The Best Kuelap Hotels: Our Top Picks

The Best Kuelap Hotels: Our Top Picks

Known as the ‘Machu Picchu of the North‘, Kuelap is the largest ancient stone structure in South America. Here we provide our roundup of the best Kuelap hotels to base yourself at to visit these impressive ruins. Best Kuelap Hotels hand-picked by Aracari  Accommodation is concentrated in the charming town of Chachapoyas, which offers three-star or B&B level options. Alternatively you can stay in the small town of Cocachimba, right by Gocta Waterfall, which is home to a couple of properties with spectacular views of the falls. These options can…

Aracari trip to Kuelap and Chachapoyas

Aracari trip to Kuelap and Chachapoyas

Marisol and the Aracari team are just back from an in-depth research trip to Kuelap and the Chachapoyas region. We’ve been hard at work (and play!) testing out accommodation, hikes, and other excursions to ensure that we’re experts on, and offer the very best of, the region. Check out our 5-day ‘Peru’s Best Kept Secret‘ itinerary, including Kuelap, Gocta falls and Leymebamba museum. All our trips to Peru are private and tailormade, including expert guiding, accommodation and excursions. Why 2017 is the time to visit Kuelap and Chachapoyas There is now a daily direct flight…

Yumbilla Waterfall Hike: A walk in the cloud forest

Yumbilla Waterfall Hike: A walk in the cloud forest

Only an hour’s drive away from Gocta Waterfall – the main attraction in this beautiful part of Chachapoyas, in Northern Peru, Yumbilla waterfall offers a great second hike if you’d like an extra day exploring the mystical cloud forest.  I visited Yumbilla on a recent inspection trip with my colleague Claudia, one of Aracari’s travel planners. A quieter trail, very few people venture to Yumbilla or have even heard of it, and because of that you’ll be rewarded with a serene and tranquil walk through the forest – we only passed one small group…

A Tour of The Tombs of Revash

A Tour of The Tombs of Revash

High on the hills of Peru’s northern cloud forest, this collection of tombs from the Chachapoya civilization sit on the edge of a limestone cliff. Built from mud-set stones, the tombs of Revash resemble houses and are painted in red and white hues, collectively forming miniature villages along the face of the cliff. Aracari Travel specializes in private, tailormade trips to Peru. Visit Revash as part of Aracari’s 5-Day Peru’s Best Kept Secret itinerary, which takes in the highlights of the Chachapoyas region.  On a recent Aracari FAM trip to Chachapoyas, I…

Sarcophagi of Karajia Tour

Sarcophagi of Karajia Tour

The Chachapoyas people buried their important dead in high, difficult to access locations, facing the rising sun or a village, and always close to water. The sarcophagi of Karajía stand proudly on a ledge above a river gorge in the Chachapoyas region – a stunning site in a quiet, unassuming location in Chachapoyas – very easy to miss if you don’t know where to find it – which is why we recommend visiting the sarcophagi of Karajía on a private tailormade Chachapoyas tour. I visited Karajia with Yasmin, one…

Exclusive Access Visit to Leymebamba Museum

Exclusive Access Visit to Leymebamba Museum

Behind the Scenes at Leymebamba Museum Located just a few minutes from the main square of the town of Leymebamba and directly across the street from Kentitambo, the best accommodation in the area, the Leymebamba Museum is home to an exquisite collection of artifacts from the Chachapoyas civilization, a mysterious pre-Inca society which we know little about. Visit Leymebamba Museum: Aracari offers exclusive access visits to Leymembama Museum as part of a private 5-day Peru’s Best Kept Secret Chachapoyas tour, including Kuelap fortified city and the sarcophagi of Karajía, with an…

Gocta Waterfall Hike: The World’s Third Highest Waterfall

Gocta Waterfall Hike: The World’s Third Highest Waterfall

Gocta waterfall – one of the world’s tallest Although known to locals for centuries, it wasn’t until an expedition to Chachapoyas by a German explorer in 2005 prompted the measurement and documentation of the falls that Gocta was declared the third highest waterfall in the world. Its official height and rank has since been contentious, and depending on your source it varies from the world’s 3rd highest to 16th highest in the World Waterfall Database. Regardless of its status, it’s an incredibly impressive sight to take in from…

Kuelap Peru: The Ancient Cloud City

Kuelap Peru: The Ancient Cloud City

Standing at the top of ancient walls overlooking the cloud forest below, you really get a sense of the mysticism of Chachapoyas, and why the ancient pre-Inca people who built this incredible feat of engineering were known as the ‘people of the clouds’. Kuelap Peru is simply a spectacular archaeological site in an equally inspiring setting and a highlight of any visit to Chachapoyas. To visit Kuelap as part of a private trip to Peru, check out Aracari’s sample itinerary, Peru’s Best Kept Secret or contact us now to start planning your…

5 Romantic Experiences in Peru for Valentine’s Day

5 Romantic Experiences in Peru for Valentine’s Day

Last year we blogged about the best destinations in Peru for Valentine’s Day. From relaxing on the beach in Mancora or Paracas, the stunning scenery of the Sacred Valley or the mysticism of Lake Titicaca, these remain some of the most idyllic and romantic locations in Peru to enjoy with your Valentine. Beyond picking a destination or hotel, Aracari’s expert travel planning team can help with special touches that can make your Valentine’s Day extra special. And of course you don’t have to wait till 14 February. Whether…

5 Trips to Peru to Inspire Your 2017 Vacation

5 Trips to Peru to Inspire Your 2017 Vacation

It’s winter in the northern hemisphere, and for many of you it’s time to start planning your 2017 vacation! Where will you be heading this year? There’s the whole world to choose from, but it’s an excellent time to plan a trip to South America, and Peru in particular, with incredible bucket-list attractions, a world-renowned food scene, and unique off-the-beaten-track adventures. Unique tailormade trips to Peru – just for you Aracari specialises in luxury, tailormade travel – so our list below includes example itineraries to inspire you – but they’re certainly…