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Aracari reveals new package of exclusive experiences and exciting new hotels

Hot on the heels of the new direct flight from Gatwick to Lima with British Airways, Lima is rapidly revealing itself as one of South America’s most cosmopolitan destinations for culturally savvy, foodie globetrotters. Bespoke tour operator Aracari - established 20 years ago in Lima by Peruvian Marisol Mosquera – has unearthed new hidden gems and created a new package of exciting experiences on offer across its home city.

Opening 15 August 2016, Atemporal (translated as “timeless”) is Lima’s most hotly anticipated new hotel opening. Located in the buzzing Miraflores district, the exquisitely designed boutique property is housed in a grand building boasting nine beautifully-appointed rooms which showcase eclectic modern cool married with an old school service ethic.  

Elsewhere in the city, chic bolthole Hotel B will unveil five beautiful new rooms in early 2017, accessible through the Lucia de la Puente Gallery. Autor Estancia – the second property in owner Humberto Medrano’s quest to preserve the city’s most beautiful architecture – opened its doors in May, with a quirky ‘author’ theme running throughout the beautifully converted three-story townhouse.  

Known for opening doors for sophisticated and culturally curious travellers through their unrivalled connections, this month Aracari launches a new programme of unique and exclusive experiences across Lima:  

·         Cultural Callao: Lima’s vibrant Callao district, once known only for Peru’s chief seaport, has reinvented itself as an edgy hotbed of culture. The newly opened Callao Monumental project, located in the towering and historic Edificio Ronald building, consists of six floors of independent restaurants, artisanal fabric boutiques, galleries and studio space for resident artists. Aracari has created a bespoke expert-led tour of the Plaza Matriz Pisconit and the building’s private gallery spaces, whilst fans of Callao’s vibrant street art scene can enjoy a private walking tour with a leading graffiti artist for a unique perspective on contemporary Peruvian urban culture.  

·         Art: Reflecting the varied landscape and lives of Peru, Peruvian-born artist Ishmael Randal Weeks’ large installations and contemporary sculptures explore themes of urbanisation, transformation and regeneration. Aracari’s guests can now enjoy exclusive access to his newly-opened studio space in the lively Barranco district, where Ishmael can articulately explain the ideas behind his work and open doors for them into Lima’s vibrant art scene. Elsewhere, Casa Bolognesi is a grand and imposing republican house overlooking Plaza Bolognesi. Once left a mouldering ruin, the house has now reopened for private visits following extensive renovations, allowing guests to explore the impressive collection of contemporary Peruvian and Latin American art. Uniquely, Aracari’s guests can choose to curate the artwork on display according to their interests, including gems by Jorge Vigil, Claudio Roncoli and Martin Riwnyj.  

·         Gastronomy: From fresh and zingy ceviche to Chinese-fusion Chifa cuisine and indigenous Andean dishes, Lima is a mecca for gourmet travellers. Aracari has developed the exclusive Urban Eats tour, taking in bustling local markets, traditional bodegas and artisan eateries. The tour introduces guests to Peru’s ‘hero’ ingredients, from the freshest seafood to the humble potato, countless Andean superfoods and obscure Amazonian fruits. Highlights include tasting home-style pan con pejerrey and papa rellena in artsy Barranco and tapas-style causitas and choritos at neighbourhood favourite La Preferida, all washed down with an icy chilcano or two. For those seeking a more intimate experience, Aracari’s guests can now enjoy a cooking demonstration and meal in the ‘laboratory kitchen’ at Malabar, the acclaimed restaurant by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino – the ‘jungle chef’ renowned for his use of obscure ingredients and flavours from deep in the Peruvian Amazon.

·         Peruvian spirit: Aracari’s resident Pisco experts Stephen and Ricardo have created a new private Pisco tasting experience for guests. The affable duo of pisco connoisseurs talk guests through the history and production of Peru’s national drink, with seasonal grape tastings and delicious canapes for spirit aficionados in Stephen’s sea-facing Barranco home.

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