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Inkaterra Founder Jose Koechlin on 40 Years of Inkaterra

Inkaterra founder and owner José Koechlin  visited the UK last week to mark the start of the Inkaterra 40th Anniversary. Mr Koechlin shared his favourite moments, the making of Inkaterra and some teasers of what Inkaterra has in the pipeline. To ensure you don’t miss out, we’ve shared some of the highlights from Mr Koechlin’s remarkable life and a few snippets of his words of wisdom.

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José Koechlin has been a pioneer of eco and sustainable tourism, dedicating his life to conservation in Peru since 1975. Throughout these 40 years, Mr Koechlin has chaired numerous tourism and conservation boards including Chairman of the Sociedad Hoteles del Perú, and E-Meritus Board Member of Conservation International (Washington D.C.), adding huge value to their respective sectors in Peru.

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Mr Koechlin sponsored major inventories of flora and fauna in the Amazon basin, resulting in Harvard Professor E.O. Wilson’s inventory finding more ant species at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica than anywhere else in the world. He is responsible for the creation of the world’s largest collection of native species of orchids (372) in their natural habitat (according to the American Orchid Society) at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. As well as orchids, there are 18 unique species of hummingbird at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is also home to the Andean Bear Rescue Centre, one of Mr Koechlin’s concepts that recovers bears that have been negatively affected by human impact and reintroduces them into their natural habitat.

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Mr Koechlin was the founder of ‘The Purification Inca Trail’ to Machu Picchu and also the original Hiram Bingham Trail – having trekked through thick forestation to find the hidden trail.

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Inkaterra have been awarded numerous recognitions, notably Relais & Châteaux 2013 Environment Trophy, the 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Award for Conservation (WTTC). This year Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel was named as one of National Geographic Traveller’s Unique Lodges of the World.

On his visit, Mr Koechlin partook in an interview about his life and works. When asked about the reasoning behind the concept of Inkaterra and his works in sustainability he answered:

‘At the age of 10, I went on a mission at school, who took us on trips to far away places with no electricity and no modernity. It is there that I realised my purpose was to do worthwhile things. Learn what nature has provided so that you may use that wealth to create wealth…’

 

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Inkaterra Participates in World Environment Day

World Environment Day falls on the 5th June every year as an initiative by the United Nations to spread awareness of environmental issues. As strong supporters of the day, we at Inkaterra had a jam-packed itinerary on the day across our properties so we thought we would share a little bit of what we did at Inkaterra Hacienda UrubambaInkaterra Hacienda Concepción and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel...

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At our newest property, we invited children of our employees to visit and partake in a day of reforestation activities. The children explored the hacienda’s grounds for a treasure hunt before sharing the World Environment Day activities that they learnt about in school. Each child then had the special opportunity of planting a eucalyptus tree on the grounds to commemorate the day and discuss how important protecting the planet is.

Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción

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At Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, we placed more of an emphasis on recycling. Victor, our guide and a group of travellers set off on the trails leading from the hotel collecting littered plastic and brought it back to the hotel to recycle. As well as this, students from the Puerto Maldonado´s Guillermo Billinghurst primary school visited the hotel and were given a talk from guides, Alan and Fray on the importance of World Environment Day before heading down the Cocoa trail to learn more from the guides about reforestation at the hotel.

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The day began at 9am, where all colleagues from house keeping to human resources  went down to the rio Alcamayo to clear the litter and return it to the hotel for recycling. In the afternoon, travellers who were following the Orchid Trail, were given a lecture and demonstration on what we do to preserve the environment on which we work and live.

Deforestation: the facts

In Peru, 715ha of forest is lost everyday from illegal logging and coca growing to name a few.

World Environment Day is very close to our hearts, our sustainability policy highlights our endeavours in saving the planet – Together, we can make a difference.

 

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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.

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Emotions Travel Community

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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.

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22nd April: Earth Day 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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