Aracari is one of South America’s most established travel companies, offering bespoke immersive trips throughout Peru, Bolivia and the Galapagos islands.
Established twenty years ago by Peruvian, Marisol Mosquera, Aracari provides the culturally curious traveller with unparalleled access to her treasure trove of knowledge, advice and connections, resulting in enriched experiences and a wholly personalised approach to experiential travel.
Through connections cultivated by Marisol over her lifetime, Aracari has unlocked the expertise of academics and specialists in art, history, archaeology, gastronomy and indigenous culture, granting clients invaluable insight, access and fully authentic local experiences far from the typical tourist trail. Together with her core network of experts – including Cusco art historian, Lisy Kuon; sculptor and environmental activist, Margarita Checa; and Nazca Lines expert, Ana Maria Cogorno – they “discovered experiential travel together”, setting a precedent for fully immersive journeys to Peru and Bolivia.
Whether it’s arranging an exclusive dinner party at one of Lima’s most established art galleries, delving deep into the heart of the Amazon with a naturalist guide, lodge-based hiking through the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range, or exploring La Paz’s blossoming art scene with Bolivia’s most influential living artist, Gastón Ugalde, Aracari ensures their clients feel deeply connected to the local culture.
Being based in Peru gives them the edge, and Marisol’s 20-strong team – who hail from Peru, the UK, the US and Argentina – are supported by a wide network of collaborators including a gastronomic advisor, ensuring that they truly understand both the local mentality and that of the international traveller.
Motivated by their clients’ insatiable appetites for exploration and adventure, Marisol and the Aracari team take sincere pride in offering an uncompromised quality of service, trying and testing everything before recommending it to clients and ensuring they depart with equal gusto for their native region.
“It seems like only yesterday that I left my London-based banking job to start Aracari” says Aracari’s founder, Marisol Mosquera. “In the beginning, all I knew was that it needed to involve travel to Peru in the right way – high-quality, low-impact tourism promoting cultural and natural attractions whilst disseminating ethical business practices and supporting local initiatives. I think that Aracari has achieved just that in the last 20 years, and I’m proud that my original vision continues to ring true. The launch of the first direct flight from London to Lima since 1982 this year is a momentous occasion and I believe that Aracari’s in-depth local knowledge and thorough understanding of the British mind-set means we are perfectly placed to fast track the British traveller to the very best of Peru and Bolivia.”