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Inkaterra Bear Sanctuary

The bear from darkest Peru

To celebrate the upcoming release of the much anticipated ‘Paddington’ film in November 2014, starring Nicole Kidman, we’re launching an Andean Spectacled Bear Package enabling fans to see the real thing close up in its home of Peru.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo - Andean Bear Experience

The package includes a three-night stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, where guests will learn about the life of a bear keeper at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Andean Spectacled Bear Project.

This pioneering conservation programme is an effort designed to recover bears that have been negatively affected by human impact, and whenever possible reintroduce them to their natural habitat in the Andean mountains. The Andean Spectacled Bear is a critically endangered species and these conservation efforts are crucial in helping this animal survive for future generations.


As part of the new package, guests will have exclusive access shadowing bear keepers, learning about the challenges they face and how the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Spectacled Bear Project is helping these bears thrive.

After coming face to face with the bears, guests will receive a ‘Bear Kit’ which will include a special bear keepers certificate, a soft toy Spectacled bear as well as tickets to see the feature film upon their return home.

Andean Bear at Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Prices for the Andean Spectacled Bear Package start from USD1,045 (approx. £622) per guest based on double occupancy, and include three nights full-board accommodation at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, plus the special Bear Kit to take home and one ticket per guest to see the film (a cinema voucher of up to £15 per person). A percentage of all proceeds from these bookings will be donated to the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Spectacled Bear Sanctuary Project.

Machu Picchu at sunrise

 A guided excursion to the Machu Picchu Citadel is also included. 

To find out more about this project, click here.


Spectacled Bears at Inkaterra

Here come the girls…

Two new females join The Spectacled Bear Project

Two female spectacled bears (Tremarctos ornatus) named Kina and Josi have been welcomed into the Bear Rescue Project at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. The two bears, who are twins, now have a new place to call home thanks to a collaboration between the Inkaterra Association (ITA)´s representative, resident biologist Carmen Soto at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, the Wildlife Technical Administration (ATFFS), the Attorney General’s Office and the Forest Police.

The local circus

The local circus

Found in a local circus, the bears though docile and well fed by their tamer Ramiro Chávez, were chained to a box that served them as a shelter inside the circus tent. The owners cooperated with the authorities and organised the transfer from Arequipa to Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Access to Peru’s renowned bear sanctuary is only possible by foot or train, and the Perurail railway company kindly helped the mission, allowing Kina and Josi to travel from Pachar Station to Machu Picchu Pueblo in a special wagon.

Have arrived at the Spectacled Bear Project at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Kina and Josi’s quarantine began. After settling into their new home, they were introduced to male resident bears, Yogui, Pepe and Coco. These bears were also found in inadequate circumstances, and now are kept at Inkaterra in a perfect living space for them, with sufficient daily nutrition of fruits and vegetables.

The transportation of the two female bears was a success

Coco, the youngest of the bears (3) was then transferred by rail to a fenced semi-captivity area at Chacra Inkaterra (the Inkaterra green farm) nearby. There, Coco will have a hectare to explore and feed himself from the nearby trees. After forty days, Josi will join Coco for them to get to know each other a little better…

The green native farm at Inkaterra

With a vulnerable conservation status, the spectacled bear is under threat of extinction due to illegal hunting and the loss of habitats due to deforestation and increasing human populations. This then has a negative knock on affect for o ther local wildlife. Spectacled bears have many kilometres of territory and when feeding, spread seeds around their habitat. This contributes to the growth of plants that feed many other species. The disappearance of spectacled bears thereby contributes to the loss of this bountiful ecosystem.

The spectacled bear at Inkaterra

As these bears lose their survival capabilities when under human influence, they cannot return to the wild immediately (in some cases they will not adapt ever again). Inkaterra’s Spectacled Bear Project provides the best conditions for these five bears and is an on-going project towards the conservation and reproduction of these species. With these two new female spectacled bears, there’s hope that more bears will be able to call this place home.