Category: Sustainable trips to Peru

Peru has breathtaking diversity in its people and places. Traveling to Peru can be a life-enriching experience for visitors, as well as an opporunity to help foster positive social, economic and environmental benefits in the places you visit, while mitigating the negative. Tourism is a power vehiclve for individual fullfillment, that can be harnessed effectively as a factor of sustainable development.

In ‘sustainable trips Peru’ we share insight, tips and recommended activities, experiences and itineraries for the best sustainable trips to Peru.

Environmentally Friendly Travel in Peru: Aracari’s Water Bottle Initiative

Environmentally Friendly Travel in Peru: Aracari’s Water Bottle Initiative

At Aracari, our passion for delivering unsurpassed travel experiences is as strong as it is for promoting and protecting the communities and destinations we bring travelers to. Peru, Bolivia and The Galapagos are spectacularly diverse countries, culturally and geographically. All have delicate and endangered ecosystems which we are proud to share with our visitors, and hope to for generations to come. In order to accomplish this we need to ensure the impacts of our trips are minimized by providing environmentally friendly travel in Peru, Bolivia, and the Galapagos. THE PROBLEM WE’RE TACKLING Aracari…

Amaveda: Luxury Detox Retreat at KiChic Hotel Peru

Amaveda: Luxury Detox Retreat at KiChic Hotel Peru

Aracari is pleased to offer this 7-night Amaveda retreat, taking place 10 – 17 November 2017 at KiChic hotel. The retreat focuses on classical Ayurvedic detox practices and includes a full digestive system re-set, therapeutic bodywork, organic spa treatments, workshops, a three-day raw juice fast, Amazonian botanicals, superfoods, supplementation, twice-daily yoga, meditation, a wild Pacific beach and plenty of lounging poolside in one of Peru’s most exquisite hotels. Amaveda is run by Emily Shaw –  a certified nutritionist, detox specialist, plant-ally and formulator. Since 2006, Emily has been based in…

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…

An Andean Pachamanca Lunch

An Andean Pachamanca Lunch

On a recent visit to the Sacred Valley, I had the pleasure of participating in and enjoying a Pachamanca Lunch at El Albergue’s Organic Farm at the edge of the town of Ollantaytambo. Peru is fast gaining a reputation as a destination for gastronomy and culinary travel. Along with the award-winning fine-dining restaurants in Lima are the stunning local ingredients and ancient cooking methods that inspire them. Without this rich heritage of food, Peru’s famed modern gastronomy would not exist. Pachamanca is one of these ancient cooking techniques that…

A Sustainable Stay at Gocta Natura Cabins

A Sustainable Stay at Gocta Natura Cabins

I recently stayed at Gocta Natura Cabins, a beautiful property in the cloud forest near the village of Cocachimba. With views of the towering 771m high Gocta waterfall in the distance, staying at Gocta Natura is really a breathtaking experience, immersed in nature, and our top accommodation recommendation for the Chachapoyas region. Gocta Natura – A property with social purpose The owner Rocio Florez has set up various projects all aimed at sustainability in the Amazonas region. Her focus is working with the local community to restore the flora and fauna of the…

Martha Giraldo – Sustainability on Suasi Island

Martha Giraldo – Sustainability on Suasi Island

Over the years Aracari’s founder and CEO Marisol has scoped out and tested the best hotels and hideaways to recommend to our guests. As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, we catch up with Martha Giraldo, a personal friend of Marisol and owner of Suasi Island on Lake Titicaca, a property Marisol and Aracari have worked with from the beginning.  Tell us about how you ended up at Suasi Island? I bought Suasi island from my grandmother 28 years ago. I wanted to replenish the natural habitat because eucalyptus was everywhere,…

Manu Learning Centre Lodge: Marisol’s Trip

Manu Learning Centre Lodge: Marisol’s Trip

Manú National Park is the largest and most pristine rainforest park in South America, unique in its wide variety of ecosystems. The area contains everything from puna grasslands to lowland Amazonian forest, intermixed with elfin forest, cloudforest and montane forest. Here are my thoughts on Manu Learning Centre Lodge, one of the places you can stay in Peru to discover the Amazon Rainforest. Visit Manu Learning Centre Lodge I had travelled to Manú several times 15 or 20 years ago. Aracari was highly involved in Manú then, and it…

Sustainable Tourism in Peru: 5 Initiatives We Love

Sustainable Tourism in Peru: 5 Initiatives We Love

Tourism plays a powerful, positive role in international development. It creates jobs, stimulates economies, and funnels funds into the preservation of national treasures. Travel allows for intercultural exchange and encourages empathy and understanding across peoples from different walks of life. The United Nations recognizes this potential: it considers international travel key to global development. And with over one billion tourists taking journeys across the globe annually, the tourism industry has more influence now than ever. This September 27th marks the UN’s World Tourism Day 2015. The celebration, which…

Alternative Treks to the Inca Trail

Alternative Treks to the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail in Peru is one of, if not the most, famous treks in the world, taking in three major sets of Inca ruins en route to the mythical citadel Machu Picchu, traversing through cloud forest, puna grasslands and high altitude passes. However, bucket-list status can sometimes come at a price. With strictly limited trail permits for the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and its shorter one-day version, these can sell out well in advance, so here’s our handpicked selection of the best alternative treks to the Inca trail. The…

The Apu’s Trail: Ausangate Lodge Trek

The Apu’s Trail: Ausangate Lodge Trek

A few days ago I returned, renewed and exhilarated, from trekking the Ausangate Lodge Trek route along the southern face of Apu Ausangate in the Southern Andes of Peru–two hours from Cusco, as the Condor flies, and four hours driving distance. This is a fantastic trek in Peru for adventurous travellers. Ausangate Lodge Trek Apu Ausangate is the most sacred mountain deity in the Cusco region, deserving much respect and reverence, as well as pilgrimages and offerings. It stands majestically at 6,372 meters (20,905 ft), and is Peru’s second…