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
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
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.
The 22nd of April marks Earth Day 2015, the world’s largest civic event celebrating and promoting environmental initiatives and a public commitment to conservation and sustainability.
Inkaterra is proud to join millions across the globe in marking Earth Day 2015, with a variety of initiatives occurring across the various lodges and properties .
At both Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica and Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, guests and staff will have the opportunity to give something back to the environment, with litter picking taking place across the local wildlife trails, and an organised river clean-up to remove refuse and pollutants from areas that many species call home. Inkaterra explorer-guides will also conduct special nature walks highlighting the importance of protecting the local environment.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel will be holding special activities that guests are invited to get involved with, such as a unique Earth Day video screening, and a special explanation by some of the Explorer Guides on the reforestation of the area surrounding the hotel. We have also organised a collaboration with the local school, whereby students will receive a special lecture on the significance of Earth Day, and the implications and responsibilities that this day brings. Additionally, a competition has been organised at the school to highlight the necessity of protecting the local environment, promoting the importance of conservation and sustainability amongst the local population.
At the newly opened Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, staff are conducting an area-wide litter pick campaign in the Sacred Valley, and will spend some of their day ensuring that the local area is litter and pollution free – just as nature intended.
We are proud to be part of Earth Day, and are honored to be part of this worldwide commitment to improving and protecting the natural state of the Earth. We encourage all our staff, guests, readers and friends to involve themselves in Earth Day in any way they can.
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 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 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.
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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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.