Peru: Machu Picchu has world’s largest collection of native orchids

The President of the Orchid Society of Great Britain and member of the Orchid Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society, Henry F. Oakeley, said the orchids collection of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, located in Cusco, is the world’s largest collection of native orchids placed in a natural environment inside a private area.

Oakeley said this at the launch of his book named “Orchids at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel”, at the Royal College of Physicians in London, commemorating 20 years of “in Situ” (on site) conservation of native orchid species in this hotel.

During the press conference, he said that the hotel’s garden has 372 different species of orchids, a huge value for the development of eco-tourism in Peru.

This is not only an important center for research and conservation of orchids, but also a natural laboratory where Peruvians can be completely trained in botany, ornithology, tourism and horticulture.

"It is also an attractive place where hotel guests can experience the richness of Peru’s biodiversity, while enjoying a pleasant holiday," said Oakeley.

In May 2001, the bulletin of the American Orchid Society reported that "the orchids collection of the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel was probably the world’s largest collection of native orchids placed in a natural environment, inside a private area.