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Inkaterra hails Perus’s reopening to tourists

“Protecting Machu Picchu Is the New Normal”.

NEW YORK – "We are thrilled that we see light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel," says Jose Koechlin, founder and CEO of Inkaterra, the Peruvian hotel and travel group whose foundation and goals have long been the protection of the environment. 

Effective November 1st, Peru is allowing tourists from North America to enter with a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of departure of nonstop flights to Lima from a variety of U.S. cities. Peru closed its doors to tourism in March as the pandemic swept through Latin America.

On November 1st, Peru's Minister of Tourism visited Machu Picchu for its formal reopening and stayed overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. "From our standpoint," says Koechlin, "the government's decision to reopen Machu Picchu on November 1st to only 25% capacity is a very positive step, and in line with the push we have been making for years – that over-tourism of Machu Picchu must be brought to a halt, that tourism to Machu Picchu must be carbon-neutral and that protecting Machu Picchu has to be the new normal."

Koechlin opened Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in 1991, and it is soon to be expanded with a new Cloud Forest wing. In addition to its two hotels at Machu Picchu, Inkaterra owns the award-winning Relais & Chateaux La Casona in Cusco, the elegant Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba in the Sacred Valley, as well as the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion and the Inkaterra Guides Field Station near Puerto Maldonado on the Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the Amazon. Inkaterra's newest project is a new hotel on Peru's Pacific coast at Cabo Blanco, set to launch in 2021.

"2020 has been catastrophic for Peru and the world," Koechlin observed, "but we are confident that tourism in Peru will return to a semblance of normality in 2021, and that Inkaterra's 45-year effort to protect our environment and our cultural heritage will be transformed into a national goal."

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.