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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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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.

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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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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 

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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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Inkaterra and 2015 So Far…

 Inkaterra has had a busy and successful start to 2015 for both our hotels and their destinations! Here are some highlights so far…

40 Years of Inkaterra

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2015 marks the 40th year of Inkaterra. To celebrate, we are running exciting new initiatives throughout the year to demonstrate what we do and who has helped us along the way to become one of the world’s premier sustainable hotel groups. Our 40@40  daily picture album on Facebook is testimony to what we do in our wonderful location.

 National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

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 We were pleased to have greeted the New Year with the news that the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel was awarded as a founding member of the National Geographic Society’s newest foray in world-class travel experiences. National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places that demonstrate commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.

Audobon Photography Awards

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 Inkaterra have extended  a prize comprising a five-night stay at Tambopata, Machu Picchu granted a five-night itinerary at Tambopata, Machu Picchu and Urumbamba as the professional prize for the  2015 Audobon Photography Awards. The deadline for entries is 23rd February.

Inkaterra Asociación Announces its 9th Workshop to Educate Youth on Sustainability

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 Through a range of activities including games and crafts, children attending the workshop will be educated on environmental issues, sustainability and eco-tourism. It is hoped from these workshops, children will then extend the message to friends and family.

For latest news on Inkaterra, please click here.

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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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Publimetro-Reciclatón Recycling Initiative

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At the end of last month we took part in the return of the Publimetro-Reciclatón recycling campaign.

Reciclatón aims to promote an environmentally conscious lifestyle. With this in mind, citizens of Guatemala City and surrounding municipalities are invited to collect as much paper, cardboard and plastic bottles as possible. The amassed material is donated to City Paper Foundation (la Fundación Ciudad de Papel) and the Association of the Beatitudes (la Asociación de las Bienaventuranzas). Both non-profit organisations help the underprivileged; the former hopes to meet the educational, medicinal and nutritional needs of those at a low income, while the latter houses children, youth and adults in abandonment. These bodies then sell all the recycled goods in order to raise funds for their beneficiaries.

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Publimetro-Reciclatón Recycling Initiative

On Friday 22, Metro launched this growing campaign alongside Reciclatón San Luis, ally and promoter of recycling in Peru. We of course, joined and supported the campaign, as we pride ourselves on being a pioneer for sustainable tourism. Our Sustainability Policy recognises our duty to have a ‘high positive impact on local populations’

It is through committing to initiatives such as this one that we can live up to our title. Determined to actively help the local community, we managed to contribute approximately 120-140 kilogrammes of paper and 5 kilogrammes of plastic bottles to this year’s Reciclatón project. Through this project, we are endowed with a greater understanding of the need to respect the environment and we remind the local community, as well as our guests, to ensure we continue to be a role model for sustainable development.

World Earth Day Celebrations at Inkaterra

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Our guests had a wonderful time celebrating World Earth Day at El MaPi Hotel last week. See below our highlights from the day. The children staying with us helped our hotel team to plant trees and seeds in the gardens of the hotel. By educating the younger generation, we hope that they will understand and continue to help towards a healthy future for our planet.

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World Earth Day Celebrations

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World Earth Day Celebrations at Inkaterra

UNESCO World Earth Day

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Today, across the world, communities are celebrating UNESCO World Earth Day: an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year. The environment and sustainability has been at the forefront of our decisions here at Inkaterra since our inauguration in 1975, and we continue to integrate sustainable business practices into all aspects of our operations.

Here are some of our core initiatives that we undertake to ensure a healthy future for our planet. Our world is a beautiful place so let’s take the steps towards to ensure future generations will have the chance to experience it also.

1. Creation of the Inkaterra Association: In 2001, we established the NGO INKATERRA Association (ITA), which develops scientific, technological, social, and cultural research to help manage and protect the biodiversity of Peru’s Andes and Amazon Rainforest.

2. Carbon Neutral: Since 1989, we have belonged to a carbon stock-monitoring network with the University of Leeds (UK); and in 2007, Inkaterra became Peru’s first carbon-neutral travel organisation. We protect more than 42,000 acres of original forest, which helps to directly reduce 3,315,000 tons of carbon. All Inkaterra hotels use clean technology and sustainable practices to ensure that each guest has a 100% carbon-neutral stay.

The garden at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

3. Eco-friendly products: Over the years Inkaterra has substantially increased the amount of eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning products used at each hotel. Additionally, all in-room amenities are organic and eco-friendly, and bottles are made from recycled glass.

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4. Water Conservation: It is a goal of ours to measure, control and decrease overall water consumption at all properties. We are verified by the Rainforest Alliance, and we also organise an annual cleaning campaign for the Vilcanota, Alccamayo and Madre de Dios riverbanks.

Our annual clear up at Inkaterra

5. Recycling: Eco-consciousness is a company-wide practice here at Inkaterra, and the headquarters in Lima follows suit by actively recycling paper.

6. Conserving Trees: For the next 30 years, Inkaterra is managing five Forestry Concessions throughout Peru for conservation, research and educational purposes. Inventories of flora and fauna will be regularly taken and various environmental education workshops and volunteer activities will be available on a regular basis. Wildlife: Before Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel was built, the area was only used for cattle; after the restoration took place, numerous native species of birds and other wildlife began to re-appear. Today there are constant wildlife sightings, including the endangered Spectacled Bear and several types of hummingbirds. We founded a Spectacled Bear Project in order to rehabilitate these bears, many of which have been harmed or affected by human impact.

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8. Energy Consumption: Each Inkaterra property has an employee responsible for managing and monitoring energy (as well as water, waste and other sustainable-related activities). We have a strict energy consumption policy, and employees are required to attend training sessions and lectures to make sure they are constantly up-to-date with information.

9. Responsible Construction Methods: All Inkaterra properties are built using the least amount of energy and new materials possible. At Inkaterra’s newest property, Hacienda Urubamba – scheduled to open in late 2013/early 2014 – only basic modern machinery is being used during construction. Traditional techniques and tools will be implemented whenever possible, such as using oxen and tacclas (an Andean foot plough) to plough the fields, whilst 14 acres of the land will be dedicated to cultivating 100% carbon-free organic products.

10. Education: Inkaterra offers many workshops and programs for local children (as well as adults) centred on the importance of sustaining the environment. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel holds an Environmental Education Workshop for local children run by the Inkaterra Association (ITA).

Inkaterra offers many workshops and programs for local children

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11. The Inkaterra Canopy & Anaconda Walk: This system of bridges, platforms and towers at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica offers an expansive window into the world of the tropical rainforest, enabling guests to better understand the area’s vast ecosystem without causing a carbon footprint. Nature experts at Inkaterra constantly monitor and study wildlife, endangered ecosystems as well as flora and fauna in the area.

The towers at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

12. Staying Local: Many of the products used in Inkaterra hotels are purchased from local suppliers, which enhances the economy of these communities and cuts down on transportation. The majority of produce at Inkaterra comes from local farms that are run by both the Inkaterra Association and nearby native communities.

Make every day World Earth Day

What are you doing to help towards the future of our planet? Share your thoughts with us on twitter #WorldEarthDay

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Inkaterra: Winner of the LATA 2012 Award for Sustainability

It was celebrations all round this week, as Inkaterra was recognised for the third consecutive year at this year’s LATA Awards in London. This year Inkaterra were awarded for their efforts towards Sustainability.

The awards recognise and reward members for their excellence in areas including sustainability, customer service, innovation and promotional success while encouraging travel to the region. The annual awards are highly regarded amongst the Latin American travel industry and seen as a true reflection of the companies who go above and beyond on a day-to-day basis while working in the region. Nominations come from LATA members, all specialists in their field, who are asked to put forward the company or individual, that they think are most worthy of an award in the specific areas. A panel of judges appointed by the LATA committee then decide on the winners.

Since 1975 Inkaterra has been leading the way in eco-tourism and sustainability in South America. Their mission seeks to achieve excellence in eco-tourism and conservation, continually evaluating the real cultural, social and natural values around us whilst creating authentic experiences for their guests. Inkaterra promotes Scientific Research for the Conservation of Ecosystems and Natural Resources funded by Ecotourism, as a replicable model for local communities; offering authentic experiences, capturing, disseminating and educating about the culture and nature of Peru.

LATA Chairman, Chris Pickard, said: “It is always an honour to present these awards to the most deserving members, who really have shone out as leaders in their area of expertise, particularly companies such as Inkaterra that are achieving excellence year after year. These winners inspire and encourage others to follow in their footsteps and highlight the very best that Latin America has to offer.”

Inkaterra are delighted to receive this award and look forward to continue to lead the way in their sustainability efforts in Latin America.