Huaca Pucllana in the Heart of Lima

It was during a walking tour of the neighborhood of Los Olivos in Lima that I encountered my first huaca. I stood behind a row of houses on a patch of dusty land that had a few hills and a sign that said “No Trespassing”, which failed to deter any of…

Madrigal Chimpa Fortress Hike in Colca Peru

Hike in Colca Peru to Madrigal Chimpa Fortress (14)

Recently back from an incredible trip to The Colca Valley and Canyon, I want to share one of my highlights – a half day hike in Colca Peru to the pre-Incan Madrigal Chimpa Fortress. Sitting high above the Colca Valley (4,412m / 14,475ft), it has kept watch over the lands below since 1,200…

Aracari trip to Kuelap and Chachapoyas

View of the valley from Kuelap

Marisol, Founder & CEO of Aracari, and the Aracari team are just back from an in-depth research trip to Kuelap and the Chachapoyas region. We’ve been hard at work (and play!) testing out accommodation, hikes, and other excursions to ensure that we’re experts on, and offer the very best of, the…

A Tour of The Tombs of Revash

High on the hills of Peru’s northern cloud forest, this collection of tombs from the Chachapoya civilization sit on the edge of a limestone cliff. Built from mud-set stones, the tombs of Revash resemble houses and are painted in red and white hues, collectively forming miniature villages along the face of…

Exclusive Access Visit to Leymebamba Museum

Leymebamba museum

Behind the Scenes at Leymebamba Museum Located just a few minutes from the main square of the town of Leymebamba and directly across the street from Kentitambo, the best accommodation in the area, the Leymebamba Museum is home to an exquisite collection of artifacts from the Chachapoyas civilization, a mysterious…

Kuelap Peru: The Ancient Cloud City

The stunning ruins of Kuelap

Standing at the top of ancient walls overlooking the cloud forest below, you really get a sense of the mysticism of Chachapoyas, and why the ancient pre-Inca people who built this incredible feat of engineering were known as the ‘people of the clouds’. Kuelap Peru is simply a spectacular archaeological site in…