Inkaterra La Casona (Cusco), Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Sacred Valley) and Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción (Madre de Dios) are among 14 new Unique Lodges members, which have all demonstrated their commitment to authenticity, excellence and sustainability, while offering outstanding guest experiences that support the protection of cultural and natural heritage. In addition to Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, which had previously joined the Unique Lodges collection, new Inkaterra properties in the alliance are:
Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco (pictured)
This carefully restored 16th-century manor house was once host to Spanish Conquistador don Diego de Almagro - one of the three leaders of the conquest of Peru - and 'Libertador' Simón Bolívar, among others. Restored by Inkaterra to emphasize its original architecture and ambience with colonial furniture and native textiles, the first boutique hotel in Cusco reflects the mix of cultures and traditions throughout centuries.
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Sacred Valley)
Located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, this contemporary hacienda-style hotel spans approximately 100 acres. Architecture and interiors are inspired by the Sacred Valley's cultural history, while all rooms offer a vast view of the surrounding mountains, immersing guests in open space, serenity and relaxing solitude. At approximately 9,515 feet in altitude, guests can also experience one of the best climates in the Cusco region.
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción (Madre de Dios)
Located within the buffer zone of Tambopata National Reserve, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion offers an authentic experience to explore the mega-diversity of the Peruvian Amazon. Its location near Lake Sandoval, an impressive water mirror inhabited by howler monkeys, caimans and giant river otters, allows guest to delve into the wonders of the Amazon jungle.
The addition of these three lodges, along with 11 others, brings the Unique Lodges portfolio to a total of 38 distinguished properties on six continents. Launched in January 2015 with 24 charter members, the Unique Lodges collection offers a host of authentic and responsible travel experiences. Every lodge is evaluated through a comprehensive vetting process in which it is judged on property, guest experience, quality of service and sustainable tourism practices. The process includes an on-site inspection by an expert to assess hotel operations, to meet staff and to evaluate the lodge's sustainable tourism practices.
National Geographic Unique Lodges offer travelers a full-service experience from booking to checkout. Travelers can browse all of the properties on the Unique Lodges website and request a reservation at a lodge. They can join a National Geographic Expedition that features a Unique Lodge or book one of National Geographic's new Private Expeditions, offered in partnership with Virtuoso®, the leading international luxury travel network.
For more information about National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, visit www.nationalgeographiclodges.com.