Tag: Lima

Peru’s capital Lima boasts a handful of the world’s top 50 restaurants, pre-inca sites, Spanish colonial history. contemporary art galleries, forward fashion and unique cultural life. Aracari provides reviews of its key attractions, articles on Lima’s history, trip advice and travel information on all there is to see and do in Lima, as well as the best places to stay. We also offer interviews with artists, chefs and specialist guides in Lima – from historians to architects – who share their take and knowledge on Lima. Aracari arranges private, tailormade tours of Lima.

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…

Astrid y Gastón: One of the Best Restaurants in Lima Peru

Astrid y Gastón: One of the Best Restaurants in Lima Peru

Lima, Peru is often referred to as the culinary capital of Latin America thanks to its selection of the top restaurants in the region, and three of the best in the world. We are spoiled with incredible dining options, ranging from home cooked meals at hole in the wall eateries to world renowned gourmet restaurants. Visit the gastronomic capital of Latin America with culinary travel specialist, Aracari. Contact us or email travel@aracari.com for tailormade trip ideas that give you access to the best restaurants in Lima Peru, as well as exclusive dining experiences. Aracari Insight: A Few…

Maria Julia Raffo – Peru Gastronomy Expert

Maria Julia Raffo – Peru Gastronomy Expert

Aracari’s Peru Gastronomy expert and PR advisor, Maria Julia Raffo, tells her part of the Aracari story. She shares what it’s like to scope out new products and great places to eat for guests, constantly in search of new experiences, as we look back on 20 years of Aracari. I met Marisol in 1986 in London. She had just graduated and was working in Finance in the city. We were both living in London, had mutual friends and have basically been good friends ever since. When she told me…

Luis Villacorta – Historic Centre of Lima expert

Luis Villacorta – Historic Centre of Lima expert

As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, we catch up with Aracari specialist guide Luis Villacorta who talks about making the historic centre of Lima fun for kids and being star-struck by British nobility! Luis Villacorta – a passion for his hometown Lima With a lifelong passion for his home city, particularly the architecture in the historic centre of Lima and the relationship between the modern city and pre-Colonial times, it is an absolute pleasure to hear Luis talk about Lima and experience his expert guiding in Lima. Luis Villacorta,…

The Best of Lima’s Historic Centre

The Best of Lima’s Historic Centre

Lima, the capital of Peru, was once just a layover for hot-footed tourists on the way to Cuzco and a Machu Picchu luxury trip. Not anymore. You wouldn’t want to miss South America’s gastronomic capital. A destination full of history in Lima’s historic centre, contrasted with new and exciting experiences for all travellers, regardless of your interests or travel style. Aracari Recommended by Condé Nast Traveller Of course at Aracari we think Lima is a great destination, but you don’t have to take our world for it. Journalist David Annand recently visited Lima…

Contemporary Peruvian Art: Pablo Patrucco

Contemporary Peruvian Art: Pablo Patrucco

At Aracari we’re always interested in getting under the skin of Peru – understanding the places and people that make it the multifaceted cultural destination that we’re proud to showcase to the world. Recently, Caroline and I had the pleasure of meeting Pablo Patrucco, a homegrown Limeño artist at his apartment in Miraflores. This was not the first encounter between Aracari and Pablo – in 2012 Aracari sponsored El Placer es más importante que la Victoria, an exhibition of Peruvian artists at the Tasneem Gallery in Barcelona, which Pablo participated in….

Contemporary Peruvian Art: Ishmael Randall-Weeks

Contemporary Peruvian Art: Ishmael Randall-Weeks

Walking into the bright spacious studio of Ishmael Randall-Weeks, you instantly get the impression of an artist busy at work and creative juices flowing. The space is full of projects in progress – sculptures, building materials, drawings, photos and the sound of a power tool in the background. Ishmael calls it his ‘think tank space’ and it’s where all his work begins. The finished project might turn out to be a huge location-specific installation, that would never fit in his Baranco studio, but it’s here that the ideas are…

Guide to Peruvian food: Ceviche

Guide to Peruvian food: Ceviche

A blog series about Peruvian food can’t get very far without mentioning ceviche! Pride of Peru? Although many Latin American countries lay claim to ceviche, I’m going to remain unashamedly biased, and uphold Peru’s claim to the dish. Gastón Acurio, from one of Lima’s top restaurants Astrid y Gastón agrees, explaining that because of Lima’s prominent position on the coast and its strategic importance as a trading base for the Spanish conquistadores, dishes like ceviche quickly spread to other Spanish colonies, and became assimilated into their own local cuisine. Although there are many variations, even…

Peruvian Textiles – then and now

Peruvian Textiles – then and now

“I have learned that each and every piece of cloth embodies the spirit, skill, and personal history of an individual weaver… It ties together with an endless thread the emotional life of my people.” ― Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez, Aracari specialist and Peruvian author of ‘Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories’ Everywhere you go in Peru, you’ll see textiles on sale. The markets are adorned with the vibrant warm hues of traditional blankets, ponchos, and the famous chullo hats (read our blog here), woven with care…

Autor II – a nod of nostalgia to Lima’s past

Autor II – a nod of nostalgia to Lima’s past

Blog post update in 2016: Autor Estancia has been renamed Autor II, and is the sister property to Autor I,also located in Miraflores.  Nestled on a quiet street in the upscale neighbourhood of Miraflores, Autor Estancia, opened in April 2016, is perfectly located near to Avenida La Mar, with its famous cevicherias and cafes, and a 7-minute walk to one of the best surf spots in the capital. Autor Estancia is a stylish bed and breakfast spread across three floors of a former home. The property offers 6 rooms comprised…