We are delighted to announce that three of our luxury lodges have joined Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in the National Geographic Society’s shortlist of world-class travel experiences; “National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World”. The portfolio showcases a prestigious collection of boutique hotels, in remarkable destinations around the world. Showing a commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence, Inkaterra La Casona, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel and Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción are among 14 unique lodges to be added to the portfolio this month and will join Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, one of the 24 founding properties announced in January this year. Each lodge is selected through a rigorous evaluation process, judged on guest experience, quality of service and sustainable tourism practise – offering outstanding guest experiences whilst supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage. We’re proud to represent these qualities throughout our hotels; from the interiors of Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba inspired by the Sacred Valley’s cultural history, to the Peruvian architecture and native textiles of Inkaterra La Casona. For more information about National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, click here. If you’d like to know more about any of our properties, click here.
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.
The lodge is reached by canoe, located eight kilometres down river from the town of Puerto Maldonado, providing a breathtaking and very secluded setting. One celebrity couldn’t wait to add some star-studded glamour to the lodge…
Yes that’s right, MICK JAGGER… the perfect candidate to cement the lodge’s status as a jungle hotspot and ideal secluded retreat. Mick Jagger visited byInkaterra in October 2011 for a little R&R, and enjoyed wine and nibbles 90ft up in the Canopy Treehouse but also in a bid to help promote the importance of protecting and preserving the area’s environment, something very close to Inkaterra’s own heart.