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Explore Machu Picchu in 3D

 

Surrounded by mountains, the Inca Citadel is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Maybe this ancient city of Andean civilizations is one of the reasons why Machu Picchu was recognised as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Have a look at this amazing 3D-Website created by the newspaper El Comercio to celebrate the 5th anniversary of this recognition and enjoy discovering some hidden stories about the lost city of the Incas.

Machu Picchu is home of Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

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Acrobatics in the Cusco Mountains of Machu Picchu

Watch Freerunner World Champion Ryan Doyle demonstrating some truly awesome acrobatics in the breathtaking Mountains of Peru. Ryan is travelling the world to discover the most amazing spots including the Seven World Wonders. His third stop found him at Machu Picchu, home of Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and where he produced this incredible short film.

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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.

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COMPETITION: “FORGOTTEN VILCABAMBA”, WIN AN E-BOOK!

Crux Publishing, a boutique digital publisher that produces high-quality, non-fiction titles, is partnering with Inkaterra to offer 25 readers a free copy of their new e-book “Forgotten Vilcabamba: Final Stronghold of the Incas“, a modern-day adventure set against a fascinating historical backdrop.

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To win a copy, simply answer this question… What is the name of the river which runs past Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel? 

The answer can be found on our website. For more information on Crux Publishing, visit http://www.cruxpublishing.co.uk/index.html 
Full terms and conditions below
In 1532, Francisco Pizarro invaded Peru with 37 horsemen and 106 foot-soldiers.  By the end of 1533, he had conquered the mighty Inca empire, executed its supreme ruler, Atahualpa, and seized the capital city of Cuzco.  Atahualpa’s brother, Manco Inca, lead a huge native rebellion but was eventually defeated by hundreds of Spanish reinforcements who arrived in 1537.  Abandoning the central highlands to the conquistadors, Manco retreated to the remote valleys and wild forests of Vilcabamba where he and his sons ruled over an independent Inca state until 1572.

Few Spaniards were allowed to visit the region and none were permitted to enter the city of Vilcabamba, the final stronghold of the Incas.  Centuries passed and the ruins were forgotten, swallowed by the jungle and only briefly mentioned by 16th century chroniclers.  Over the years, a succession of flamboyant explorers, including Hiram Bingham and Gene Savoy, claimed to have found the “lost city of the Incas” but doubts always persisted, along with rumours of fabulous ruins still to be discovered.

Vince Lee found himself drawn to the mysteries of Vilcabamba after a climbing expedition to the region in 1982.  An architect by profession, Vince was soon back in Peru to draw the most detailed maps ever made of Vitcos, a site rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and clearly described in the 16th century chronicles.  Over a series of expeditions, Vince systematically visited and mapped all the Inca ruins and roads in the Vilcabamba region, using his architectural skills to demonstrate how the palaces, temples and cities would have originally looked and been built.

A cast of explorers, adventurers, campesinos and Maoist guerrillas either aided or hindered Vince in his search for the truth: Had Hiram Bingham actually discovered the ruins of Vilcabamba in 1911?  What had Gene Savoy missed at Espíritu Pampa, the Plain of Ghosts?  What were the mysterious foundations deep in the Vilcabamba jungles?  Was the lost city of the Incas still to be discovered?  Readers will find the answers to these questions (and many more) in the book…”

Terms and conditions:

  • To enter email your answer to competitions.inkaterra@gmail.com
  • The first 25 correct answers will win an e-book
  • Only one entry per person
  • Winners will be sent a voucher code to be redeemed on the Crux Publishing website to access the e-book download
  • Deadline for entering the competition is 31. 07.2012