Category: Adventures in Peru

From hiking to forgotten ruins, rafting rapids in the Sacred Valley to learning about local lifestyles in the Amazon, there’s no shortage of adventures in Peru. Sun-soaked desert, snow-capped mountains and remote countryside are just some of the dramatically varied climates and landscapes to be found. Whether reaching Machu Picchu by hiking the iconic inca trail, or indulging in a luxury train journey on the Hiram Bingham, there are adventures in Peru to be had that suit all travel styles.

In ‘Adventures in Peru’, we share our reviews of destinations and experiences, our own first-hand travel experiences, providing itinerary inspiration, travel tips and practical info, alonside in-depth research and specialist features.

Madrigal Chimpa Fortress Hike in Colca Peru

Madrigal Chimpa Fortress Hike in Colca Peru

Recently back from an incredible inspection trip to The Colca Valley and Canyon, I want to share one of the highlights of my experience- a half day hike in Colca Peru to the pre-Incan Madrigal Chimpa Fortress. The Madrigal Chimpa Fortress (4,412m) sits high above the Colca Valley, where it has kept watch over the lands below since 1,200 AD. The exact historical meaning of the ruins remains a mystery to visitors and locals alike, but it is thought to have been the military fortress that divided the clashing Collagua and Cabana…

Stephanie Borios, Aracari Specialist

Stephanie Borios, Aracari Specialist

Stephanie Borios is a French ethno-botonist who was trained in the UK and the US, and currently resides in Lima, Peru. She is an Aracari specialist in cultural anthropology and conducted her PHD research in the rural Lares area of Peru (just north of Cusco). Her education and background in academia, coupled with practical insight into the plants and people of the area having conducted research in remote parts of Peru, makes her one of the top Peru specialists to accompany Aracari guests on treks around Lares as…

‘Jungle Jimmy’ McSparron, Aracari Specialist

‘Jungle Jimmy’ McSparron, Aracari Specialist

Aracari specialist Jimmy McSparron is a wildly versatile, and energetic character with 10 years living, or shall we say adventuring, in Peru. Originally from the UK, and currently serving as the British Vice Consul in Cusco, he spent time in the British Navy before traveling extensively through the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Jimmy is a specialist jungle survival instructor and high mountain engineer with 700+ days spent on expeditions. Aracari can arrange expert guiding in Peru with Jimmy – from learning jungle survival techniques to trekking in the mountains…

Kevin Floerke, Aracari Specialist

Kevin Floerke, Aracari Specialist

Aracari is thrilled to introduce you to our photography and archaeology specialist, Kevin Floerke. With 9 years of experience working in Peru, Kevin is a United States native with a wealth of information on Incan archaeology, and photography techniques for shooting Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Aracari can connect you with Kevin, one of our many top Peru specialists, on any private, tailormade trip to Peru. He is the perfect companion for travelers looking to experience Peru through the eyes (and lens) of a professional photographer and archaeologist. Contact travel@aracari.com now…

Whale Watching in Peru

Whale Watching in Peru

Aracari’s founder and CEO, Marisol Mosquera, shares her whale watching and snorkelling experience off the sunny shores of Mancora, northern Peru.  The northern beaches of Peru boast year-round sunshine and the opportunity for incredible, up-close whale watching in Peru. Last Sunday I had the chance to head out onto the open seas in the search of humpback whales with my family, taking a shared boat trip from the beach town of Mancora. When to Whale Watch in Peru Whale watching in Peru is seasonal, enjoyed specifically between the months of August and…

Tambopata Research Center: A Luxury Amazon Lodge

Tambopata Research Center: A Luxury Amazon Lodge

The Amazon rainforest is magical. Within it, Peru boasts a range of luxury Amazon lodge options to discover its incredible flora and fauna, which Aracari has tried and tested. I recommend Tambopata Research Center (TRC) for the most authentic jungle experience, where the luxury of staying at this remote lodge in pristine rainofrest is the unrivalled opportunity for widlife watching in Peru. My Visit to Tambopata Research Center I first visited Tambopata Research Center, the only lodge within the Tambopata National Reserve, many years ago, and had always longed to go back. I had never forgotten the abundance of…

Explora Valle Sagrado Review

Explora Valle Sagrado Review

Earlier this year I packed my hiking boots and headed to the hills to stay at Explora’s first property in Peru, Explora Valle Sagrado. Offering understated luxury for adventure-seekers, it puts the personality of a lodge inside the body of a sizable, 50-room hotel. Set within a 30-odd hectare plantation of giant corn and kiwicha, the setting in the shadow of imposing mountains is something spectacular. Explora Valle Sagrado Review The only all-inclusive property in the Sacred Valley, the reason to stay here over any other luxury hotel…

Exploring Rainbow Mountain Peru

Exploring Rainbow Mountain Peru

As an avid trekker and outdoor enthusiast, the vast offerings of Peru and the Andes Mountains are a dream come true. Occasionally I find myself overwhelmed by the options I have at my fingertips, but when I arrived in Cusco for the first time there was no doubt in my mind what my priority adventures were – the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and a trek to the beautiful Vinicunca, Rainbow Mountain Peru. If you are a like-minded outdoor enthusiast, contact Aracari or email travel@aracari.com for a tailormade trip to Peru including…

Best Time to visit Machu Picchu

Best Time to visit Machu Picchu

Exploring the iconic site of Machu Picchu is the highlight of a trip to Peru for many travelers, so you probably want to think carefully about the best time to visit Machu Picchu. As the specialists in luxury travel Peru, read on for Aracari’s top considerations when planning a trip to Machu Picchu. Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu – Rainy & Dry Season  In the Andes, the rainy season runs from November to March, and the dry season from April to October. The wettest months tend to be January/February. As Machu Picchu…

Top 10 Things to Do In Peru

Top 10 Things to Do In Peru

If you tell anyone you’re visiting Peru, they expect to hear that Machu Picchu is the focal point of your trip – and so it should probably be! The incredible Inca citadel is worthy of the hype, and an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity. But it’s certainly not all that Peru has to offer. Here we pick out our top 10 things to do in Peru, to help you with your holiday planning. Pick your favourite experience and then get in touch! Our expert planning team are…