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La Hora del Planeta – Earth Hour

Following the tragic landslide (huayco) that occurred on Monday in Chosica near Lima, claiming eight lives and leaving many others injured and homeless; targeting climate change has never been more important.

On Saturday 28th March, we will be taking part in ‘La Hora del Planeta’ (Earth Hour) across our lodges to both show our support to those affected by the tragic events in Peru earlier in the week and to make a contribution to helping the planet both environmentally and socially.

Flickr Image by Woodley Wonderworks http://bit.ly/1D57h8b

Flickr Image by Woodley Wonderworks http://bit.ly/1D57h8b

Earth Hour started in 2007 by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) as a lights off event in Sydney, Australia. Now, 7000 countries across the globe participate.  The campaign has been very successful in promoting awareness of the devastating effects on our planet that are a result of climate change.

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Across all our lodges between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Saturday 28th March we will be switching off the power and observing these all important 60 minutes. We urge all our followers to do the same – together, we can make a difference.

For more information on Earth Hour and how you can contribute, 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.

Flickr Image courtesy of Feeb http://bit.ly/1DAqwpK

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

For more information on the Planetarium, please click here.

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February Round Up

Although it is the shortest month of the year, this month has been both exciting and eventful at Inkaterra. Here our February round up of our news from the past 28 days.

Society of American Travel Writers

Machu Picchu Peru was the chosen destination for the latest Society of American Travel Writers Council. Inkaterra and PromPeru organised the trip, sponsored by Libertador and Inca Rail, which involved forty American Travel Writers venturing to Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu to experience the cultural legacy and bio-diversity of the country.

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World Environment Day at Inkaterra

Our CEO, Jose Koechlin attended the Educational Travel Community event in Boston on 20th February. Our volunteering programmes were presented to emphasise our 40-year commitment to scientific research, conservation and sustainable development.

Wild Orchid Man 

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Orchid taxologist and artist, Stig Dalström and film-maker and composer, Darryl Saffer, completed their fourth documentary together at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel this month. ‘Wild Orchid Man, Journey to Machu Picchu’ was filmed at the Native Orchid Garden at IMPP which is home to 372 species of orchid. The film will premier tonight, March 12th at the Glenridge Performing Arts Centre in Sarasota, Florida.

Cabo Blanco

screen-shot-2013-08-02-at-17-59-27 We are thrilled that renowned Peruvian cuisine chef, Gastón Acurio has praised the Inkaterra Asociación’s Cabo Blanco proposal to the Ministry of Environment. This would be the first Peruvian sea sustainability project of its kind and considers an area of 650.000HA aiming to conserve the habitat that houses 35% of the country’s marine diversity.

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Peru emerges as a new hot-spot for Wellness Wanderers

The search for wellness is a hot topic in 2015. In the past few years, Peru has been firmly placed on the culinary map thanks to the rise of restaurants such as Ceviche and Coya London bringing Peruvian cuisine into the mainstream. But as our attention turns away from our stomachs to focus on our health, Peru is emerging as one of the newest Wellness Destinations.

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Firstly, this is in thanks to the prime location. Machu Picchu is a sacred destination for the ancient Incas, who regarded it as a spiritual, almost mythical place. High up in the Andes, the altitude has a positive effect on your health, with the frequency of obesity, diabetes and coronary artery disease being drastically reduced. Unfortunately for most, permanent residency isn’t an option. However the trek up to the citadel is certain to get the heart pumping, and with some 1500 steps on the Inca Trail, those leg muscles will certainly ache.

Wellness is not just about exercise, but about nutrition too. Peru is also home to some of the newest ‘super foods’ – heralded to be the perfect compliment to any diet.

Maca is a native Peruvian plant that grows high in the Andes. Though not much to look at, resembling a small, rough stone, Maca is packed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals which help to increase energy, reduce stress and create an overall revitalising effect.

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Though we hear that chocolate is the dieter’s worst enemy, the natural Cacao which was cultivated over 3,000 years ago has some surprising health benefits. It is rich in vitamin B, as well as iron and zinc. That doesn’t mean you can help yourself to the next tray of chocolates – sadly the added fats and sugars in commercial chocolate don’t have the same benefits. Instead go for raw cacao to make the most of this natural ‘food of gods’.

Lucuma is making headlines in the UK as one of the newest super foods favoured by celebrities and fitness fanatics. Known colloquially as the gold of the Incas, this tropical fruit tastes like caramel, pumpkin and syrup – no wonder it is Peru’s favourite ice-cream flavour. Despite the natural sweetness lucuma is full of health benefits – it is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, as well as being known to lower blood pressure.

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Eating right and exercising is a sure way to put the spring back into your step, but there is another way of rejuvinating. The Inkaterra Unu Spa offers a unique concept that combines the classic nurturing of a SPA with a mystical Andean  approach. All the products used in the Unu Spa are 100% natural, derived from local botanical extracts, for example the Coca leaf, which has been identified as one of the essential elements of the magical, religious and medicinal rituals of the Andean tradition.

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Taking inspiration from the Incan heritage, the unique Andean Sauna at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel uses heated stones in a candle-lit eucalyptus hut located next to the natural spring water pond, providing a unique, natural spa experience, which is sure to revitalise and rejuvenate guests.

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So we have the food, the exercise and the spa treatments – now all we need is you.

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Valentine’s with Inkaterra

‘Peru, Peru, my heart’s lighthouse.’ – Stephen Morrissey.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we feel that this quote from Stephen Morrissey sums up the romance around this country perfectly.

Our ‘Romantic Adventure in the Amazon Experience’ is the ideal unforgettable experience for couples that want to explore magical Peru and create memories that will last a life-time.

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Couples can create lasting memories on the river to Reserva Amazonica. Watch frolicking river otters and side-neck turtles in their natural habitat before arriving at our Amazon Lodge on the banks of the Madre de Dios River.

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The stunning sunsets provide the perfect backdrop for couples sharing a romantic moment. The colours cast across the river, taken in with a bottle of champagne create the most perfect amorous atmosphere.

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This is the ideal package for foodie couples, with delectable dining experiences to be had. Discover Andean cuisine together while soaking up the Peruvian atmosphere.

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During the stay, couples can indulge at our ENA spa offering spectacular views of the Rollin Island opposite; making it a spa session couples will never forget. An energising flower bath and cooling massage can be revelled in, leaving both feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.

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All this and other surprises await adventurous couples looking for the ultimate romantic experience.

 For more information on the romance package, please click here.

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Switch the View of a Screen to Something Worth Looking At

With modern technology playing a major role in all elements of our daily lives, it is often hard to switch off and take time-out to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Those looking to “unplug” and escape the buzz of the modern world, why not ditch the computer screen, switch off the iPad and become an intrepid explorer in Peru.

Inkaterra’s Quintessential Peru Experience is the ideal opportunity to shift your focus away from your technology and onto a 14-day adventure you will never forget. With your phone safely stowed away,  take the time to re-energise and embrace the colourful culture, cuisine and sites Peru has to offer.

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Submerge yourself in the stunning and tranquil atmosphere of the Amazon Rainforest – paddle your way down the Madre De Dios River, explore the magical forest trails and watch as the Lake Sandoval’s resident giant otters and howler monkeys play. Not only will you not have time for technology, you won’t want the distraction. Savour the memories of breath taking sunsets over the forest canopy after all, it’s memories not phones that last a lifetime.

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Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas; with its ruins, markets and villages – you can truly appreciate what this historic site has to offer.

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Missing your phone yet? This should be the last thing on your mind as you watch the sun come up, casting a golden glow over the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu or you can take in the awe-inspiring site of the Colca Canyon. Experience these ancient and mystical wonders the way the Incas did thousands of years before you.

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There are only so many pictures you can view on a mobile device – so why not give it up for a 2 week rejuvenating experience and experience them first hand  with a life changing ‘Digital Detox’  at either Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

For more information of the Quintessential Peru Experience, click here, and if you would like to see any more information on our packages please click here.

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40@40: Celebrating 40 Years of Inkaterra

2015 marks Inkaterra’s 40th anniversary, and a year of celebration across the properties, and across the world.

To mark this memorable year, Inkaterra will be running some exciting initiatives in 2015, demonstrating the stories, successes and the faces of all those who have helped Inkaterra grow and develop into one of the world’s premier sustainable hotel groups.

Be sure to stay tuned to our blog to hear news of our 40th anniversary celebrations. Throughout the year, we will be asking all our followers and friends to get involved in the commemorations across our social media channels, with the first of our 40@40: Celebrating 40 Years albums being launched at the end of January. These albums, showcased on our Facebook page,  will run throughout the year, revealing some of the best images taken in and around Inkaterra.

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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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#LuxVox Twitter Chat on Food and Travel

We are taking part in #LuxVox Twitter chat today at 1pm GMT as we love all things food and travel related.  This chat will be discussing the ultimate culinary experiences, new food delicacies to look out for on your travels and food trends of 2015.

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In the last couple of years Peruvian cuisine has put itself on the foodie map with its  diverse flavours, exotics fruits and herbs as well as some of the freshest seafood from the Pacific Ocean. Chefs such as Virgilio Martinez  and Martin Morales  have really helped to bring local Peruvian dishes to London with their phenomenal restaurants.

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Join us today at 1pm GMT to talk more about Peruvian food, or read more about traditional Peruvian dishes in another of our blog posts, discussing how traditional cuisine demonstrate the fusion of many different cultures that are ever present in Peru. From Japanese and Chinese  inspired cerviche, chifa and nikkei to traditional salads such as Ensalada Pallares made from Peruvian Lima butter beans.

 

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