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Up-to-the-minute reviews, features, travel guides and trip information brought to you by Aracari, local experts in tailormade travel to Peru, Bolivia and the Galapagos.

On our ‘Blog’ we share expert destination information, detailed travel guides, practical travel tips, first-hand reviews of hotels and lodges, In addition you’ll find unique features on cultural events from gallery exibitions to important festivals, as well as interviews with expert guides in Peru and specialists in their field – including archaelogistis, historians, chefs and anthropologists.

The Aracari Blog is written by our dedicated travel team based locally, drawing on their in-depth insider info and personal travel experiences in Peru, Bolivia and the Galapagos.

The Che Route

The Che Route

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Che Guevara’s death, Aracari retraces the last steps of the iconic revolutionary in Bolivia with journalist Sarah Gilbert. Aracari offers a 6 day/5 night trip on the Che Route including full board starting at USD $3,055 Contact Us Ruta del Che, the Che Route 50 years ago, on October 9 1967, Che Guevara was shot in a small town in eastern Bolivia. The historically significant villages and local sites that he visited during his last living days and the first days of his death make up the ‘Che Route’ or…

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…

Best Private Villas Mancora

Best Private Villas Mancora

Aracari’s founder and CEO, Marisol Mosquera, reviews her top picks of  the best private villas Mancora, in northern Peru. I am just back from sunny Mancora in Northern Peru, where I spent time checking out the best private beach villas. Known for its year-round sunshine, Mancora is a chic seaside destination that offers seasonal whale watching, snorkelling and surfing. I highly recommend staying in the luxury beach-front hotels KiChic and Arennas, but for those looking for complete privacy, more space or longer stays should also consider renting a private villa where you are…

ESCUDO by Chiara Macchiavello

ESCUDO by Chiara Macchiavello

An air of positive energy charged the atelier and showroom of Peruvian fashion designer Chiara Macchiavello, as we entered for a private tour with the designer. A few weeks ago, the Aracari met with Chiara and learn about her beautiful hand-made fashion garments, made using the finest Peruvian textiles. Her atelier, Escudo, is located in the bohemian district of Lima, Barranco. Aracari arranges private visits to Escudo along with other popular fashion houses, shops, galleries and boutiques on any tailormade visit to Lima. For exclusive access to fashion houses as part of…

Belmond Andean Explorer: Luxury Train Peru

Belmond Andean Explorer: Luxury Train Peru

Last week I left the hustle and bustle of Lima and adventured south to begin a multi-day escape from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa on South America’s first ever luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer. Over the next three days I would travel more than 450 miles (725km) across the Peruvian Andes on a train climbing to 14,270ft (4,350m) – and it’s safe to say I was pretty excited to experience this overnight luxury train Peru, which launched in May 2017. Interested in train travel? Check out our Luxury Peru by Rail itinerary. The…

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…