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Up-to-the-minute reviews, features, travel guides and trip information brought to you by Aracari, local experts in tailormade travel to Peru, Bolivia and the Galapagos.

On our ‘Blog’ we share expert destination information, detailed travel guides, practical travel tips, first-hand reviews of hotels and lodges, In addition you’ll find unique features on cultural events from gallery exibitions to important festivals, as well as interviews with expert guides in Peru and specialists in their field – including archaelogistis, historians, chefs and anthropologists.

The Aracari Blog is written by our dedicated travel team based locally, drawing on their in-depth insider info and personal travel experiences in Peru, Bolivia and the Galapagos.

Peru culinary experience: Potato and Ají

Peru culinary experience: Potato and Ají

Peru is fast gaining a reputation as the gastronomic capital of Latin America. There’s so much to do and taste and Aracari specialises in Peru culinary travel offering the best and most authentic foodie experiences. We have a wide range of culinary experiences to offer, from tours of markets, interactive dining with some of Peru’s top chefs, private cooking lessons and much more. Check out our culinary pages with more details of what Aracari can offer. Here, we share details of a unique Peru culinary experience, in Cusco, putting…

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,…

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 –…

Peru Private Homes Collection

Peru Private Homes Collection

Aracari has been offering discerning guests tailormade trips to Peru for over 20 years. Now, Aracari’s founder, Marisol Mosquera, is opening up her little black book of treasured contacts to launch a new Peru Private Homes Collection. Departures Magazine featured Aracari’s Private Homes Collection in their Travel News: Trips to Book in June round up! From your base in Lima, Cusco or the Sacred Valley, Aracari offers unrivalled access to local life, stepping foot in the homes of some of Peru’s most revered artists, long-standing families and private architectural gems….

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…

Top Lima Culinary Experience with Pedro Miguel Schiaffino

Top Lima Culinary Experience with Pedro Miguel Schiaffino

Exclusive Lima Culinary Experience at Malabar The Aracari team were recently invited to Lima restaurant Malabar to test out an exclusive new private cooking demonstration and dining experience with chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Pedro’s Malabar restaurant was voted one of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. It was a fantastic night, definitely a top Lima culinary experience and a unique opportunity to meet and interact with one of Peru’s best chefs, and watch as he cooks your five-course meal, right in front of you! Lima culinary experience – starts with pisco, of…

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…