We interviewed Alan Huisa – environmental interpreter specialising in nature and birds.
Could you give us a brief biography of your life and career so far ?
Well, I´m 29, my parents are not originally from the region but from the coast. I was born here in the city of Puerto Maldonado, where I also grew up. I started to work as a tour guide when I was 19. I studied three years to become a environmental interpreter, specializing in nature as well as birds.
How did you start working for Inkaterra ?
I always wanted to work in this company, and the first time I tried I got the job. They did different tests and interviews I had to compete with many other guides as well.
What are the most special places in Peru in your opinion ?
I think Peru has too many places to visit, it´s hard to tell it. Definitely the jungle around Hacienda Concepcion, the mountains and the coast of the north where there is incredible surfing.
4 years working with Inkaterra Hotels are enough to discover a lot of secrets in the area. Which is your favorite spot at each of the Inkaterra hotels? What would you most recommended to Inkaterra visitors?
My favorite place is Hacienda Concepción, byInkaterra, because I work where I grew up, in my home region!
I think every place of Inkaterra, in the mountains and the jungle are unique in the world. Each Inkaterra hotel is wonderful – the canopy walkway at Reserva Amazonica (also available at Hacienda Concepcion) is particularly interesting for birdwatching.
What can guests expect to discover and learn from you on a guided tour at the Inkaterra surroundings? What is the most demand tour by visitors to Inkaterra?
Besides nature, people can learn and become aware of how important Amazon rain forest is for the whole world. At Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica the spectacular Canopy Walkway, and nearby the beautiful and solitary lake Sandoval are most in demand.
What made you so passionate about mammals? How is the passion combined with the interpreter guide role at Inkaterra? Is Peru a perfect place to enjoy and learn about mammals?
Learning about the behavior of animals is so interesting and exciting! I think that doing both things makes me feel a lot better. I always think that my country is one of the few places in the world where one can do this.
What is your favorite part of working for Inkaterra?
I think is a serious company and is very related and committed with conservation and social responsibility.