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Introducing Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

We at Inkaterra are delighted to be introducing Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in between Cusco and Machu Picchu.

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Spanning 10 acres (4.05 has) and amongst stunning countryside, the property is home to 12 rooms including a three room ‘Owners Suite’.  All rooms have views of the valley as well as the surrounding area, allowing you to be completely immersed in the open space. An additional 24 casitas will be opening this summer, offering a private and bespoke accommodation choice.

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Custom made interiors and pre-Columbian textiles that cover the walls were carefully picked by Denise Guislain-Koechlin, with help from her husband, Inkaterra’s founder and CEO Jose Koechlin.

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The properties surround a farmland that houses an organic plantation, where you can pick your own produce from quinoa and artichokes to Urubamba giant corn.  Guests are encouraged to get involved in the natural farming methods used to maintain the land, including ”tacllas” – a hand plough, pulled by an oxen.

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Enjoy a range of in house activities such as bird watching (over 30 species of bird are found on the grounds) and horseback riding. Excursions can also be taken to the surrounding areas to ensure you have a truly authentic Inkaterra experience.

For more information on our properties, please click here. 

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Star Light, Star Bright – Astronomy in Peru

The incredible history of the Incan Empire in Peru is of cultural significance to the country and just another reason for you to visit.

Like many ancient civilisations, astronomy played a key role in all aspects of Incan life; from governing ceremonial occasions to agricultural activities. The Planetarium in Cusco offers amazing insights into Peruvian astronomy that will mean you will never look at the sky the same again…

Flickr Image via Nathan Gibbs http://bit.ly/1H0ZRmR

Flickr Image via Nathan Gibbs http://bit.ly/1H0ZRmR

A 10 minute stroll from Inkaterra La Casona - a colonial manor house in the heart of Cusco – the Planetarium is a must visit for travellers yearning to know more about the magical skies of Peru.

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Talks on Incan astronomy and interactive workshops will teach visitors how to observe the skies and planetarium experts will explain how the architecture of Peru – particularly Machu Picchu, was intimately connected and aligned with the stars.

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The Planetarium gardens boast some of the clearest skies in Peru, ideal for stargazing. Cosy up with a blanket, hot drink and telescope and gaze upon the Black Llama and other fascinating constellations, just as the Incas did thousands of years before you.

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Flickr Image via Feeb http://bit.ly/1DAqwpK

For more information on the Planetarium, please click here.

A honeymoon escape with Inkaterra

A Honeymoon Escape with Inkaterra

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There’s something inherently romantic about being in the midst of nature, with nothing but yourself, your new partner and the trees around you. With a Peruvian honeymoon, couples can experience diverse landscapes and diverse wildlife viewing opportunities, ensuring an unforgettable start to married life.

Inkaterra’s Passionate in Peru Package is a perfect solution for newly-weds seeking a little natural adventure in their honeymoon. Escape on a romantic adventure in the Southern Amazon, get spellbound in the Sacred Valley or have a quixotic exploration of the Inca legacy. The magic and mystique of Machu Picchu awaits and the captivating city of Cusco is ready to be explored.

Some of the trip highlights include:

  • A surprising welcome in Lima, where you can center yourselves as a couple at
    former crown jewel of Spain’s South American empire.
  • Enjoy rainforest luxury at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, for riverside romance on the banks
    of the meandering Madre de Dios.
  • Get spell bound in Sacred Valley as you see the finest Inca sites, colorful villages
    and markets.
  • Marvel at Machu Picchu – and each other. Enjoy your own royal Inca retreat, at
    Inkaterra Machu Picchu’s whitewashed casitas and villas
  • Take your pick for a tryst: towering temples, majestic mansions, remarkable
    ruins or cool colonial churches in Cusco

Or, why not just stay at just one of our hotels during your honeymoon. Each Inkaterra property offers unique honeymoon experiences that cater to all. At Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica spend unforgettable nights of Peruvian rainforest enchantment with your beloved. Celebrate with champagne, indulgent massages in our river-view spa, or experience an energizing flowering bath.

If the ancient ruins of the Inca empire call to you, then why not plan a Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Honeymoon escape. Champagne and special treats from Inkaterra await, as well as guided excursions to the ancient Machu Picchu. Relax after your Inca trek with our Andean sauna, or maybe a de-stress massage session for two.

If a city retreat is more your style for your first trip as man and wife, then the colonial churches and lights of Cusco will delight. Use Inkaterra La Casona as your base to explore Cusco’s meandering streets, then relax back at the hotel with a de-stress massage and foot therapy session. The quiet oasis of La Casona, located on the serene plaza Las Nazarenas, will leave you feeling rested and inspired by the surroundings of the beautiful Andean scenery.

Whatever you decide to do, there’s nothing quite like setting off on your first adventure together as you begin a new chapter in your lives. And where better to do it than in Peru with Inkaterra.

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Say Bye to Sushi and Hi to Ceviche

For those who keep up to date with the culinary delights of the world will know that Peruvian food is the up and coming cuisine of the moment. The South American country’s mouthwatering cured-fish ceviches, spicy mashed-potato causas and tender alpaca steaks are going global.

Last week saw Phil Vickery from ITV’s ‘This Morning’ take us to Peru in search of local cuisine that will tantalise our taste buds. Exploring the jungle, heading up higher than he’s ever gone before, Phil cooked with the Kalahari Bushmen and got to grips with some giant crabs. For his first Cookout, Phil headed to the Amazon rainforest deep in the heart of Peru. He met the local Ese Eja tribe, went fishing for piranhas and got a bit too close for comfort with an eight-legged beastie!

Through exploring the local communities, Phil found out about the classic national dish Ceviche, and rustled up his own version on the banks of the river in the Amazon Basin. See below for his recipe to make your own Peruvian Ceviche at home:

Ceviche

  • Take 350-500g of any kind of raw white fish and slice.
  • Mix juice of 3 large limes and a juice from 2 ripe passion fruit juice together and add to the fish.
  • Add ½ a chopped onion and 2 cloves of chopped garlic.
  • Add a small amount of finely chopped ginger, about 1 tbps
  • Top with some black pepper, a pinch of sugar and salt and mix altogether. Leave to marinade for about 10 minutes.

Salsa

  • To make a salsa take 2 large chopped tomatoes, 1 small red pepper & red onion, 1 tbsp chopped ginger, and 1 clove of garlic crushed mix with juice of 1 large lime and 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil , along with a few sprigs of fresh mint and 1 small chopped, ripe avocado.
  • Season well with salt and pepper.

Whilst visiting Peru, Phil had the delight of staying at two of Inkaterra’s properties; The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. Through South American Adventure Tours, Phil went on a fantastic eight day tour, which includes visits to the colourful city of Lima as well as the former capital of the Inca’s Great Empire Cusco‘ and the majestic lost city of Machu Picchu. This tour includes two chances to stay at the Inkaterra properties.  South American Adventure Tours state that  ’Peru is a magical country full of mystic encounters, customs, emotions, adventures and a history that will never fail to surprise you’. Don’t miss out on a trip of a lifetime to explore the wonders of Peru – explore today with Inkaterra and South American Adventure Tours

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Cusco a contender for one of the New ‘7 Wonder Cities in the World’

Amazon Rainforest Receives Recognition

Encompassing 1.7 billion acres and the greatest variety of plant and animal life in the world, the Amazon Rainforest has been recognised as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. A 120 kilo plaque, stating that the Amazon is officially one of the wonders of the world, can now be found in Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest and the capital of the Loreto Region.

Now vote for Cusco as one of the new ‘7 Wonder Cities in the World’

The city of Cusco, home of the Inkaterra La Casona Cusco Hotel, has also reached public acclaim. It is currently ranked as the top contender to take the crown of Favorite City in the New ‘7 Wonder Cities in the World’. Lima is placed in the 15th position as the other representant of Peru in the 21 finalists for best City.

Cusco, the old capital of the Inca Empire, was declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of the Humanity in 1983 and it is one of the most important tourist destinations in Peru.

To help Cusco become one of the New 7 Wonder Cities in the World, you can vote here until 7th of December 2012, when the results will be published.

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Celebrating Cusco – 10 travel ideas for your next holiday

Congratulations to Cusco which recently received recognition as the Best Latin American City 2012 in Mexico, Central & South America by Travel & Leisure Magazine. To celebrate, we have compiled our top ten local attractions that you should visit on your next trip to this amazing city.

1. Take a tour of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo in Plaza de Armas, home to more than 300 paintings, carvings and sculptures. The cathedral was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the City of Cuzco in 1983.

2. Visit the Sacsayhuaman, a fortress dedicated to the Sun cult and one of the most impressive Inca constructions. Located just a 10 minute drive away on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, the Sacsayhuaman is also where the Inti Raymi Festival is celebrated every 24th of June.

3. Located right next to the Inkaterra La Casona in Plaza Nazarenas and well worth a visit, is the MAP Museum – Peru’s only museum dedicated to the arts of ancient Peruvian cultures. You can also visit the house of the Inca Garcilaso Museum, birthplace of the Inca author Garcilaso de la Vega, which was converted into the Regional Historical Museum in 1946.

4. Explore the Koricancha Temple, dedicated to worshipping the sun. It’s the most sumptuous temple in the Inca Empire. The Temple of the Sun is located in the southern part of the city of Cusco, just a 7 minute walk from Plaza de Armas.

5. Also close by to the Plaza de Armas is San Blas, one of Cusco’s most picturesque and famous communities. The area, known as the ‘artisan district’, is home to some of the most artistic families of the city.

6. Why not venture outside Cusco for a day and explore Zona X: an amazing network of tunnels both natural and artificial. Explore the idyllic area and enjoy the impressive views of Cusco and the valley, or book a horse parade tour around the north of Cusco.

7. Visit the Sacred Valley, also known as the Urubamba Valley, where the new Inkaterra’s Hacienda Urubamba Hotel will open in early 2013. Visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, one of the most ancient occupied human settlements in America which showcases the best example of city planning done by the Incas. There are plenty of tours to the Sacred Valley and tickets can be bought from Plaza de Armas.

8. Keep your Sunday morning free to explore the local culture in the Pisac Market. This, the biggest market in Cusco, can be found in the Sacred Valley, just by the UrubambaRiver and is the perfect spot to sit and relax with a coffee and watch the locals go about their business.

9. Known as the Square of the warrior, the Plaza de Armas has been the scene of several important events in the history of this city, such as the proclamation by Francisco Pizarro in the conquest of Cuzco. Enjoy the best of Peruvian food at a restaurant here – it’s one of the most popular lunchtime destinations in Cusco.

10. After a busy day of sightseeing, there’s nowhere better to relax than on our terrace at Inkaterra La Casona. Centrally located, enjoy beautiful views of the Plaza Nazarenas as you sip a Pisco Sour, the most famous Peruvian cocktail.