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…

Machu Picchu Hiking Tours: Many Routes to the Top

Machu Picchu Hiking Tours: Many Routes to the Top

Incredible Machu Picchu Hiking Tours While a visit to the iconic Inca citadel Machu Picchu is a must-see highlight of most visitors’ trip to Peru, how you experience it, and how you get there is completely up to you, with lots of options to choose from. Remember that sometimes the journey is half the adventure! If you enjoy hiking and trekking and taking in the stunning mountain scenery, there are many options to consider, whether you’d like a small taste of adventure or a full blown multi-day trekking odyssey taking you to…

Santa Cruz II Review: Galapagos cruise

Santa Cruz II Review: Galapagos cruise

Santa Cruz II Review: Best Large Galapagos Cruise A land of active volcanoes brimming with unbeatable diversity in wildlife, the Galapagos Islands is perhaps the ultimate bucket-list destination for nature lovers. The birthplace of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, this unique archipelago located off the coast of mainland Ecuador boasts many endemic species that can be found nowhere else on the planet. From swimming with sea lions to with giant tortoises, I excitedly packed my bags to visit this living natural history museum on board the Santa Cruz…

Urban Kitchen – Lima Cooking Workshop

Urban Kitchen – Lima Cooking Workshop

Lima is fast becoming known as the gastronomic capital of South America. We’re constantly raving about the amazing restaurants, many of which are recognised worldwide for their innovative approaches. Lima boasts nine eateries in the San Pellegrino Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants List and dining at any of these restaurants is a great introduction to Peruvian food. Lima cooking workshop – Immersion in Peruvian cuisine But for true gastronomic travellers, an authentic and immersive introduction to Peruvian food happens in the markets and the kitchen which can be enjoyed with…

Aracari Peru Fam Trip 2016: Classic Luxury Peru

Aracari Peru Fam Trip 2016: Classic Luxury Peru

A Taste of Classic Luxury Peru: Aracari Peru Fam Trip From admiring Machu Picchu on a perfectly clear day, to partaking in a traditional shaman ceremony in the countryside in the heart of the Sacred Valley, an eager group of travel agents had the chance to see the key highlights of Peru, the Aracari way, on our 2016 FAM trip to Peru. Joining us from around the world – India, Switzerland, Sweden, the UK and USA all represented – this small collection of eight professional travel addicts joined…

Mashpi Lodge Ecuador – Cloud Forest Escape

Mashpi Lodge Ecuador – Cloud Forest Escape

Luxury between the trees – Mashpi Lodge Ecuador Just three hours northwest of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, lies a luxurious, five-star hideaway, ideal for birding and offering nature trails to hidden waterfalls. Mashpi Lodge Ecuador, set amid a 1,300-hectare private reserve, was built on land that was once part of a logging concession until it was privately purchased in 1997 and converted into the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve. Recognized as one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, I had the opportunity to explore this rich ecosystem and the comforts…

An Andean Pachamanca Lunch

An Andean Pachamanca Lunch

On a recent visit to the Sacred Valley, I had the pleasure of participating in and enjoying a Pachamanca Lunch at El Albergue’s Organic Farm at the edge of the town of Ollantaytambo. Peru is fast gaining a reputation as a destination for gastronomy and culinary travel. Along with the award-winning fine-dining restaurants in Lima are the stunning local ingredients and ancient cooking methods that inspire them. Without this rich heritage of food, Peru’s famed modern gastronomy would not exist. Pachamanca is one of these ancient cooking techniques that…

A Sustainable Stay at Gocta Natura Cabins

A Sustainable Stay at Gocta Natura Cabins

I recently stayed at Gocta Natura Cabins, a beautiful property in the cloud forest near the village of Cocachimba. With views of the towering 771m high Gocta waterfall in the distance, staying at Gocta Natura is really a breathtaking experience, immersed in nature, and our top accommodation recommendation for the Chachapoyas region. Gocta Natura – A property with social purpose The owner Rocio Florez has set up various projects all aimed at sustainability in the Amazonas region. Her focus is working with the local community to restore the flora and fauna of the…

Condé Nast: 2016 Top Travel Specialist Peru

Condé Nast: 2016 Top Travel Specialist Peru

We’ve got some great news to share… Aracari’s founder and CEO, Marisol Mosquera, has been named by Condé Nast Traveler as a 2016 Top Travel Specialist Peru. According to Condé Nast Traveler, a Top Travel Specialist: “will intuit your desires before you even know what they are – then they’ll make them happen”. In the December issue of Condé Nast Traveler (make sure you grab a copy!), the luxury travel brand is celebrating their pick of the top travel specialists, including Marisol. Condé Nast Traveler: the trusted voice of luxury travel Condé…