Inkaterra Staff – Interview: Carmen Soto, Orchid Specialist

We interview Carmen Soto – resident biologist and orchid specialist at Inkaterra Machu Picchu!

When did you start working for Inkaterra? Tell us a bit about your professional background.

I started working at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel thirteen years ago; I am a biology graduate of the Cusco National San Antonio Abad University, I am the Inkaterra NGO, Inka Terra Asociación´s, coordinator at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in charge of conservation projects and research on its flora and fauna. Continue reading

Native Orchids and New Discoveries at Inkaterra Machu Picchu

The collection of native orchids within the grounds of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel is staggering, boasting over 372 species. Guests at the hotel can walk through the tranquil orchid gardens to observe these with expert guides, with some orchids so tiny they require a looking glass to spot.

This month, two new species of bromeliad orchids were identified – completely new to science - (Tillandsioideae – Bromeliaceae) growing abundantly in Machu Picchu Inca ruins, by ERIC J. GOUDA from the Botanic Garden at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands and with the support of José Koechlin, Inkaterra´s founder & CEO, Carmen Soto, resident biologist & orchid specialist at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel & Julio Ochoa, Biologist at Machu Picchu Sanctuary. The two species are called Guzmania inkaterrae & Tillandsia machupicchuensis. Continue reading