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.
Whether you are trekking the infamous trek up to Machu Picchu, exploring one of our nature trails or trailing the Amazon Rainforest; we at Inkaterra know how essential it is to plan ahead to make sure your backpack has everything you need to make your adventure enjoyable. We have taken a few tips from our Inkaterra Travel Recommendations Pack for items that should be in your bag when trekking in Peru.
We recommend sturdy hiking boots as opposed to trainers. Ideally, these should be breathable to keep your feet dry and have good ankle support. Definitely break these in before starting your trek – you certainly don’t want blisters ruining the amazing experience! If blisters are a problem, then make sure you have a roll of Zinc tape in your bag – an easy and effective way of avoiding rubbing.
First and foremost, go for long trousers; if you wear shorts or cut offs, you run the risk of mosquito bites. Materials that dry quickly are also recommended, just incase you get wet along the way (this can be likely, the weather changes dramatically depending on elevation and season) Comfort is the most important thing – a baggy pair of trousers allows for room to move and also stops mosquitoes being able to bit through the fabric.
Fleece is the ideal material for hiking or trekking as it’s lightweight and comfortable. It’s easy to carry and can be easily rolled up to fit in your backpack. It also dries quickly when you get wet – which happens quite frequently in the rainforest!
This is the preferable option over a rain jacket. It’s easy to carry, take on and off and can even cover your backpack as well!
Plenty of strong natural & organic mosquito repellent is a must! At Inkaterra we provide lemongrass, proven to be an effective mosquito repellent. Ensure your body and even your clothes are covered to make sure you don’t get nipped by pesky bugs.
For more information on treks and excursions from our Inkaterra properties, please click here.
Llamas are synonymous with Peruvian culture and have been at the forefront of the Peruvian way of life for centuries. That’s why we thought we’d share with you just why we love them so much.
The llama was one of the only domesticated animals for the Incas and were considered a lifeline for them. They were used as a main source of food, transportation and wool. Llamas almost became extinct with the fall of the Incan Empire, however some managed to survived the harsh conditions high in the Andes, which cemented the llama as a focal point of Peruvian society and culture to this day.
Travel to Peru and you will find young children with their llamas; it is common for children to be given their own llama to raise for their wool, raising them by hand until the llama (and child) reaches adulthood.
- Llamas have two toed feet which is why they are so good at being pack animals
- The llama was so significant to the Incas, that the mountain gods were offered a gold llama which they believed could be used to show the sun’s regenerative powers
- If their load is too heavy, llamas will lie on the floor and kick their owner until they are unburdened
- The current population of llamas in South America is up to 7 million
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the launch of Inkaterra’s new ‘Romantic Adventure’ Package, there is now no better destination than Peru for intrepid, adventure-seeking couples. Each Inkaterra property hosts its own exclusive experience, where couples can bond over exciting journeys and create lasting memories together. This itinerary is designed for couples seeking a romantic break that takes them above and beyond sunset dinners on the beach.
Activities are plentiful at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. Located in the heart of the jungle, visitors can venture from the lodge into the wilderness to witness the giant river otters, side-neck turtles in their natural habitat. In addition, this package also offers various romantic experiences from relaxing in the ENA spa on the riverbanks, a special Sundowner in the Madre de Dios river and spending the night in a Canopy Tree House gazing at the stars.
The second leg of this trip takes couples to the award-winning Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel surrounded by staggering gardens overlooking the spectacular Vilcanota River.
Here couples can explore Inkaterra’s tea plantation and indigenous plants. After a day of exploration, they can indulge in a sauna session, in a candle-lit eucalyptus hut or take a twilight stroll to visit an enchanting waterfall. Before the highlight of the trip visiting Machu Picchu at sunrise on a private guided tour of the citadel.
This intimate journey concludes with a two-night stay at Inkaterra La Casona an exquisite 16th century mansion in the centre of ancient Cusco, the capital and spiritual heart of the Incan Empire. Here guests can enjoy the YACU Therapy room after a full day of exploring the ancient city, followed by delicious Peruvian cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant.
For more information on the package visit Inkaterra’s website here.
Football fever is spreading across the world thanks to a certain tournament, but those seeking tranquility in South America should look no further than Peru: the perfect destination to escape the hype.
No doubt Brazil will be the busiest country in South America this summer with heaps of football fanatics heading over to support their teams. Peru on the other hand, will be a place of ambient serenity – perfect for those who want to avoid the commotion of The World Cup. It’s also a go-to place for those that would like to enjoy the football from a not so busy part of South America. That way, fans can still say that they were in South America for the time of The World Cup.
Now is your chance to explore South America with our ‘escape the football packages’, or ‘embrace the football’ for those of you who want to watch the football in a calm environment.
An Amazonian Jungle Escape
Guests at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica can enjoy three nights in the exotic Amazon rainforest of Southern Peru, with not a football in sight. The package includes:
One night in the canopy tree house, 100ft above the jungle, with the only noisy neighbours being birds and other habitants of the jungle.
You’ll have the chance to interact with the environment with a private bird watching trip, a visit to the Butterfly house and a wildlife excursion.
After experiencing the wilderness you’ll have the chance to indulge in half bottle of sparking wine as well as a 50min spa treatment at the Hotel’s Ena spa. Feeling deeply relaxed you’ll return home feeling rejuvenated and revitalised – ready to get back to the football craze.
The Amazonian Jungle Escape package includes return road and river transfers from Puerto Maldonado to Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica. Prices for the 3-night package are from £727pp based on double occupancy and full board basis.
An Andean Mountain Adventure
Alternatively, guests can stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel on a mountain adventure. Instead of chanting and cheering, all you’ll hear is the chirps of the sound of bird song. This Package includes:
A visit to Inkaterra’s native orchid garden which features over 372 species of the delicate flowers, and a tour of the idyllic nature surrounding the Inkaterra grounds, including sightings of the 111 bird species that live in and around the hotel.
You’ll venture to Inkaterra’s very own organic tea plantation to see how it’s all made (and drink a fair bit too), followed by half a days guided walk to the stunning Mandor waterfalls. A well-earned foot treatment awaits at the end of the day in the Unu Spa.
Additionally, you can embark on a private excursion to Apu Machu Picchu, which offers spectacular views across the famous Machu Picchu citadel, undoubtedly the jewel in South American’s crown.
The three-night Andean Mountain Adventure package includes return transfers from Cusco with – prices from £777pp based on double occupancy and full board basis.
We promise to give you an authentic nature experience – football or with nature. The choice is yours.
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Without doubt, Machu Picchu is the most famous attraction in Peru. The winding Inca trail draws people from across the world, but like so many of the World Heritage Sites, Machu Picchu’s awe and attraction comes at a cost.
Over 400,000 people visit every year and, whilst the Peruvian government has restricted the amount of people who can walk the Inca Trail to a maximum of 500 daily; with 2500 people being allowed entry to Machu Picchu itself, and only 400 being allowed to trek Huayna Picchu, there is still a great risk of permanent damage to these protected sites.
So, what’s the alternative? Well, there are trails running throughout Peru that are just as stunning as those leading to Machu Picchu – and with far fewer people! Camino Del Apu Ausangate is a path through this stunning landscape of snow-capped mountains and rust-red hillsides and thermal springs. And you’re more likely to stumble across a heard of llamas than you are another tourist.
For those still looking for that Machu Picchu experience, Choquequirao is the best option. Nicknamed “Machu Picchu’s Little Sister” this site is ideal for those who still want to experience an Incan settlement, but with solitude. After two days of uphill and downhill climbing, adventurers are rewarded with lush slopes, traditional buildings and ‘llama-terraces’. And for the real explorers (or mad-men) climbing the Choquequirao terraces 5,000 feet above the Apurimac river is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Camino Salkantay is an alternative path to Machu Picchu, and trekkers really do take the high-road. With the original Inca Trail reaching 13,800 feet above sea-level, Salkantay rises even higher to over 15,000 feet. As such, walkers will be explore some of the area’s most spectacular mountains, and while the high altitude may have a strain on the body, the hot-springs, warm duvets and friendly bartenders at some of the lodges along the trail do help the daily recovery.
If you are still committed to trekking the Inka Trail all the way to Huayna Picchu, then do your homework. Booking your tickets online is the only way to ensure you reach the peak – and do this early: unsurprisingly with a centuries old settlement nestled in the heart of the Andean mountains, mobile phone signal isn’t at its strongest.
However, with all of these treks being so ‘off-piste’, so to speak, they’re not for the faint-hearted. Expect strenuous days and aching nights. But the end destination is beyond words. Just invest in a good pair of boots. Our additional tours at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel mean you’ll have an expert, local guide alongside you whilst trekking the Inca Trail. It’s even a trip to take with the whole family with our specially created family journey to Machu Picchu. Make 2014 the year you see one of the most iconic archaeological sites in Peru, if not the world.
The human body is designed to thrive in a ‘natural’ environment. It’s worrying then that we’re experiencing the largest global exodus from rural areas to cities in history, with an estimated five million to be ‘geographically cut off from nature’ this year (Spa Finder Wellness Report 2013). With ‘nature deficit disorder’ a new buzz-term, and ‘wellness tourism’ one of 2013’s most salient travel trends, Inkaterra has created an eight night ‘Walking to Wellness’ programme. This incorporates diverse outdoor adventures, daily low-impact exercise, and health-focused spa treatments, taking in Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica and Inkaterra La Casona along the way.
Adventure in the Andes
Guests spend three nights at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, perfectly located for getting in touch with the Andean Cloud Forest and enjoying nature at its most exuberant. The programme includes a selection of treks, including a two-hour hike along the Vilcanota River, a staggering walk through the Mandor Valley and a climb up Machu Picchu to the Citadel. Guests are guided on a botanical walk through Inkaterra’s own native orchid garden and up to the hotel’s organic tea plantation to taste the camellia sinensis tea produced on site.
Spa treatments at the hotel’s Unu Spa are included, and have been chosen for their health-boosting qualities. Drawn from traditional Andean techniques, Inka Purification starts with a lymphatic drainage massage using Coca leaf, an essential element of traditional Andean medicinal rituals. The purification ends with an Andean Sauna where stones are heated in a candle-lit eucalyptus hut in the forest.
For weary walkers, an Andean Foot Therapy, using local herbs and flowers will improve circulation, whilst a De-stress Massage will alleviate tension and anxiety.
Active in the Amazon
Next stop on the Walking to Wellness Programme is the luxurious Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge near the Tambobata National Park. Only accessible via a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre De Dios River away from the city of Puerto Maldonado, it is a gateway to one of the world’s most remote rainforest environments.
Guests will spend three nights in luxurious cabañas, and by day be encouraged into the wild on a series of walks, treks and hikes. These include an exploration of jungle trails, a trip to Lake Sandoval to spot the endangered Giant River Otter and pre-historic hoatzin bird, then hike to Gaminata Creek, home to piranha, caiman and turtles. The programme also incorporates a rainforest night walk and a climb up the mighty Inkaterra Canopy Walkway .
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica’s Ena Spa will offer those on the Walking to Wellness programme an Amazon Exfoliation treatment to promote circulation and eliminate impurities, as well as an Amazon Purification using local medicinal plant ‘Cat’s Claw’ or ‘Uncaria Tomentosa’, to purify and cleanse.
Uncover Cusco and The Sacred Valley of the Incas
The programme concludes with two nights at Inkaterra La Casona, a XVIth century colonial mansion in the heart of Cusco. From here Inkaterra guests can visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas to experience the area’s staggering limestone plateaus, natural sinkholes at Moray and ancient salt springs at Maras.
Back at Inkaterra La Casona, spa treatments include a Yacu therapy, which uses local river stones including Serpentine, an Andean gemstone. The stones are bathed in warm water and anointed before being placed on the body to promote inner peace and inspire long life.
The programme costs from USD $ 4,070 (approx. £ 2,612) per person in a double room, and includes accommodation, excursions and spa treatments. Meals are also included and healthy menu options are available throughout. Accommodation is based on double occupancy, superior room category. International and domestic airline tickets are not included but can be organised upon request. For more information on this package please visit our contact us page on our website here.
The end of 2012 saw the celebration of Inkaterra’s 37th anniversary. The last three decades have been filled with great memories and successes for Inkaterra who are considered a leader in luxury eco-tourism and conservation in Peru. In collaboration with the Inkaterra Association (ITA) the staff took to the main square on Sunday December 16th, in the town of Machu Picchu to mark the celebration.
The Inkaterra Fair was held in order to inform the population and visitors about the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and the different activities that take place at Inkaterra. The team spoke of each of their individual conservation programs that run throughout the year such as the rescue centre for the Andean bears. Dr. Phil Wittman, Research associate at ITA spoke to the children about the ecology of insects in the Machu Picchu area and the production of honey, vegetables and herbs that take place at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. He also sensitised children to the efforts that Inkaterra achieve to benefiting the local environment and conservation.
With delightful treats being served also, the event was an educational, fun filled day.