Inkaterra celebrates the Year of the Quinoa

2013 The Year of Quinoa

The United Nations recently declared 2013 “The International Year of the Quinoa,” and in celebration, we’re sharing a recipe of one of our most popular breakfast dishes: Quinoa pancakes.

A traditional Andean superfood

Quinoa is a highly versatile, gluten-free grain native to the South American Andes and is known for its great nutritional value, as well as its good taste. Over the years its popularity has grown world-wide and today quinoa is commonly known as one of the world’s most popular “superfoods.”

The year of the Quinoa

The quinoa pancakes, among other quinoa delights served at Inkaterra properties, are prepared using traditional Peruvian ingredients and techniques, and the quinoa is purchased local from Andean farmers as part of Inkaterra´s commitment to Sustainable & Social actions. They are a delicious and healthy breakfast dish – the ideal meal before a day of hiking up to Machu Picchu, exploring the many wonders of Cusco or trekking through the Peruvian Amazon.

Quinoa Pancakes

Why not make some yourself? Try out the recipe which has come straight from the Inkaterra kitchen. Share your images with us on twitter at @InkaterraHotels with hashtag #yearofquinoa

QUINOA PANCAKE

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 ½ cups of flour
• 2 eggs
• 5 tablespoons sugar
• Pinch of salt
• 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon Pisco or brandy
• Approximately ½ cup milk
• 5 tablespoons previously cooked quinoa
• 1 1/2 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
• 2 teaspoons baking powder

PREPARATION:

• Mix eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, pisco, milk and the melted butter.
• Mix the flour and the baking powder separately and then add slowly to the wet mixture until it becomes soft.
• Add the previously cooked quinoa, and add milk if the mixture is too dry.
• Sautee the final mixture in a non-stick frying pan.
• Serve with maple syrup or honey.
• Provecho!

Staff Q&A: Alan Huisa, Interpreter Guide at Hacienda Concepcion byInkaterra

 

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.

Inkaterra Attends the Branding Latin America Breakfast Seminar in London

The newly opened Bulgari hotel was the setting for the 2012 Branding Latin America Breakfast Seminar in London. Branding Latin America two breakfasts a year for tour operators, media, airlines, embassies, Latin American and other related tourism bodies representing Latin America in the UK – those selected representing the best in the “luxury travel” section. Image

Inkaterra’s European Head of Sales and Marketing, Liza Masias, presented Inkaterra to an audience of 50 guests, speaking on diverse subjects such as the history of Inkaterra as a pioneering conservation and tourism brand and the story behind the “Inkaterra Family”.

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