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New species of Orchid found at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Inkaterra has been in the spotlight again; this time for its magnificent collection of orchids. The American Orchid Society has stated that in all probability Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel has the world’s biggest collection of native orchid species (372) in their natural habitat, within a private setting. Now biologists and nature lovers will be excited to hear that two new species of orchid have been found on the premises of the hotel.

Biologists have confirmed the presence of the new-to-science and recently identified bromeliads around Machu Picchu and at the hotel itself. The two bromeliad species, Guzmania inkaterrae Gouda & C.Soto and Tillandsia machupicchuensis Gouda & Julio Ochoa, have been acknowledged by Dr. Eric J. Gouda, Seed Distribution Manager at University Utrecht Botanical Gardens, Netherlands. The Andean cloud forest is home to a large range of native orchids and it is one of the most significant sites from which visitors to the Machu Picchu Nature Reserve can appreciate these beautiful flowers. The unrivalled Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel’s native orchid garden and expert guided trails are available for those eager to learn more.

Whilst at the hotel, guests can feast their eyes on the miniscule Lepanthes, Trichosalpinx and Stelis, the enormous Phramipedium caudatumand the fragrant Ida locusta, not forgetting the vast range of other orchid species, such as the Kefersteinia koechlinorum and the Masdevallia marizae Luer & Rolando. Not only an orchid-lover’s paradise, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a must visit for all kinds of nature lovers.  The hotel can arrange excursions to see its 200 species of bird, 111 species of butterfly, experience a magical twilight tour, visit the organic tea plantation and of course witness the mighty ruins of Machu Picchu.

The best way to see these natural wonders is by taking an Orchid Trail Excursion: A three day, two night trip through the Andean cloud forest. Trip highlights include:

  • Personalized guided tour of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Orchid Trail by one of our nature specialists or, upon special request, by our Resident Chief Biologist, an author of the book, “Orchids at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel”.
  • A large variety of native orchids to be seen at the peak blooming season in their cloud forest habitat, with their natural pollinators.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the grand glass-walled restaurant overlooking the Vilcanota River and the Machu Picchu cloud forest.
  • Choose excursions from an array of nature activities: Nature Walk, Bird Tour, Twilight Walk, Tea Plantation and Tea House.
  • A relaxing De-stress massage.

Make 2013 the year you come to Peru and see this wonder of nature for yourself with Inkaterra.

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Native Orchids and New Discoveries

The collection of native orchids within the grounds of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel is staggering, boasting over 372 species. Guests at the hotel can walk through the tranquil orchid gardens to observe these with expert guides, with some orchids so tiny they require a looking glass to spot.

This month, two new species of bromeliad orchids were identified – completely new to science - (Tillandsioideae – Bromeliaceae) growing abundantly in Machu Picchu Inca ruins, by ERIC J. GOUDA from the Botanic Garden at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands and with the support of José Koechlin, Inkaterra´s founder & CEO, Carmen Soto, resident biologist & orchid specialist at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel & Julio Ochoa, Biologist at Machu Picchu Sanctuary. The two species are called Guzmania inkaterrae & Tillandsia machupicchuensis. Continue reading