Educational Travel Community: Opening doors to Open Minds

As part of the Educational Travel Community’s commitment to advancing responsible tourism, the Educational Travel Community (ETC) hosts an annual Responsible Tourism Conference. This is to recognize the efforts of it’s members and their partners working diligently in the field to develop and implement responsible tourism initiatives. 

Educational travel facilitates deeper, more enduring connections between travellers and the communities they visit through strong interpretation, experiential programming, and meaningful engagement. The Educational Travel Conference is the world’s only travel industry meeting to bring this exclusive group of professionals together, under one roof, for several packed days of outstanding educational sessions, keynotes, and collegial roundtables designed to address a variety of critical and timely topics, as well as skills workshops, networking opportunities, and special events.

Inkaterra are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a 2nd place Honoree award from the committee for their efforts towards Responsible Tourism and education, which will see them receive a cheque for $1000 at the awards ceremony in Orlando early next year. This money will go towards enhancing the current efforts that Inkaterra take in order to pursue an educational experience for both workers and guests alike.

Inkaterra have several programs in place that aid in educating the local communities at each of their properties. At Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica there is continual training practices in place for the Inkaterra interpreters or guides who are kept ready to teach about the enormous wealth of the biodiversity in the cloud forest and the tropical Amazon rainforest, the archaeological sites and the living cultures which assure their “Peruness”. Inkaterra also actively support the development of the Science and Environment curriculum in the local community school of Madama, located near the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica lodge, in the district of Las Piedras, as also at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Guests are included in the educational programs also, with programs in place to create awareness and education on biodiversity and archaeological sites to guests staying in the Inkaterra chain of hotels.

Inkaterra believe in benefiting and helping the local communities in which they operate as much as they can. By encouraging the development of local communities, taking into consideration their environment and culture, Inkaterra hope to assist in helping Peru towards a educated, sustainable and brighter future.

A Digital-Detox with Inkaterra

When was the last time you went without checking your emails or phone?  We live in a world where we use our mobile devices on average every ten minutes, so when we do have a break, we find it difficult to completely switch off.  In today’s technologically advanced world, even on holiday mobile phones are often close at hand, be it for making calls, reading work emails, or tweeting about the weather.

Increasingly, more of us are craving a complete switch off from the digital sphere, in an environment of inspiring natural beauty. And where better to get your ‘Digital Detox’ than within the realm of the Inca Gods at Machu Picchu, or to the beat of the Peruvian Amazon Jungle? Like an entire continent in a country, Peru astounds visitors with the diversity of its landscapes. From jaw-dropping terrain to glaciated Andean peaks, the only device that you will need on a trip to Peru will be your camera.

The Amazon River at Inkaterra Amazonica Reserva

A ‘Digital-Detox’ at Inkaterra will bring you right back to nature. With no signal available, you can relax and de-stress whilst staying at the Reserva Amazonica Lodge, waking to a symphony of tropical birdsong; ending your days by lantern light and falling asleep to the sounds of the Amazon rainforest. Explore the rainforest garden and learn to identify native plants, tress and orchids, while spotting rare species of birds.

Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is another serene retreat to escape from fast-paced lives. The timeless spirit of Machu Picchu awaits, along with local excursions to tea plantations, or discovering the largest orchid collection that is open to the public. The ancient land of the Incas make you forget about your busy life as you learn about the incredible history and tales of the Inca Tribe. Days at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel end with an Andean eucalyptus sauna, followed by a star-lit plunge pool dip. A perfect end to a digital-free day.

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.

May festivities in Peru and the Otter Festival

Peru is enjoying a May full of festivities. If you feel like dancing to the most traditional rituals in Ayacucho, travelling over beautiful landscapes with pilgrimages to Pascoor or submerging into deepest Peruvian culture in Tumbes, May is the perfect chance!

From the third week of May you will also be able to enjoy the II Festival Iternacional del Lobo de Rio that Tambopata celebrates in order to promote the protection of these beautiful native otters, the “lobo de rio”. Continue reading