Category: Adventures in Peru

From hiking to forgotten ruins, rafting rapids in the Sacred Valley to learning about local lifestyles in the Amazon, there’s no shortage of adventures in Peru. Sun-soaked desert, snow-capped mountains and remote countryside are just some of the dramatically varied climates and landscapes to be found. Whether reaching Machu Picchu by hiking the iconic inca trail, or indulging in a luxury train journey on the Hiram Bingham, there are adventures in Peru to be had that suit all travel styles.

In ‘Adventures in Peru’, we share our reviews of destinations and experiences, our own first-hand travel experiences, providing itinerary inspiration, travel tips and practical info, alonside in-depth research and specialist features.

Top 10 Things to Do In Peru

Top 10 Things to Do In Peru

If you tell anyone you’re visiting Peru, they expect to hear that Machu Picchu is the focal point of your trip – and so it should probably be! The incredible Inca citadel is worthy of the hype, and an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity. But it’s certainly not all that Peru has to offer. Here we pick out our top 10 things to do in Peru, to help you with your holiday planning. Pick your favourite experience and then get in touch! Our expert planning team are…

The Chef’s Cusco Food Tour

The Chef’s Cusco Food Tour

Aracari’s head of marketing Caroline, tests out a new culinary experience for our guests, tasting her way through the streets of Cusco and learning more about Peruvian food with every bite! Peru boasts an almost unbelievable number of ingredients and rich culinary history, sitting firmly on the international food scene as a must-visit culinary destination. Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire, is surrounded by the Andes which are recognized for their wide array of natural ingredients.  Ancient superfoods like quinoa and kiwicha sit alongside the seemingly humble potato;…

Family Trip to Peru: Amazing Andean Adventure

Family Trip to Peru: Amazing Andean Adventure

At the heart of any family adventure is the importance of fun, interactive and educational experiences, and a balance between keeping the kids and adults happy and entertained. Peru offers a rich array of experiences for a family trip to Peru. Our 14-day Amazing Andean Adventure itinerary is an introduction to some of the most fascinating places in the country and features activities specifically geared towards the comfort, safety, and interests of families. With a range of organized experiences including incredible wildlife excursions in the Amazon rainforest, learning to…

Aria Amazon Cruise: A Luxury Jungle Escape

Aria Amazon Cruise: A Luxury Jungle Escape

I’m going to start with a pretty bold statement: After over a decade living in South America, my recent 4 day / 3 night Aria Amazon cruise was one of my top 3 experiences in South America.  Yes, it was that good. Read on for details of my trip to the Amazon, and why I’d recommend this special experience as part of a tailormade trip to Peru with Aracari. If you’re interested in exploring Peru’s amazing bio-diverse Amazon region on a luxury cruise organised by our expert travel planning…

Chachapoyas Archaeology: 4 Sites Not to Miss

Chachapoyas Archaeology: 4 Sites Not to Miss

Aracari’s pick of best Chachapoyas Archaeology The pre-Inca Chachapoyas civilization left behind many mysteries. While they had no written language, and were defeated by the Incas, they achieved great things – building the largest ancient stone structure in South America, and developing sophisticated mummification techniques to preserve and honor their ancestors. The region of Chachapoyas in northern Peru is named after the ancient people, and the word Chachapoyas means ‘people of the clouds’ a fitting moniker for this mystical land of dramatic scenery shrouded in cloud forest. The land is…

Chachapoyas Conservation with Adriana von Hagen

Chachapoyas Conservation with Adriana von Hagen

Meet Adriana – dedicated to Chachapoyas conservation Adraiana von Hagen is a Peruvian writer, archaeologist, research associate of the Leymebamba museum and owner of Kentitambo guest house right next door. She is a close friend of Marisol Mosquera, Aracari’s owner and CEO, and together they are embarking on efforts to protect and revitalise the precious cloud forests of Chachapoyas. Here’s her story.  Born in Peru to a German mother and American father – the explorer, and writer Victor Wolfgang von Hagen, Adriana has spent most of her life living in…

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…