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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;…

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…

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…

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…

Corpus Christi in Cuzco: 5 Tips for Enjoying the Festival

Corpus Christi in Cuzco: 5 Tips for Enjoying the Festival

Corpus Christi, a Catholic holiday celebrated worldwide, is very distinct in Cuzco. It’s the city’s most important religious festival and a public holiday in Cuzco, which is celebrated with fervor. It is also the occasion that most exemplifies the synergy between Catholicism and traditional Andean beliefs and customs. The main procession takes place with 15 adorned statues each representing a different parish church. The procession is followed by thousands of people, carrying flowers and offerings. For more details on the nature of the festival, check out our previous blog….

Peruvian Textiles – then and now

Peruvian Textiles – then and now

“I have learned that each and every piece of cloth embodies the spirit, skill, and personal history of an individual weaver… It ties together with an endless thread the emotional life of my people.” ― Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez, Aracari specialist and Peruvian author of ‘Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories’ Everywhere you go in Peru, you’ll see textiles on sale. The markets are adorned with the vibrant warm hues of traditional blankets, ponchos, and the famous chullo hats (read our blog here), woven with care…

Santuranticuy Cusco Christmas Market

Santuranticuy Cusco Christmas Market

The days before Christmas in Cusco are filled with equal parts excitement, holiday cheer…and crafts projects! Santuranticuy Cusco Christmas Market, one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Peru, is a temporary Christmas market that takes place every year in the Plaza de Armas. Local Festivals in Peru: Santuranticuy Cusco Christmas Market In years prior the event was only held on December 24, but this year the fair will be held on December 23 as well. The market attracts artists from the neighborhood of San Blas in Cusco with those from the…

The Festival of Cusco Festivals: Corpus Christi

The Festival of Cusco Festivals: Corpus Christi

On Thursday, June 4th 2015, Cusco will celebrate its most important religious procession, Corpus Christi. The oldest religious festival in the Americas is a majestic display of vibrant costumes and passionate ritual, and this year’s procession will mark the 468th uninterrupted Corpus Christi in the city. During this colorful and lively celebration, “Cuzequeñans” of all social and economic groups and classes flood the streets, carrying flowers and other offerings in their hands.  Central to the celebration are the 15 adorned statues representing saints and religious figures perched atop litters for…