Lima, November 2004
INKATERRA BUILDS FIRST INKATERRA CANOPY WALKWAY IN
SOUTHERN PERUVIAN RAINFOREST (MADRE DE DIOS)
LIMA, PERU, NOVEMBER 2004: Jose Koechlin, Chairman and CEO of INKATERRA,
announced the opening of South America's most modern Canopy Walk, in the
private ecological reserve adjoining its Reserva Amazónica lodge,
an hour from Puerto Maldonado.
The INKATERRA Canopy Walk, built by the US firm Canopy Construction Associates
(www.canopyaccess.com), has, in its first stage, a total length of 345
meters (1131 feet) of which 200 meters (656 feet) are divided between
seven hanging bridges, 25 meters (82 feet) in six circular treetop observation
platforms, and 120 meters (393 feet) in two 35-meter (114 feet) high towers.
The whole structure has been designed to avoid any negative impact on
These features (camouflaged to blend in with the surroundings and with
towers installed to make it possible to spend the night in the canopy)
make this Canopy Walk the only one of its kind in the world. Quinilla
and shihuahuaco, two of the hardest woods from the rainforest, were used
in its construction, and other materials were brought from the US, such
as the steel cables and wire mesh ecologically treated against corrosion
for protection along the sides. The structure allows comfortable and secure
treetop observation of flora and fauna, including orchids, bromeliads,
amphibians, insects, birds and primates, in addition to extraordinary
views of the beautiful Madre de Dios River and the surrounding landscape,
the Tambopata National Reserve, the INKATERRA Ecological Reserve, and
the subcanopy, or the zone of the tops of the medium high palms and trees.
In the second stage, to begin in May 2005, the INKATERRA Canopy Walk will
be completed with an additional 260 meters (853 feet) of bridges, 10 additional
platforms and a third tower over 35 meters (114 feet) tall, which will
turn this system of arboreal walkways into one of the longest and most
sophisticated in the world.
All of the economic benefits from this project are administered by the
NGO Inkaterra Association (ITA) and will serve to finance conservation
and social development projects carried out in Madre de Dios. These projects
are supervised by the World Bank, International Conservation, the Missouri
Botanical Garden and the National Geographic Society. This project has
been possible thanks to a loan awarded by the Global Environment Facility
(GEF) - the United Nations Environmental Program - and the support of
the National Geographic Society and the International Finance Corporation
(IFC, of the World Bank).
INKATERRA is a Peruvian organization that has pioneered experiences in
ecotourism and resource conservation since 1975. It has an alliance with
ITA by which profits from the company are reserved for conservation and
development programs in two ecosystems having the greatest biodiversity
in the world: the cloud forest of Machu Picchu and the wet tropical forest
of Madre de Dios. INKATERRA has hotels in both places: the Machu Picchu
Pueblo Hotel and Reserva Amazónica.
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call (511) 610-0400 or enter our website www.inkaterra.com.