La Experiencia Amazónica-Viajando como un Rolling Stone!


Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica

Viajera: Cristina Bustamante

Marketing manager en Metropolitan Touring Peru

La Selva Amazónica es para mí es uno de los lugares más asombrosos y mágicos que he podido visitar en el Perú; y es que una vez que la visitas, te atrapa el calor de su gente, los sabores exóticos de su comida, y sobre todo los brillantes colores de sus paisajes; lo que hace que solo quieras volver una y otra vez.

En esta oportunidad decidí ir a Puerto Maldonado; hogar de una de las reservas naturales más importantes del mundo gracias a su gran biodiversidad, la Reserva de Tampobata, donde está ubicada Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica. Recientemente este eco-lodge a recibido al famoso músico Mick Jagger, por lo que podríamos decir que visitar la selva del Perú es viajar como un Rolling Stone!

Día 1

Salimos de Lima a las 5.20 en un vuelo de 2h 45 min a Puerto Maldonado, con escala en Cusco. A mi llegada nos esperaban los representantes de Inkaterra, quienes  nos trasladaron hacia la Casa de las Mariposas donde nos recibieron con un fresco jugo de maracuyá antes de hacer el check in. Luego, tuvimos tiempo de visitar el mariposario y ver toda clase de mariposas revoloteando a nuestro alrededor.

Después de un viaje de 10 minutos llegamos al Puerto Jetty para realizar un viaje en bote de 45 minutos hacia el albergue, donde el personal nos recibe nuevamente con una bebida helada; y nos dirigen hacia nuestra cabaña.

La habitación era realmente hermosa, contaba con todas las comodidades y amenities de primera sin perder el toque local, y siempre cuidando los estándares ambientales.  Luego de refrescarnos, descansar y disfrutar del almuerzo, empezamos con las actividades….

Al ser primer día, decidimos hacer una caminata de reconocimiento por los alrededores del lodge. Aquí pudimos  conocer muchas de las plantas y árboles de la región, mientras el guía nos contaba el uso que les da la comunidad. Luego de la caminata; decidimos descansar un rato  en la zona de hamacas del albergue, con una vista impresionante, frente al río Madre de Dios.

Por la noche; nos embarcamos en una paseo más emocionante, una excursión por el río de noche. Preparados con nuestras linternas en mano; y cámaras de foto atentas, recorrimos los márgenes del río buscando búhos, ronsocos y caimanes. Nosotros no tuvimos tanta suerte ésta vez; y solo avistamos unos pequeños caimanes. Lo que si vimos con claridad fue el cielo totalmente iluminado con las estrellas del hemisferio Sur.

Al final del día, disfrutamos de la cena y nos dirigimos a descansar y disfrutar de la paz y tranquilidad de nuestra habitación.

Día 2

Nos levantamos muy temprano a disfrutar de un delicioso y energizarte desayuno; para luego  dirigirnos nuevamente al bote que nos llevaría hacia la Reserva Nacional Tambopata. El viaje de 30 minutos nos permite tomar muy buenas fotos del paisaje. Al llegar, realizamos una caminata de hora y media por la selva, donde logramos ver loros, guacamayos, mariposas entre otros hasta llegar al Lago Sandoval.

Desde aquí tomamos una canoa y rodeamos el hermoso lago, observando aves como el shanshos y garzas, monos aulladores, y hasta un caimán en el centro del lago! El paseo dura alrededor de hora y media bajo el sol; por lo que es recomendable llevar bastante agua y utilizar mucho protector solar.

Regresamos al albergue para refrescarnos y disfrutar del almuerzo.

Por la tarde, elegimos visitar el canopy; un sistema de puentes colgantes a más de 28 metros de altura! Caminamos sobre las copas de los árboles, disfrutando del aire fresco y las maravillosas vistas. Esta actividad no es recomendable para quienes temen a las alturas, ya que los puentes se balancean de una lado a otro mientras uno camina. Desde aquí logramos ver a la tucaneta y algunos monos que saltan tímidos de árbol en árbol ante nuestra presencia. Luego de sacar unas buenas fotos, volvemos al lodge.

En nuestra última noche en el albergue, decidimos relajar y solo disfrutar de una exquisita cena y de las bebidas amazónicas preparadas por el barman, donde conversamos con una familia que también se hospedaba en el lodge. Los niños estaban admirados con la cantidad de insectos y animales que vieron en sus excursiones.

Día 3

Llegó el día de despedirnos de Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica. Antes de partir, nos embarcamos en una última excursión a la quebrada Gamitana. En ésta oportunidad, compartimos la excursión con un grupo de simpáticos españoles, con quién compartimos bromas y experiencias del viaje. Luego de caminar por aproximadamente 1 hora por una chacra modelo, donde vemos monos; plantas, frutos, etc, llegamos al punto donde debíamos elegir si íbamos en una sola canoa, acompañados por el guía, o si nos aventurábamos a remar solos…y decidimos claro ir por un poco de aventura! A pesar de que el agua estaba tranquila y el nivel no estaba muy alto, mantener la canoa derecha fue más difícil de lo pensado, quedándonos encallados en más de una oportunidad. Sin embargo, valió totalmente la pena, fue una experiencia única.

Para terminar, regresamos en bote al albergue; a refrescarnos, recoger nuestros últimos bolsos y trasladarnos de regreso a la civilización.

Con mucha pena, pero con la felicidad de haber estado en una de las zonas naturales más preciadas e importantes del mundo, regresamos a la selva de cemento, a la ciudad de Lima; pero con muchos lindos recuerdos y maravillosas fotografías de éste mágico viaje!

The Amazon Experience-Travelling like a Rolling Stone!


Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica

Traveler: Cristina Bustamante

Marketing manager at Metropolitan Touring Peru

The Amazon Rainforest is for me one of the most amazing and magic places I have visited in Peru; since once you visit it, the warmth of its people, the exotic flavors of its food and the brightly colors of its landscapes catches you, making you want to go there over and over again.

On this opportunity I decided to travel to Puerto Maldonado, home to one of the most important natural areas in the whole world because of its huge bio diversity, the Tambopata Reserve, where Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica is located. This ecolodge has recently hosted the famous musician Mick Jagger! So now I might say that visiting the Peruvian Rainforest is travelling like a Rolling Stone!

Day 1

We departed from Lima at 5.30 in the morning on a 2.45 min flight towards Puerto Maldonado, with a stop in Cusco. Upon arrival, staff from Inkaterra was waiting to transfer us to the Butterfly’s House, just a few minutes away from the airport, where we received a fresh passion fruit juice before we checked in.

Then, we had some time to visit the butterfly’s house and see all types of butterflies spinning around us.

After a 10 minutes-drive we got to Jetty’s Port to start our journey going dip into the rainforest. We went on a 45 min. boat trip towards the lodge, where once again we were received with a fresh made drink, and directed to our room.

The room was certainly beautiful; it was comfortable and has first class amenities without losing the local touch, and always caring about the ecological standards.

After we freshened up, rested a little, and enjoyed a delicious lunch, we began with the activities.

Since this was our first day here, we decided to make a recognition walk around the lodge, where we got to know lots of plants and trees from the region, while our guide told us about how the local communities use this plants.  After the short walk, we decided to enjoy of the impressive view from the hammocks area, facing the Madre de Dios River.

At night, we embarked on a more exciting activity, an excursion along the river by night. Prepared with our flashlights and the cameras ready to take pictures, we went through the river searching for owls, capybaras and alligators. We didn’t have much luck this time, we only got to see a few small alligators. What we got to see clearly was the sky fully illuminated with twinkling stars from the southern hemisphere.

At the end of the day we had dinner and went to rest and enjoy the peace and tranquility of our room.

Day 2

We woke up very early to enjoy a delicious and energetic breakfast beforegoing back to the boat that will transfer us to the Tambopata National Reserve. Once in the reserve, we had to make an hour and a half walk through the forest where we spotted some parrots, macaws, and butterflies amongst others, until we got to Sandoval Lake.

From here we go into a canoe and surround the beautiful lake, watching birds like the “shanshos” and herons; howling monkeys, and even a big caiman in the middle of the lake. This excursion lasts about 1 and half hours under the hot sun; so it is very important to bring lots of drinking water and sunscreen.

In the afternoon we did the Canopy Walk, a hanging bridges system of more than 28 meters high! We walked over the tops of the trees, enjoying the fresh air and the amazing views. This is not recommendable if you are afraid to heights, since the bridges swings  a lot while you walk. From here we saw a tucanet and some monkeys jumping shyly from tree to tree upon our presence. After taking some good pictures, we went back to the lodge.

On our last night at the lodge we decided to just enjoy an exquisite dinner, followed by some drinks served at the bar; where we got to talk to a family also staying at the lodge. The kids were thrilled with all the insects and animals they saw on their excursions. 

Day 3 

The last day on Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica has come. Before saying good bye to the jungle, we went on our last excursion to the Gamitana creek.

This time a friendly group of people from Spain joined us, with whom we share jokes and trip experiences. After walking about one hour through a model farm, where we saw monkeys, fruits, plants, etc, we got to a point where we had to decide between going all in one canoe driven by our guide, or to go on a separate canoe, paddling by ourselves. Of course, we decided to go for some adventure and go alone on one separate canoe. Even though the water level was not so high, keeping the canoe straight was more difficult than what we thought, leaving us stranded on more than one occasion. However, it was totally worth it, it was a unique experience.

At the end, we returned by boat to the lodge to get our bags and get back to the civilization.

Very sad for leaving, but with  great happiness of having visited one of the most precious natural areas in the world, we went back to the concrete jungle, the city of Lima, but with many good memories and wonderful pictures of this magical journey!

Peru an Intense Discovery


By: Carolina Alban – Metropolitan Touring Ecuador

When I first read “Peru, and intense Discovery” I really didn’t understand well; but know that I have been there I know what it means.  Every time you go to a place there is something new to see, smell, taste or feel; your 5 senses are developed here.

My first experience was a brief look at the city of Lima; I can tell you it is really nothing as I expected it.  It is a nice, clean city, with a great highway in front of the sea that is just being built; like any other modern city in the world.
In Lima, we had the chance to visit the Larco Herrera Musuem; it is with no doubt the best one we visited in Perú. The Pre Incas History it tells you through the arts and crafts found there is amazing.  It gives you a clear view of why the Incas where such an important civilization, and how they became the Empire we all know.  If you are in Lima and have the time stop by; and if you are lucky as I was, you will have Mariana (Public Relations Manager) guide you and transmit you her love for her work and her museum.

On the second morning of our trip we woke up very early to take a one and a half hour flight to Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city. Here we were greeted by Daniel, the best guide we had during the trip; he made things so interesting that the whole group was always around him.  Arequipa, in a Cultural Heritage of the World, and you understand why, when you see the Colonial downtown it has.  We were able to visit Saint Catharine’s Convent, which has been a cloister convent since the 17th century.  It is a city inside the city, where the nuns used to live and never left.  When the guide began to explain there ways of living I had a cultural shock, and thought I could never accept many of the thing they did; but then, I understood that it was another time and I had to put myself in the past to accept it.

After another early wake up call we left Arequipa and headed to the Colca Cañon.   It was a three hours drive approximately; but the scenery was so nice that it didn’t feel so long.  On the road you are able to see Alpacas, Llamas and Vicuñas, at first I couldn’t recognize which was which, but after a while and a good explanation from Daniel, I had a better idea. During the trip we passed through 5000 meters above sea level, it was very tiring, but the Coca tea made it much easier.

The arrival at “Casitas del Colca Lodge” made all the ride worth while.  It is a magnificent hotel located right besides the river.  The rooms are huge and fancy, but the best part here was the private hot tub they each have.  It was a great way to relax after a long and day.  The food here was also superb, I tried a Llama Carpaccio, something I wouldn’t be able to eat any where else in the world… Delicious!!

Early next morning we left paradise and went to the Condor’s Cross, a perfect place to see Condors flying very close to you.  It was only around one hour away from the lodge, and during the trip you could see the terraces built in the mountains for agriculture.  At our arrival we were greeted by two condors flying right on top of the mountain, they were so close, that with the zoom of the camera I had a clear view of them.  Then after waiting for thirty minutes or so we were able to see one flying from the bottom of the Canyon to the top of the mountain… and we weren’t lucky enough to see them only a few meters away as other people do.

I still have a bit more to say about Peru, but I will continue the story in a close future!

Cajamarca, Patrimonio Histórico y Cultural de Las Américas


Por: Faride Atamirano – Metropolitan Touring Perú

Nuevo destino, nueva aventura… esta vez al Patrimonio Histórico y Cultural de Las Américas, escenario del “encuentro de dos mundos” uno de los episodios más trascendentales de la historia.

Cajamarca se encuentra ubicado al norte del Perú, en la cadena occidental de los Andes y abarca zonas de sierra y selva, primer productor de oro en el Perú, cuarto en el mundo.

Solo tenemos un fin de semana para explorar este territorio, no habría tiempo para descanso. Llegamos en uno de los 02 vuelos diarios a Cajamarca, lo más temprano posible para aprovechar al máximo el tiempo. Desde que bajas del avión el olor a pino, eucalipto, tierra mojada, aire puro despiertan tus sentidos y tus ganas de explorar.

La primera visita fue a la Granja Porcón, ubicada a 30 km al norte de la ciudad de Cajamarca (1 hora en auto aproximadamente). La Granja Porcón es el ejemplo exitoso de una cooperativa en pleno funcionamiento. Sus miembros han decidido abrir las puertas al turismo y permiten apreciar su forma de vida y participar en las labores agrícolas, ganaderas y forestales, además, se puede disfrutar de caminatas por el bosque y el campo. Tienen un zoológico muy completo y productos lácteos a buenísimos precios.

Por la tarde visitamos la Granja La Colpa, famosa por una de las actividades más curiosas de la zona. Cada día a las 04:30PM llaman a las vacas por su nombre para ser ordeñadas, un golpe de látigo en el aire pone alertas a las vacas, quienes de manera aun no explicable reconocen su nombre y una a una se van colocando en sus respectos lugares para ser ordeñadas, felizmente no había una llamada Faride…

Al día siguiente, lo más esperado del viaje: KUNTURWASI.

Kuntur Wasi, se encuentra en la sierra norte (04horas por una carretera nueva hecha por la minera Yanacocha) cruzando hermosos bosques de pino. Es una estructura ceremonial construida, renovada y modificada sucesivamente por varias sociedades, en un período que comprende aproximadamente desde 1200 a 250 a.C. En 1989 la Universidad de Tokyo, liderada por Yoshio Onuki, realizó los hallazgos funerarios de la élite, y se rescataron numerosas piezas de orfebrería: collares, coronas, orejeras, pectorales repujados y pequeñas cabezas trofeo, todas ellas de oro (se dice que es el oro más antiguo del Peru). Además, se puede visitar el sitio arqueológico (muy parecido a Tiawanacu) y el museo de sitio.

El tercer y último día estaba destinado a la visita de CUMBEMAYO.

Cumbemayo, fascinante bosque de piedras, esta Ubicado a 20 Km. al suroeste de la ciudad de Cajamarca, a 45 minutos en auto aproximadamente, a 3,500 msnm.

Es considerado como una de las más notables obras de ingeniería hidráulica de América Precolombina hecha por la cultura Cajamarca, construida aproximadamente 1000 años antes de Cristo y se mantiene intacta hasta el día de hoy.

Esta misma tarde regresamos a Lima, cansados pero con los pulmones limpios de tanto aire puro.

Visit to Rio Sagrado hotel at Sacred Valley, Cusco, Peru


By: Faride Altamirano

I find myself once again heading to the city of Cusco; this time to visit the Rio Sagrado Villas & Spa. My experience at the airport went without a hitch, arriving in Cusco at 9:00 am and we were at the hotel one and a half hours later.

The first thing that impressed me was the hotel’s splendid location; it is constructed on the mountain slopes that line the shores of the Vilcanota River. The building itself is very Andean. The construction techniques include the use of traditional local materials, such as leather, stone and adobe, which contrast beautifully with exquisite details like Murano glass pieces, radiant crockery, Phillppe Starck lighting and Belgium curtains which lend elegance and sophistication to the ambience.

After settling into my room (the Junior Suite); I began to admire each of the thoughtful details… We inspected the hotel with the aid of golf carts, which our clients may also use.  The hotel has 12 Queen Deluxe guestroom, 9 Junior and 2 villas: Villa Capuli (220 m2), and Villa Orquidea (320 m2.).

The most anticipated time has arrived! El Huerto Restaurant and its delicious, lovingly created dishes await us. The afternoon was spent in the sauna, Jacuzzi and Massage Room, and it is here that I also admired the starlit sky.

As night approached I made my way to my room. As someone used to watching the news before going to sleep, I found the total silence a surprise at first. Guestrooms do not have televisions, radio, MP3 players, or anything else that generates noise. When I awoke, the incredible softness of the sheets, goose down pillows and ultra comfortable beds, combined with an unrivalled view of the Urubamba River, made getting up early impossible. We had the day to spend at our leisure, enjoying the sun and tranquility of the valley. Sadly, it is now time to depart, but at least I do so very relaxed, and impressed by Peru’s precious landscape and fine taste – it works wonders!