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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…

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…

Aria Amazon Cruise: A Luxury Jungle Escape

Aria Amazon Cruise: A Luxury Jungle Escape

I’m going to start with a pretty bold statement: After over a decade living in South America, my recent 4 day / 3 night Aria Amazon cruise was one of my top 3 experiences in South America.  Yes, it was that good. Read on for details of my trip to the Amazon, and why I’d recommend this special experience as part of a tailormade trip to Peru with Aracari. If you’re interested in exploring Peru’s amazing bio-diverse Amazon region on a luxury cruise organised by our expert travel planning…

5 Romantic Experiences in Peru for Valentine’s Day

5 Romantic Experiences in Peru for Valentine’s Day

Last year we blogged about the best destinations in Peru for Valentine’s Day. From relaxing on the beach in Mancora or Paracas, the stunning scenery of the Sacred Valley or the mysticism of Lake Titicaca, these remain some of the most idyllic and romantic locations in Peru to enjoy with your Valentine. Beyond picking a destination or hotel, Aracari’s expert travel planning team can help with special touches that can make your Valentine’s Day extra special. And of course you don’t have to wait till 14 February. Whether…

Ninoska Villegas – first Aracari travel planner

Ninoska Villegas – first Aracari travel planner

As part of Aracari’s 20th anniversary celebrations, Danielle, one of our newest employees, caught up with Ninoska, who was the first person Marisol hired – so the very first Aracari travel planner! She shares some of her memories of Aracari and how she progressed from working for a start-up entrepreneur to city banking in Canada. “I met Marisol through a summer job while I was in my first year of university. I was studying tourism and she was just starting her company and so it was literally me and her…

Best Hotels In Cusco

Best Hotels In Cusco

Cusco is one of Peru’s must-visit destinations, a stunning city with cobbled-streets, crisp air and striking architecture. As the gateway to reach Machu Picchu, Cusco is home to some of the best luxury hotels in Peru. Here we give our cherry-picked selection of some of the best hotels in Cusco. We’ve inspected every hotel on a room-by-room level, so share Aracari’s insider info for when planning Machu Picchu luxury trips using our first-hand destination knowledge. The Best Hotels in Cusco Recommended by Aracari Belmond Palacio Nazarenas An all-suite hotel, entry-level rooms at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas include…

The Simple Charm of Abittare Hotel in Cusco

The Simple Charm of Abittare Hotel in Cusco

Find your hotel in Cusco A hotel can set the tone for your visit to a city, providing a canvas to paint your memories of the trip. When I visited Cusco with a friend from college, we happened to find ourselves in the a perfect hotel to provide such a backdrop for first-time visitors like us: Abittare Hotel. The hotel is in a prime location, on the side of Qorikancha and two blocks away from the Plaza de Armas. The property is secluded, which is a benefit for…

Colourful Cuesta Serena Hotel in the Cordillera Blanca

Colourful Cuesta Serena Hotel in the Cordillera Blanca

The type of accommodation in Peru that Aracari adores most are those owner ran properties with beautiful, local details that are in touch with the surrounding environment. This is exactly what we discovered when we visited the Cuesta Serena boutique hotel in the Cordillera Blanca region of the northern Peruvian Andes. It was a sunny summer weekend in December when my colleague Mark and I ventured north of Lima. Upon arrival at the property, early in the morning, we were given a friendly welcome and a hearty breakfast…

A Must Taste Guide to Fruit in Peru

A Must Taste Guide to Fruit in Peru

Fruit in Peru guide Blessed with extreme biodiversity and the three vastly different climate zones of the coast, highlands, and jungle, Peru is home to a myriad of fruits, some native, others exotic and rarely known in other regions of the world. A visit to any Peruvian market (perhaps during one of our wonderful culinary tours) is the perfect opportunity to see and try some of these special and unique fruits, and below is a guide to a few of our must-taste favorites. Aguaje Native to the Amazon…

La Tierra de los Yachaqs: Community based tourism in Peru’s Sacred Valley

La Tierra de los Yachaqs: Community based tourism in Peru’s Sacred Valley

Aracari’s Weekly Insight La Tierra de los Yachaqs – translated as “The land of the wise” – is the name given to a community-based tourism project located in and around the Sacred Valley. When I participated in the project earlier in the year, I found out first-hand that the name was very appropriate. Working with five communities, the mission of La Tierra de los Yachaqs  is to preserve the history and traditions of local communities while enabling them to support their economy with responsible, authentic and high-quality tourism….