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The Inkaterra Asociación’s Coastal Clean-up

Inkaterra Asociación (ITA), the nonprofit organisation established by Inkaterra, recently took part in a national cleaning day, helping to clean the Vilcanota River basin and tributaries around Machu Picchu.

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The “International Coastal Clean-up” campaign has been running in Peru since 1999, and is still going strong due to the successful partnerships between SERNAP (national services for protected green areas), NGOs and ITA.

With the help of local communities and the general public the campaign aims to promote the conservation of the local aquatic ecosystems through the development of clean-ups in coastal areas and river banks around Peru.

To read more about the ITA’s conservation projects please click here. 

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Jose Koechlin wins Developer award at SAHIC 2013

José Koechlin von Stein wins SAHIC 2013 award

Our founder

Great news for Inkaterra: founder José Koechlin took the award for Developer of the year during the South American Hotel & Investment Conference 2013 (SAHIC 2013), held on September 23rd and 24th at the JW Marriott hotel in Bogota,  Colombia. This prestigious recognition was given for the second time to Mr. Koechlin “in recognition of your tireless and characteristic entrepreneurial spirit, whose devotion to continuously undertake new challenges, either the development of new investments or recovery improvement or upgrade of existing projects, together with the constant contribution for the preservation of the environment, with the marine reserve at Cabo Blanco as your most recent eco-initiatives, is an example of passion, commitment and hard work”, stated SAHIC organiser ‘HVS Global Hospitality Services’.

SAHIC is an annual event of international resonance, which unites South American leaders in Hotel and Tourism business and the Real-Estate industry. Since 2008, it has been celebrated in Buenos Aires (2008), Rio de Janeiro (2009), Cartagena de Indias (2010), Santiago de Chile (2011), and Lima (2012). “SAHIC certainly helps you understand where the industry is today and where it is heading, but above all, it helps you understand where the opportunities lie, how to meet the right partners and build the partnerships that may increase job opportunities”, said its president Arturo García Rosa. In this opportunity, SAHIC gave recognition to the  bold work Inkaterra have been since 1975.

Cabo Blanco

Inkaterra’s most recent project is the recovery of a region of Cabo Blanco in Northern Peru, which during the 1950’s was considered the best zone for game fishing. Inkaterra are working on the protection of the marine reserve Cabo Blanco-Bank of Mancora, and collaborating with local artisanal fishermen guides for the education of sustainable fishing methods, with the purpose of rescuing the area’s biodiversity. Inkaterra wants to transform Cabo Blanco in a model for sustainable tourism, where recreational fishing is a main source of development that encourages economic growth, social inclusion and environmental care.

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Stay tuned on our blog and on our social media channels for updates on this exciting project. 

World Earth Day Celebrations at Inkaterra

UNESCO World Earth Day

World Earth Day 2013

Today, across the world, communities are celebrating UNESCO World Earth Day: an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year. The environment and sustainability has been at the forefront of our decisions here at Inkaterra since our inauguration in 1975, and we continue to integrate sustainable business practices into all aspects of our operations.

Here are some of our core initiatives that we undertake to ensure a healthy future for our planet. Our world is a beautiful place so let’s take the steps towards to ensure future generations will have the chance to experience it also.

1. Creation of the Inkaterra Association: In 2001, we established the NGO INKATERRA Association (ITA), which develops scientific, technological, social, and cultural research to help manage and protect the biodiversity of Peru’s Andes and Amazon Rainforest.

2. Carbon Neutral: Since 1989, we have belonged to a carbon stock-monitoring network with the University of Leeds (UK); and in 2007, Inkaterra became Peru’s first carbon-neutral travel organisation. We protect more than 42,000 acres of original forest, which helps to directly reduce 3,315,000 tons of carbon. All Inkaterra hotels use clean technology and sustainable practices to ensure that each guest has a 100% carbon-neutral stay.

The garden at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

3. Eco-friendly products: Over the years Inkaterra has substantially increased the amount of eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning products used at each hotel. Additionally, all in-room amenities are organic and eco-friendly, and bottles are made from recycled glass.

Eco-friendly products

4. Water Conservation: It is a goal of ours to measure, control and decrease overall water consumption at all properties. We are verified by the Rainforest Alliance, and we also organise an annual cleaning campaign for the Vilcanota, Alccamayo and Madre de Dios riverbanks.

Our annual clear up at Inkaterra

5. Recycling: Eco-consciousness is a company-wide practice here at Inkaterra, and the headquarters in Lima follows suit by actively recycling paper.

6. Conserving Trees: For the next 30 years, Inkaterra is managing five Forestry Concessions throughout Peru for conservation, research and educational purposes. Inventories of flora and fauna will be regularly taken and various environmental education workshops and volunteer activities will be available on a regular basis. Wildlife: Before Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel was built, the area was only used for cattle; after the restoration took place, numerous native species of birds and other wildlife began to re-appear. Today there are constant wildlife sightings, including the endangered Spectacled Bear and several types of hummingbirds. We founded a Spectacled Bear Project in order to rehabilitate these bears, many of which have been harmed or affected by human impact.

Spectacled Bears

8. Energy Consumption: Each Inkaterra property has an employee responsible for managing and monitoring energy (as well as water, waste and other sustainable-related activities). We have a strict energy consumption policy, and employees are required to attend training sessions and lectures to make sure they are constantly up-to-date with information.

9. Responsible Construction Methods: All Inkaterra properties are built using the least amount of energy and new materials possible. At Inkaterra’s newest property, Hacienda Urubamba – scheduled to open in late 2013/early 2014 – only basic modern machinery is being used during construction. Traditional techniques and tools will be implemented whenever possible, such as using oxen and tacclas (an Andean foot plough) to plough the fields, whilst 14 acres of the land will be dedicated to cultivating 100% carbon-free organic products.

10. Education: Inkaterra offers many workshops and programs for local children (as well as adults) centred on the importance of sustaining the environment. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel holds an Environmental Education Workshop for local children run by the Inkaterra Association (ITA).

Inkaterra offers many workshops and programs for local children

We must educate our children

11. The Inkaterra Canopy & Anaconda Walk: This system of bridges, platforms and towers at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica offers an expansive window into the world of the tropical rainforest, enabling guests to better understand the area’s vast ecosystem without causing a carbon footprint. Nature experts at Inkaterra constantly monitor and study wildlife, endangered ecosystems as well as flora and fauna in the area.

The towers at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

12. Staying Local: Many of the products used in Inkaterra hotels are purchased from local suppliers, which enhances the economy of these communities and cuts down on transportation. The majority of produce at Inkaterra comes from local farms that are run by both the Inkaterra Association and nearby native communities.

Make every day World Earth Day

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