Picture this: you travel by train into the green folds of the Peruvian Andes and arrive at what seems like a charming Andean village hidden in the mists of the cloud forest. Just outside your whitewashed adobe casita, there are 372 native orchid species, more than 200 kinds of birds, and 111 species of butterfly to be found among the trees. Several miles of trails loop through the forest from your doorstep, and natural hot springs and ancient Inca petroglyphs are within a short walk. To top it all off, the greatest archaeological site in South America is perched among the peaks just above, and expert guides are eager to explore it with you.
Welcome to Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, the brainchild of an ecotourism company that has been blazing the trail for sustainable tourism for nearly 40 years. With 81 beautifully appointed casitas discreetly tucked among the trees, a glass-walled restaurant, and a wide range of excursions led by exceptional guides, the lodge is much more than a base for visiting the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary—it is a destination in itself.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is just a short distance from the bustling pedestrian-only town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), but it feels miles away, deep in the cloud forest. This is a sanctuary in every sense, for birders or orchid-lovers seeking an intimate experience in nature, for hikers looking for the next challenging peak, for archaeology and culture buffs, or for families in search of an enriching adventure.
It is supremely serene and cozy, and yet full of breathtaking wonder. You might spot a rare Andean cock-of-the-rock while eating dinner, or watch night fall from the natural hot springs, listening to the chorus of forest life as the steam meets the mists of the forest. The vibrant culture of the Andes is ever-present here, in the architecture, the tasteful carvings and textiles, the delicious cuisine, and the mystical vestiges of the Inca.
The spectacled bear is the only bear species in South America and their numbers are rapidly dwindling. When you reserve your space through National Geographic Unique Lodges, you'll be invited to join an Inkaterra Explorer Guide on a private visit to the lodge's Andean Bear Rescue Center. Learn about the rare species’ behavior and survival challenges as you observe them with local researchers and discuss rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
Dreamed up by an environmentalist who has sat on the board of directors of Conservation International, the Inkaterra company has been a pioneer in sustainable tourism since the mid-1970s. The lodge works with the Inkaterra Association, a National Geographic-sponsored foundation, to support scientific research and conservation efforts from discovering new species to protecting vast swathes of the Amazon rain forest. Among their conservation initiatives is the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel Spectacled Bear Project, which rehabilitates this rare and endangered native Andean species and reintroduces them into their natural habitat.
The lodge’s green practices and design also reflect a strong conservation ethos: no native hardwood trees were felled in building the lodge; recycling is routine; hydropower provides renewable energy; and organic produce including coffee and tea is sourced from the lodge’s own gardens.
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