During a trip to Cusco, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Jean-Jacques Decoster, one of Aracari’s top specialist guides who accompanies travelers on tours of Machu Picchu and is a rich source of information on the Incas and Andean culture. Dr. Decoster provides insider information for a privileged…

Visiting the Martin Chambi Archives in Cusco

Chambi Archives: A Snapshot of the Past On a quiet side street in the city of Cusco , you will find the archives of Martín Chambi, one of the first indigenous photographers of Latin America to gain international acclaim. His photographs, which range from some of the first mystic shots…

On Wednesday October 31st the San Pedro de Apóstol de Andahuaylillas church – known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas” – was inaugurated after extensive work undertaken by the World Monuments Fund. This church can be visited on Cusco’s Andean Baroque Route. San Pedro de Apóstol de Andahuaylillas church…

Trip Report: 5 days in Cusco and the Urubamba Valley

Cusco city centre

By Marisol Discovering Cusco and the Urubamba Valley There are so many new options coming up in Cusco and the Urubamba Valley – to stay the night, to dine and to be active – there was no doubt that part of our trip was going to be spent in the…

When organising visits to local communities in Peru, it is essential for us that we ensure the visit is authentic, tasteful and, above all, representative of what local life and tradition in Peru actually entails. In this spirit, the following series of photos were taken on a recent visit by…

Corpus Christi Festival Cusco

Corpus Christi Cusco

Corpus Christi Festival Cusco Today’s celebrations in Cusco mark the 464th uninterrupted procession of Corpus Christi in the Andean city. The celebration has been called “the festivity of Cuzquenians” due to the massive participation of all social groups, rich and poor. The Corpus Christi Festival Cusco is the longest-running religious…