Category: Aracari Team Insights

Locally based, the Aracari team are the ultimate destination experts, constantly exploring new destinations and properties and re-visiting places of interest for up-to-the-minute developments.

In ‘Aracari Team Insights’, we share our trip reports from our inspection trips along with recommendations and reviews based on our own personal travel experiences. Everything we recommend is tried and tested and we warmly welcome questions about our trips, excursions and write-ups of the best things to see and do in Peru, Bolivia and the Galapagos.

Maximo Laura – Master Peruvian Weaver

Maximo Laura – Master Peruvian Weaver

Maximo Laura is an award-winning tapestry weaver, internationally recognized as one of South America’s pre-eminent and most unique textile artists. Caroline, Maria Julia and I went to meet Maximo and learn about his work, driving out to his home and studio in San Martín de Porres, on the outskirts of Lima. At an address without a sign, in an unassuming local neighborhood, we were intrigued to visit his private home as it sits well off the typical tourist trail in Lima. We were greeted with a treasure trove of vibrant,…

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;…

Urban Eats by night: Cusco Culinary Tour

Urban Eats by night: Cusco Culinary Tour

Aracari’s head of marketing Caroline checks out our Cusco Culinary Tour – Urban Eats by night. Peru has an international reputation for the variety of its ingredients and the ingenuity of its world-renowned chefs. A trip to Peru would not be complete without tasting your way through some of the country’s favourite flavours and dishes, and this is a great way to do it in Cusco. Cusco culinary tour – led by a culinary expert A fun way to immerse yourself in Peru’s unique fusion cuisine is on Aracari’s Cusco culinary tour –…

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…

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…