One Of The World’s Best Hotel Chains Can Be Found In Peru
Inkaterra, the pioneer ecotourism chain in Peru, was chosen as the third best hotel chain in the world for the 2019 World’s Best Awards by the prestigious US travel magazine, Travel+Leisure.
Currently, Inkaterra is the only Peruvian brand on this impressive list of the best-recognized 25 companies in the hospitality industry. Founded in 1975, this hotel chain maintains its commitment with the scientific investigation and conservation of Peru’s biodiversity.
Each year, over 200 thousand travelers stay at one of the hotel chain’s various properties in either Tambopata, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and the city of Cusco, looking to discover Peru’s natural and historical wealth.
Below, we explore some of their main attractions:
Flora and fauna
The hotel chain maintains its commitment to the research and preservation of the different species that inhabit their properties and surrounding grounds. In fact, since 1978, Inkaterra has been making inventories of the local flora and fauna as a way to measure the impact ecotourism has on its natural surroundings.
For example, 903 bird species have been registered within Inkaterra’s area of influence; a number that is equal to that of all the bird species found in the country of Cosa Rica. This shows that Peru is one of the world’s best birdwatching destinations, a fact that was confirmed with the World Birding Rally, an event organized by Inkaterra and Promperú.
In addition, the hotel chain boasts an orchid garden that houses 372 native orchid species, which has been declared the biggest native orchid garden in the world by the American Orchid Society. To this date, the committee has also registered 29 new orchid species to science, all of which were found on their hotel grounds.
The Inkaterra brand offers excursions inspired by the different scientific investigation and conservation initiatives developed by the brand’s NGO, the Inkaterra Association. Of the experiences offered, one of the chain’s most popular is the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway: a network of hanging bridges that weave through the jungle canopy, 30 meters above the ground, offering visitors the chance to observe and study the local wildlife from an entirely unique perspective.
In addition, the Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel features a Spectacle Bear Rescue Center within its grounds, at which efforts are made to protect the only native South American bear species. Meanwhile, the Inkaterra Madre de Dios boasts the GreenLab – the first DNA analysis laboratory in the Amazon Basin.
Each Inkaterra hotel showcases an individual personality that reflects the brands authenticity and commitment to optimize native resources, minimize environmental impact on the surrounding nature, and preserve the local customs and traditions of the millenary cultures that inhabit the same areas.
The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a gathering of little white bungalows hidden in the lush, Andean cloud forest, surrounded by gardens, creeks, and stone pathways. On the other hand, the Inkaterra Madre de Dios features cabins that blend harmoniously into the surrounding natural scenery, inspired by the local Ese’Eja culture, and built from native materials
Meanwhile, the Inkaterra La Casona was the first boutique hotel ever opened in Cusco. Located within an XVI Century colonial mansion – which has housed guests like Spanish conquistador Diego de Almagro and former Peruvian president Simon Bolivar – the hotel underwent a five-year restauration in order to preserve its original design.
From the earth to the table
Another attractive feature worth noting is the Inkaterra Hotel´s gastronomic proposal, which invites guests to immerse themselves into the serene open space, and to give in to the relaxation that comes with disconnecting from one’s daily grind.
In order to properly celebrate the colors and flavors of each region, executive chef Rafael Casin incorporates the Earth to Table concept, in which he uses diverse local products harvested from the Inkaterra organic farms, by actual hotel guests.
Inkaterra has recently incorporated a spa collection, which has received great feedback from the renown Tatler and Condé Nast Traveler Magazines. The Mayu Spa – located in Urubamba – boasts a spectacular view of the Sacred Valley’s Andes Mountains, and offers guests the chance to wander through the spa’s wonderfully cultivated medicinal garden and harvest an array of herbs that are then applied in the spa treatment of their choice.
Over in the jungle, the Inkaterra Ena Spa – located within the Tambopata Amazon Reserve – received the following write-up from Forbes Magazine: “located on the shores of the Madre de Dios River, in the deep Amazon forest, ENA Spa looks to connect travelers with nature, offering products made with local ingredients, and treatments given in a cabin with panoramic views.”