‘Tis the season: Gift giving in Patakancha

In the spirit of the holidays, Aracari just returned from a gift-giving trip to the village of Patakancha set high in the Sacred Valley that surrounds Cuzco. There’s no better feeling than giving back to a community that has given us so much over the past 13 years. For anyone…

The kids of Patakancha

We could not consider our tours of Peru, Bolivia and Galapagos to be of the highest calibre and authenticity without basing our operations in responsible and sustainable practices. We are devoted to promoting ethical travel in Peru, Bolivia and Galapagos, that is respectful of the environment and cultures that our guests encounter…

Choquequirao has appeared in our blog in the past, and it is only relevant to bring it up one more time as we noticed its appearance in the latest Conde Nast Traveler.  Aracari has finally answered the hard question of how to bridge the gap between trekking and a fair-deal…

Las Casitas del Colca in the Land of the condor

casitas del colca

Check out our up to date information on Las Casitas, on the Belmond Las Casitas page!  A beautiful place in Peru Just 100 miles or a four hour car journey north of Arequipa, Peru, lies a stunning natural phenomenon, the Colca Canyon, the deepest canyons in the world. This is…

Amidst the doom and gloom of environmental predictions there are always elements of light shining through. Environmental scientist Oliver Whaley is one such enlightened individual. Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew near London, Oliver and his team are dedicated to a three-year project supported by the UK Darwin Initiative…

Casa Prado Lima: A 17th Century masterpiece

This month we are celebrating! The restoration of Casa Prado, a dilapidated 17th Century house of major historic, architectural and artistic importance in the centre of Lima, has been given a significant boost by being named, as part of the Lima entry, as one of the top 100 endangered sites…