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The Last Month at Inkaterra

April at Inkaterra has been both exciting and action packed with new openings, lots of visitors and some exciting initiatives taking place. made for an exciting and packed April. For those of you that couldn’t join us, we have put together a list of highlights so you can share in the excitement.

From Earth to Plate at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

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In the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba boasts 100 acres (40.47 has.) of  land, nestled amongst the stunning Andean surroundings. This marvellous landscape has made  way for the hacienda’s new ‘earth to plate’ concept that allows guests to pick  their own produce from some of the most fertile land in Peru before enjoying a delicious meal prepped by chef Rafael Casin. Journalist  Paul Richardson recently visited the hacienda in ‘its glorious setting’  and experienced this concept first hand. Roaming the land with our ecological guide José Luis Lavilla, Paul studied the chacra that is home to a vast expanse of crops including ‘waving fronds’ of potatoes and quinoa as well as tree tomatoes and peppers all of which are used in our kitchen at the property. Find out more about Paul Richardson’s visit here.


Emotions Travel Community


In its second year, the  Emotions Travel Community was held at Faena Art Centre in Argentina. All five Inkaterra properties were showcased including our eco- tourism initiatives that we have pioneered for the past 40 years. The event was wrapped up with a cocktail reception, hosted by owner and chef Jean Paul Bandoux from Relais & Châteaux.


Movies on the Beach

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As part of Cabo Blanco‘s 100th anniversary and to raise awareness on marine diversity, the Inkaterra Asociación organised an outdoor screening of the Disney documentary ‘Oceans’ followed by ‘Rutas de Gigantes’, a film that promotes eco-tourism as a source of income for local populations in Los Órganos and Cabo Blanco.


What to Take When Trekking in Peru

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.

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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.

Flickr image courtesy of Alan Levine http://bit.ly/1zB7f6w

Flickr image courtesy of Alan Levine http://bit.ly/1zB7f6w


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.

Flickr image courtesy of Katja Schulz http://bit.ly/1c5wV07

Flickr image courtesy of Katja Schulz http://bit.ly/1c5wV07


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!

Rain Poncho

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!

Cataraya De Mandor Waterfall Flowing into the Urubamba River

Mosquito Repellent

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.

Flickr image courtesy of Mike Mozart http://bit.ly/1zBc93m

Flickr image courtesy of Mike Mozart http://bit.ly/1zBc93m

For more information on treks and excursions from our Inkaterra properties, please click here.


Llamas and Peru

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.

Flickr Image courtesy of Jocelyn Saurini http://bit.ly/1DXW0AD

Flickr Image courtesy of Jocelyn Saurini http://bit.ly/1DXW0AD

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.

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Quick Facts:

  • 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


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Inkaterra This Month

The last month has held some exciting activities and news for the team at Inkaterra, one being the launch of our eagerly awaited new luxury property, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here, we will share with you some of the weird and wonderful highlights of the past few weeks from Inkaterra.

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Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba


Our newest luxury hotel in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas opened its doors  this month. The 12 room traditional Peruvian “casa hacienda” will see a further 24 casitas opening this summer. Each luxury room offers views of the hacienda’s stunning surroundings and private gardens, allowing you to escape into the serene and spiritual Andean atmosphere, in true Inkaterra style.

New Species of Orchid Found at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel


Horticulture fans will be excited to hear that two new orchid species have been discovered in the grounds of our Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo HotelTelepogon Koechlinorum, named after Inkaterra CEO José Koechlin and Trichosalpinx Reticulata both highlight a new record for Peru. The number of new identifiable orchid species at the Inkaterra Orchid Trail has risen to 17 according to recent publications.


José Koechlin Named as a Member of the Global Council of Gastronomic Diplomacy

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Inkaterra founder and Chairman, José Koechlin is now a member of the Global Council of Gastronomic Diplomacy. The main actions of this private – public alliance are to promote tourism and promote culture and national identity as well as educate global chefs on Peruvian goods and flavours.

For more news from Inkaterra, please click here. 

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Introducing Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

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.


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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.

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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. 


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


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.



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.


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.





The Amazon Rainforest – One of the World’s Largest Pharmacies

The Amazon rainforest, acknowledged by many as one of the largest natural pharmacies in the world, is home to an abundance of natural resources and plants, renowned for their medicinal properties. The protection of these natural elements is fundamental to maintaining this incredible hotspot of biodiversity. Here, we will explore some of the fascinating remedies that have been created from these plants by the Quechua people for generations.

Our Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge, with its 10,000 ha private ecological reserve, Reserva Ecológica  Inkaterra is adjacent to the Tambopota National Reserve in the Southern Amazon Rainforest in Peru, known as the ‘Bio-Diversity Capital of Peru’. From here, you can chose from the many excursions on offer and explore the amazing Amazon Rainforest, spotting these incredible natural remedies in their purest form as you go!

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Passion Flower

This woody vine with large white flowers is known to target anxiety and depression whilst lowering blood pressure and acts as a mild sedative. The flower was discovered by Peruvians in 1569 and is used by natural health practitioners all over the globe today.

Flickr Image by Seb Perrotin  http://bit.ly/1DXYlRQ

Flickr Image by Seb Perrotin http://bit.ly/1DXYlRQ

Cats Claw

Cats Claw, named from the horn like thorns protruding from its vines is used as a natural remedy to boost the immune system. Founded in the Amazon Rainforest 2000 years ago, Cats Claw is now used throughout the world for immunity disorders, stomach ulcers, shingles and chronic inflammation.

Flickr Image by Alien Graffiti http://bit.ly/1GTulnC

Flickr Image by Alien Graffiti http://bit.ly/1GTulnC


A root vegetable, found in Peru and cultivated for three thousand years, its medicinal properties include treating anaemia, chronic fatigue, weak bones and is also used as an energy booster and athletic performance enhancer. Maca Powder has become prominent in recent years and is recognised as one of the world’s leading superfoods.

Flickr Image by William Ismael  http://bit.ly/1HCLJ0c

Flickr Image by William Ismael http://bit.ly/1HCLJ0c

For more information on the wellness wonders of Peru, please click here.





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.

Educational Travel Community 

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 


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.