Tag: Cuzco

A Tranquil Escape – Sacred Valley Private Villas

A Tranquil Escape – Sacred Valley Private Villas

Walking into the villa, I was greeted by two things simultaneously – the beautiful bright colours of the eclectic but tasteful Andean decór, and the inviting smell of my dinner simmering away from the kitchen, under the watchful eye of Berta the cook. A hidden oasis of Sacred Valley Private Villas Nestled in a private gated group of condominiums, set in lush tropical gardens, are seven beautiful and inviting Sacred Valley private villas, two of which are available for Aracari guests. With similar configuration and character and style, they…

Discovering Corn in the Sacred Valley

Discovering Corn in the Sacred Valley

Sarapampa is a Quechua word which means ‘cornfield’, a fitting name for this beautiful and sprawling property in the Sacred Valley. In these parts, daily life revolves around corn cultivation as it has done for the people of the Andes for centuries. A visit to Hacienda Sarapampa with Aracari is a chance to witness the journey of this sacred crop from field to plate as you learn about the history and importance of corn in the Sacred Valley, followed by a delicious seven course meal with the hacienda owners. Sacred Crop Corn…

Inca rope bridge: Puente Qeswachaka

Inca rope bridge: Puente Qeswachaka

  Puente Qeswachaka I’ve visted Cuzco and the Sacred Valley so many times – for work and pleasure, and I love that even now after all these years, there are new things to discover in the region. Before a recent work trip, a colleague mentioned that my trip would coincide with the annual rebuilding of the Qeswachaka Bridge in June. I was intrigued and had to go see it.   An ancient tradition lives on So much has changed in the Sacred Valley over the centuries, and there…