Category: Machu Picchu Luxury trips

Nestled in the middle of tropical mountain forest, Machu Picchu is Peru’s principle attraction and a must-see site. A place of extraordinary beauty, the citadel was built at the peak of the Inca Empire. Today the mist-shrouded ruins make it a place of wonder. Expert guiding makes all the difference to bring the history of the UNESCO World Heritage site to life. Reached either by train – including the luxurious Hiram Bingham – or on foot via the one-day or multi-day Inca trail camping trek, even the journey to get to Machu Picchu is impressive.

In ‘Machu Picchu Luxury trips’ we share practical information on visiting Machu Picchu – when to visit, how to make the most of a tour, expert guiding, how to get there – as well as reviews and in-depth insight into the history and stories that surround the ruins.

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…

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…

Inca Trail in Peru: 6 Unexpected Highlights

Inca Trail in Peru: 6 Unexpected Highlights

Inca Trail in Peru – It’s Not a Race to the Finish There are hundreds of Inca ‘trails’ scattered across Peru, relics of the impressive network of roads connecting the Inca Empire. Then there’s the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – El Camino Inka in Spanish, the iconic four day trek to Machu Picchu. Of course the crowning glory of taking on the gruelling challenge of the Inca Trail in Peru is arriving at the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. There’s a great sense of accomplishment, finally arriving at…

Fernando Silva – expert guiding in Cusco

Fernando Silva – expert guiding in Cusco

We’re celebrating the people that are part of the Aracari family throughout our 20 year history. Here’s a spotlight on Fernando Silva who offers expert guiding in Cusco and Machu Picchu who first connected with us over twenty years ago! Tell me about yourself and how you got involved in tourism? I’m from Cusco – born and bred and have lived here all my life. I’ve been involved in tourism for over 26 years – I started as an assistant cook, then a cook, then an assistant guide and now I’m…

Best Hotels In Cusco

Best Hotels In Cusco

Cusco is one of Peru’s must-visit destinations, a stunning city with cobbled-streets, crisp air and striking architecture. As the gateway to reach Machu Picchu, Cusco is home to some of the best luxury hotels in Peru. Here we give our cherry-picked selection of some of the best hotels in Cusco. We’ve inspected every hotel on a room-by-room level, so share Aracari’s insider info for when planning Machu Picchu luxury trips using our first-hand destination knowledge. The Best Hotels in Cusco Recommended by Aracari Belmond Palacio Nazarenas An all-suite hotel, entry-level rooms at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas include…

Best Luxury Hotels in Machu Picchu

Best Luxury Hotels in Machu Picchu

Whether arriving by train to Machu Picchu or hiking along the famous Inca trail, the range of luxury properties at Machu Picchu is guaranteed to offer you the ideal place to rest and relax. Here we give our roundup of the best luxury hotels in Machu Picchu. We’ve inspected every hotel on a room-by-room level, so share Aracari’s insider info for when planning Machu Picchu luxury trips using our first-hand destination knowledge. Aracari Reviews the Best Luxury Hotels in Machu Picchu Belmond Sanctuary Lodge The ultimate choice for luxury seekers. Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is…

How to Avoid the Crowds at Machu Picchu

How to Avoid the Crowds at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is the most-visited attraction in Peru and one of the top destinations to visit in the world. Unsurprisingly, as a result it attracts crowds of camera-toting tourist all vying for the best vantage points to capture their postcard-worthy photos. Though you’ll never have the site entirely to yourself, there are some straightforward steps you can take to avoid feeling like you’re stuck trailing a tour group, to avoid the crowds at Machu Picchu and to appreciate the tranquility and wonder of this UNESCO World Heritage site…

Hiking the Gran Caverna Path at Huayna Picchu to the Temple of the Moon

Hiking the Gran Caverna Path at Huayna Picchu to the Temple of  the Moon

During my tour of Machu Picchu, our guide pointed to Huayna Picchu, the mountain that overlooks the citadel, and said, “Do you see those, little dots on the side of the mountain? Those are people climbing to the top. Not a hike for people with vertigo.” I squinted to see them from where I stood and suddenly felt nervous about my climb scheduled for the following morning. It didn’t help when the guide mentioned the cords attached to the mountain walls for the parts that were nearly vertical…

Presidential Class: A Private Journey to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail, Peru

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited aboard Inca Rail’s top-of-the-line Presidential Class (previously called the Inca Princess) carriage for a luxurious journey to Machu Picchu.  As a Peru travel expert with over two decades of experience I had taken several different trains and services in the past, but I certainly found this trip to be a unique one! As soon as I stepped onto the train, I immediately noticed how beautifully decorated the carriage was, with nice wood finishing, artwork, a marble bar, and relaxing ambient…

The Mystical Guardian: Huayna Picchu Mountain

In every well-known photo of the Machu Picchu ruins is Huayna Picchu Mountain, standing majestically as if it were a watchful guardian protecting the sacred sanctuary below.  Its prominent peak rises from the depths of the valley and beckons for you to climb its winding, vertical path to the ruins that sit atop. For me it was through this trek and from this vantage point that I experienced Machu Picchu to the fullest. Each day, only 400 people are allowed to make the journey, providing every boldly adventurous…