Category: Peru Artistic Travel

Peru’s rich history and culture makes it the ideal destination for culture connoisseurs. World-class museusm, galleries, archaelogical sites and exquiste artisan crafts welcome visitors.

In ‘Peru artistic travel’ we share our top recommendations for unique art and cultural experiences in Peru, from being guided at museums by their curators, visiting the private homes of artists and collectors, to learning local artisan crafts. We share reviews of the best galleries, exhibitions and cultural events across Peru for travelers interested in the wealth of Peru artistic travel.

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,…

Lisy Kuon – expert on art and history in Cusco

Lisy Kuon – expert on art and history in Cusco

Aracari offers guests unparalleled insight into Peru’s rich history and culture with our specialists guides – experts in their fields offering unique perspectives and wonderful company. Here we catch up with Lisy Kuon, a true expert on art and history in Cusco, who has been part of the Aracari family for many years.  Can you tell us a bit about your background and the focus of your work? I studied Humanities and Anthropology at the National University of Cusco and the University of Washington in Seattle, specialising in expressive anthropology, now known as…

John Alfredo Davis Benavides – Insider experiences in Lima

John Alfredo Davis Benavides – Insider experiences in Lima

As we celebrate Aracari’s 20th anniversary, Danielle went to meet and chat with another important piece in the Aracari jigsaw puzzle – John Alfredo Davis Benavides – one of Aracari’s top Peru specialists offering insider experiences in Lima as part of our ‘Into the Past’ city tours. John Alfredo Davis Benavides A name interwoven in Lima’s history. As John Alfredo takes you around Lima he modestly mentions his family’s role in the development of the city – buildings constructed by a great uncle, street names bearing his name, and more. The…

Callao Monumental: Urban art in Lima

Callao Monumental: Urban art in Lima

Callao Monumental – Urban art project in Lima There’s always something new to discover in Lima‘s exciting and ever-evolving contemporary art scene. I’d heard a lot about the art project in Callao, showcasing some of the country’s best street art, contemporary galleries and artists. So I went along to check out the new space, learn about the area, and experience first hand how contemporary Limeño artists are expressing themselves in this historic neighbourhood in a lesser-known part of the city. It was quick to see that the project Monumental is a…

ArtLima International Art Fair 2016

ArtLima International Art Fair 2016

Peru has a world-renowned heritage of art and culture and also a growing contemporary art scene, so the credentials for a successful international art fair are firmly in place. Last week (21 – 24 April) Lima once again welcomed the best of the art world to the city, attracting an impressive caliber of art galleries – some home grown in Peru and many from around the world. This was my first visit to the annual event, and it really was impressive. According to ArtLima Director Rochi Castilla, “it’s…

Ceramicist Carlos Runcie Tanaka in Galería Enlace

Ceramicist Carlos Runcie Tanaka in Galería Enlace

The moment I stepped into the Espacio CRT in the Galería Enlace – Arte Contemporáneo , the variety of ceramics was striking. The sculptures ranged in size from tiny circular objects to towering vertical installations, all colored with an expansive palette of natural hues and the occasional eye-catching turquoise. In addition to the earthy color scheme, the prevailing imagery of faces, hands, and crabs unified  Carlos Runcie Tanaka’s collection. I couldn’t help but ponder the memories evoked by the mythical forms, the artistic process of their creator, and…

The Opening of MALI’s Permanent Collection

The Opening of MALI’s Permanent Collection

This Wednesday afternoon, there was no lack of diversity amongst the crowds at Lima’s illustrious Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI, for short). Roving students on school trips scampered past groups of nuns in habits, as tourists in sneakers and jeans mingled with freshly ironed businessmen and women on their lunch breaks. Despite their differences, every guest buzzed with anticipation for the same reason: the opening day for MALI’s long-awaited permanent collection.   For seven years, the second-floor of MALI has been closed to the public for renovations….

The Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum

The Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum

First opened in August of 1964, the Amano Museum, now known as the Pre-Columbian Textile Museum, recently went through a years’ worth of renovations and reopened at the end of May 2015. After 50 years promoting and conserving Peru’s textile heritage, the remodeled museum in Peru’s capital, Lima, doubled the exhibit space and improved conservation methods in anticipation of a large amount of visitors in the future. The permanent exhibit includes an impressive collection amassed by Amano including over 600 ancient textiles as well as ceramics from Pre-Inca…

Concept Store “Cajamarca 219” in Barranco

Concept Store “Cajamarca 219” in Barranco

Shopping for quality Peruvian alpaca products while sipping a glass of French wine? Now it’s possible–and I don’t mean online. Recently, two Aracari team members, Caroline and I, had the opportunity to visit the Concept Store “Cajamarca 219” in Barranco, which opened last year in 2014. Set down a quiet street in the Bohemian district of Lima, this new addition to the neighborhood is one-of-a-kind in the area and worth a visit, especially if you’re in the market for high quality clothing or furniture made from alpaca (although…

An evening at Lima Photo 2015

An evening at Lima Photo 2015

Yesterday I had the opportunity to check out the inauguration of Lima Photo 2015 which runs until this Sunday, August 16th from 2-9pm. Set up similarly to Art Lima, it was hosted in the Centro de la Imagen in Miraflores and consisted of many small rooms representing the various galleries. It was quite a labyrinth to navigate but I think I visited every one! There are over 25 galleries showing work at Lima Photo from many different countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Uruguay, Venezuela, United…