Tag: Peru

Maria Julia Raffo – Peru Gastronomy Expert

Maria Julia Raffo – Peru Gastronomy Expert

Aracari’s Peru Gastronomy expert and PR advisor, Maria Julia Raffo, tells her part of the Aracari story. She shares what it’s like to scope out new products and great places to eat for guests, constantly in search of new experiences, as we look back on 20 years of Aracari. I met Marisol in 1986 in London. She had just graduated and was working in Finance in the city. We were both living in London, had mutual friends and have basically been good friends ever since. When she told me…

Raul Varela – the face of Aracari customer service

Raul Varela – the face of Aracari customer service

As Aracari reflects on 20 years of offering bespoke luxury trips to Peru, Bolivia and the Galapagos, Danielle speaks to Raul Varela, the company’s longest serving employee. The phone rings in Aracari’s office and Matt, our Sales Manager, answers. It’s a woman who travelled to Peru with her family in 2003 with Aracari. They’re considering another trip and she wants to speak to Raul. Thirteen years later the name, the face and the impression stuck. For most Aracari guests, Raul is the face of Aracari customer service and…

The Best of Lima’s Historic Centre

The Best of Lima’s Historic Centre

Lima, the capital of Peru, was once just a layover for hot-footed tourists on the way to Cuzco and a Machu Picchu luxury trip. Not anymore. You wouldn’t want to miss South America’s gastronomic capital. A destination full of history in Lima’s historic centre, contrasted with new and exciting experiences for all travellers, regardless of your interests or travel style. Aracari Recommended by Condé Nast Traveller Of course at Aracari we think Lima is a great destination, but you don’t have to take our world for it. Journalist David Annand recently visited Lima…

Exploring Peru’s Colca Canyon

Exploring Peru’s Colca Canyon

If you love hiking and trekking, Peru should definitely be on your bucket list of places to visit. The Andes mountain range runs north to south along Peru’s spine – an endless playground for adventure seekers and lovers of the outdoors. While most people immediately think of the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, there are many other options around the country. Have a look at our Trekking in Peru suggestions – there are loads of quieter and lesser-trodden trails offering a chance to connect with some fantastic scenery, ancient ruins…

5 Ways to Enjoy Peru’s Independence Holiday

5 Ways to Enjoy Peru’s Independence Holiday

On 28 and 29 July each year Peru celebrates Fiestas Patrias, the national holidays to commemorate the country’s independence. It’s the biggest holiday in Peru after Christmas and the whole country takes part in the lively festivities. 28 July marks the official day when Jose de San Martin declared Peru’s independence from Spain in 1821. Then 29 July is a day in tribute to the country’s national police and armed forces. If you’re in Peru during Fiestas Patrias, here are our 5 top picks to soak up the atmosphere and…

Contemporary Peruvian Art: Ishmael Randall-Weeks

Contemporary Peruvian Art: Ishmael Randall-Weeks

Walking into the bright spacious studio of Ishmael Randall-Weeks, you instantly get the impression of an artist busy at work and creative juices flowing. The space is full of projects in progress – sculptures, building materials, drawings, photos and the sound of a power tool in the background. Ishmael calls it his ‘think tank space’ and it’s where all his work begins. The finished project might turn out to be a huge location-specific installation, that would never fit in his Baranco studio, but it’s here that the ideas are…

Guide to Peruvian food: Ceviche

Guide to Peruvian food: Ceviche

A blog series about Peruvian food can’t get very far without mentioning ceviche! Pride of Peru? Although many Latin American countries lay claim to ceviche, I’m going to remain unashamedly biased, and uphold Peru’s claim to the dish. Gastón Acurio, from one of Lima’s top restaurants Astrid y Gastón agrees, explaining that because of Lima’s prominent position on the coast and its strategic importance as a trading base for the Spanish conquistadores, dishes like ceviche quickly spread to other Spanish colonies, and became assimilated into their own local cuisine. Although there are many variations, even…

Yavari – historic vessel on the move again

Yavari – historic vessel on the move again

I’d read about the famous Yavari and the fascinating story of the Victorian steamship that journeyed from the shipyards of London all the way to the shores of Lake Titicaca. But I finally had the opportunity to visit the ship myself and can now add an exciting update to the story. Categorised by the National Historic Ships Committee of Great Britain as being in the same league as the Cutty Sark (famous British clipper ship and top tourist attraction in London), the Yavari is the oldest single propeller-driven…

Hacienda Tacama – Wine and Pisco in Ica

Hacienda Tacama – Wine and Pisco in Ica

The oasis of Ica, some 300km south of Lima, is home to Peru’s wine and pisco-producing vineyards. There, tucked amidst rows of grapes, sits the sprawling bright-pink Hacienda Tacama, a standout winery in the region, which lays claim to being both the oldest winery in South America and Peru’s largest. Having undergone extensive renovations in 2016, I headed to the sand-dune surrounded valley to test out the updated tour of Hacienda Tacama and to learn about and sample some of Peru’s best wines and pisco – a white…

Guide to Peruvian Food: Causa

Guide to Peruvian Food: Causa

Peruvian food is now well established on the world’s gastronomic map. With Michelin-starred restaurants in Lima and cities across the world, more people are getting to know the culinary delights of Peru. While it’s great to sample food from a distant country in your own city, nothing beats culinary travel -getting to know a country through your taste buds. In this culinary blog series, we’ll introduce you to some of Peru’s iconic dishes that will have you booking a flight and a table for as soon as you land!…