Tag: Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is the largest navigable lake in the world, and is shared between Peru and Bolivia. There are many out islands to explore and stunning scenery all around. Check out some of Aracari’s favorite experiences and places to stay on and around the lake, all of which can be arranged as part of a luxury, tailormade trip to Peru.

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…

Martha Giraldo – Sustainability on Suasi Island

Martha Giraldo – Sustainability on Suasi Island

Over the years Aracari’s founder and CEO Marisol has scoped out and tested the best hotels and hideaways to recommend to our guests. As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, we catch up with Martha Giraldo, a personal friend of Marisol and owner of Suasi Island on Lake Titicaca, a property Marisol and Aracari have worked with from the beginning.  Tell us about how you ended up at Suasi Island? I bought Suasi island from my grandmother 28 years ago. I wanted to replenish the natural habitat because eucalyptus was everywhere,…

Yavari – historic vessel on the move again

Yavari – historic vessel on the move again

I’d read about the famous Yavari and the fascinating story of the Victorian steamship that journeyed from the shipyards of London all the way to the shores of Lake Titicaca. But I finally had the opportunity to visit the ship myself and can now add an exciting update to the story. Categorised by the National Historic Ships Committee of Great Britain as being in the same league as the Cutty Sark (famous British clipper ship and top tourist attraction in London), the Yavari is the oldest single propeller-driven…

Amantica Lodge Lake Titicaca: Calm and Serenity

Amantica Lodge Lake Titicaca: Calm and Serenity

Our Head of Marketing gives her first-hand review of Amantica Lodge Lake Titicaca, having personally stayed at the luxurious private villa, located on Amantaní Island in Peru. Amantica Lodge Lake Titicaca As I cruised towards to the island under the midday sun, cutting through the stillness of the lake, Amantica Lodge slowly came into view. Perched on a quiet edge of Amantaní Island on Lake Titicaca, Amantica Lodge is a new stylish, private two-bed villa that I had the pleasure of testing out on a recent inspection trip to Lake Titicaca….

Puno’s Extravagant Festival Pays Homage to the Virgin of Candlemas

Puno’s Extravagant Festival Pays Homage to the Virgin of Candlemas

The month of February is filled with festivities and carnivals in many corners of the world; Peru is no exception. The first two weeks of February are replete with colors, music and dancing as people flock to Puno, a city in the Altiplano on Lake Titicaca, to celebrate Puno’s patron saint during La Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria. Candelaria is often compared to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Carnival in Oruro, Bolivia, because of the sheer size of the event, number of participants and the…

Discovering Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca

Discovering Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca

Taquile Island On a recent visit to the expansive and picturesque Lake Titicaca, James and I were rewarded with a visit to a community unlike any other that we had experienced before. Although much of the area is associated with inauthentic gimmicks aimed at attracting tourists, as Marisol described in her post, “Trip Report: Lake Titicaca,” we were afforded the opportunity to spend some time learning about the intriguing island community known as Taquile. Departing from the pier in Puno, James and I traveled on a boat bound…