ESCUDO by Chiara Macchiavello

ESCUDO by Chiara Macchiavello

An air of positive energy charged the atelier and showroom of Peruvian fashion designer Chiara Macchiavello, as we entered for a private tour with the designer. A few weeks ago, the Aracari met with Chiara and learn about her beautiful hand-made fashion garments, made using the finest Peruvian textiles. Her atelier, Escudo, is located in the bohemian district of Lima, Barranco. Aracari arranges private visits to Escudo along with other popular fashion houses, shops, galleries and boutiques on any tailormade visit to Lima. For exclusive access to fashion houses as part of…

Tambopata Research Center: A Luxury Amazon Lodge

Tambopata Research Center: A Luxury Amazon Lodge

The Amazon rainforest is magical. Within it, Peru boasts a range of luxury Amazon lodge options to discover its incredible flora and fauna, which Aracari has tried and tested. I recommend Tambopata Research Center (TRC) for the most authentic jungle experience, where the luxury of staying at this remote lodge in pristine rainofrest is the unrivalled opportunity for widlife watching in Peru. My Visit to Tambopata Research Center I first visited Tambopata Research Center, the only lodge within the Tambopata National Reserve, many years ago, and had always longed to go back. I had never forgotten the abundance of…

Belmond Andean Explorer: Luxury Train Peru

Belmond Andean Explorer: Luxury Train Peru

Last week I left the hustle and bustle of Lima and adventured south to begin a multi-day escape from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa on South America’s first ever luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer. Over the next three days I would travel more than 450 miles (725km) across the Peruvian Andes on a train climbing to 14,270ft (4,350m) – and it’s safe to say I was pretty excited to experience this overnight luxury train Peru, which launched in May 2017. Interested in train travel? Check out our Luxury Peru by Rail itinerary. The…

Explora Valle Sagrado Review

Explora Valle Sagrado Review

Earlier this year I packed my hiking boots and headed to the hills to stay at Explora’s first property in Peru, Explora Valle Sagrado. Offering understated luxury for adventure-seekers, it puts the personality of a lodge inside the body of a sizable, 50-room hotel. Set within a 30-odd hectare plantation of giant corn and kiwicha, the setting in the shadow of imposing mountains is something spectacular. Explora Valle Sagrado Review The only all-inclusive property in the Sacred Valley, the reason to stay here over any other luxury hotel…

Cusco Culinary Experience: Urban Eats by Day

Cusco Culinary Experience: Urban Eats by Day

Nestled into the Andean Highlands, Cusco is perfectly positioned to tap into a wide array of the country’s natural produce. As specialists in culinary travel, Aracari gives travelers the opportunity to explore the gastronomy of the historic city through various Cusco culinary experiences including Urban Eats by day, Urban Eats by night, and The Chef’s Cusco Food Tour. Cusco Urban Eats by day Aracari’s Head of Marketing Caroline Major delves into Peruvian culinary traditions on Aracari’s Cusco Urban Eats Food Tour.  Today I had great fun exploring the streets…

Aracari Awarded Butterfly Mark for Responsible Tourism in Peru

Aracari Awarded Butterfly Mark for Responsible Tourism in Peru

We are thrilled to announce that Aracari has been awarded the prestigious Butterfly Mark by Positive Luxury for our positive actions towards responsible tourism in Peru, Bolivia and The Galapagos. About The Butterfly Mark The iconic Butterfly Mark was created by Positive Luxury to help discerning consumers identify which companies actively contribute towards sustainability. After rigorously evaluating Aracari’s sustainability criteria across ethical business practice, social and environmental frameworks and philanthropy, Aracari is delighted to have been awarded the Butterfly Mark in recognition of our positive actions in tourism, having been at the forefront of responsible travel in Peru…

Exclusive Bolivia Group Tour with artist Gastón Ugalde

Exclusive Bolivia Group Tour with artist Gastón Ugalde

Bolivia. A land of extremes, contrasts and intrigue, the country is a true traveler’s dream. From the colonial cities of Sucre and Potosi to the other-worldly landscapes of the salt flats of Uyuni and Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, Bolivia boasts unrivalled scenery and rich history. Discover it for yourself on Aracari’s 2018 Bolivia group tour. Start in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and end in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, from Saturday 21 – Monday 30 April 2018.  Bolivia Group Tour 2018 with ‘The most important living Bolivia artist’  Aracari invites you…

Luxury Galapagos Honeymoon: A Joint Adventure

Luxury Galapagos Honeymoon: A Joint Adventure

Planning your honeymoon: the ultimate vacation and most memorable trip of a lifetime. It’s time to dream big as you embark on your first trip as a married couple. Finally you deserve to live it up, treat yourselves, and relax after all the stress and excitement of planning a wedding. So choosing a destination – especially if you’re planning to splurge more than usual – takes longer than the average ‘where should we go this year?’ conversation. For many people, the Galapagos is already one of their top bucket list destinations….

Environmentally Friendly Travel in Peru: Aracari’s Water Bottle Initiative

Environmentally Friendly Travel in Peru: Aracari’s Water Bottle Initiative

At Aracari, our passion for delivering unsurpassed travel experiences is as strong as it is for promoting and protecting the communities and destinations we bring travelers to. Peru, Bolivia and The Galapagos are spectacularly diverse countries, culturally and geographically. All have delicate and endangered ecosystems which we are proud to share with our visitors, and hope to for generations to come. In order to accomplish this we need to ensure the impacts of our trips are minimized by providing environmentally friendly travel in Peru, Bolivia, and the Galapagos. THE PROBLEM WE’RE TACKLING Aracari…

Galapagos Sea Star Journey: Cruise Review

Galapagos Sea Star Journey: Cruise Review

Visiting the Galapagos islands is one of the most coveted, once-in-a-lifetime trips in the world. So when you finally get to tick if off your bucket list, you want to do so knowing that you experienced it the best way possible. That’s certainly how I felt after an incredible six-day cruise aboard the Galapagos Sea Star Journey, one of Aracari’s top Galapagos cruise recommendations. Up-close encounters with other-worldly landscapes and creatures that inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution surpassed all expectations, coupled with first-class service and excellent guiding.  Contact Aracari or email…