterra January 2014 Workshops

2014 has kicked off to a busy start here at Inkaterra with  several successful workshops for our local community, all with the aim of promoting sustainability and ecotourism here in Peru. So far, there have been events for our Inkaterra guides, the local children and for disabled people around the Machu Picchu area. You can read more about each of our events below.

Inkaterra Guide Birding Training

Birding at Inkaterra

Peru is renowned for its birdlife, and the area around Machu Picchu is particularly spectacular in birding terms. We are keen to promote the area as a birdwatching hotspot, and to really allow visitors to really test their binoculars, the Inkaterra Asociación organised a training course for local guides from both Cusco and Machu Picchu. The seminars were led by Manuel Bryce, Fernando Ángulo and Barry Walker, all experts on ecotourism, conservation and birdwatching. Held over four (very rainy) days, participants were taken on field excursions and attended lectures on guiding techniques, conservation ethics and virtual tools for birdwatching. The aim of the training course was to strengthen and empower the local guides to increase Machu Picchu’s presence on the global birdwatching stage, promoting it as the birdwatching destination.

Another session has already been arranged for March showing how committed the local guides are in these conservation projects.

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Finger-painting the Cloud Forest

As part of our commitment to social responsibility, the Inkaterra Asociación organised a creative finger painting workshop for disabled citizens from the region around Machu Picchu. In conjunction with OMAPED, the government office for the disabled, the workshop was held in the Ministry of Culture’s offices. Participants spent the day getting their hands dirty painting pictures of animals that live in and around the cloud forests of Machu Picchu.

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Ecotourism for Children

Our Inkaterra Asociación ran a series of children’s workshops during the summer vacations this January to educate children aged 5 to 12 on the importance of ecotourism and conservation. Through games, experiments and seminars the children were taught key messages on themes such as recycling, climate change and natural sciences, both locally in Peru and internationally. The workshops were run by our team of explorer guides, biologists, anthropologists and volunteers from the Inkaterra Asociación, and will help to raise awareness and respect to the local environment.

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We are proud to support local initiatives, and these are the first of many workshops and seminars that will take place for 2014. Stay tuned right here on our blog and on our social media channels for details on the other social initiatives that we will be running throughout the year.

Our top wildlife sightings of 2013

2013: an incredible year for wildlife sightings across our Inkaterra properties. We thought we’d put together our top highlights from last year. Check back on our blog each month where we will be sharing our top spots of the month. Have you spotted any incredible wildlife during your time in Peru? Or captured any photography of wildlife where you are in the world? Do share with us below, or on Twitter and Facebook with hashtag #WildlifeInkaterra. If you’ve taken a photo during a stay at Inkaterra or during an Inkaterra experience, you should enter the first Inkaterra Photo Contest of 2014 right here.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel 

Sunbittern

Tigana (Photo by: Ron Blake)  Jose Luis Lavilla | Inkaterra Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

During a specialised birding excursion, travellers pointed out a bird that flew close to them and went into the jungle. At first glance, they thought it was an Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii) but a few seconds later they saw the bird perched in front of them. As one of the group grabbed their book to identify the bird, someone else took a picture of the bird so they could identify it afterwards. To their surprise it was a sunbittern (Eurypyga helias). Of course, they were all very excited because it is quite a  rare sighting.

Andean Spectacled bears 

Andean Spectacled Bears  Our resident spectacled bears have made several appearances across 2013 here at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Here’s to seeing them a lot more during 2014. You can read about their most recent sighting here.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica 

Jaguar

Jaguar (Photo : Stephen Coupe ) Jesus Glhemm Ccari | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica 

During a guest’s  Twilight River excursion they noticed something in between the bushes on the shore of the Madre de Dios River, just a few meters away from the Hotels’ dock. They aimed their flashlight at what appeared to be a big animal. As soon as they used the flashlight a powerful reflection (from the animal’s eyes) caught their attention. It wasn’t a small animal and definitely not a caiman as the movement was constant and far away from the water. As they approached, they could not believe what was in front of them. It was a Jaguar (Panthera onca). A few seconds after the sighting, the feline jumped away to find refuge in the dense rainforest vegetation. Observing jaguars in the wild is extremely rare so they were ecstatic to see the “King of the Rainforest”! Definitely a night to remember!

Harpy Eagle

Harpy Eagle

Early in the morning Alberto Checca, an Explorer Guide at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge, visited Lake Valencia along with five other travellers. During the trip to the lake, having sailed for an average of 45 minutes through the Madre de Dios River, Alberto spotted a big bird in the distance, perched on a tree on the right bank of the river. As they approached the bird, Alberto was able to recognise that it was a harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) one of the most powerful birds of prey. Fortunately, the guests were able to observe the eagle for about 10 minutes before continuing their trip to the lake leaving the bird perched on the tree

At the end of the excursion the guests, as well as the Explorer Guide, were very pleased to know that they saw one of the most wanted eagles by ornithologists.

Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion 

Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion

Puma

While Carlos Torres, an Explorer Guide at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción was on the hidden rainforest excursion near the Cacao plantations with a group of two guests, they heard the bushes shaking a few meters from them. They decided to stay quiet for a couple of minutes to see if whatever was out there would show itself. Oh surprise when what appeared in front of them was a juvenile puma! (Puma concolor). This feline is considered one of the most adaptable animals in the continent. The puma seemed to be looking for a good place to rest. Suddenly the puma climbed all the way to the top of a bread fruit tree (Altocarpus altilis) for not to be seen or heard again. Simply amazing.

The Hidden Forest Excursion at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion The Hidden Forest Excursion

Tapir

Gabriel and three guests were out on the Hidden Forest excursion (near the remains of the Fitzcarraldo boat) when they heard sounds coming from between the trees just a few meters away. They remained silent for a few minutes to see if whatever that was making those noises would come out. To their surprise a tapir (Tapirus terrestris), one of the largest mammals in the area, appeared just a few meters in front of them. The animal was about 1.5mts. long and seemed to looking for food (being the perfect season  for the fruit trees they feed on). The guests, as well as Gabriel, were amazed by this sighting since they knew they had been extremely lucky.

Deer

While doing the Hidden Forest excursion, along the trail towards the cacao plantations, Carlos Torres and guests heard noises coming from the dry leaves a few meters away. They decided to remain silent for a few minutes. They were amazed when they saw a deer (Mazama americana) before them. They could identify it was an adult female because of its size and the lack of horns. These species have diurnal and nocturnal habits; apparently it was looking for seeds, fruits, bushes, and/or leaves. Since it did not run away due to their presence, they were able to observe this animal for a quite some time. This deer is now protected here in Peru, therefore the sighting was extra special.

Join our wildlife conversations online with hashtag #WildlifeInkaterra. We’d love to see your photos!

Inkaterra Birdwatching Tours 2014

Peru is renowned for its bird life, being home to a total of 1836 species – that’s 20% of the world’s registered bird species. The changing ecosystems throughout the country, from tropical rainforests to the Andean mountains, makes  it  the perfect environment for both visiting migrators and endemic species.

To  celebrate Peru’s status as one of the best birdwatching countries in the world, Inkaterra Hotels is launching two birdwatching itineraries to showcase the best ornithological gems Peru has to offer.

On the first 2 night itinerary guests have the chance to spot some of the 207 registered species that live in the Cloud Forest surrounding the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Guided tours and walks will give keen birdwatchers some of the best opportunities to spot particularly elusive species, and the area surrounding the Inca Citadel is a favourite for the Inca Wren.

Inca Wren

Further to this, the gardens of the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel itself house the world’s largest collection of native orchid species, with 372 found within the gardens. Here hummingbirds, tanagears and the iconic Cock of the Rock can be found flitting around the picturesque setting.

The second bird-watching trip is a totally different experience, with three nights in the Amazon Rainforest of Southern Peru, in the Madre de Dios-Tambopata region. Here there are 540 bird species waiting to be discovered, together with other creatures like monkeys, three toed sloths, black caymans and the rare giant river otter.

Guided trails through the rainforest can help to reveal these natural treasures which are so often camouflaged against the surroundings. Staying at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica and journeying across Lake Valencia, the Madre de Dios river or high above the treetops on the Inkaterra canopy walkway, guests have plenty of opportunity to spot the amazing birdlife for which theses forests are home.

Both these tours run over four days , which give ample opportunity to explore the area and catch a glimpse of some of those exclusive creatures. For more information and booking, take a look at our website at inkaterra.com

Inkaterra 4th Quarter Photography Competition Winner

The final quarter photographic competition of 2013 has drawn to a close at Inkaterra. Congratulations to all who took part, please keep a close eye on the Inkaterra website and social media pages for the details of the next competition.

After receiving a number of spectacular images from of talented individuals, from guests to guides, one photograph proved to be the most popular amongst our voters. Our winner is Noe Roger Huaraca Charca with this picture of the Sphaenorhynchus Lacteus or as it is more commonly known, the Orinoco Lime Tree Frog.

As you can see below, we had some stunning images submitted to the competition, and these were some of the best. Take a look at the photos, and hopefully we’ll see you in 2014 and you can submit your own masterpieces – you may even be lucky enough to win!

Clockwise from main: Giant River Otter – John Barnes, Hotel Guest; Yellow Spotted River Turtle – Jesus Glhemm Ccari, Explorer Guide at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica; Brown Throated Three Toed Sloth – John Barnes, Hotel Guest; Rainbow Boa – Carlos Torres, Explorer Guide at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción.

Clockwise from main: Parides Neophilus - Mayra Maximiliano, Reservation Councillor at Inkaterra Lima; Anhinga – John Barnes, Hotel Guest; Andean Mot Mot – José Luis Lavilla,  Explorer Guide at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

From left to right: Spectacled Caiman – Albert Clar, Hotel Guest; Spectacled Caiman, Jesus Glhemm Ccari, Explorer Guide at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica

 

 

OMAPED Christmas Chocolatadas

On 20th December, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel was proud to host a very special event in collaboration with OMAPED, the Municipal Office for People with Disabilities in Peru.

More than 200 people in the area of Machu Picchu suffer with some form of disability, meaning that daily life can often be very difficult. As part of their Christmas celebrations, OMAPED organised a special event together with many organisations from across the district, throwing a traditional Chocolatadas for those individuals helped by OMAPED.

The event consisted of entertainment, and like the chocolatadas held throughout Peru at this time of year, hot chocolate and sweets were handed out to those attending. As a final surprise, Papanoel himself, Father Christmas took time out from his very busy December to hand out presents. As part of its ongoing commitment to local CSR initiatives, Inkaterra is proud to be involved with such initiatives as this, helping to spread the spirit of goodwill during the festive season.