Aracari Travel Consulting has been taking luxury tourists on custom-designed, sustainable trips to Peru, Bolivia and the Galapagos for over twenty years. The business combines a passion for unique travel experiences with a commitment to protecting local communities and environments.
We spoke to founder and CEO Marisol Mosquera to find out more about how Aracari began and why Peru is becoming an increasingly popular destination for luxury travellers.
What inspired you to start Aracari?
It was a mixture of things. I wanted to be in control of my time/schedule, and do something that I believed in and was passionate about. Something that had a sense of purpose.
I was looking to give myself the opportunity of being involved in something that was related to the world of art, nature and culture. Also, Peru means a lot to me, because I grew up away from the homeland.
Peru is becoming an increasingly popular destination, why do you think this is?
Peru is one of the most spectacular and diverse countries in the world.
It has so much culture from the many different ethnic groups who live there, some who still keep to traditional lifestyles. The landscape is spectacular with varied natural environments and pre-Hispanic archaeology – you may not know that the oldest archaeological site in the Americas is in Peru.
The towns and cities are full of incredible colonial art and architecture because Peru was the capital of the Spanish colonies in America. And over the past few years the vibe has become even more exciting, particularly as the cuisine has become world-renowned.
I think it probably ranks as one of the top five destinations in the world!
What actions does Aracari take to ensure it does not have a negative impact on the locations in which it operates?
Our customers are highly educated and want more from Peru than to tick Machu Picchu off their list. They travel in small numbers so their impact can be minimised.
We try to make them aware and educate them about our destination so they are well informed, tread carefully when they visit and can spread the word.
We pick local independent suppliers to try to spread the benefits of tourism as much as possible, and choose community run initiatives that provide excellent client experiences.
You must have seen some incredible places! What memory from your travels do you treasure the most?
There are so many memories! But I would say that some of the first that come to mind are; the rainforest in Tambopata National Reserve, trekking in the Cordillera Blanca and Ausangate, the Salar de Uyuni and the Pilgrimage of Qoyllur R’iti.
What are your top three travel tips?
Travel light, don’t over plan and choose your time of year carefully to ensure the best weather.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
As an entrepreneur? To focus on my distribution first.
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