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22nd April: Earth Day 2015

The 22nd of April marks  Earth Day 2015, the world’s largest civic event celebrating and promoting environmental initiatives and a public commitment to conservation and sustainability.

Inkaterra is proud to join millions across the globe in marking Earth Day 2015, with a variety of initiatives occurring across the various lodges and properties .

At both Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica and Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, guests and staff will have the opportunity to give something back to the environment, with litter picking taking place across the local wildlife trails, and an organised river clean-up to remove refuse and pollutants from areas that many species call home. Inkaterra explorer-guides will also conduct special nature walks highlighting the importance of protecting the local environment.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel will be holding special activities that guests are invited to get involved with, such as a unique Earth Day video screening, and a special explanation by some of the Explorer Guides on the reforestation of the area surrounding the hotel. We have also organised a collaboration with the local school, whereby students will receive a special lecture on the significance of Earth Day, and the implications and responsibilities that this day brings. Additionally, a competition has been organised at the school to highlight the necessity of protecting the local environment, promoting the importance of conservation and sustainability amongst the local population.

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At the newly opened Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, staff are conducting an area-wide litter pick campaign in the Sacred Valley, and will spend some of their day ensuring that the local area is litter and pollution free – just as nature intended.

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We are proud to be part of Earth Day, and are honored to be part of this worldwide commitment to improving and protecting the natural state of the Earth. We encourage all our staff, guests, readers and friends to involve themselves in Earth Day in any way they can.

 

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Sustainability, Conservation and the Inkaterra Asociación

As the number of visitors enjoying what Peru has to offer is at an all time high, so is the importance of protecting and preserving iconic landmarks and species. Sustainability, conservation and the Inkaterra Asociación is a relationship that endeavours to preserve and protect these landmarks whilst educating others on the key facts.

The Rainforest

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The Amazon Rainforest covers a billion acres of South America, if it were a country, it would be the 9th largest in the world. However, one and a half acres of rainforest is lost every second due to a variety of factors. In 2006, the Peruvian Government gave the concession of eco-tourism – ‘Reserva Ecológica Inkaterra’ – this comprised 10,000 HA of land 15km next to our Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge. From here, the ITA work to generate new eco-tourism products, develop and implement conservation activities and sustain the management of natural resources.

Andean Bears

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Andean bears are the only bear species to be found in South America. The species is under threat from many factors including habitat loss, hunting and the wildlife trade. In the grounds of our Inkaterra Machu Picchu hotel, the ITA have created a rescue centre for this endangered species that is currently home to five bears. Its main objectives are to rehabilitate and work on reproduction and reinsertion programmes.

Cabo Blanco Marine Reserve

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A variety of species can be found in the waters surrounding the country. From various crustaceans and sea turtles to humpback whales and there is no doubt that there are many more amazing and unique species waiting to be discovered. With this in mind, the ITA works to preserve and protect  these species that live there and invests research into the discovery of new ones as well.

For more information on the ITA and what they do, please click here.

 

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Inkaterra Asociación’s Environmental Workshop

Earlier this month the Inkaterra Asociación lead their latest educational workshop focusing on the environment. The programme has been running for nine years now, lead by a team of professional biologists and Inkaterra guides sharing their extensive knowledge of the surrounding area. The aim of these workshops has always been to help teach the local children how to value and respect the environment they live in.

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 Inkaterra Asociación (ITA)  endeavour to make the workshops as fun and as interactive as possible so the children can relate to the issues discussed. Organisers encourage the children to play games and take part in experiments along side looking at arts and crafts. These interactive efforts teach the children about issues such as recycling, climate change, ecology, biodiversity and ecotourism.

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Inkaterra believes events like this are vital throughout the year in order to help the younger generation to connect with the environment, giving them a sense of responsibility.  ITA firmly believe that these sessions are important as they “encourgae children to have a friendly relationship with the environment”.

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Inkaterra shortlisted for two PURE Awards 2014

During the recent PURE Awards, Inkaterra was shortlisted in two  award categories, firstly for their ‘Contribution to Conservation & Sustainability’ and secondly José Koechlin founder and president of Inkaterra was nominated for his ‘Contribution to Experiential Travel’.

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The PURE Awards have now been running for two years, discovering and rewarding inspirational and experimental travellers from the community. This year the PURE Awards ceremony took place at the Palais des Congrès Marrakech. All those who attended had the chance to cast their vote.

The Inkaterra Asociación (ITA) was shortlisted in the Conservation & Sustainability category due to the creation of the Andean Bear Rescue Center, in the grounds of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.  This conservation project is aiming to rescue, rehabilitate and raise awareness of bears found in inadequate captivity conditions, helping develop breeding and reinsertion programs while facilitating research and educating the local community.

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José Koechlin, founder and president of Inkaterra was shortlisted in the category for ‘Contribution to Experiential Travel’ and was commended for his inspiring development of eco-friendly tourism in Peru. The awards recognised all his achievements from leading various tourism and conservation boards to co-producing two films featuring Machu Picchu and the Amazon, helping to start the first wave of tourism in Peru.

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Andean Bear at Inkaterra Machu Picchu

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 Read further and find out more about the ITA Conservation and Sustainability projects and the Andean Bear Rescue Center.

If you would like to support any of the ITA’s conservation projects then please donate here, any contribution would be greatly appreciated.

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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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Fishing at Cabo Blanco

Iconic ‘Miss Texas’ fishing boat is sailing again in Cabo Blanco, with renowned captain Norm Isaacs on the lead. While it currently serves research purposes in the tropical sea of Northern Peru, the Miss Texas gear is also being tested during excursions. This month, the fishing of a 24-pound Mahi-Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) was caught on video. Using Boomerang fishing rods tailored for Inkaterra and Everol reels, deckhands Juan Panta and Diego Rehder and angler Alex Passapera (sitting on the Murray Brothers chair) caught the Mahi-Mahi when sailing 12 miles off shore. As soon as it had bitten a cedar plug, the angler did his job and Diego performed the leadering, holding the fishing line to let the catch swim next to the boat. When it was close enough, Juan took care of the gaffing, bringing the fish on board. After weighing it, the catch went into Miss Texas’ ice-filled Engel cooler.

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It was just its third expedition and despite sailing dark waters that day, another two Mahi-Mahis were caught while other fish were spotted. It is worth mentioning that just some days before, a 250-pound Black Marlin (Makaira indica) jumped twice near the boat, which allows captain Norm Isaacs to confirm Cabo Blanco’s potential for sport fishing.

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Our Inkaterra January 2014 Workshops

2014 has kicked off to a busy start here at Inkaterra with  several successful workshops for our local community, all with the aim of promoting sustainability and ecotourism here in Peru. So far, there have been events for our Inkaterra guides, the local children and for disabled people around the Machu Picchu area. You can read more about each of our events below.

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Peru is renowned for its birdlife, and the area around Machu Picchu is particularly spectacular in birding terms. We are keen to promote the area as a birdwatching hotspot, and to really allow visitors to really test their binoculars, the Inkaterra Asociación organised a training course for local guides from both Cusco and Machu Picchu. The seminars were led by Manuel Bryce, Fernando Ángulo and Barry Walker, all experts on ecotourism, conservation and birdwatching. Held over four (very rainy) days, participants were taken on field excursions and attended lectures on guiding techniques, conservation ethics and virtual tools for birdwatching. The aim of the training course was to strengthen and empower the local guides to increase Machu Picchu’s presence on the global birdwatching stage, promoting it as the birdwatching destination.

Another session has already been arranged for March showing how committed the local guides are in these conservation projects.

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As part of our commitment to social responsibility, the Inkaterra Asociación organised a creative finger painting workshop for disabled citizens from the region around Machu Picchu. In conjunction with OMAPED, the government office for the disabled, the workshop was held in the Ministry of Culture’s offices. Participants spent the day getting their hands dirty painting pictures of animals that live in and around the cloud forests of Machu Picchu.

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Our Inkaterra Asociación ran a series of children’s workshops during the summer vacations this January to educate children aged 5 to 12 on the importance of ecotourism and conservation. Through games, experiments and seminars the children were taught key messages on themes such as recycling, climate change and natural sciences, both locally in Peru and internationally. The workshops were run by our team of explorer guides, biologists, anthropologists and volunteers from the Inkaterra Asociación, and will help to raise awareness and respect to the local environment.

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We are proud to support local initiatives, and these are the first of many workshops and seminars that will take place for 2014. Stay tuned right here on our blog and on our social media channels for details on the other social initiatives that we will be running throughout the year.

Inkaterra Birding Rally Challenge 2013

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Next week, from 3rd to 10th December, the third Birding Rally Challenge begins in Peru. Considered the world championships for birding, for those who aren’t in the know, this is the ultimate event in the ornithological world, bringing together the most renowned birding teams from all over the globe in a six-day contest to decide the best Birding Team in the world.

The challenge for the teams from the United States, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Colombia is to cover the greatest number of habitats within a certain area in a limited amount of time counting the number of bird species they can identify; and naturally, the winners are the team that has spotted the highest number of species.

Peru has been specially chosen to host the Birding Rally Challenge because of its expensive natural biodiversity. Peru is a true treasure in ornithological terms. It is home to 1836 species of bird – that is one fifth of all registered species in the world, Peru is the second leading country in the world for bird diversity, and the best in terms of bird observation. The unique habitats that Peru has, from lush wetlands to vibrant cloud forests means it is host to visiting species, as well as the 120 endemic bird species that call Peru home.

Organised by the Inkaterra Hotels, the Inkaterra Association and PromPerú, the teams will travel 840km through Peru, from Tambopata in southern Peru, to the bio diverse cloud forest of Machu Picchu, and the teams will stay at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

The actual challenge won’t simply be a walk in the park for our teams. They will have to contend with the changing climates of Peru, from the tropics of the rainforest to the coolness of the Andes, not to mention the strict rules about bird sightings.

But this competition is not simply about birdwatching. The Birding Rally Challenge has some core principles behind it. Designed to develop ecotourism in Peru, the competition promotes conservation and sustainable tourism, especially regarding the local communities that are often overlooked by traditional tourism.

In December 2012, the first rally lasted five days, and a total of 692 species were sighted. The second rally, Nor Amazon, trumped this total, with the birding teams observing 864 separate species in Peru – that’s 10% of the world’s registered bird species.

The 9th December is deadline day for our five birding teams, with the closing ceremony and winners being announced at 19.00. Will it be another successful rally for the American team? Only time and a keen eye will tell.

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Cabo Blanco: A Sea Worth Saving

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Sixty years ago this week, Louisiana oilman Alfred Glassell Jr. became a fishing legend. In the sea of Cabo Blanco, Peru, on board a yacht baptized ‘Miss Texas’, he caught a Black Marlin that weighed 1560 pounds, a historical record that was filmed for the Hollywood adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (1958).

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As a consequence, Cabo Blanco achieved worldwide fame, to be visited by the likes of Marylin Monroe, John Wayne and Gary Cooper. The sea’s warm weather and location, situated on the confluence of three currents, also made it the only place on the planet with a twelve month fishing season – hence the seven world fishing records achieved during the 50’s and 60’s.

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Sadly, an exploitation of natural resources has led to a loss in this marine supremacy for Cabo Blanco, which is why ecotourism pioneer Inkaterra has organised the 1st Conference for Research, Conservation and Development of the Peruvian Tropical Sea. This is part of the company’s aim to support scientific discoveries that will ultimately protect natural resources and boost the enterprises of local communities.

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Celebrated from the 2nd-4th August, the congress will include high profile exhibitors such as Rob Kramer (President of the International Game Fish Association) and Professor Nelson Ehrardt (Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric science). The legendary “Miss Texas”, will also be on display on the first day of the conference at the Lima Marina Club, having been fully restored by Inkaterra, before it returns to the Northern Sea for its next great adventure.

Stamps celebrating the 60th anniversary of Glassell’s renowned catch; On sale from 2nd August.

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“The tropical sea of Peru is a globally outstanding place for marine biodiversity, including many commercially important and endangered species. The designation of a marine protected area to preserve and restore marine life while ensuring the economic benefits to oceandependent communities by the Government of Peru, would be great news”.

–Terry D. Garcia,

Executive Vice President, Missions Programs of National Geographic Society