Lima, Peru- November 3, 2006:- Inkaterra, Peru’s foremost purveyor of sustainable tourism, has announced the opening of a series of brand new luxury private villas at Machu Picchu and in Peru’s “Sacred Valley.” Says Inkaterra’s Marketing Director, Ignacio Masias, “We are thrilled to be launching this unique and specialized service to our guests. Inkaterra’s goal is to reinvent the way Peru delivers the authentic Inca travel experience.”

The villas enable visitors to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu to enjoy an adventure that is at the same time quintessentially Peruvian as well as the height of luxury, untouristy and with all the pampering of a stay in an elegant private home. “It’s like wealthy friends leave you the keys to their estate with a private vehicle, and they keep the driver and the maid on call,” Masias added, referring to the Sacred Valley villas.

Complete with private maid service, bilingual local guide and full board, Inkaterra’s new villas offer guests an unmatched experience. There are two villas in the Sacred Valley’s Urubamba – Villa Berta and Villa Sonia, and one in Machu Picchu. In 2007, additional villas will be completed in the Sacred Valley and at Machu Picchu.

At Machu Picchu, the villas are an element of INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU, the exotic hotel at Machu Picchu village that is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. From the comfort and privacy of what feels like the travelers’ own home, guests can explore Peru’s magic on excursions custom-designed for each visitor – from visits to the finest preserved Inca sites, to colorful villages and artisanal markets, as well as hiking, mountain biking and river rafting.

Inkaterra’s next venture is the on-going conversion of a colonial era mansion in the heart of Cusco into a luxury boutique hotel to be called CASA INKATERRA CUSCO. Opening is set for spring 2007.

INKATERRA is a Peruvian organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainable tourism initiatives. It focuses on preserving and rescuing Peru’s geography, nature, customs and cultures and sharing them with the world. INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU was recently rated by Travel+Leisure magazine as one of the 10 best hotels in South America. On the Madre de Dios river, INKATERRA RESERVA AMAZONICA has been sharing the wonders of the Peruvian jungle with visitors since 1975.

INKATERRA has an alliance with the NGO Inkaterra Association through which the company’s profits are invested in research, conservation, educational and social development programs.

For more information, visit www.inkaterra.com

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