José Koechlin Nominated for Contribution to Experiential Travel At 2015 PURE Awards.
We’re delighted to announce that our founder and CEO, José Koechlin, has been shortlisted in the 2015 PURE Life Experiences Awards for his commitment to ecotourism and sustainable development over the past 40 years.
Designed to reward true mavericks, who have re-imagined the role of high end, experiential travel, the award showcases the founders of organisations who have positively impacted conservation efforts and increased experiential offerings.
Here at Inkaterra we’re extremely proud of Mr Koechlin’s innovative and inspirational ideas which are the basis by which the organisation was founded 40 years ago. Pioneering ecotourism in Peru, Mr Koechlin’s efforts have directly influenced the development of the eco-friendly experiential travel movement, setting new standards for the travel industry at large.
Our key ethos is based on a holistic approach to eco-tourism, showcased by Mr Koechlin’s dedication to enhancing scientific research, conservation and sustainability. The principle areas of Inkaterra influence include the Amazon Rainforest, Machu Picchu Cloud Forest, Sacred Valley, Cusco and Cabo Blanco and Mr Koechlin has sponsored flora and fauna inventories in each with the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) located at our Inkaterra Macchu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.
Mr Koechlin’s efforts also include wildlife initiatives, and as I’m sure many of you will be aware of, the Andean Bear Rescue Centre at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, was set up to rescue bears that have been negatively affected by human impact and reintroduces them into their natural habitat. Mr Koechlin’s commitment to culture and biodiversity is furthered by his employment of over 4,000 locals in the region, thereby training the next generation of local conservationists.
For those of you that have visited us, you will have experienced some of the eco-friendly activities on offer at each of our properties. Our aim is to further educate our visitors on eco-tourism and we offer a total of 14 fun, family friendly excursions with varying degrees of difficulty and duration. Each of the excursions include experiential elements that allow our guests to actively be involved in the conservation efforts as well as learning about them at the same time.
We are proud of Mr Koechlin’s nomination for Contribution to Experiential Travel, an accolade that he truly deserves for his pioneering efforts towards eco-tourism in Peru.