2018 was a very special year for us at Inkaterra and we are grateful for the support we have received. As we move into the new year, we would like to share some of our 2018 highlights; from the opening of Mayu Spa at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba to the return of Werner Herzog to Inkaterra – giving 48 budding filmmakers beginning their cinematic careers – there has been a lot to shout about.
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Mayu Spa
The newest addition to Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba’s unique property is the Mayu Spa, meaning ‘River’ in Quechua. With stunning scenery and a plentiful botanical garden neighbouring the tranquil spa, you will discover the ingredients used throughout each treatment are 100% natural, with most growing just outside your room or casita.
At the Mayu Spa, you can take your pick of a variety of specially designed treatments reflecting the natural surroundings, from a rhythmic Andean hot stone massage, using stones from the nearby Urubamba river, to the ancient practice of reflexology.
Werner Herzog at Inkaterra
In May, Werner Herzog returned to the heart of Peru, with 48 apprentice filmmakers in tow, brought together for the first time through their love of cinema. Having first shot award-winning films in Peru with Inkaterra founder and CEO Jose Koechlin´s partnership: Aguirre, the Wrath of God in 1971-2 (1976 –France FSCC-Best Foreign Film) and Fitzcarraldo, in 1980-1 (1982 Cannes Festival- Best Director), Werner Herzog has been a long-standing visitor to our properties.
Following a successful workshop on Cuba, ‘Filming in Peru with Werner Herzog’ the second filmmaking event produced by UK-Black Factory Cinema in partnership with Inkaterra. Over the course of 11 days, each film-enthusiast created a short film under the expert eye of Werner Herzog, submerged in the beautiful Amazon Rainforest.
For more information visit the workshop website.
The Discovery of a New Orchid Species
Defined by its large flowers and sepals, the Epidendrum Guislainae orchid species was named after Inkaterra’s Denise Guislain – award-winning, self-taught chief of architecture and interior design. the new to science species was discovered at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. The discovery is the 21st orchid species found in the area and is the largest native orchid collection found in its habitat. We are very proud to call this property both our and the new species’ home.
Our Growing Community
Just three short years ago we posted our first Instagram image, sharing the stunning view of the then newly opened Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba and the beautiful award winning Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel. During 2018 we shared over 150 images and videos, from cinematic videos made by guests on their honeymoons to delicious dishes to try during your stay at Inkaterra. This eye-catching imagery, with much of it created by our immersed and thoughtful guests, has allowed us to share not only the kind words written by those staying with us but also a snapshot of their visual experience at Inkaterra.
Bird of the Month Campaign
Throughout 2018 we joined the National Geographic’s celebration of birds and the brilliant birding by sharing information and images of colourful and striking birds each month, to find out more about birding at Inkaterra we spoke with our Explorer Guides.
This magnificent array of flora and fauna that call our properties home are looked after and cared for by all of the Inkaterra team. Conservation began on site with one of Inkaterra’s first reforestation projects in the late 1970s, intended to attract native birds in search of food, thus promoting the art of bird watching in Machu Picchu.
The Third Annual Momento Selva
2018’s Momento Selva programme was hosted at Inkaterra Guides Field Station. The Guides Field Station was originally designed as a research facility for Inkaterra Asociación (ITA), Inkaterra’s NGO, and as a location to train Inkaterra’s renowned Explorer Guides. Over the course of the three days, 70 guests including artists, scientists, and chefs from all over the world gathered together to dine, share experiences, and explore the wonders of the Madre de Dios-Tambopata area of the Amazon Rainforest in Southern Peru, which is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in the world.
Make sure to visit Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to see everything that’s happening at Inkaterra, and visit our blog to discover more about Peru. Thank you to all those who have supported us in 2018 and in previous years. If you follow us but we have not yet had the pleasure of hosting you, start your journey today by visiting inkaterra.com. We would love to see your highlights while you stay at Inkaterra and make sure you tag us @inkaterrahotels for the chance to be featured on our feed.