Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca

An “Enchanted Village”, this is the concept of our new hotel-resort located three hours from the city of Arequipa, on the banks of the Colca River. This beautiful location opened its

doors to the public during Easter, making it the perfect opportunity to escape from your routine and experience life in a colorful, traditional Andean town. Among the activities available during this special week were the pizza night cooked in a handmade oven; an Easter egg hunt; and the planting of saplings, which guests may adopt. Near the hotel,

in the town of Coporaque, travelers had the chance to enjoy and learn about the local customs celebrated during this holiday, such as the handicrafts fair, the culinary fair and traditional

dances. They also took part in activities in the nearby countryside, such as trekking, horse riding, and visits to neighboring archaeological sites, as well as the thermal baths of



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Colca Valley, a place full of grace




Most people fail to discover the magic of the Colca Valley, as it made ​​the trip just in time, without thinking that this will be short to meet and enjoy what the place offers: Beautiful scenery, biking, hiking trails to venture in, experiential tourism, the spectacular view of condors or just relax and contemplate the beauty of the landscape.

The Colca Canyon is just one part of the valley of the same name, it’s 165km from Arequipa city. The stunning scenery is surrounded by mountains and monumental terraces that seem to have been designed by the delicate hands of an artist.

Upon arrival, you can see the mountains and volcanoes Hualca Hualca, Ampato and Sabancaya with almost 6000 meters.

Although any time of year is good to visit the Colca Valley, we recommend making the trip between the months of May and November, as it is dry season.

One of the biggest attractions of this place is the observation of the flight of the condor. Following an attractive trail you will get the natural viewpoint to observe the fly of the world’s largest bird, an experience that will be recorded for life.


On the road to Coporaque we find a hotel facing the Colca river that transports us to another time. An “enchanted town” that becomes the best place to start the adventure. Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca combines the colonial and andean style and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, just three hours away from the majestic white city of Arequipa. The surrounding areas bring surprises as two natural waterfalls, many hummingbirds giving the welcome, terraces for organic flowers and plants that will be used in the restaurant, small plots, between others. The trout farm and water mill will be part of experiential tourism experience.

Among the activities is the participation of guests in grinding different grains in the old water mill and then use the flour at the restaurant’s clay oven and prepare your own pizza or bread.

To get more information about Pueblito Encantado del Colca you can reach 511 207-0440 or write



Christmas in Cusco

Christmas time brings the magic of a wonderful show in the Plaza de Armas: Santuranticuy, which means “sale of saints” is a temporary market where sculptors and craftsmen offer the most diverse figures for the cribs that are put at homes and churches.

The event is held since the arrival of the Spanish in Cusco, is the occasion in which many people come from the mountains to sell images of the baby Jesus, the St. Mary, St. Joseph and the three wise men (all made by them), they also sell images of sheep and various animals. This is the oldest, largest, highest quality and popular art fair, in Peru, bringing together different genres as exponents of jewelry, embroidery, basketry, carving, ceroplastic, toys, among others.

This traditional popular art fair brings together artists and artisans, mainly the neighborhood of San Blas and the south of the country, giving prominence to the fair exposure of the famous “Manuelito Child”, ceramics, carvings, etc.


The Suite – Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

During your romantic retreat in Cusco you can enjoy the great suites at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, 3 spacious 600-square-feet suites with stylish furniture and unique artwork. Its separate living room with sofas and a coffee table, offers guests an intimate space to dine in the comfort of their room. Inside the bedroom, a 32” LCD television, a refreshment center and an iPod docking station are available, as well as complimentary High-speed wireless Internet. From the balcony, you can appreciate lovely views of the Inca city. Two of the suites have a King size bed and one has 2 queen beds, dressed with fine sheets, fluffy feather duvets and crisp covers. A menu of feather and foam pillows, complete a true heavenly sleeping experience. And apart of all, they also have radiant floor on the bathrooms to keep you warm and intelligent oxygen to help you to acclimatize to the altitude.


Saint Peter Market


The central market or Saint Peter Market  is located across from San Pedro train station a few blocks southwest of the Plaza de Armas. This is a place full of colours, aromas and sounds thet will give you a sample of the local culture in Cusco.

Delicious fruits, various vegetables, meat, fish, hand craft works, traditional desserts, cheese, medicinal herbs and more on the same place. Every person that has the experience of being at this market has fallen in love with it.

Criolla Song’s Day in Peru

In 1944, October 31st was declared as the official day to celebrate the “Criolla” song’s day in Peru by the former president Manuel Prado in order to spread the local music from the coast of the country.

Valses, polkas, festejos and marinera are part of this rich of music full of rhythm, feeling and joy that represent very well the identity of a traditional culture.

Some of the greatest representatives of the “música criolla” are Chabuca Granda, Felipe Pinglo Alva, Oscar Aviles, Arturo Zambo Cavero among others.

Here the lyrics of one of the beautiful songs written by Chabuca Granda. A waltz that tell a love story of a woman that remember her beloved one.

Jose Antonio

Por una vereda viene

cabalgando José Antonio
Se viene desde Barranco
a ver la flor de Amancaes
En un berevere criollo,
va a lo largo del camino
con jipi japa pañuelo
y poncho blanco de lino

Mientras corre la mañana,
su recuerdo juguetea
y con alegre retozo el caballo pajarea
fina garúa de junio
le besa las dos mejillas
y cuatro cascos cantando
van camino de Amancaes

Qué hermoso que es mi chalán
cuán elegante y garboso
sujeta la fina rienda de seda
que es blanca y roja
qué dulce gobierna el freno
con sólo cintas de seda
al dar un quiebro gracioso
al criollo berebere

José Antonio, José Antonio
por qué me dejaste aquí
cuando te vuelva a encontrar
que sea junio y garúe
me acurrucaré a tu espalda
bajo tu poncho de lino
y en la cinta del sombrero
quiero ver los amancaes,
que recojas para mí
cuando a la grupa me lleves,
de ese tu sueño dorado
de tu caballo de paso
aquel del paso peruano.


*“Chalan” (traditional name for a man that worked with horses in the countryside. An imposing and elegant mien)

Peru: History, Gastronomy, People

What does Peru mean to you?

“Peru is not just the perfect place to lose yourself; it’s also the perfect place to find yourself.  In Peru you will not just get to know its jungles, its beaches, its mountains, its people and its culture. You will also start to get to
know yourself. And that’s the kind of experience you will never want  to  forget.” (Promperu: 2012)

The efforts to show Peru to the world are concentrated on this emotional video that summarized all what this country offers to the visitors. In Peru you can find gastronomy, fauna, flora, beautiful landscapes but the people and friends you will make will be the most significant souvenir of your trip.

Try to imagine how would be your adventure and dare to live it.


The Stone of Twelve Angles

The 12 angles Stone is an icon when we refer to the City of Cusco and the Inca Archaeology. This perfect stone is part of the Inca Roca palace wall. The shape of this stone has attracted the admiration of the world for much time.  It is on the center of the wall and is famous because of the perfect assembly of its corners and sides with the other stones.

Nowadays is part of the Arzobispal Palace- Art Museum, Hatunrumiyoc Street, 2 blocks from the main square of Cusco.

Glorious Drinks

The perfect place to enjoy a good time after a long day visiting the city of Cusco. Wrap yourself in the flavors and aromas that Khasikay Bar by Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel presents.

Khasikay Bar, from glorious meaning, offers a warm and sober setting, where a varied menu of tapas recreates the tradition of the Andes’ dishes. Fine pisco based cocktails and a complete national and International cava complete a truly heavenly experience.

Art and Tradition

The famous “Cusqueña” school of painting, perhaps the most important Spanish colonial America, is characterized by its originality and high artistic value, which can be seen as a result of the confluence of two powerful currents: the artistic tradition of Europe, and on the other hand, the desire of Indians and mestizos painters to express their reality and their world view.

In Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, you can see several paintings of the Cusco school, colonial sculptures and carvings that transport you to the greatness of the time.

Important historical art pieces are distributed in all rooms, lobby and aisles of the property.


A Hotel with History

Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is housed in a 16th century colonial mansion. It was once named the Dean’s Mansion because it belonged to Mr. Alonso Pérez de Villarejo, Dean of Cusco Cathedral. Its existence has been documented since the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. It was declared a National Historical Monument on July 23, 1980.

During its long history, the house had several owners, including Don Ramon Matta, who in 1890 transferred it to Mrs. Clorinda Matto de Turner, a Cusco novelist author of the famous ‘Aves sin nido’ and her brother David.

The archaeological research done prior to the restoration allowed the hotel to learn about the stylistic elements originating from the 16th century. This is especially noticeable in the stone façade located by the main door of the hotel.

Beyond the restoration and adaptation of Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, the main goal is to perform a careful and exemplary recovery process, keeping the originality and values of all the periods present in this historical mansion.

Gastronomy from the Andes

Alpaca meat provides great benefits. It has an excellent source of protein and is low in fat, ideal for those who suffer from high cholesterol.

Being an exotic animal species and very resistant to the harsh conditions of the environment in which it lives, about 3,900 meters above sea level, is the main food of the people of the highlands of Peru.

Mishti Restaurant, in Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, delights the guests with the various presentations of alpaca.  Here an example.

Alpaca tenderloin roll stuffed with andean cheese in port wine and peruvian elderberry sauce with creamy yellow potato cylinders and gorgonzola cheese.

Andean Cosmovision… Live the History with Aranwa

The worldview in the Andes, conceived time cyclically, in a constant succession of periods of chaos (disorder) and cosmos (order) of the world. For them, the world was divided in three levels:

1. Hanan Pacha (upper world or celestial) was the heaven world and only the good people could get into it. The upper world was inhabited by the gods as the god Viracocha and Inti.

2. Kay Pacha (this world) was the world inhabited by humans.

3. Uku Pacha (underworld or world of the dead) was the world of all that was under the earth or the sea. The sources, caves or other openings of the earth’s surface were considered lines of communication between the Uku Pacha Pacha and Kay.

Plaza de Armas – Main Square

Located in the same place as the Plaza Huacaypata (in Quechua: groan, lament) that was traced by the Inca Manco Capac to found the city of Cusco in the twelfth century, it was built around the royal palaces and Acllahuasi (Temple of the Virgins). It was the place where the Inti Raymi was celebrated; the military celebrations after the victory in battle. Since the arrival of the Spanish conquerors, it was somewhat reduced in size by the constructs perimeter, and today is surrounded by the Cathedral, the Church of the Company, portals, arches and houses.

El Señor de Huanca

Señor de Huanca

El Señor de Huanca es la imagen de Cristo martirizado, que se venera en la localidad peruana de Huanca, en el Cusco.

La historia del origen de este Cristo, que habría aparecido en el siglo XVII, cuenta que un día un indio llamado Diego, quien ya estaba cansado de los maltratos de sus patrones, decidió escapar de ellos. Así llegó hasta Huanca, donde rezó todo el día y toda la noche para no ser encontrado. Se dice que cuando cayó la noche el indio tuvo una revelación, delante de él se encontraba un Cristo Sangrante. El hombre entonces se llenó de emoción y decidió llamar a un pintor, uno de los más destacados del pueblo para que inmortalizara la imagen que él acababa de ver, en piedra.

El pintor que trajo hizo su labor y parecía, según cuentan, que una mano divina guiaba cada uno de sus trazos para poder realizar la pintura exacta del Cristo sufriente que Diego había observado. Se dice que el culto permaneció en secreto por algunos años y que este Señor era adorado por los indígenas.

Existen otras historias sobre el Señor de Huanca, que narran apariciones y milagros, por ello el pueblo de Huanca es muy devoto y cada 14 de setiembre, celebran al Cristo con una peregrinación multitudinaria hasta el Santuario de Huanca. Incluso se unen devotos de otros países como Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina y Chile.

  Otros datos:

-      El santuario del Señor de Huanca está ubicado a 48 Km. de la ciudad del Cusco a 3,100 m.s.n.m., en el distrito de San Salvador, provincia de Calca,  departamento de Cusco.

 -      Para llegar desde Cusco toma de 4 a 6 horas de caminata o 1 hora en auto.

 -      Huanca es un hermoso paraje situado en las faldas de la montaña Pachatusan (El que sostiene el mundo), casi a las orillas del río Vilcanota.

Flor Andina – La Cantuta

La cantuta es una especie oriunda de los Andes, conocida como la flor nacional del Perú. Se sabe que los incas quedaron maravillados por su gran belleza promoviendo el cultivo de esta planta en todos sus dominios y consagrándola al dios Sol (Inti), por ello se le conoce como “La Flor Sagrada de los Incas”.

Era usada en ceremonias rituales como el “huarachicu”, donde los jóvenes que se iniciaban adornaban sus cabezas con ramilletes de ella. La flor de la Cantuta también era utilizada para adornar los cráneos de los muertos, porque se creía que su corola guardaba el agua necesaria para mitigar la sed en el viaje póstumo. Hasta el día de hoy se guardan algunas costumbres como la de colocar flores de Cantuta en las laderas de los Apus o montañas sagradas para representar el aprecio y devoción por dichas montañas.

Algunos datos:

-  El nombre en Quechua es “k’antu” y en Aymara “cantuta”.

- Mide entre los 2 y 3 metros de alto.

- Sus hojas son pequeñas, ásperas y tienen formas alargadas y elípticas; mientras que sus flores poseen forma de corona tubular y cáliz corto.

- Sus flores no contienen olor y son de colores intensos: blanco, amarillo y rojo.

Clothing – Ethnic Peru

Ethnic Peru is a corporation dedicated to the design, fabrication, exhibition, commercialization, and exportation of garments knitted in alpaca fiber. Since its creation six years ago, Ethnic Peru has created products that are at the cutting edge of style, using the newest technology. Their designs are inspired by the extraordinary artistic expression of the ancient Peruvians to create a product rich in style, tradition and culture. In each step of production, they strive to preserve the natural environment as well as help the local social economy.

Limacpampa Chico 11495 (Cusco) Telephone: 084-254230.

Santa Catalina Ancha 313 (Cusco) Telephone: 084-243213.

Portal de Mantas 114, Plaza de Armas de Cusco (Cusco) Telephone: 084-232775

Medicina Complementaria: Auriculoterapia

Terapia muy parecida a la acupuntura, empleada desde hace muchos siglos para diagnosticar diferentes enfermedades y curarlas mediante la estimulación de puntos energéticos ubicados en la oreja por medio de la aplicación de agujas, tachuelas o balines.

Este tratamiento permite curar diversas afecciones como:

  • Jaquecas
  • Dolencias artríticas
  • Depresión
  • Falta de apetito
  • Insomnio
  • Problemas hepáticos y digestivos y otros.

Disfruta de esta terapia en nuestro Unno Spa en Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel Resort & Wellness.

Shopping Time: Qala Peruvian Handcrafts

“Qala” means “Everything”

Peruvian company with more than ten years of experience in the retail industry. With a big group of selected artisans bring their rich traditions, history and culture through their products.

They offering a varied and representative selection of the best Peruvian arts and craft, you can find: hand-made jewelry in gold and silver; arts and crafts from the Peruvian Coast, the Andes and the Jungle; textiles; Alpaca clothing; t-shirts made out 100% cotton; souvenirs and coffee table books, among other products.

 Address: Cusco Calle Zetas 304(Plaza of Santo Domingo)

Telephone:  51 (1) 084- 233572





Skin Benefits of Chocolate

Chocolate is rich antioxidants and can help to keep your skin firm, resilient and smooth. Some benefits of chocolate in skin are:

  • Nourishes and softens dry skin
  • Acts as a deep moisturizer
  • Antioxidants may help reduce free radical damage
  • Makes skin appear more supple and smooth
  • Can calm and heal irritated skin
  • Promotes healthy detoxification of skin cells
  • Can promote the skin cell renewal process



Anti- oxidant wrap with Cusco´s chocolate

Wraps, such as the chocolate treatment wrap, increase the person’s sense of well being, relaxation and pleasure. They tend to reduce sensations of stress, also connects the balance of body and mind energy. This treatment has decongestive and energizing properties as well as rejuvenating effects.

Enjoy this unique treatment in Unno Spa at Aranwa Sacred Valley


Admiral’s Palace

The museum is housed in the ornate 16th-century “Palacio del Almirante” (Admiral’s Palace) which was built, like much of Cusco, on Inca foundations. This grand colonial mansion is named after Admiral Francisco Aldrete Maldonado who lived here until his death in 1643.

The palace itself is one of Cusco’s finest colonial mansions, with a superbly ornate portal indicating the importance of its owner.

The museum’s exhibits include ceramics, textiles, vases, jewelry, architectural models, and an interesting collection (reputed to be the world’s largest) of Inca drinking vessels (qeros) carved out of wood, many meticulously painted. In the courtyard is a studio of women weaving traditional textiles.

Address: 103 Cuesta del Almirante, Cusco, Peru

Location: Corner of Ataúd and Córdoba del Tucumán

Phone: (51)084 – 237-380

Hours:  Weekdays 8am -5pm; Sat. 9am -4pm.

Awana Kancha: Museo


Es el único centro de exhibición de Camélidos Sudamericano en Cusco, entre sus muestras se encuentran la alpaca, vicuña, guanaco y llama. Aquí podrá apreciar los procesos  de elaboración de los diferentes textiles. Los diseños provienen de la inspiración de varios artistas tejedores que plasman elementos místicos e históricos en sus muestras.

Teléfono: +51 (084) 253611

Dirección: Km 23 de la Carretera Cusco – Pisaq

Horario de atención: 8am – 5:45pm (todos los días del año)

Museo de Arte Pre Colombino

Hermosa casona  construida en 1450, casa del conquistador Alonso Díaz en 1580, del Conde de la Cabrera en 1850, y ha sido totalmente restaurada en junio del 2003. Se encuentra ubicada en la Plazoleta de las Nazarenas, zona céntrica y muy concurrida por pobladores y turistas.


El museo está dividido en diez salas:

  • Sala formativa
  • Sala Nazca
  • Sala Mochica
  • Sala Chancay- Chimú
  • Sala Inca
  • Sala de Madera
  • Sala de Joyería en Concha y Hueso
  • Sala de Plata
  • Sala de Oro

Cada sala cuenta con pinturas, esculturas, artesanías entre otras obras artísticas de la época pre-colombina.

Servicios: Exposiciones temporales, restaurant, joyería, librería, tienda de souvenirs, cocktail, cenas y auditorio.

Horarios: Lunes a Viernes (9am -10pm)

Teléfono: (+51 84) 233-210

Lugar: Plaza las Nazarenas – Cusco

Shopping Time – Jewerly

If you are a jewelry lover or just want to buy a beautiful present to someone special, the are many jewelry shops all around the Plaza de Armas and up Cuesta San Blas; they mostly sell works of silver. We recommend you “Ilaria”, the most well-known and found everywhere.

Address: Portal Carrizos 258 Cusco

Phone: 084/24-6253

Cusco Festivals






El Senor de los Temblores (Lord of the Earthquakes) A colourful procession held on the Monday prior to Easter, remembering the historic Peruvian earthquake of 1650.


Late March / early April

Crucix Vigil Various religious events are held on all of the hillsides around the city.


May 2nd and 3rd

Cruz Velacuy / Fiesta de las Cruces (Festival of the Crosses) Catholic event where religious crosses are carried around the city and its nearby communities.


Early May

Festival de la Cerveza Cusqueña One of the leading music festivals in South America, lasting three days and attracting many noteworthy artists.


May / June

Corpus Christi Religious events and processions based at Cusco’s cathedral, on the 9th Thursday following Easter


May / June

Qoyllor Ritt’ I An unusual traditional Inca / Christian event at the Ausangate Peak, some 80 km / 50 miles from Cusco, where blocks of ice are carried for many miles and literally thousands of visitors enjoy the festivities.


June 24th

Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) Without question the number one event in Cusco, celebrated by the whole city and featuring a re-enactment of Saqsaywaman’s Inca winter solstice festival, street dancing and much pageantry, around the Koricancha Temple and the Plaza de Armas.


June 20th- 21th

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul A religious event staged throughout Peru.


June 29th

National Independence Day Held in Cusco and throughout Peru


July 28th and 29th

Virgin del Carmen A festival of dance and music at the town of Paucartambo, some four hours from Cusco.


July 15th and 16th

Cusco Touristic Month Throughout October, a festival with tourism in mind.



Todos Santos (All Saints Day) A religious event and national Peruvian holiday.


November 2nd

Fiesta de la Purisima Concepción (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) Lively religious parades honoring the Virgin Mary.


December 8th

Santuranticuy Artisan Crafts Fair A major crafts fair held in central Cusco, at the Plaza de Armas, offering the perfect place to pick up last-minute Christmas gifts.


December 24th


Andean Exclusivities: Inca ritual cleansing sauna

All the treatments have been specially designed to provide life – changing experience. They combine the ancestral knowledge of the valley, alternative medicine with the latest medical technology.  The therapies were developed following the Andean tradition that still prevails in the region, also interacting with nature, rituals and symbols of the place.


Inca ritual cleansing sauna 
This is done in the area and sauna Inca with the guidance of a “shaman” who will perform the cleansing ritual accompanied by sweating external or internal cleaning Inca sauna, which is regarded as the “house of healing.” 
The cleaning ritual is the request to Andean deities who accompany you, you can pass your strength and energy to continue life tied to the land that belongs to you and protect you. Includes pebble shower.

Enjoy this Inca Ritual in Unno Spa at Aranwa Sacred Valley & Wellness

Feast of Corpus Christi in Cusco: Santa Ana (Saint Anne)

The statue of Santa Ana gets marched out from their home church then is carried out of Cusco Cathedral one week after the Feast of Corpus Christi and brought back to its parish.

You should know…….

Anne was married to Joachim of Nazareth. They were childless, which was a great source of embarrassment and agony to the typical family of the time. Anne and Joachim both suffered from not having a child. Joachim went for a 40 day and night retreat to a shepherd’s hut for deep prayer to God. While in prayer, an angel came to her and announced that she would have a child and must consecrate it to the Lord. An angel also appeared to Joachim and he rushed to Jerusalem to Anne. Nine months later, the child Mary was born to the couple. They consecrated her to God as they had promised.


Inti Raymi – Fiesta del Dios Sol

Hace 50 años se viene celebrando a su máximo esplendor el Inti Raymi, esta ceremonia data de la época del Imperio Inca. La antigua ciudad inca de Cusco es sede de la gran llamativa fiesta que congrega gran cantidad de turistas nacionales y extranjeros.

El Inti Raymi es el homenaje que rinde el hombre al Sol y a toda la naturaleza. La representación que tiene sede en Saqsayhuaman, es considerada la más famosa por la participación de cientos de personas.

El Cusco como capital del Imperio Inca, era sede una de las celebraciones más importantes que se realizaban en esa época, ya que allí se centraba el poder político y gubernamental. En la época de los Incas, la plaza de Armas se llamaba “plaza Aucaypata“y abarcaba hasta lo que es hoy la Plaza San Francisco. Era éste el escenario de todas las celebraciones del Tawantinsuyo, también la de la fiesta del “Inti Raymi” o “Fiesta del Sol” como se la conoce en español.

En  América del Sur todos los 24 de junio coincide con el llamado Solsticio de Invierno, tiempo en el cual el sol se encuentra en el punto más alejado del Ecuador. En ese momento el Inca, máximo gobernante del Imperio, se rodeaba de todos sus sacerdote y juntos esperaban la salida del sol. Luego en el templo del Koricancha sacrificaban una llama y luego proseguían con la revelación de los vaticinios al Inca por parte de los sacerdotes. Los hombres entregaban su ofrenda al Sol a cambio de cosechas, la vida, el agua, para luego esperar que el Inca diera por finalizada la celebración.

También llegan los representantes de los 4 Suyos al ritmo de música tradicional cusqueña, vestidos con sus mejores galas y acompañados con sus séquitos de nobles y pueblo. Los Suyos eran las 4 regiones en las que estaba dividido el Imperio Inca, una superficie que abarcaba casi la mitad de Sudamérica.

Actualmente esta fiesta protagoniza la mayoría de detalles que se realizaban en el pasado, haciéndola una representación muy especial y mágica.


Things to do in Cusco – The Cross Keys Pub

It´s located close to the historical square of Cusco, owned by Englishman Barry Walker and his wife Rosario Velarde. The place is decorated like a typical British pub, with leather bar-stools and plenty of dark wood. Serve different kind of British beer and delicious food, people recommend their famous steak.

Opening Hours
8:00am to Midnight or later every day of the year (Kitchen closes at 10:00pm)

Address: Calle Triunfo 350 (second Floor), Cusco – Peru

Phone: +51 84 229227

Kuni Runy Massage or Hot Stone

This is a technique where you place smooth stones of volcanic origin in different parts of the body for the heat to penetrate deeply and relax your muscles. While a massage is done with stones dipped in aromatic oils (muña, coca, maca) throughout the body.

Enjoy the Kuni Runy Massage in Unno Spa at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Peruvian Holidays

  • New Year’s Day 1 – Jan 1
  • Good Friday – 6 Apr
  • Maundy Thursday – 5 Apr
  •  Labor Day – 1 May
  • Inti Raymi (Cusco) – 24 Jun
  • May St Peter & St Paul’s Day – 29 Jun
  • Independence Day  - 28 Jul
  • St Rose of Lima Day – 30 Aug 
  • All Saints’ Day – 1 Nov 
  • Immaculate Conception – 8 Dec
  • Christmas Day –  25 Dec


Shiatsu message

The Japanese shiatsu massage is a way of relaxation, but in its main theory shiatsu it is a holistic bodywork. Shiatsu massage uses an acupressure technique which is applied with hands, thumbs, elbows and knees. The acupressure technique has its roots from the acupuncture therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Shiatsu massage therapy is not healing the disease itself. Shiatsu has a direct affect on the meridians which in consequence help to unblock the meridian points where the chi is blocked and causes health problems. The oriental medicine philosophy says that the main cause of diseases is in the unbalanced chi in the body. Shiatsu massage is used to reach the harmony of chi in the human body.


  • Helps stimulate circulation in the capillaries of the skin’s soft tissues.
  • Serves to stimulate the secretion of the sebaceous glands and keeps skin moist and smooth.
  • Helps alleviate the symptoms caused by arthritis.
  • Helps limber muscles and gives muscles nutrition by improved circulation.
  • Helps reduce muscular pain.
  • Helps aid migraines by relaxing the body and increasing blood flow and circulation throughout the body.
  • Benefits the digestive system allowing food to digest more easily and aids in the elimination of waste products.


Cusco Travel Security Tips


  • During your trip you should keep your money and documents in a money belt or in a pouch around your waist.
  • You may leave your valuables in the safe of the hotel.
  • Don’t take precious watches or jewelry with you.
  • Leave your documents, passport and valuables at the hotel.

Gemstone therapy

The energy system known as our chakras can be visualized as an invisible energy network that circulates within the body. Like wheels, the charkas are constantly spinning and need to be in perfect balance if they are to function optimally. Each of the charkas corresponds to one of the body’s core elements. Imbalances in the chakras can affect other systems including our endocrine and immune systems.

There are two main ways gemstones are used on chakras: placement on a single chakra at a time or placement on all chakras at once. One can experiment to see what works best for you.

Chakras are the 7 main energy centers of the body according to Eastern medicine.

They are in the center of the body, starting at the base of the spine and running up to the top of the head.

  1. Root/Base Chakra
  2. Sex/Navel Chakra
  3. Stomach/Solar Plexus Chakra
  4. Heart Chakra
  5. Throat Chakra
  6. Brow/Third Eye Chakra
  7. Crown Chakra

With Gem balances the energy centers or chakras using Peruvian origin gems that unlock your vibrational frequency energy.

Enjoy this Gemstone therapy in Unno Spa at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness



  • 3 parts Pisco
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 1part cranberry juice
  • 1part passion fruit
  • Splash of fresh lime juice


  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2.  Shake well and strain into a large cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon slice or a twist of lemon peel.

Enjoy this cocktail in Kusi Bar at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Art museum of andean children

An organization called Ayllu Yupaychay (NGO established in 1999 to promote cultural diffusion), takes teachers and art materials out to remote Andean villages for a week at a time. The children responded with incredible creations portraying their lives, myths, dreams, and themselves.  An introductory short movie of the project and a free guided tour are provided in Spanish.

If you’re travelling with children this is a great way to introduce them to the amazing culture of Peru.

Address: 344 Teatro Street 
Open Mon-Fri 10am-1pm 2pm-5pm (Free entrance)


Cusco Travel Health Tips


  • Travelers who suffer heart or circulation problems are recommended to consult their doctor regarding the high altitude.
  • Usually the human body needs one or two days to get used to the altitude.
  • For possible trouble (soroche) during the adjustment, like headache or nausea, there is effective and well tolerated medication available at local chemists.
  • An excellent natural relived tea is “mate de coca” (tea from coca leaves).
  • At the local chemists you will find a good selection of international medication available without prescription. 

Wellness: Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurveda is an ancient lifestyle practice which aims to create harmony within the body. Practiced widely in India, it works on the belief that all life forms have a “dosha” – a unique mix of energies known as “vata”, “pitta” and “kapha”. This is similar to the Western idea of elements – water, fire, earth, and so on.

Ayurveda stresses a balance of three elemental energies or humors (Dosha):

  • Vata (air & space – “wind”)
  • Pitta (fire & water – “bile”)
  • Kapha (water & earth – “phlegm”)

According to ayurvedic medical theory, these three substances are important for health, because when they exist in equal quantities, the body will be healthy, and when they are not in equal amounts, the body will be unhealthy in various ways.

A person’s dosha determines the kind of lifestyle that is balancing and healthy for them, including the sorts of food they should eat and the amount and type of exercise they should do. Ayurveda covers a variety of techniques, from detoxification, diet and herbal prescriptions, yoga, meditation and massage therapy. All are personalised to suit the individual’s dosha. A favorite among celebrities, Ayurveda is a lifestyle made up of treatments, diet and exercise.

Ayurvedic treatment is designed to:

  • Detoxify and cleanse
  • Boost the effectiveness of your immune system
  • Keep you in good health
  • Help those with medical conditions to improve their overall well-being

If you are having an Ayurvedic massage, the therapist (or maybe two therapists working in unison) will tailor the intensity and level of pressure to what suits you best. During an Ayurvedic massage, your therapist (or therapists) might utter dosha mantras, designed to help balance your body, mind and spirit. The massage is likely to be quite oily, and some of the oil gets rubbed into your forehead and hair.


Check with the spa in advance about what you should wear. Ayurvedic treatments are usually very oily, so if you choose to wear anything at all, make sure it’s old and dispensable.

After massage

You’ll probably want to relax for a while, taking a long, leisurely shower to wash off all the herbal oil. Sip some cool water to re-hydrate yourself and enjoy feeling calm, composed and balanced for the rest of the day.

Aguaymanto Aranwa


2 oz. Pisco with apricots macerated
½ oz. Mandarin liqueur
4 to 5 oz. Aguaymanto juice


  1. Pour ingredients into shaker
  2. Shake over ice
  3. Train into chilled martini glass, and serve.

Enjoy this cocktail in Khasikay Bar at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Chilcano de Pisco


  • 03 oz. of Pisco Quebranta
  • 0.5 oz of lemon juice
  • 03 drops of Angostura bitters
  • 04 units of ice
  • Ginger Ale
  • 01 lemon slice


  1. Place the glass to frozen.
  2. Place Pisco Quebranta directly into the glass.
  3. Add lemon juice.
  4. Add Angostura bitters.
  5. Add ice.
  6. Complete with Ginger Ale.
  7. Stir for a few seconds with a Bar spoon for merging the ingredients.

Enjoy this cocktail in Khasikay Bar at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel



Moxibustion is the application of heat to acupuncture points and is one of the oldest and most effective forms of oriental therapy. It is a technique that originated in China and was introduced to Japan more than a thousand years ago.

 Practitioners use moxa to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. It is believed by some, for example at Mugwort (Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine by Clare Hanrahan), that mugwort acts as an emmenagogue, meaning that it stimulates blood-flow in the pelvic area and uterus. It is claimed that moxibustion militates against cold and dampness in the body, and can serve to turn breech babies.

Practitioners consider moxibustion to be especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems, “deficient conditions” (weakness), and gerontology.

 Bian Que, one of the most famous semi-legendary doctors of Chinese antiquity and the first specialist in moxibustion, discussed the benefits of moxa over acupuncture in his classic work. He asserted that moxa could add new energy to the body and could treat both excess and deficient conditions. On the other hand, he advised against the use of acupuncture in an already deficient (weak) patient, on the grounds that needle manipulation would leak too much energy.

Practitioners may use acupuncture needles made of various materials in combination with moxa, depending on the direction of supposed qi flow they wish to stimulate. Only in Japan are separate licenses for the practice of acupuncture and moxibustion.  This requires practitioners to uphold a high standard of training in moxibustion therapy.  While it a technique adjunct to acupunture outside of Japan, moxibustion therapy in Japan requires a higher degree of specialization to obtain a National licence.

There are three methods of moxibustion: direct scarring, direct non-scarring, and indirect moxibustion. Direct scarring moxibustion places a small cone of mugwort on the skin at an acupuncture point and burns it until the skin blisters, which then scars after it heals. Direct non-scarring moxibustion removes the burning mugwort before the skin burns enough to scar, unless the burning mugwort is left on the skin too long. Indirect moxibustion holds a cigar made of mugwort near the acupuncture point to heat the skin, or holds it on an acupuncture needle inserted in the skin to heat the needle.


Martin Chambi





Martin Chambi (1891-1973) was an Indianborn photographer born in Coaza, north of Lake Titicaca Peru. It is considered one of the great figures of American photography. Recognized for his photos of deep social witness, historical and ethnic origin has portrayed agrarian and urban society in the Peruvian Andes. At an early age left his native Puno to start an adventure that would lead him to discover his vocation as a photographer.

The story of Martin Chambi began at a mine in the heights of Carabaya when he saw for first time a camera. The interest in learning about the handling of the magic boxes which freeze the time, led him to work in the studio of “Max T. Arequipa Photographer Vargas”. Once learned the techniques of developing and expanding, the basics of photographic composition and management of a study, he established his empire of photo in Cusco.

He was the first to photograph his race with a postcolonial eye. When Martín Chambi arrived in Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital, the richest and most splendid among American pre-Columbian cities, was experiencing a slight demographic recovery following the dramatic population decline.

It was Chambi who had the greatest international diffusion, and he who has left us the most personal, magical, profound, and dazzling work among all Peruvian photographers and maybe of all Latin American photographers.

Martín Chambi’s images laid bare the social complexity of the Andes. Those images place us in the heart of highland feudalism, in the land of the large landholders, with their servants and concubines, in the colonial processions of contrite and drunken throngs. Chambi’s photographs capture it all: the weddings, parties, and first communions of the well-to-do; the drunkenness and poverty of the poor along with the public events shared by both. That is why, surely without intending it, Chambi became in effect the symbolic photographer of his race, transforming the telluric voice of Andean man, his millenary melancholy, his eternal neglect, his quintessentially Peruvian, human, Vallejo-like pain into the truly universal.

Visit the Chambi Corner, space dedicated to one of the most prominent Peruvian and Latin American photographers at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness.


Things to do in Cusco: “Los Perros Couch Bar”


Just like in every great tourist destination in the world, Cusco never sleeps and lives its night intensely. When the day ends, the pubs, bars and clubs awaken and are willing to entertain to anyone who is open to have a good time.

If you want to spend a great night hanging out over drinks and dinner visit “Los Perros Couch Bar”.

It´s a very popular and extremely trendy couch bar, where you’ll find fabulous food. The bar also has a variety of board games, books and magazines, and also an artsy décor and funky music add to the laid-back atmosphere. This is a very popular and extremely trendy couch bar, where you’ll find fabulous food!the bar also has a variety of board games, books and magazines, and also an artsy décor and funky music add to the laid-back atmosphere.This is a very popular and extremely trendy couch bar, where you’ll find fabulous food!the bar also has a variety of board games, books and magazines, and also an artsy décor and funky music add to the laid-back atmosphere.

Address:  Tecsecocha 436, Cusco

Telephone: 8-424-1447

The Mercado Central

Location:  Calle Tupac Amaru and Santa Clara, Lima, Peru (west of the Plaza de Armas near the San Pedro Train Station)

One of the first stops on any cultural travel itinerary should be “The Mercado Central” also known as “The Mercado San Pedro”. You´ll learned about the Andean culture also you´ll experience a little local flavor, buy many groceries, sip a delicious fresh fruit juice or have a cheap lunch. You’ll also find souvenirs, clothes and practical goods here.

 It is a vibrant spot that can keep you entertained for hours. Here you can have a first-hand look at how locals live their day-to-day, outside the confines of Cusco’s tourist zones.

By observing the scene you can:

  • Hear the language as it is spoken and properly pronounced.
  • View the gestures and habits that are common to the Andean culture
  • Absorb the styles and textures of the local fashion
  • See the fruits, vegetables and meats that make up the main staples of traditional meals


Bath Salts

Bath salts benefit your skin in more ways than one. When used in their natural, pure form, contain many minerals and nutrients beneficial that keep your skin smooth, soft, and supple. Some of the minerals found in bath salts include magnesium, potassium, calcium, bromide, and sodium. These minerals are easily absorbed into our pores and are known to cleanse and purify our skin on a molecular level, your skin’s radiance improving, tone, and texture

Another benefit of bath salts detoxify is that they help our skin. Warm water opens your pores, allowing the minerals in your bath salts to deeply cleanse your skin. Bathing in a warm solution of water and bath salts will work to draw out impurities, pollution, oil and dirt from the skin.

The Benefits of bath salts extend way beyond your time in the tub, after your bath, you will feel calm, relaxed, and happy. Bath salts infused with essential oils such as lavender or chamomile will soothe you and prepares you for a good night’s sleep, if you take your bath first thing in the morning, bath salts infused with citrus or coca essential oils will perk you up, so you can start the day with focus and energy.

In Addition, bath salts are safe for everyone, easy to use, and very affordable.

You´ll find muña and coca bath salts in all the Aranwa Cusco Boutique´s bathrooms.









Bailey’s Banana Colada (bbc)

Type of drink: Cocktail

Recommended glass:  Coupette Glass


  • Baileys Irish Cream
  • Banana
  • Banana Liqueur
  • Ice
  • Piña Colada Mix
  • Dark Rum


  1. Put banana and liqueur into blender until it is a thick paste  
  2. Add baileys to taste and piña colada mix and rum.
  3. Blend well then add ice blend until smooth.

 Enjoy this cocktail in Khasikay Bar at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Chullo, Peruvian hat

Chullo is an Andean style of hat with earflaps, made from vicuña, llama, alpaca or sheep’s wool.Alpaca has wool-like qualities that help to insulate its wearer from the harsh cold wind and weather of the high Andes Mountains.

Chullos have been used in the Andean Mountain region since pre-Hispanic times and wearing different types and colors has significance among the Andean natives.

Not that long ago, it was looked down upon as the mark of the Andean Indian, the low class of Peruvian society, and was never thought of as anything but crude.

Although it wasn’t that long ago that the “chullo” bore the stigma of poor lower classes of the Andes, now you see “chullo” or Peruvian hats adorning some of the most famous heads of our time and is a great favorite with tourists tripping to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

 This lowly Peruvian hat has gained acceptance in Peru mainly because the tourists went crazy over it and it became a very profitable item to produce.

Some modern clothing designers have gone so far as to add feathers, pompons, tassels, and other adornments in places where no self-respecting Inca descendant would ever consider acceptable.

Mishti Restaurant At Aranwa Cusco Boutique launches web site

Strawberry Sorbet

Serves: 8 pax


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup spring water
  • 8 cups fresh strawberries
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup Chambord liqueur


  1. Combine sugar and water in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves.
  3.  Puree 3 1/2 cups strawberries in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  4. Pour through a strainer to remove seeds.
  5. Mix the raspberry puree into the cooled sugar solution and add the lemon juice.
  6. Chill for 2 hours in refrigerator.
  7. Spoon mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze by following manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. To serve, combine remaining strawberries with Chambord and spoon mixture over frozen sorbet.


*Any sorbet not eaten immediately can be placed left in freezer for up to two weeks.

*Place in microwave for a few seconds before eating, to soften slightly

Enjoy our fruit sorbet at Pukawi Restaurant in Aranwa Cusco Boutique

The alpaca

The Andean camelids (alpaca, llama) and the cuy (Andean rabbits) were the staple food of the ancient Peruvians. Its most common processing form was cesinada (dried salt on the ice), although it is also eaten roasted or cooked underground. The ancient people considered the finest alpaca meat more delicious than llama.

Domestic camels have represented one of the most important resources to exploit the grasslands of the Andean plateaus. They are highly resistant animals that can survive several days of hunger or thirst. His upbringing is in charge of small farmers in rural communities. The estimated population of Peruvian alpacas is just over three million head, representing about 90% of the population.

The alpaca and sheep are gaining presence in Peruvian cuisine. One of the most enthusiastic promoters of this process is Cucho La Rosa, qualified exponent of the “Novo Andina” kitchen.  She promotes a new Peruvian cuisine, traditional products to regain the Andes and Peruvian flavor, but incorporating modern techniques and dietary criteria.

Coca Sour


  • 3 oz. Pisco
  • 2 coca leafs
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. of simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. of fresh egg whites
  • 5 cubes of ice

In a shaker place ice, egg whites and shake for 5 seconds.  Add pisco, simple syrup and lime juice.  Shake for another 8-12 seconds.   Decorate with two coca leafs and serve.

Refresh yourself with this delicious drink at Khasikay Bar.

Floor heating system

This system involves the installation of a heating cable specially designed and manufactured under the strictest safety standards, which is placed in serpentine distributed under the floor of each room, electrically connected to the thermostat that regulates the temperature of each  independently area, under the conditions of use.

The floor of every environment warms up in soft and uniform form, turning into a radiant heat source of low temperature (aprox. 25°C) and great surface.

An adjustable thermostat allows choosing and controlling the temperature in every environment or sector, also avoiding the unnecessary consumption in those rooms that are not being used, minimizing the energy consumption and achieving the maximum comfort in heating. Continue Reading →

Red Quinoa

Red quinoa is a whole grain that is packed with protein. It offers all of the essential amino acids, making it ideal for people wanting to follow a healthful lifestyle. It is easy to cook and is gluten-free, making it a quick meal. It was considered by the Inca Empire as a sacred food, besides being used for various purposes as food, soap and medicine according to some chroniclers.

Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when cooked, and its mild, slightly nutty flavor makes it an alternative to rice.

Nowadays still maintains its reputation in part because through the analysis, it has been confirmed the real value and high nutrient compared with other cereals such as wheat, barley, rice, corn etc.

Serving size 50gr (1.8oz)

(Aprox.  9.1 serving/pound)

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Alpaca carpaccio with arugula from our Valley´s garden

With this healthy food recipe you know you’re getting healthier with every bite.

Alpaca carpaccio with arugula from our Valley´s garden, manchego cheese shavings, apples and pecans sauteed in andean herb balsamic vinaigrette


  • 500 gr Alpaca Prime Ribe
  • 150 gr Green Apples
  • 200 gr Arrugula
  • Olive Oil  and Lime
  • 200 gr Pecans
  • 100 gr Manchego cheese
  • Balsamic vinager
  • Andean Herbs
  • Salt

Cooperation Agreement Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas and Delfines Hotel & Casino

Aranwa Hotels Resorts and Spas decide to join Delfines Hotel & Casino in order to offer our customers a range of services and promotion of greater coverage within the country. All this by meeting standards of quality and constant improvement of our processes that always exceed expectations and needs of our customers.

Yesterday the two hotel groups signed a cooperation agreement to generate increased competitiveness in the local hotel market, through various promotions that offer both companies together.
The agreement was signed by the General Comptroller of Dolphin Hotel & Casino, John Nunez, and GM of Aranwa Hotels, Resorts & Spa, Gabriel Alvarez.
The agreement has the purpose of growth of both companies, creating cross-selling and offering preferential rates. Also, is expected to increase visits at both hotels, leaving an income of $250,000 in the first year, quite apart from the individual earnings of each operator.
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Massage with herbal pindas

The pindas are cloth bags that store herbs and medicinal plants. Using these pindas, Ayurveda massages are performed (the ancient Indian healing medicine).

The pindas are a preparation of aromatic and medicinal herbs, mixed with essential oils and wrapped in cloth (preferably natural, like cotton or linen) as “costalito”. Its main base is rice, which has an emollient effect on the skin and gives shape to the pinda, but can be mixed with chia, that helps the costalito to slide easier, providing vitamins, omega-3 and antioxidants, and helps in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and depression.

The elements used to massage with pindas are:
• Blanket or linen
• Cotton thread
• Steamer
• Rice
• Plants or seeds to choose from, previously soaked
• Four medium towels
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Scottish showers

In these days the market offers a large group of new relaxing hydrotherapies like the Scottish showers or Finnish showers, both designed as spa alternative to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Scottish shower alternates sprays of cold, warm and hot water to work in different ways on the body. Many spas combine this technique with previous sessions of sauna to achieve a complete dilatation of the skin pores and at the same time remove toxins so the water will be able to extern their properties.

The Scottish shower also helps the restoration of energy and lifts up the spirits.

The specialists recommend that the water streams should be in a specific part of the body. In general, the warm water streams should be focused on the waist, the neck or the back, where tension builds up. The cold water streams should be directed to the legs so they can improve blood circulation. Continue Reading →

Peruvian Pink Salt of Maras

Pale pink salt has been used for six centuries by villagers of Maras and is now used by local Peruvian chefs because of its flavor and the salt not only increases the Peruvian economy, also has some unique health benefits. It contains magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc that help with stress, anemia and osteoporosis.

In the Sacred Valley, there are salt evaporation ponds that locals referred to the salt mines. These have been used since the Inca period, if you put your hand in the stream, some minutes later your hand will be dry with a thorough dusting of salt on it.

People from the area say that ponds help to keep the premises; some of the properties have been passed from generation to generation. People have to carry heavy bags of salt for long distance. The families sell the salt through the cooperatives that manages the ponds.

For his range of dietary and healing properties, Maras Pink Salt is used among chefs, spas, health professionals and other individuals. It serves as an excellent alternative to table salt because of its high mineral content, but it also helps in the treatment of illness as well as promoting body relaxation and frees the body from toxins. Pink salt can be use also in bath, body scrubs, aromatherapy, soap and several other uses. Continue Reading →

French Coffee

Coffee lovers know the delicious taste of a French Coffee……. feels like a dream. This coffee is not only tasty, but it makes you feel good after having one.

Try to make it at home with our recipe:

1 oz Cointreau  (Orange liqueur)
1/2 oz Kahlua (Coffee liqueur)
5 oz Hot black coffee
1 1/2 oz Whipped cream
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Cointreau (Orange liqueur)

Pour coffee, cointreau and kahlua into an Irish coffee cup and sweeten to taste. Gently float the cream on top, add a teaspoon of cointreau, and serve.

Enjoy our delicious French Coffee at Khasikay Bar.

Entertaining activities in Cusco

If you are in Cusco and you want to have a wonderful day, we recommend some activities

Visit the museum of sacred plants, this little museum in the center of the city presents a lot of explications about the various sacred and medicinal plants of Peru and America. The museum is totally new; it presents the power of the tropical plants, of the Coca chewed by the population of Peru from many centuries, and of “magic plants” used in sacred rituals! You’ll learn that for every sickness, the nature offers a specific natural treatment!

Other good option is the Coca museum which is located in San Blas. It’s a small museum to learn about this strangely prohibited plant. The museum introduces visitors to the history of the coca plant and explains exactly why it is so important to the Peruvian identity, today and in times past. It also covers the botanical and medicinal properties of the plant and tackles the more recent issues of drug trafficking and cocaine addiction. Continue Reading →

Urubamba Salad (4 servings)

Fresh salad, combining the best product of Cusco


  • 50 g Mix of green leaves
  • 50 g Wild arugula
  • 50 g Baby spinach
  • 15g Sancha inchi or Inca´s peanut
  • 5g Dried strawberries
  • 10 ml White vinegar
  • 20g Honey
  • 70g White sugar
  • Salt


Make a sacha inchi praline: Melt 50 gr of sugar in a pan, then add whole sacha inchi and put the mixture on a dish covered with butter. Let it a cool and the chop. In a bowl add vinegar, honey, sugar a pich of salt. Then beat until the mixture becomes homogeneous.

In another bowl combine the mix of green leaves, arugula, baby spinach, dried strawberries and the chopped sacha inchi praline. Add vinaigrette and stir. Serve immediately and enjoy it.


Enjoy Cusco this weekend

                      Rock and roll Concert

  • Category: Music – Concert
  • Date:  Friday February 24
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Address: Tullumayo Avenue 125
  • Cost: Free admission


Celebrate Chilcano Weekend at Khasikay Bar

  • Address : 255  San Juan de Dios 255, Cusco
  • Happy hour: 6pm to 8:00pm

Khasikay offers an exquisite menu of pisco cocktails and international spirit and a varied menu of tapas, which recreates the traditional Andean dishes and intimate and joyful setting.

We invite ours readers to enjoy a good time in Cusco, if you need more information please contact us.



  • 1 (16-ounce) package refrigerated gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (6-ounce) jars      roasted red peppers, drained
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup heavy      cream, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh      basil leaves, plus more leaves torn for garnish
  • Fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese




Bring large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the gnocchi according to the package instructions. Drain in a colander in the sink.

In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat until hot, add garlic and cook, stirring, until golden. Add peppers, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Transfer to a processor or blender and puree. Return sauce to pan, add cream and bring to a simmer, stirring. Add basil, salt, pepper and few drops lemon juice, to taste.

In a large bowl, toss the gnocchi and sauce together. Divide among bowls, strew over some torn basil leaves, and grate some Parmesan over the top. Serve immediately. Enjoy

Perfect Getaways

Cusco and Sacred Valley are romantic and mystical destinations for weddings and perfect honeymoons.

Experience unique sensations in one of the world’s most beautiful settings: have photographs taken with the mountains in the background, enjoy a Novo Andean dinner or simply relax together … Whatever you choose, it will be an unforgettable moment for you and your love one!

 Here are some of the endless loving things to do:

  • Travel by train
  • Take a tour to Machu Picchu
  • Shop souvenirs and Andean art crafts at Pisaq market
  • Visit Maras and      Moray
  • Have a picnic in the Sacred Valley
  • Go fishing in      Urubamba river
  • Go mountain hiking

For more information about our packages for Newlyweds or anniversaries, please contact us at

Romantic Valentine’s Day Recipe

Chocolate Covered Strawberries


* Strawberries

*1 package chocolate chips or 1 pound of chocolate bark. You can use white, semi-sweet or dark chocolate.

Optional toppings such as: chopped coconut, nuts, candy sprinkles, sugar crystals, crushed cookies and anything else your creativity comes up with


1. Wash strawberries and pat with paper towel to dry. Leave stem attached.

2. Place chocolate in top of double boiler or microwave in glass dish.

3. Pick up the strawberries one by one by the stem and dip 3/4 the way up to stem into melted chocolate.

4. Place on waxed paper to allow the chocolate to harden.

To make softer chocolate you can add 1 teaspoon butter or Crisco to the chocolate when melting. This will make the chocolate less brittle.

To make your dipped strawberries look extra special, melt white chocolate or white. Squeeze the bag to mix the chocolate and when fully melted snip one corner of the bag off and use the hole to drizzle the chocolate over your cooled strawberries. Enjoy it.


Enjoy Cusco this weekend


Organizer: Carlos Bardales

Category:  Art Exhibition

Date: Friday 10 February

Time: 22:00 hrs

City: Cusco

Address: Fallen Angel Restaurant – Plaza Nazarenas 221

Price: Free admission


Organizer: The Convent of Santo Domingo – Qorikancha

Category: Paintings – Exhibition

Date: Saturday 11

Time: 19:00

City: Cusco

Address: Santo Domingo Convent

Price: Free

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Love is around every corner, during the month of love at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Valentine’s is a perfect time to indulge in a romantic getaway. Treat yourself and your loved one to a romantic Valentines getaway. Our Valentines package is available all February 2012.



  • 02 nights of accommodation in select room
  • A Breakfast Buffet for two
  • Valentine´s Romantic Dinner
  • 01 bottle of wine
  • Roses in the room
  • Jacuzzi with bubbles, candles and roses
  • 3rd day breakfast service in the room.

Enjoy Cusco from a privileged location

The city of Cusco offers a magical setting for exciting experiences.

Our hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel features personalized service that can help you maximize your stay.

From arrival, enjoy luxury using our private transfer service transfer services, live the past and present of cusco in tours around the city and ask our concierge for new ways to discover the flavor and joy of Cusco. Continue Reading →

Things to do in Cusco

The  Cathedral & Plaza de Armas (Main Square)

Cusco’s Main Square, also known as “Plaza de Armas” in Spanish, is the most popular meeting area in the city. It is surrounded with several important landmarks such as the water fountain and other important colonial churches. During Inca times it was an important spot for celebrations.
When visiting the Main Square, you will find the Cathedral. It has a magnificent Renaissance style. The interior is decorated with cedar and alder wood carvings. It houses 400 paintings from Cusco School, painted by mestizo artists.

It is the most famous archaeological site in the city of Cusco. Also known as “The Temple of the Sun”, it was the most magnificent sanctuary in the Inca Empire, where they worshiped the sun god. There were hundreds of panels that lined the walls of gold and natural-size figures of solid gold. After the Spanish soldiers arrived, the temple was partially destroyed to build the convent of Santo Domingo in the seventeenth century. Today there are four original vaults of the Inca temple, where you can appreciate the advanced earthquake engineering and architecture used by the Incas. Continue Reading →

Khasikay Bar

Khasikay Bar, offers a warm and sober setting, where a varied menu of tapas recreates the tradition of Andean dishes. Fine pisco-based cocktails and complete national and international cava.

If you need more information please contact us.

February Valentine’s

Delicious Pesto Pasta Recipe


150g tagliatelle
1 x good handful pine nuts
2 x handfuls of torn fresh basil leaves
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper


1. To make the pesto, blend together in a food processor: all the freshly torn basil leaves, pine nuts (leaving a tablespoon of them to one side for later), extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkling of salt and good dash of ground black pepper.

2. Cook the tagliatelle as per instructions on packet if fresh.

3. Drain pasta, add the pesto and mix so that all the pasta is coated.

4. Serve with the remaining pine nuts which you set aside on top. This is so simple yet tasty. Enjoy


Fantastic boutique hotel in Cuzco, our favourite”

The Orchids of our sister property Aranwa Sacred Valley

Botanic Garden specialized in the cultivation, preservation and exposition of more than 90 orchids and other flowers proper from Cusco and South America. You may appreciate the beauty of the flora from 6:00 to 22:00.

Some orchids to our orchid pyramid:

Orquídea Tigre: This genus used to contain more than 300 species, its natural habits

is in South America, many of the species require cool temperatures. Has an impressive bright flower with red – brown .Blooms from May to July.

Masdevallia: May be Epiphytes, terrestrials or growing as lithophytes on damp rocks. The triangular flowers grow on short pedicels and are about 6 cm wide. On each pedicel there is ordinarily just one flower, but sometimes there may be several. Bloom all year long. Continue Reading →

Tarte Tatin of Creole apple and ice cream


  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7 apples peeled, quartered and cored


  1. Roll pastry sheet into a 101/2-inch square on a floured work surface with a floured rolling pin. Brush off excess flour and cut out a 10-inch round with a sharp knife, using a plate as a guide. Transfer round to a baking sheet and chill
  2. Melt the butter in a 10-inch oven safe skillet. Remove from the heat and stir the sugar into the butter. Spread the mixture evenly in the bottom of the skillet. Arrange as many apples as will fit on sugar, packing them tightly in concentric circles. Continue Reading →

Celebrate Valentine´s Day at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

February is the month that we dedicate to Love; therefore we have prepared special packages for a Romantic Getaway with your beloved one at the hotels.

VALENTINE’S DAY at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

• 02 nights of accommodation in select room
• A Breakfast Buffet for two
• Valentine´s Romantic Dinner
• 01 bottle of wine
• Roses in the room
• Jacuzzi with bubbles, candles and roses
• 3rd day breakfast service in the room Continue Reading →

Useful information when traveling to Cusco  

If you are traveling from a far away destination or even if you are Peruvian and it is your first time in Cusco, it is always useful to read information about the destination. Here are some must-know facts about the city of the Incas:

• Cusco is the capital city of Peru. It is located at 3399 m.a.s.l. Be sure to rest, eat healthy and drink plenty of water during your arrival in order to avoid altitude sickness.

• The city has a semi-dry and cold climate. The annual average maximum temperature is 19.6ºC (67.3ºF) and the minimum is 4.2ºC (39.6ºF). The rainy season starts in November and ends in March, and it is the time when the mountains are covered in green. Between June and July is the time of the intense cold, even with occasional snowfalls.

• If you are visiting Machu Picchu, there is a daily limit to the number of visitors allowed into the archeological site. Please be sure to buy your entrance tickets to the citadel prior to your trip. You can check ticket availability on the date and purchase your e-ticket at

For more details about Cusco and places of interest, please visit our website

Summer Recipe: Melon Carpaccio with Prosciutto


  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 10 ml Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 melon
  • Prosciutto
  • 250 ml (1 cup) watercress
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Romantic Gateways at Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas

Celebrate that special occasion that you have been waiting for and make it an unforgettable moment for you and your loved one.

Ultimate Romantic Escapade at Aranwa Sacred Valley
Relax and enjoy unique moments surrounded by luxury and comfort. Aranwa Sacred Valley offers the perfect venue for unforgettable memories and happy celebrations.

This package includes:

  • 02 nights of accommodation in selected room category
  • Daily breakfast buffet for two
  • Special welcome amenities
  • A treatment for two in a private suite at the Spa: Steam room, sauna, hydrotherapy with aromatic salts, a relaxing massage per guest and a bottle of champagne.
  • A romantic dinner for two in Pukawi Gourmet Restaurant per stay (beverages not included)
  • Welcome drinks at Kusi Bar
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Three Milks Dessert

Milk Mixture
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp table salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
8 Tbs unsalted butter
1 cup whole milk
4 large eggs, room temp
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup heavy cream
3 Tbs corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Fresh Berries (optional)
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Happy New Year!

New Year’s Party at Aranwa Sacred Valley

We have everything ready to start the New Year….

Discover the best party in Cusco for New Year’s Eve

  • Organizer: Aranwa Sacred Valley
  • Category: New Year’s Party
  • Date : Saturday  31 December
  • Time: 10: pm
  • Address: Antigua Hacienda Yaravilca, Urubamba
  • City: Cusco
  • Price : $140 per couple
  • Phone: 434 – 6199

For more information or reservations, please contact us at

New Year´s Customs in Cusco

New Year is a huge celebration all around the World; Peru is one of the world’s most spectacular places to celebrate the New Year

Cusco lives the New Year´s festivities, with a lot of happiness and emotion, on New Year´s Eve, the night life increases, in discotheques, pubs, “peñas show” and special social festivities.

Customs associated with the New Year are intended to bring good luck- a popular tradition is to dress up a doll – (or effigy) with old clothes and then burn it, which signifies getting rid of the old, and making a new start. New clothes are also popular representation of the new, and markets catering to this idea spring up in the streets of Cusco in the days before New Year. If you haven’t got new clothes, underwear is a very popular alternative. The color of your clothes is also important – with most popular yellow (for happiness and luck) followed by red (for love) or green (for money). Continue Reading →

Let´s party at Aranwa Sacred Valley. Happy New Year´s Eve

The History of the Dean’s Mansion

Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is housed in a 16th century colonial mansion. It was once named the Dean’s Mansion because it belonged to Mr. Alonso Pérez de Villarejo, Dean of Cusco Cathedral. Its existence has been documented since the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. It was declared a National Historical Monument on July 23, 1980.

During its long history, the house had several owners, including Don Ramon Matta, who in 1890 transferred it to Mrs. Clorinda Matto de Turner, a Cusco novelist author of the famous ‘Aves sin nido’ and her brother David. Continue Reading →

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER. A special occasion to celebrate the arrival of the New Year´s in Cusco.

Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas wish you Happy Holidays!

We hope that this Christmas Eve will be just the beginning of a year full of success. 

Santurantikuy: Cusco’s Christmas Eve Fair

Christmas time brings the magic of a wonderful fair in the main square of Cusco. On December 24, the main square of Cusco becomes in to a huge market where craftsmen offer a shape of figures relative to Christmas holidays, local people use this figure to decorate their homes on Christmas festivities.

This event is has been held since the arrival of the Spanish to Cusco as they set the catholic religion in the new continent.

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Enjoy our Christmas Dinner Specials at Mishti Mestizo Restaurant!

Delicious Stuffing Recipe

Christmas is quickly approaching and finding that perfect menu is essential for an ideal Holiday full of family, fun, and delicious food. Stuffing is one of the more simple dishes to be made, but there are so many recipes to choose from. Try this easy and delicious stuffing and surprise your guest with something different and guaranteed to be fantastically delicious.

Mushroom Stuffing


* 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
* 6 tablespoons butter
* 1 cup diced onion
* 1 cup chopped celery
* 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 12 cups dried bread crumbs
* 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 2 cups diced apple without peel
* 1/4 cup chopped parsley Continue Reading →

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Fellowship Night and Christmas Song

  • Organizer: American Institute of Art
  • Category: Music – Live
  • Date  : Friday December 16, 2011
  • Time: 18:00 hrs.
  • City: Cusco
  • Location: American Institute of Art
  • Address: El Sol Avenue 103
  • Reference: Tourism Gallery (Basement)
  • Web:
  • Price: Free admission Continue Reading →

Celebrate Christmas in Cusco

Christmas is the most important celebration of the year among Peruvian. On this date, December 25, in Cusco, it is Celebrated Christmas; but the day before this one, on December 24 at 12 am, it is very nice here. The trees in the squares and all the houses in our city are full of colored lights and all people go out to buy things to decorate their houses

The rural context of the arrival of the infant Christ allowed early Peruvians to identify immediately with the festivity, highlighted by artisan creativity, a sense of aesthetics and the religious devotion of Andean settlers. Continue Reading →

Peru guidebook coming in Portuguese, German & Japanese soon

The newly released ‘Essential Guide for Tourists Visiting Peru’, which is now available in Spanish and English, will be translated into Japanese, Portuguese and German, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) announced  last Monday.

Peruvian Deputy Tourism Minister Claudia Cornejo presented on Monday the Spanish and English version of the guidebook, an informative tool containing useful procedures and requirements for tourists visiting the country. Continue Reading →

Christmas Recipe

Christmas Recipe

We all know that Christmas is a season of joy, happiness and giving. The spirit of Christmas is in celebrating the festival with friends and family. One cannot think of Christmas without getting a picture of decorated halls, mistletoe hanging on the door posts, Christmas dinner, music, lights and Christmas parties.

These are traditions of Christmas that have been around for ages. While there are different traditions observed world over during Christmas, one tradition that binds everyone is that of Christmas treats, feasts and goodies. Christmas would be incomplete without a bustling kitchen churning out the most delectable treats, roasts and mouth watering desserts.

Food has been a very integral part of Christmas since the time that the early Christians started celebrating this festival.  We want to share to our readers this delicious Christmas Recipe. Continue Reading →

Enjoy Cusco this weekend

If you want to spend a great time, Cusco always has something to offer to everyone.

Quechua Lessons

  • Organizer: Municipality of Cusco
  • Category: Education
  • Date : Sunday 11 December
  • Time: 11: am
  • City:  Cusco
  • Address: Main Square of Cusco
  • Phone: 235931 – (084) 236 202
  • Email:
  • Web: / blog
  • Price: Free Admission

The time of Quechua (games and lessons for people who wants learn more of Quechua).
Every Sunday of the year at the Main Square of Cusco. Continue Reading →

Celebrate Christmas with Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Feel the magic of Christmas at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel with our exclusive accommodations and with our delectable Christmas Dinner.

There is not better setting to celebrate Christmas than the Aranwa Hotels, the beautiful and unique architectural details, and the location on the heart of the Inca city makes our hotel an unforgettable place.

Imagine you tradition celebration of Christmas in one of the most beautiful places in the world; celebrate with a delicious dinner, sparkling wine, and other surprises, especially created for you.

We have a great selection of promotions which are guaranteed to get you in the for celebrating. Travelers from all over the world, uniting for several days to celebrate with fireworks, music, dancing, the performing of rituals and acts to bring luck, fortune, health and good travelers in the year. Come join and celebrate Christmas Eve and New Year in Cusco. For more information or reservations, please contact us at or contact our reservations department at +511 434- 1452.

Recipe: Filet Mignon with grilled asparagus


* 2 ea 6 oz filet mignon
* 1 lb Asparagus
* 6 ea Fingerling potatoes, roasted
* 1 ea Roma tomato, sliced
* 1 c. Balsamic vinegar
* 1 c. Port wine                                           *Salt and pepper

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Season Theatre for children and adults

  • Category: Theatre – Theatre
  • Dates: Fri 02 Dec
  • Time: 16:00 hrs.
  • City: Cusco
  • Address: Casa Cultural Tupac Inca Yupanqui
  • Phone: Tel: 255860
  • Email:
  • Web:
  • Price: S /. 8.00 Adults – S /. 4.00 Students and Children

Fashion meets Cusco

A night of fashion and luxury. As part of the Cusco Always in Fashion, an event which included a fashion show and a photographic exhibition, which seek to “include, inspire and innovate by combining current fashion with Cusco’s most significant historical locations and the participation of traditional communities, the renowned Peruvian designer Gerardo Privat presented his unique collection “Limited Edition” at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel last Friday.  With the participation of famous models from Lima and Cusco as well as regional and local authorities; Gabriel Alvarez, General Manager of Aranwa Hotels, Gerardo Privat and among other famous designers made this night a great success. Continue Reading →

San Francisco Church and Convent

The San Francisco church is located in the square of the same name and was constructed by the Franciscan order, which was one of the first that arrived to Cusco. The temple was designed by the Cusquenian architect Francisco Dominguez Chavez de Arellano.

The church has a simple architectural style with one tower and two gates. The building was constructed between 1645 and 1651. It highlights a monumental canvas of Juan Espinoza de los Monteros, which is 12 x 9 meters and represent the genealogy of the Franciscan family. Inside the convent are the catacombs, where they buried the Franciscan priests and some members of the aristocracy during the colonial period. Continue Reading →

Enjoy the most delicious Pisco Cocktails at Khasikay Bar “Sacharanwa”

Pisco, a brandy traditionally distilled from Quebranta grapes, is liquor enjoyed in Peru. It is a spectacular new pisco creation cocktail of the hotel.


-          2 oz pisco Quebranta

-          1 oz de strawberry liqueur

-          4 oz wild tomato juice

-          4 cubes of ice

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Peru’s Lord of Qoyllurit’i joins un-backed list of intangible heritage

Peru was yesterday added to the United Nations-backed list aimed at preserving and spotlighting the planet’s most valuable intangible heritage.

This brings to nine the number of new elements inscribed on the Representative List this year so far.

The Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllurit’i , that means “Snow star “begins 58 days after Easter when people representing eight indigenous villages from around Cusco, Peru travel to the Sinakara Sanctuary.

This religious event plays itself out over 24 hours as people process up and down the mountain ending in the village of Tayancani at sunrise. Continue Reading →

Cocktail Aranwa – Gerardo Privat / Cusco Always in Fashion

Cocktail Launch of the collection Cusco Always in fashion “Limited Edition” by Gerardo Privat.

  • Address: Calle San Juan de Dios 255 Historical Center – Main Courtyard. Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel.
  • Date: November 25
  • Time: 9 pm

On the occasion of Cusco Always in Fashion, Gerardo Privat shows his new collection “Cusco: Limited Edition”, a collection that takes us to an utopian place where religious, dogmatic iconography, the opulence of the gold leaf from the Cusquenian School is combined to give as a fabulous collection. Continue Reading →

One million tourists to visit Machu Picchu this year

More than one million of Peruvian and foreign tourists are expected to visit the Inca City of Machu Picchu in Cusco by the end of 2011, a 30 percent increase versus last year, according to Peru’s National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur).

President of Canatur said that foreigners would make up seventy percent of visitors to Machu Picchu; while the remaining will be Peruvian travelers, especially school delegations.

He noted that this year’s centennial celebrations will help increase tourist arrivals compared to last year, when some 460,000 and 200,000 foreign and domestic people visited the World Heritage site, respectively. Continue Reading →

Hot, delicious and very unique Rocoto relleno (Stuffed hot peppers)

One of the most well known rocoto dishes in Peru is the rocoto relleno. This is a traditional entree from the Andean city of Arequipa, made with rocoto (chili pepper).

• 7 rocotos with a wide base
• 3/4 cup of red vinegar
• 200 g (1/2 lb) of ground beef
• 3 tablespoons of olive oil
• 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce
• 1/2 glass of dry white wine
• 2 tablespoons of cream
• 1/4 cup of ground peacans
• 1/2 cup of beef stock
• 1 tablespoon of aji panca paste
• 1 red onion, chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic, ground
• 1/4 cup or margarine or butter
• 1/2 tablespoon of flour
• 3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese
• 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
• 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic
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Quechua Lessons

Organizer: Municipality of Cusco

Category: Education

Dates:Sun 18 Dec

Time :11:00am

City: Cusco Address: Main Square of Cusco s / n

Phone: 235931 – (084) 236 202


Web: / blog

Cost: Free admission Continue Reading →


Enjoy our Special Deals



Live the experience of a historical city feel the magic and live de experience at Aranwa Hotels Resort & Wellness

Reserve our both hotels and get 15% discount at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel and Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness.

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Enjoy Cusco this weekend

If you want to spend a great time, Cusco always has something to offer to everyone.

Hiram Bingham of Machupicchu

Luxury Spa Experience at Unno Spa by Aranwa Sacred Valley

Unno Spa by Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel is located just one hour and a half to Cusco. The Spa is a sanctuary willing to offer its guests the secret of living in harmony with themselves, living an experience of physical and mental tranquility.

Discover new ways to refresh yourself within the beautiful and peaceful landscapes of Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Take advantage of this package and choose the Day Spa treatment of your preference.

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Adventure in the Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley located just one hour and a half to Cusco is the perfect place for anyone who loves sports and adventure. The Valley´s geography is ideal for a variety of sports, including c anoeing, rafting, trekking, mountaing biking, via ferrata, and others sports like delta flying, each of which is a must for the adventurous spirit visiting Yucay.

There are a variety of rivers, lakes, bucolic valleys, and beautiful villages, Sacred Valley is the perfect place to relax and enjoy all types of emotion adventures.

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Experience the essence of luxury in each room

Guests at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel live a unique luxurious experience in each room.

Our 43 rooms and suites are equipped with intelligent oxygen system, which ensures maximum comfort for guest. This additional 30 % oxygen results in a reduction in the sense of altitude.

Unwind in our Spa concept bathrooms, found in every room or Suite at the hotel. From the first step into the bathroom, you will notice the difference. Our special floor heating system warms the floor, so you can walk comfortably, without feeling cold. After a busy day, you will be able to rest a hot bath tub, or perhaps try our Scottish shower, which will gently massage you.  Continue Reading →

Peruvian Alfajores

Alfajores are a South America type of shortbread sandwich cookie that are filled with dulce de leche (caramel filling). Enjoy this easy and delicious recipe


1 cup cornstarch

1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Pisco or Brandy
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dulce de leche
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Enjoy Cusco this weekend

If you want to spend a great time, Cusco always has something to offer to everyone.

Photo Exhibition: “More than 100 pictures”

Amazing collection of photos taken by Martin Chambi, renowned Peruvian photographer.

This exposition shows the best photos of Cusco city and surrounding areas.

  • Address: 2nd floor of Scotia bank.
  • Date:  Friday November 4th, 2011
  • Time: 6:30p.m.
  • Entrance: Free

Cusco always in fashion

The city of Cusco, will become an international and national fashion center during the event ‘Cusco always in fashion’ to be held from November 23 to 26,

The event will gather renowned national and international fashion designers who will showcase their work inspired in Cusco.

‘Cusco always in fashion’ is promoted by Cusco’s Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur) and the Cusco Regional Chamber of Tourism. Continue Reading →

Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Mashed Peruvian Potatoes

(for 2 servings)

Beef Tenderloin
2 grilling beef tenderloins (240g or 8 oz)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp oregano
1 crushed garlic clove
salt and pepper to taste

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
3 Peruvian potatoes, peeled and cut
¼ cup milk
1 tbsp margarine
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper to taste


Combine marinade ingredients (olive oil, vinegar, mustard, herbs and garlic). Transfer marinade and beef in a zip-lock bag. Close the bag and shake, mixing the ingredients. Let marinate for at least 20 minutes.
While the beef is marinating, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes, bring back to a boil, and then reduce heat. Boil potatoes until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain water. Use a hand mixer to mash potatoes. While continuing to mix, add milk, margarine, garlic, Italian seasoning and salt.
Grill beef tenderloins in a grilling pan, on medium-high heat until desired doneness. Add salt and pepper to taste. Continue Reading →

Main Square of Cusco

Cusco is packed with historical mansions, impressive monuments, beautiful churches, and surprising corners. The Inca and Spanish-baroque aesthetics permeate the whole city, and though in some buildings one predominates over the other, they often converge in an unique Mestizo architecture where both superimposed layers and a subtle syncretism can be found.

Cusco’s Main Square, also known as “Plaza de Armas”, is the most popular meeting area in the city. It is surrounded with several important landmarks such as the water fountain and other important colonial churches. During Inca times it was an important spot for celebrations.

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Enjoy Cusco

Tribute to the Creole Song Day

  • Category: Music – Live
  • Date: Monday October 31
  • Time: 19:00
  • City: Cusco
  • Address: 125 Tullumayo Avenue
  • Phone: 224112
  • Email:
  • Cost: Free admission

Would you like to dance or listen to any Peruvian music?

Creole Song Day is the best opportunity to enjoy a Peruvian music. Don’t forget drink a delicious Pisco Sour, our typical and most popular Peruvian drink.

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Museum of Religious Art

The Museum of Religious Art is housed in a handsome colonial palace that previously belonged to the Archbishop of Cusco. Before that, it was the site of the palace of Inca Roca and then the home of a Spanish marquis.

The museum is located on the corner of one of Cusco’s most extraordinary streets, Hatunrumliyoc, a pedestrian alleyway lined with magnificent Inca stonemasonry.

Inside is a nice collection of colonial religious paintings, notable for the historical detail they convey. There are important pieces of Juan Zapata and other masters of the Andean painting, a collection of pieces from the Academy of Cusco and examples of colonial furniture. Continue Reading →

Romantic Getaways in the splendid Sacred Valley of the Incas

Just one hour away from the city of Cusco Relax and celebrate the love at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness. Celebrate that special occasion that you have been waiting for and make it an unforgettable moment for you and your loved one.

Ultimate Romantic Escapade at Aranwa Sacred Valley

Relax and enjoy unique moments surrounded by luxury and comfort. Aranwa Sacred Valley offers the perfect venue for unforgettable memories and happy celebrations. Continue Reading →

Machu Picchu the best ecotourism destination in South America

The Inca city of Machu Picchu was voted South America’s Leading Green Destination for second year in a row at the 2011 World Travel Awards, Peru’s export and tourism promotion agency Promperu reported.

Other nominees in this category included Abrolhos (Bahia, Brazil), Caracas (Venezuela), Georgetown (Guyana), Pantanal of Mato Grosso (Brazil) and Patagonia (Argentina), among others.

Described by the Wall Street Journal as the ‘Travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars’, the World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry and is one of the most comprehensive and prestigious awards.

Every year, over 167,000 travel agents, in 160 countries, vote for the winners of The World Travel Awards. This year the award ceremony took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Continue Reading →

Native potatoes Gnocchi, Sun Dried tomatoes chimichurri and green mix from our orchard


• 0400 kg white flour
• 0,400 kg grains flour
• 1,500 kg native potatoes
• salt, nutmeg, bay leafs and sugar
• 1 unid sundry tomatoes
• 0.200 lt heavy cream
• 0,450 kg parmesan cheese
• 0,250 lt. olive oil
• 0.050 kg chopped basil
• 0.100 lt Green mix (organic lettuces)


Cook or boil potatoes until soft native, not burst, then grind or press. Combine flour, processed native potatoes, nutmeg, salt, parmesan cheese and knead until smooth dough.

Making gnocchi with a fork and sprinkle with flour to prevent sticking
Bring a large pot of water, salt and bay leaf, when put to boil the gnocchi until they float, remove. Continue Reading →

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Rock and roll Concert

  • Category: Music – Concert
  • Date:  Friday October 21
  • Address: Calle Arequipa 159
  • Phone: 225766
  • Email:
  • Cost: Free admission

Enjoy delicious tapas and exclusive Pisco Cocktails at Khasikay Bar

Enjoy moments of relaxation or fun, at Khasikay Bar and Taste the love in every bite as well as the flavors in every drink.

  • Address : 255  San Juan de Dios 255, Cusco
  • Opening Hours:

From 07:00 am to 10:00 am (Breakfast)
From 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (Lunch and Dinner)

We invite to ours readers to enjoy a good time in Cusco, if you need more information please contact us.


Tambomachay is an archaeological site associated with the Inca Empire, located near Cusco, Peru. An alternate local name is the, “The Bath of the Inca”. The complex is situated at just 9 km (5.6 mi) from Cusco, in the side of a hill.

It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through the terraced rocks. The function of the site is uncertain: it may have served as a military outpost guarding the approaches to Cusco, as a spa resort for the Incan political elite, or both. Continue Reading →

Deluxe Culinary Experience in Cusco

Enjoy the wonders of Peruvian cuisine while staying in the heart of Inca city.

This package includes:

  • Accommodation in your chosen room category
  • One lunch or dinner daily
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Visit to the market and cooking lessons by our expert chef
  • Souvenir



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The Secrets of Machu Picchu

  • It’s not actually the Lost City of the Inca.

When the explorer Hiram Bingham III encountered Machu Picchu in 1911, he was looking for a different city, known as Vilcabamba. This was a hidden capital to which the Inca had escaped after the Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1532. Over time it became famous as the legendary Lost City of the Inca.

  •  It’s no stranger to earthquakes.

The stones in the most handsome buildings throughout the Inca Empire used no mortar. These stones were cut so precisely, and wedged so closely together, that a credit card cannot be inserted between them.

  • Much of the most impressive stuff is invisible.

While the Inca are best remembered for their beautiful walls, their civil engineering projects were incredibly advanced as well. (Especially, as is often noted, for a culture that used no draft animals, iron tools, or wheels.) The site we see today had to be sculpted out of a notch between two small peaks by moving stone and earth to create a relatively flat space.

  • You can walk up to the ruins.

A trip to Machu Picchu is many things, but cheap is not one of them. If you don’t mind a workout, however, you can walk up and down for free. The steep path roughly follows Hiram Bingham’s 1911 route and offers extraordinary views of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, which looks almost as it did in Bingham’s time. The climb is strenuous and takes about 90 minutes. Continue Reading →

Suspiro a la Limeña


  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 beaten egg yolks
  • 2 beaten egg white
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

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Enjoy Cusco this Weekend

Tribute to Love

  • Organizer: Moon Disco Pub
  • Category: Music
  • Date: Friday October 14, 2011
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • City: Cusco
  • Address: Culture Avenue 1522
  • Email:

This Friday, enjoy the best happy hour, and the most romantic songs playing by Martin Caceres, who interpreting the best repertoire of singers like Gianmarco, and Ricardo Arjona. Continue Reading →

Halloween in Cusco

Halloween is an annual holiday on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

Halloween, as other occidental traditions, is celebrated in Peru like it is in the United States. Kids wear costumes and ask for candy in their neighborhoods. The main difference is that instead of saying “trick or treat” when asking for candy they say “Halloween, Halloween.”

For adults there is a large range of parties with live music or DJs. At some parties, there also might be a costume contest, so you better choose and prepare an outrageous outfit to win.

If you want to enjoy a real Halloween party start your night with a delicious meal and cocktails at Mishti Mestizo Restaurant or Khasikay Bar then go to Fallen Angel’s Halloween party. Fallen Angels is a restaurant & guest house located in Cusco. This place will organize a Halloween party on Saturday, October 29 the name of the party is Fashion Victims.

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Day of the Creole Song

Would you like to dance or listen to any Peruvian music?

Your best chance to do this is on October 31st with the Criolla Music Day or Creole Music Day. Creole music is Peru’s national music and its role in Peruvian culture. Creole music is a fusion of native Peruvian, African and Spanish music. Creole Music Day is a holiday dedicated to keeping this type of music alive.

This special day you would hear the sound of guitars and the “cajón peruano”. These musical instruments give rhythm to marinera, tondero, festejo, landó, and zamacueca which are five samples of the creole music. Couples dance with frantic movements of their arms and legs. They entice each other with their zapateo or tapping of the floor.
This celebration is carried out in different places, bars with live music accompaniment: guitars, drawer and different drinks and foods. Continue Reading →

Circuit of Four Lagoons

The Four Lagoons are located at 114 kilometers from Cuzco, in the providence of Acomayo. The four lagoons are located in the higher part of the Vilcanota river and this is the perfect route that combines traditional villages in agricultural valleys and numerous lagoons that give the landscape with a unique charm.

The names of the lagoons are: Pomacanchi, Acopia, Asnaqocha and Pampamarca. In this latter one sport fishing is practiced a lot.

The first lagoon is Pomacanchi to 149 meters deep. This has abundant natural grasses around them, as well as medicinal species (totora, mirmi, etc) and main species of fishes there are trouts, athineas, huitas, carpas, etc.

The second lagoon is small and it is called Acopia located near the village of the same name.. The variety of flora and fauna is very similar to the lagoon Pomacanchi.

The third lagoon is Asnaqocha or also known as “lake bad smell” by name in Quechua. This has little variety of flora and fauna.


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Marinated lamb cannelloni on creamy mashed lima beans and cilantro sauce


1.500 kg of lamb pulp
0.200 lt chicha de jora
0.100 lt white wine
0.100 kg carrots
0.100 kg celery
0.100 kg pore
0.100 kg onion
0.100 kg cilantro
0.100 kg base yellow chili
(a paste of garlic, onion and yellow pepper)
2.000 lt lamb stuck

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Enjoy Cusco this weekend

Eleven Thousand Feet – Twelve Sculptors and twenty sculptures in one room

  • Organizer: Santo Domingo Convent
  • Category: Exhibition
  • Date: Friday October 07th & Saturday October 08th
  • Time: 19:00 hrs
  • Address: Santo Domingo Convent
  • Price: Free admission

The community of monks of the Convent of Santo Domingo and Charlie Qorikancha Quispe cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition by Cusquenian sculptors.

The inauguration will be held in the Hall of the Contemporary Art Convent of Santo Domingo tonight at 7pm.
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Mishti Mestizo Restaurant at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Come on a journey to Cusco, in the heart of the Inca city, where you will discover a culinary experience unlike any other. Celebrate life with fine Peruvian cuisine, with a variety of multicultural flavors and textures.

While dining at Mishti l Mestizo Restaurant you will uncover the rich history and past of the Incas while savoring the essence of Peruvian culture.

A warm setting and personalized service will lead you to moments of relaxation and fun with family or friends either at Mishti l Mestizo Restaurant
Taste the love in every bite as the flavors awaken your senses.

Mishti Mestizo Restaurant promise surprise you with the best Peruvian cuisine mixed with modern culinary and variety of cultural flavors. At Mishti Mestizo Restaurant the traditions of the Andes mix with the cultural diversity of the modern city of Cusco. Continue Reading →

Museum of Santa Catalina Convent

The Santa Catalina Convent and Museum was built between 1601 and 1610 over the ruins of the ancient Acllawasi, the “House of the Sun Virgins” or “House of the Chosen Girls”, one of the most Inca buildings overlooking the main plaza.

In 1975, the convent inaugurated this valuable museum. It has a wonderful collection of canvas of the Academy of Cusco and mural paintings as well. The numerous paintings about the life of Santa Rosa de Lima, the Virgin of Belen with Saint Jose and Saint Juan, the Elevation of the Virgin, Saint Rafael Archangel and the Twilight outstand in this collection.

The museum has some pieces of Marcos Ribera, Francisco Padilla and Diego Quispe Tito, among others. Without any doubt, Santa Catalina has one of the most beautiful capitulary rooms in Peru. It is completely decorated with mural paintings and you may have guided visits. A detailed visit takes 30 minutes. At the end, the visitors can buy delicious “mazapanes” (sweet mixture of flour) and creams prepared by the cloister nuns.

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Cusco is chosen as the seventh best city in America

There are some places in the world that people need to visit at least once in their life time. There are some places with history and culture, where you feel the magic and discover the history.

Going to these places is like traveling back to the past and being a part of the heritage of the world. Cusco is one of these places. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy and live the experience of a historical city.

This spectacular city is Cusco that recently was chosen the seventh best city in America to visit by thousands of readers of the prestigious U.S. magazine Condé Nast Traveller.

According to Readers’ Choice Awards 2010, the ten best American cities to visit are: Vancouver (Canada), Quebec (Canada), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Victoria (Canada), San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Montreal (Canada ), Cusco (Peru), Oaxaca (Mexico), Toronto (Canada) and Antigua (Guatemala). Continue Reading →

Lucuma and mascarpone tiramisu with chocolate sauce

A classic Tiramisu recipe with the typical ingredients, mascarpone cheese, ladyfingers and eggs. Preparation time: 45 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes, serves: 8


  • 32 ladyfingers
  • 4 eggs, egg yolks and whites separated
  • 4 ounces sugar
  • 1 pound Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cups Espresso coffee
  • 2 tsp cocoa poder
  • 2 tsp sugar

For the chocolate sauce

  • 5 tsp butter, unsalted
  • 9 tsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 ½ tsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla essenc

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Entertainment Time in Cusco

Concert of Andean Music

The music of Peru is a mix of sounds and styles drawing on Peru’s Andean musical roots and Spanish musical influences.

Enjoy a great time with the best of Andean Music

  • Category: Music – Concert
  • Date:  Saturday October 1th
  • Address: Plateros 316 (Close to the Main Square)
  • Phone: +51(84) 25-4911
  • Email:
  • Cost: Not specified

Inka Fashion Show

  • Category: Contests
  • Date: Wednesday October 1, 2011
  • Time: 16:00 hrs
  • City: Cusco
  • Location: Esplanade Qorikancha
  • Phone: 984-384593
  • Email:


We invite to ours readers to enjoy a good time in Cusco. If you need more information, please contact us.

One more reason to visit Cusco: The Center of Traditional Textiles

If you are in Cusco you may visit the permanent home of the Center of Traditional Textiles
of Cusco. It’s a non- profit organization that was created in 1996 with the goal of rescuing and promoting Andean textile traditions, as well as contributing and supporting a new economic system in the traditional weaving communities.

This exhibition offers high quality textiles in natural fiber and natural dyes, such as mantas, ponchos, bed covers, hats and different garments. Working together with the people who make and wear these textiles, this center ensures the preservation of the traditional weaving techniques. Five rooms of information and displays take you from the beginning of the weaving process to the finished products and their uses, together with a live demonstration from the proud weavers. Currently, CTTC works with nine communities in the region of Cusco: Accha Alta, Acopia, Chahuaytire, Chinchero, Chumbvilcas, Mahuaypampa, Patabamba, Pitumarca, and Sallac. Continue Reading →

Khasikay Bar at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

With an enviable location Khasikay Bar at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, located just 2 blocks from the Main Square, offers a sublime selection of pisco cocktails and international spirits, and a wide variety of national and international wines and cocktails specially designed for this hotel.

Enjoy an exquisite selection of cocktails and a varied menu of tapas, which recreates the traditional Andean dishes, all in an intimate and elegant joyful setting. Continue Reading →

The world tourism day

Corn dumpling stuffed with seasonal mushrooms and pariah cheese foam


Corn cake
14 unid Ground shelled corn
1 kg Chopped white onions
200 gr Unsalted butter
250 gr Yellow hot chili pepper pasted
25 gr White sugar
c/n Salt
c/n Black Pepper

Mushrooms sauce
300 gr Chopped Portobello mushrooms
300 gr Chopped Mushrooms
400 gr Chopped White onions
25 gr Chopped garlic
15 gr Chopped parsley
1 unid Rosemary
1 unid Bayleaf
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Music & Photos this weekend in Cusco

Gastronomic Fair

  • Organizer: Alas Peruanas University
  • Category: Gastronomy
  • Date: Saturday, September 23
  • Time: 8 am
  • City: Cusco
  • Location: Tupac Amaru Square
  • Price: Free Admission

The Peruvian Gastronomic fair is organized by Alas Peruanas University. The event will be held at Plaza Tupac Amaru and will include the participation of chefs and students of tourism and gastronomy of the Alas Peruanas University who will share their culinary secrets with all the visitors, and will sell different Peruvian dishes. Continue Reading →


Meet Our Staff

Full Name: Rolando Ernesto Flores Luna

Job Title: Bartender Supervisor

Sign: Scorpion

Brief description about yourself

I consider myself a responsible, honest, sincere and friendly person. I like to study the history of Peru, listen to music, cook, photography and preparing cocktails of course. I´m a person who likes to talk about our customs and as a bartender I´m available of having a nice talk besides the cocktails that I can make at Khasikay Bar.

What have you done before working at Aranwa?

I worked at the Tambopata Lodge in Puerto Maldonado.

Tell us a bit about your job at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

I  work at Aranwa Cusco Boutique  Hotel as a bartender supervisor. My job is very satisfactory because I have contact with a lot of people. It´s a job where you can make a lot of relations and where you can create a comfortable and friendly environment.

My job is a very creative work I can do a lot of new combinations and new drinks every day with different ingredients…. I am a bartender and my job is to serve your drink and make sure you come back hahaha. Continue Reading →

Romantic Getaways in Cusco

Relax and enjoy a romantic stay at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, located in the heart of the Inca city; just 2 blocks from the Main Square. Our location is ideal for couples who want to celebrate a romantic escape or honeymoon.

If you are looking for a romantic weekend, a vacation, a special gift or the perfect place to celebrate you honeymoon Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is your best choice.

Our romantic package includes: 2 nights of accommodation, Delicious daily breakfast buffet for two, special romantic amenities, a bath butler for two, and a bottle of champagne and canapés to celebrate. Continue Reading →

Cannelloni stuffed with stew, coffee and green foam from our garden (4 servings)



  • 1.5 kg of veal shank
  • 0.125 Lt red wine
  • 0.125 Lt port
  • 100 g carrots
  • 100 g celery
  • 100 g pore
  • 100 g onion
  • 50 g dried mushrooms
  • 100 g mix of garlic paste, onion and Peruvian chili
  • 2 Lt beef consomé

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Music & Photos this weekend in Cusco

The God of the others

Immigration and Religion in Rome

  • Organizer: Santo Domingo Convent
  • Category: Miscellaneous – Exhibition
  • Date: Friday September 16
  • Time: 7pm
  • City: Cusco
  • Location: Qoricancha
  • Address: Santo Domingo Convent
  • Cost: Free Admission



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The best place to eat in Cusco

Peruvian food is one of the best in the world; because of its great variety of ingredients and delicious flavors. At Mishti Mestizo Restaurant by Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel you can enjoy the most impressive variety of multicultural flavors, from Andean recipes, adapted to modern cooking techniques and traditions of the Andes mix with the diversity of modern city of Cusco.

At Mishti Mestizo Restaurant you will be able to eat the most famous Peruvian meals like:

  • Ceviche this meal is prepared with fish or seafood, lemon, onion, toasted corn and Peruvian chili. If you eat this delicious food, you will not want to eat another thing.
  • Sautéed Loin:  Delicious Beef or alpaca tenderloin with pisco and native Peruvian crispy yellow potatoes and classic rice with corn. Taste and enjoy one of the tastiest and popular beef dish in Peru. Continue Reading →


Chinchero is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Peru, with inhabitants of a unique character, traditions and ancient customs. The main attractions of this route are Chinchero colonial church, the Inca archaeological site and the beauty of the landscape. During the time of the Incas Chinchero was one of the most important regions, where even today it is possible to see remains of its great past, such as the path that led directly to Machu Picchu.

This traditional Andean town is known as ‘the birthplace of the rainbow’, and it has the full complement of photogenic attractions: Inca ruins, Andean village houses, a classic colonial church built on Inca foundations, and of course the lively weekly market.

When you visit the colonial church, one can see that was built on Inca walls in 1607. A bell tower with arched windows completes the decoration. Inside, there is an altar with baroque decoration completely covered in gold and silver ornamental. Continue Reading →

Prawns with bacon in creamy yellow pepper sauce on steamed cassava

Native to South America, the cassava, yucca o r manioc is extensively cultivated in South America.  Cassava roots are very rich in starch, and contain significant amounts of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C (25 mg/100g).

The cassava root is long and tapered, with a firm, homogeneous flesh encased in a detachable rind, about 1mm thick, rough and brown on the outside. The flesh can be chalk-white or yellowish.

Cassava can be cooked in various ways. The soft-boiled root has a delicate flavor and can replace boiled potatoes in many uses: as an accompaniment for meat dishes, or made into purées, dumplings, soups, stews, gravies, etc. Deep fried (after boiling or steaming), it can replace fried potatoes, with a distinctive flavor.

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Enjoy Cusco this weekend

Photography Exposition “Old Cusco”

  • Date: Saturday September 10th
  • Category: Painting Exposition
  • Location: Cusco City Hall
  • Address: Plaza Regocijo
  • Email:municipalidad@municusco.gob
  • Web:
  • Cost: Free Admission

Amazing collection of black and white photos taken by Martin Chambi. This exposition shows pictures of old Cusco city and surrounding areas.

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Meet our Staff

 Full Name:  Gonzalo Ruiz de Somocurcio Cornejo

Job Title: Executive Chef at Aranwa Cusco Boutique

 Brief description about yourself

I’m an executive chef at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel. I’m responsible and hardworking. I love of my job and my team. I love to spend time with my family and travel when we can do it.

When did you know you wanted to become a chef? 

 I was studying environmental engineering at Agraria University (UNALM), when I started working in a kitchen restaurant. It was the first time I went inside a kitchen, a whole new world. Then I decided to be a chef.

What was your first restaurant job?

At Warren’s Lobster House Restaurant in Kittery-Maine, in the U.S.  I started like a steward for one year then I was trained on the different areas in the restaurant.

What do you like the most about the hotel?

The staff, it’s very strong team, we try to help and support each other if someone needs some help. Continue Reading →

Archaeological Complex of Ollantaytambo

If you go on a trip to the Sacred Valley, you shouldn’t miss Ollantaytambo. It is a beautiful town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru, located in the province of Urubamba, 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco and approximately 25 kilometers from our sister property, Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Ollantaytambo is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level in the district of Ollantaytambo. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Pachacutec Inca.

Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction strategically located in the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

It is a wonderful place to visit because you can see many interesting things: agricultural terraces irrigated by plentiful water coming from the mountains, gigantic stone walls and labyrinth-like layout behind the entrance, which hardens the invaders’ struggle to get inside. Visitors who visit place can enjoy and learn more about the Inca constructions.

Terraces: a formidable group of platforms to the south of Ollantaytambo.

The valleys of the Urubamba and Patakancha rivers along Ollantaytambo are covered by an extensive set of agricultural terraces which start at the bottom of the valleys and climb up the surrounding hills.

Terraces at Ollantaytambo were built to a higher standard than common Inca agricultural terraces, for instance, they have higher walls made of cut stones instead of rough fieldstones.


The Incas built several storehouses out of fieldstones on the hills surrounding Ollantaytambo. Their location at high altitudes, where there is more wind and lower temperatures, defended their contents against decay. Continue Reading →

Solterito Salad (7servings)

Solterito Salad (7servings)

Solterito is one of the specialty dishes of Arequipa. It is a vegetable salad, traditionally prepared with the giant fava beans and Peruvian corn.

Ingredients :

•250 gr Red onions

• 250 gr Tomate

• 500 gr  Fresh Cheese

•3 unid Corn

• 50 gr Black Olives

• 500 gr Fava beans

•  1 unid Red hot Peruvian Chili Pepper

• 200 gr Native Potatoes

• Parsley

• Salt

• Black Pepper

• Vegetal Oil

• Vinegar

• Lime

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Enjoy Cusco this weekend

Do you like going to the theater? and Is rock and roll your favorite type of music? For this weekend, we suggest you two perfect options: enjoy a great rock and roll concert where you will hear your favorite songs or go to the theater where you will laugh from the beginning till the end.

Reainer Zimnik’s Drumbs

  • Organizer: Art & Theather Group and Fusion Peru
  • Category: Theatre
  • Dates: Friday, September 2 & Saturday, September 3
  • Time:  20:00 hrs.
  • Address: 125 Tullumayo Avenue
  • City: Cusco
  • Email:
  • Actors:
    * Montserrat Brugue (Monchi The baby of Pataclaun)
    * Mauricio Rueda
    * Eduardo Flores

My Peruvian Adventure: From Inca To Amazon

Gary Stevens' visit to PeruGary Stevens from Leaders In Travel tells us about his visit to Cusco. He said:”First let me tell you how special the new Aranwa Cusco hotel is. Location, Location, Location! Right there behind the main square, churches, restaurants, boutiques and wonderful little streets, the art-filled former colonial mansion of the XVI century turned 5-star hotel is a hands down winner.” Read more here:


Cooking with coffee, one of the most popular beverages

Coffee is not only the beverage of choice for people to jump start their days, but it also has many health benefits when consumed in moderation. It’s not just for beverages anymore!
Coffee has a strong, earthy, slightly bitter flavor that can help create complex flavors and add a kick to many different dishes.

Recent studies show that coffee can help reduce the risk of diabetes II, Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer, liver cirrhosis, and gallstones. Not only that but research shows that for those who indulge in other vices such as smoking or drinking heavily, consuming a couple of cups of coffee a day can balance out the negative effects of bad habits. All of these benefits are attributed to the powerful antioxidants in roasted coffee beans and the newly recognized benefits of moderate caffeine use.

Caffeine is a powerful lure, but just as important are the rich, nuanced flavors that coffee brings to our palates. Just like wine, coffee can contribute an amazing array of subtle flavors to food. When it comes to cooking, think of coffee as a versatile spice that can season a whole range of recipes, sweet and savory. Taste a delicious coffee cake; salad with coffe sauce, cannelloni stuffed with stew and coffee foam and other delicious recipes that we offer at Mishti Mestizo Restaurant. Continue Reading →

Enjoy Cusco!

Cusco is a cosmologic and artistic city. Check the events coming uop in the next days.


Date: Sunday August 28: 3 Pm.

Play:  ”The legend of the lake Piuray”

Author: Dr. Lucho Ramirez

Dates:  Sunday, August 28th – 15:00 hrs.

Location: Plaza de Armas

Address: Plaza de Armas s / n

Phone: 240006-227152

Email: municipalidad@municusco.gob


Cost: Free Admission

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Meet our staff

Full Name: Carlos Velasquez
Job Title: Maitre

Brief Description about yourself:  

I am tolerant and comprehensive, not complicated at all. I love good
food and varied music. I am also a father of 02 sons and I am proud of them

What have you done before working at Aranwa?

I worked as Food and Beverage assistant in a small chain of restaurants and hotels in Machu Picchu from Inti group.

Tell us a bit about your job at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

My job is simple but it deals a lot with great details and especially coordination to organize and supervise the food and beverage service Pukawi and Rikhuna restaurants.  I am also charge of coordinating food and beverage for events such as weddings, conventions and others. In general, it is a job I like doing.

What do you like the most about the hotel?

In general, I like everything and I’m proud to work here, but if you try to think of a particular place, I would choose three: the restaurants, the spa, the colonial house and surroundings. The decoration of the bar is also very attractive. Continue Reading →

History of Cusco and Machu Picchu

We share with you a video of the history of Cusco and Machu Picchu. Enjoy it!


Colorful Pisac

Last week we talked about the Sacred Valley and the benefits of visiting it. One of its most visited towns is Pisac, a village close to the Urubamba River. It is well-known for its lively market every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, an event which draws lots of tourists from nearby Cusco and for an archaeological site, located close to the market.

How to get there

If you are staying at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, we can coordinate a private o a group tour to the Sacred Valley, where you will be able to visit this area and other villages along the Sacred Valley.  It is a full day tour, so get ready for the ride.  However, if you want to make it on your own, you need to know a few details: Local buses depart from the city every 15 minutes for the one-hour ride to Pisac village. Local buses cost about US$ 3-4 one way. Also, a taxi may be hired for about US$ 35 for the round trip. Continue Reading →

Entertainment Time in Cusco

Entertainment Time in Cusco


 Day of Folklore

  •   Category:  Music
  •   Organizer: Municipality of Cusco
  •   Address: Plazoleta Espinar
  •   Date: Friday 19 to Saturday 20
  •   Time: 3:00
  •   Entrance: Free

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful afternoon with a lot of music, folklore dances, and diversity of cultural expressions.

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Traditional Andean ritual called “Payment to the Earth”

Yesterday night, the staff from Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, participated in a traditional Andean ritual called “pago a la tierra”, which in English means “Payment to the Earth”. This ceremony is usually held in August to celebrate the Andean New Year. During this ritual, offerings are made to Pachamama  (Mother Earth in the Andean culture), so the participants have good luck in the forthcoming year.

This ceremony is generally performed in a house, carried out by a shaman. In our case, the ritual took place in the hotel, as the Aranwa staff wished for good luck and good experiences for their guests. Aranwa staff  prayed and shared a glass of Chicha while the shaman blessed them and the surroundings. Meanwhile, they all took a small amount of coca leaves that they chewed during the ceremony. At the same time, the general manager of the hotel started arranging an offering on an Andean blanket which would later be bundled up and was buried today. The shaman arranged red and white flowers and made a prayer as each flower was placed down. Later they put together a bunch of special offerings that would be laid on the top of the pile.

Two and half hours after starting the ceremony, it finished. The offering was wrapped up carefully in an Andean blanket and  blessed it again.

On a trip to the Sacred Valley

Besides visiting Machu Picchu and the city of Cusco, there are plenty of places to visit and things to do in Cusco. One of the most popular places is the Sacred Valley.

The valley starts at 15 miles north-east of Cusco, and continues north-west for another 35 miles. A number of Inca ruins, series of picturesque villages along with cliffs and valleys make Sacred Valley a not to miss tourist spot, whoever visiting Cusco.

 Towns within Sacred Valley

People usually visit Pisac, Urubamba, Yucay, Huayllabamba and Ollantaytambo in Sacred Valley. Some people prefer to do a day trip to this area and then return to Cusco, however it is important to notice that the Sacred Valley is on a lower altitude than Cusco, so it is better to stay a couple of days to get used to the altitude and the climate and then go back to Cusco for the rest of the trip.

If you go on a day trip, be sure to take some water and snacks for the road and a jacket because some areas are on a higher altitude and it may get pretty cold if traveling during winter. Also, be sure to charge your camera’s batteries because you will see one of the world’s most beautiful places.

If you are staying on the Sacred Valley, you will enjoy two important advantages:

  1. The Sacred Valley has better weather and is on a lower altitude than Cusco: Physical performance is better because the body doesn’t have to adapt to such high altitude.
  2. Visitors are closer to Machu Picchu and they can save time and money! If you stay in the Sacred Valley you are just an hour and 45 minutes from Machu Picchu. From Cusco it would take 3 hours and a half.

Quinotto with wild mushrooms and confit tomatoes

Ingredients (7 servings):

  • 500 g quinoa
  • 2 liters of water
  • 100 g butter without salt
  • 1 red onion
  • 150 g wild tomatoes comfit
  • 5  cloves of  garlic
  • 450 g wild mushrooms
  • 250 ml white wine
  • 250 ml heavy cream
  • 200 g of  Parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Parsley
  • Vegetal oil

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Entertainment Time in Cusco

The World Theatre Festival

  • Address: Daniel Estrada Perez Theater
  • Category:  Festivals
  • Days: Friday August 12th  to Wednesday  August 31st

The World Theater Festival presents all kinds of performances, workshops and more at Daniel Estrada Theater, previously known as Municipal Theater. This is a great and beautiful space to see an excellent show.

Intercultural dance Festival “Tusuyninchis”

  • Address : Casa de la Juventud – Cusco
  • Organizer: Cultural Association Ritmos del Peru
  •  Date: August 13, 2011.
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Entrance: Free

The intercultural dance association of Peru has organized the first dance festival with the participation of Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia and Chile. This important event will show the typical dances and costumes of each country.

We invite to ours readers to enjoy a good time in Cusco with dances and theater. If you want to know more about things to do in Cusco please contact us.









This week Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel had the honor to welcome Ms. Maria Pia Piscitelli, a famous soprano. She always participates in the most renowned Opera festivals in Europe such as La Scala in Milan, Massimo Palermo, Bologna, and the Colon in Buenos Aires among others. She had traveled to Peru to perform the role of Leonora in the opera “Il Trovatore” which was presented in Lima last weekend. After her incredible performance, she traveled to Cusco to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. To be closer to this wonder, she stayed in our sister property Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, which she described as ‘a place in paradise’. She recognized the kindness of the staff and the luxury of every room.

After that she went to Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, where she stayed one night. She gently wrote a comment in our visitor’s book congratulating us on the beauty of the hotel and the thoughtfulness of our staff. We would like to share her picture beside this note and, of course, thank her for her lovely words. It was a pleasure to welcome her!

Impressions of famous people who visited Cusco and Machu Picchu

Cusco is a wonderful destination and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We would like
to share with our readers some impressions about famous celebrities, revolutionaries, and Hollywood movie stars that visited Machu Picchu and enjoyed the magic of the Incas. If you know any other famous who visited Machu Picchu or if you want to share your experience in Machu Picchu, we would be glad to receive your comments.

1.Che Guevara

In the book that he wrote about his trip to Peru, The Motorcycle Diaries, he describes a visit he made to Machu Picchu, which he calls “a pure expression of the most powerful indigenous race in the Americas.”

2.Charlton Heston

If there’s one film that can be singled out as the likely inspiration for Raiders of the Lost Ark, it has to be the 1954 B movie Secret of the Incas, filmed the previous year in Cusco and at Machu Picchu. The plot is pure Hollywood—Heston plays a fortune hunter who’s scheming to swipe an ancient gold Inca sunburst that archaeologists are hunting for at Machu Picchu—but the film helped bring this archaeological wonder closer to the public.

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Aranwa committed to Social Development

For Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas, success and social commitment are just two sides of the same coin. That is why we take pleasure in supporting the members of far away communities through donations to accomplish our social commitment goals. In this occasion, Aranwa workers in Lima gathered and donated warm clothes for the Q’eros community, who live in the department of Cusco and maintain a way of life reminiscent of Inca times, isolated from modern life. The reason of this donation was the low temperatures these people endure due to the location of their village.

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Poultry stew with olives, peppers, and glace carrots over creamy Peruvian mashed potatoes

*4 servings


  1.500 kg Whole chicken breast
  0.100 kg Red onions
  0.010 kg Peel garlic
  0.050 kg Yellow hot chilli pepper base
  0.050 kg Panca hot chili pepper base
  0.300 kg Tomatoes
  0.050 kg Bell pepper
  0.020 kg Sweet peas
  0.010 kg Green olives
  0.010 kg Black olives
  0.050 kg Carrots
  1.000 Kg Peruvian Yellow potatoes
  0.180 Kg Unsalted butter
  0.001 kg Nutmeg
  0.002 Kg Salt
  0.160 Lt Heavy cream
  0.160 Lt Whole milk

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Entertainment Time in Cusco

Art Exhibition

  • Address: 175 Arequipa Avenue
  • Expositor: José Luis Ccoto Tunqui
  • Start Date: August 1, 2011.
  • End Date: August 31, 2011.
  • Days:  July 5  and July 6
  • Entrance: Free

Throughout the month of August, Art gallery Arte Fractal Dragon in Cuzco, which only features local artists, will be displaying José Luis Ccoto Tunqui’s latest collection of artwork.

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Cusco Attractions: Coricancha, Temple of the Sun”

City of narrow streets, impressive buildings, traditions, history, and exciting nightlife.Cusco, the old capital of the Inca Empire is Peru´s principal tourist destination.

We recommend to our readers visit the Main Square, The Cathedral, Koricancha, Scsayhuaman, San Blas, and a lot of places because every place has something special.

One of our favorite places is Coricancha; this wonderful temple is a combination of Inca and Spanish architecture and illustrates ancient Andean culture’s collision with Western Europe.

Coricancha is a Quechua world meaning Golden Courtyard, originally named Inty Kancha (Temple of the Sun). It was one of the most impressive buildings of Inca Cusco, and the most important and revered temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated to the Sun God.

The walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold, and the courtyard was filled with golden statues. This is one of numerous sites where the Spanish incorporated Inca stonework into the structure of a colonial building. Major earthquakes have severely damaged the church, but the Inca stone walls, built out of huge, tightly-interlocking blocks of stone, still stand due to their sophisticated stonework. Nearby is an underground archaeological museum, which contains numerous interesting pieces, including mummies, textiles and sacred idols from the site.

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Shrimps with garlic butter and herbs


(6 servings)

  • 3 dozen shrimp
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Salt
  • Herbs
  • Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/4 lb. sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 thin orange slices, for garnishing (optional)
    green onions, for garnishing (optional)


Celebrate the National holidays in Cusco

Every year Peruvians celebrate National Holidays on July 28th, and the festivities range from concerts held in multiple squares in Cusco to streets full of processions, local food, and festivals.

For these days Cusco’s city hall has elaborated an activity program for the celebration of these national holidays. On July 27th and July 28th artistic festivals, school and military parades are presented, all of which are promoted in coordination with the main institutions of the city.

Cusco will be very visited during July 28th to July 31th. Local people and tourists receive these specials days with a lot of traditional festivals, processions and also artisans lay out their handicrafts in the streets. In addition, Regocijo Square, just half block from Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel,  will be the venue for the gastronomy, art and music festival that will feature singers of Peruvian music, who will dazzle the audience with the best of their repertoire.

If you are looking for a convenient hotel with excellent accommodations, and good location close to the Main Square you must visit our Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel. To celebrate these specials days we invite our readers to celebrate National Holidays with an exquisite Creole barbecue and Creole Music on our terrace. Make sure to wear red and white, the colors of Peru.

Enjoy unforgettable days and live the experience of a historical city. For more information, please contact us.

Meet Our Staff

Full Name:  Thomas Henseler
Job Title:  Director of Operations
Sun Sign:  Leo

Brief Description about yourself

German by origin and chef by profession. I started traveling 22 years ago so far the count is 13 countries many different cultures and interesting destinations

I enjoy skiing, football as well as motorbiking; camping and fishing for relaxation still a chef at heart exploring the culinary scene in the places where I work plays an important part in my social life favorite restaurant in Lima Amor amar in Cusco Cicciolina.

What have you done before working at Aranwa?

I worked as a chef and executive chef for 20 years in many different countries including my native Germany, directly before coming to work for Aranwa I was a Corporate Food and Beverage Director for a big Hotel complex of a 1000 rooms in Mexico.

Tell us a bit about your job at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel:

I was hired to bring some fresh air into the operation and update the currently existing structure to ensure continued excellence in service and efficiency in the operation as well as continued training and mentoring of the local workforce.

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Vegetable Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls are a perfect appetizer for your afternoon special occasion. Enjoy and make this simple recipe.


Spring Roll Pastry

  1. 250 grams flour
  2. 1 Egg
  3. Salt
  4. Water

For Filling:

  1. Mixed vegetables – 1 cup, chopped long and slim/shredded (carrot, beans, cabbage, peas, corn, capsicum, onions)
  2. 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  3. 1 tbsp Soya sauce
  4. 1 Chopped green chilies
  5.  Salt and pepper – to taste
  6.  2tsp Oil

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Enjoy Cusco this weekend

A perfect combination of culture and music in Cusco. These activities will guarantee you a great time!

Scientific Expedition to Machu Picchu

To continue with the celebrations of the centenary of Machu Picchu, a trek has been organized from Piscacucho to Machu Picchu.

  • Place: Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes)
  • Route: Piscacucho to Machu Picchu
  • Date: July 23rd, 2011
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Time: 6:00 a.m.

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Meet Our Team

Full name: Carmen Azurin Saldivar

Job Title: Front Office Manager

Sung Sign: Taurus

Brief description about yourself: height="481" />

I´m a responsible, sociable, and hardworking person

What have you done before working at Aranwa? :

Before working at Aranwa, I worked at Libertador Hotel and Hilton Hotel.

Tell us a bit about your job at Aranwa Cusco
Boutique Hotel:

I’m responsible for all operations of the front desk and guest service. I’m also responsible for the management of front office personnel such as staff training and shift schedule and attending the customers’ complaints and queries. I’m support and attend the internal and external requirements such as answering emails of the customers or companies.

What I like the most of my job is support and help the guests when they need something, I like to talk with them and try to make their stay the most enjoyable so that our guests feel important.

What do you like the most about the hotel?

I like the elegance of the hotel and especially I like the staff atmosphere from general management to the security personnel.

What is your favorite place in Cusco?

My favorite place is Sacsayhuaman, and the little towns, rivers, and surroundings of Sacred Valley.

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10 Irresistible Reasons to visit Cusco

If you think that there is just one reason to visit Cusco, you are wrong. We share with our readers the most important reasons to visit Cusco. This Andean city offers one of the Seven Wonders of the World “Machu Picchu”, and more than that.

1) Natural Beauty: Cusco is surrounded by mountains reaching 6,000 feet and higher, rivers, forest, and rivers as well as native flora and fauna, a real nature spectacle for your eyes. The smell of the countryside is strong especially in Moray and alongside the Sacred Valley.

2) Tradition is Still Alive
Inca festivals such as Inti Raymi, and religious processions such as Corpus Christi, the Holy Week, and the Lord of the Earthquakes are just quite a few samples of this rich tradition.

3) World-class facilities: In Cusco, you will find a comfortable place to stay, have a great meal, and experience the essence of luxury.

4)  Adventure: If you like adventure, Cusco is the place to be since you can try horseback riding, river rafting, kayaking, hiking and climbing.

5) Good Weather: Cusco city invites you to enjoy the outdoors, breathe clean air and take advantage of the nearly 7,000km of virgin Amazon forest.

6) Irresistible Flavors: Cusco is a city where you can taste not only local dishes but also food from almost all Peru.  Some typical foods during holidays are: Puchero in carnival, Chiriuchu in Corpus Christi and 12 dishes in the Holy Week.

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Sweet pumpkin stew with grilled shrimps


  • 0.250 lt Vegetable oil
  • 0.025 kg Peeled garlic
  • 0.450 kg White onions
  • 0.250 kg Red onions
  • 0.250 lt Heavy cream
  • 0.500 kg Andean black mint
  • 0.125 kg Quail egg
  • 0.600 kg Shirmp
  • 1.250 lt Whole milk
  • 0.750 kg Yellow potatoes
  • 0.010 kg Black pepper
  • 0.250 kg Pariah cheese
  • 0.015 kg Salt
  • 0.010 kg Thyme
  • 1.500 kg Yellow pumpkin

Enjoy the best of Cusco this weekend

Celebrate the most colorful festivity in honor to “The Virgin of the Carmen”

  • Date :  Saturday July 16th
  • Start: 7 :00 pm
  • Locations: Paucartambo (4 hours from Cusco)


The celebration of The Virgin of Carmen, patron saint of Paucartambo, offers a panoramic view of the rich diversity of music, dances and textile art expressions from Peru. Come and celebrate the most colorful festival in Cusco.

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“Best Hotel in Cusco”

Celebrate the most colorful feast in Cusco: “The Virgin of Carmen”

The feast in honor of Virgin of Carmen is the most colorful and one of the most beautiful celebrations in Cusco. It is celebrated between July 15 July 18 in honor to “The Virgin of Carmen”; or “Mamacha Carmen”, patron saint of Paucartambo.

The centre of all this festivity is the figure of the Virgin of Carmen, who is honored with songs, dances, and parades around the town, where musical groups play their instruments while choirs sing beautiful songs in Quechua.

This religious celebration is in Paucartambo, a picturesque and small town situated near Cusco, where streets of white colonial buildings topped with red roofs are the setting for the dancers who perform daring acrobats and represent entertaining and ingenious versions of Peruvian history, such as the Aucas Chilenos – representing the Chilean soldiers who occupied Peru in the 19th century – or the Capac Negros, the freed slaves.

The celebration of Virgin of Carmen offers a panoramic view of the rich diversity of music, dances and textile art expressions from Peru.

Thousands of devotees and people, not only of one faith and religious believes with a cultural identity expressed through rites, ceremonies, dances and other manifestations for this feast. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful festival. If you would like more information, about tours, activities, and festivals in Cusco, please contact us.

Crunchy pork adobo “Cusco style” over tacu tacu of beans


0.230 kg Pork loin
0.075 kg  Red onions
0.200 ml Chicha de jora
0.040 kg Panca paste
0.010 kg Garlic paste
0.001 kg Cumin
0.003 kg Whole pepper
0.002 kg Dried oregano
0.060 kg  Rocoto chilli pepper
0.050 kg  Beans
0.050 kg  Cooked White rice
0.005 kg  Yellow chilli pepper julienne
0.050 kg  White wine
0.020 kg  Yellow chilli pepper paste
0.002 kg White  Sugar


1)        Marinate the meat is in chicha and pepper during all night. Next day make a dressing with mashed panca pepper and garlic, and then add the onion cut into wedges, the pork loin and bones. After that, add water, chichi, cumin and salt. Heat until meat is tender for about an hour. 10 minutes before the pork is cooked,  add a whole hot pepper.

2)        For tacu tacu, leave the beans in water overnight.  On the next morning boil until tender, while preparing a dressing of garlic, onion and yellow pepper to add to the beans once cooked. Then mix it with cold rice.

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Sergio Davila’s fashion show at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Sergio Davila’s fashion show at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel


An evening of fashion and luxury. As part of the celebrations for the scientificdiscovery of Machu Picchu, the renowned Peruvian designer Sergio Davila, ambassador of Peru brand, presented his collection “The Explorer and the Inca ” at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel last Friday.


Celebrations for the Centenary of Machu Picchu

Celebrations commemorating the 100th anniversary of the scientific discovery of Machu Picchu continue today with dances, a parade and a recital in the Imperial city of Cusco.

Sergio Davila, ambassador of Peru brand, presents his collection “The Explorer and the Incas”

  • Date : July 8
  • Start: 5:30pm

         After the parade, the hotel will offer a cocktail in the main courtyard

  • Address : Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel - San Juan de Dios 255 Cusco

As part of the celebrations for the scientific discovery of Machu Picchu, the renowned Peruvian designer, Sergio Davila, will present today the collection “The Explorer and the Inca ” at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel.

In this occasion, Sergio presents a collection of 30 men´s and women´s suits inspired in Hiram Bingham and the Incas.

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Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas proudly presents its new Pisco

Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas proudly presents its new Pisco, in a fine bottle with beautiful hummingbirds, painted by Dr. Jose Álvarez, creator of the Aranwa concept.

Pisco, deriving from Quechua word pisqu (which means little bird), is a traditional colorless grape liquor produced in Peru. It is obtained exclusively from the distillation of recently fermented “grapes”, using methods which maintain the traditional principles of quality established in recognized production areas. It takes its name from the conical pottery in which it was originally aged, which was also the name of one of the sites where it was produced: Pisco. The first vineyards were planted in the coastal valleys in the Viceroyalty of Peru, when vine plants arrived from the Canary Islands.

Tasting Pisco is a must for every visitor, a versatile experience that you can enjoy in many different cocktails or just straight.

This special Pisco will be available at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel and Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness.




View the celebration of the centenary of Machu Picchu Live


Citizens of Cusco to be honored with Centenary Medal of Machu Picchu

Many renowned Peruvians will be honored today in the city of Cusco with the Centenary Medal of Machu Picchu as part of the official ceremony for the scientific discovery of the Inca City.

The centennial celebrations will take place today at 09:00 am at the convention center of Cusco city hall. Also between 12:00 and 17:00 hours there will be an exhibition of Andean camelids like alpacas, huanacos and vicunas will be exhibit in the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, located five minutes away from downtown Cusco, ending the day with a welcome cocktail reception for the guests who will participate on the main day of celebrations on July 7 is at 18:00 hours at the convent of Santo Domingo.

Tomorrow, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu will see a re-enactment of a traditional Tinkay ceremony and a Sound and light show featuring the Andean Orchestra and Cusco’s Symphony Orchestra.

The organizers estimate that more than five hundred million people will be astonished witness of these ceremonies.

The celebrations for the centenary of Machu Picchu will be wonderful. Enjoy and feel the magic of Machu Picchu. For more information please contact us.

Machu Picchu centennial events: Photographic Exhibition

A variety of cultural, academic, artistic and culinary events make up the official program of activities surrounding the 100th anniversary of the scientific discovery of Machu Picchu in Cusco.

The photo exhibition is called Impressions, featuring ten of the best pictures published in the book “Machu Picchu: Song of stone”, edited by Walter H. Wust, considered the most prolific publisher on ecological topics in Peru.

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Tapa: Grilled scallops with tumbo butter and crispy garlic

Tapa is the name of a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or warm.

Serves 4


  • 12 small to medium scallops, cleaned in the half cup shell and left attached.
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 150g Tumbo butter, softened
  • 2tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Pre-heat a barbecue or griddle.
  • Grill the scallops, flesh side down, for 2 minutes, then turn them and divide the butter between the shells and continue cooking for a couple more minutes until the butter begins to bubble.
  • Top with parmesan cheese and enjoy.

Enjoy this delicious and easy recipe in Khasikay Bar at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel.

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Celebrate the Centenary of Machu Picchu

The festivities for the centenary of Machu Picchu will be wonderful. Tourists who arrive in Cusco to visit the Inca city on this day will receive gifts made by local communities. The gifts include small handicrafts, dolls, key chains and posters, among other souvenirs.

This is a good initiative of the municipality in coordination with the local population. The idea is to give the visitors a little gift and greet them with much joy.

Activities will start on July 6 with a lot of ceremonies. The main centenary celebrations will take place on July 7th at the Inca city, with the staging of the traditional Tinkay ceremony and a greeting from the ‘Cuatro Suyos’, the four ancient regions of the Inca Empire.

A sound and light show “Gala Concert” will also take place in the same place between 18:00 and 20:00 hours with the participation of the Andean Orchestra and Cusco’s Symphony Orchestra.Tourist and people will appreciate the ceremonies of Machu Picchu through the gigant screens that will be installed in the Plaza Manco Capac.

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Kabobs of lamb over quinoa and grilled vegetables tabouhle

Looking for new kabob recipes? Try using Peruvian ingredients. They are a tasty and nutritive alternative.


  • 0.150 kg Lamb loin
  • 0.050 lt Vegetable oil
  • 0.002 kg Andean mint
  • 0.050 lt Ale beer
  • 0.001 kg Ground black pepper
  • 0.010 lt Qhite vinager
  • 0.025 kg Chilli panka pepper based
  • 0.020 kg Goat cheesse
  • 0.025 kg Zuccini
  • 0.015 kg Eggplant
  • 0.030 kg Quinoa
  • 0.005 kg White onions
  • 0.005 kg Tomato
  • 0.005 kg Cucumber
  • 0.001 kg Parsley
  • 0.002 kg Pimiento piquillo
  • 0.002 kg Black olives
  • 0.010 kg Lime
  • 0.001 kg Salt

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Weekend of Celebrations & Art

Celebration of the traditional Inti Raymi “Festival of the Sun”

The ‘Festival of the Sun’ offers the best opportunity to enjoy one of the most spectacular and colorful cultural events in Cusco.

  • Organizers: The Municipal Corporation of Cusco Festivities (EMUFEC) and Cusco city counsel
  • Category: Holiday
  • Date : June 24th
  • Start: 9 :00 am
  • Price: Free
  • Locations: 3 different locations

*09:00 the event start at the Q’oricancha Temple, where the Inca greets the God Sun.
* 10:30 The Inca comes out from the temple and goes to the Main Square.
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A happy family at Aranwa

The Wilhelmi family visited Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel from June 8th until the 12th. Mr. Wilhelmi, who is a professional photographer, took several pictures of the property and wanted to share a portrait of his family in one of the living areas in the hotel. Also, Mrs. Wilhelmi sent our General Manager an e-mail saying: “We came back last Sunday… Cusco was wonderful! The attention we received in your property was excellent! Thank you very much!”.

Thank you, Mr.  and Mrs. Wilhelmi!





The Celebration of Corpus Christi

The Festival of Corpus Christi is the most impressive of all in Peru, especially in Cusco. It is one of the most significant celebrations in the Roman Catholic calendar.

In Peru, the largest Corpus Christi takes place in Cusco. A procession of fifteen saints and virgins, from different places arrive to the Cathedral of Cusco to “greet” the body of Christ embodied in the Sacred Host. All figures are dressed with elegant clothes, as well as gold and silver jewellery and are always accompanied by music bands, dancer and fireworks.

The main festivity is held on June 23rd, 60 days after Easter at around 11:00 am. The Main Square gets crowded with people that come to see the saints. During this important day, people raise very big altars adorned with mirrors, flags, flowers, tree branches, images, etc. Continue Reading →

Today we celebrate The Festival of the Qoyllur Rit’i

The Qoyllur  Riti means “Snow star”. It is one of the most important religious festivals held annually in honor of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i in Cusco. Every year in a remote region in the high Andes, close to the mountain of Ausangate, the locals and tourist celebrate Qoyllur Rit’i. This Peruvian festival is a combination of the Incas’ worship of mountain spirits, and the celebration of the presence of Christ on the mountainside around 1780.

Doctor Jose Alvarez, in his book “The Snowy Apu” offers the opportunity to his readers to learn more about this celebration, as one can see in the color photographs included in this book. He has managed to capture this peculiar atmosphere of the most important religious celebration in Cusco.

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Alpaca Carpaccio with arugula, parmesan cheese, pears & balsamic vinegar

(7 servings)

Ingredients :
500 gr
Alpaca Prime Ribe
150 gr Pears
200 gr WildArugula
100 gr Parmesan cheese
50 gr Pecans
Andean Herbs Olive
Oil  and Lime
Balsamic vinegar

The best combination to have a great time in Cusco this weekend: Photos and Music

Photographic Exposition “Machu Picchu

Martín Chambi is a Peruvian photographer, who with his camera captured multiple moments of Peruvian life for over 30 years.

  • Photographer: Martin Chambi Jimenez.
  • Address: 2nd floor of Scotiabank, on Maruri 315, 2 squares from the Main Square.
  • Date:  June 17 – August 31
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Entrance: Free


Don’t miss the opportunity to visit and learn more about this famous photographer.

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Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas celebrates the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu

Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas offers a great opportunity for visitors and guests who want to take home a souvenir of their visit to Machu Picchu. Aranwa has designed different types of beautiful Machu Picchu pendants, in differents colors and styles, allusive to the 100 years of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

You can buy these pendants in our boutique at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness and Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel. For more information, please contact us at .

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Meet Our Team

Full Name: Giulissa Alencastre Guevara

Job Title: Resident Manager of Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Sun Sign:  Gemini

Brief Description about yourself:

I’m enthusiastic, proactive and energetic, with high moral values. I like to meet people with whom you can share a nice conversation. I like go to the forest with my friends and family. It’s the perfect place to relax.

What have you done before working at Aranwa? Before working at Aranwa, I was the manager at Picoaga Hotel in Cusco.

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Cusco’s Traditional Festivals: The Virgin of Carmen

The annual festival in honor of the Virgin of Carmen, known locally as Mamacha Carmen, patron saint of Paucartambo and the mestizo population, is a colorful mix of Andean pre-Columbian ceremonies and Catholic religion in which dancers relive ancient gods and rites and thousand of devotees hold festivals in honor of the Virgin.

Held at various times in several communities in the Andean highlands, the festivities include a procession of the Virgin through the streets while the dancers advance and retreat in the never ending battle between the forces of good and evil.

The gathering, that raises the curtain on these days of celebrations, is held in the main square, where a band of musicians plays instruments while richly dressed choirs sing in Quechua. The setting gives way to a series of ingenious choreographies that portray events in Peruvian history.
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Health Benefits of Pumpkin

More than just a decorative Halloween candleholder or a pie filling to be eaten only once a year, pumpkin is one of the most nutritional foods available year round. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, both the flesh and seeds of the pumpkin provide many health-boosting nutrients.

Pumpkin is low in fat and calories and rich in disease-fighting nutrients such as:

  • Alpha-carotene
  • Beta-carotene
  • Fiber
  • Vitamins C and E
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Pantothenic acid
  1. The alpha-carotene and beta-carotene are potent antioxidants found in pumpkin and are pro-vitamin A carotenoids, meaning the body converts them to vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes healthy vision and ensures proper immune function.
  2. The beta-carotene in pumpkin may also reverse skin damage caused by the sun and act as an anti-inflammatory. Alpha-carotene is thought to slow the aging process and also reduce the risk of developing cataracts and prevent tumor growth. Carotenoids also boost immunity and lessen the risk of heart disease.
  3. The vitamin C in pumpkin boosts immunity, reduces the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, and regulates cholesterol levels. Pumpkin is also a good source of vitamin E which promotes healthy skin by protecting the body from sun damage and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers.
  4. The potassium found in pumpkin aids in balancing fluid levels in the body, promotes strong bones, is necessary for energy production, and helps to control blood pressure. Pumpkin is also rich in magnesium, which aids the body in hundreds of functions, including promoting a healthy immune system, contributing to bone strength, and normalizing heart function.
  5. Pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 is also found in pumpkin. Vitamin B5 helps balance hormone levels and manage stress.

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Visit Cusco for the Centennial Celebrations

The Jaivas will play for the centennial of Machu Picchu

Dance contest, a float parade, fireworks spectacle, and music performed by the Andean Orchestra and the Chilean group “Los Jaivas”, which released an album 30 years ago inspired by the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

  • Date: Friday June  10th
  • Place: Cusco Main Square
  • Time: 19:00 – 24:00
  • Cost: Free

Music Festival with renowned national and international artist and musicians

  • Date: Saturday June 11
  • Address: Beer Garden
  • Time: 18:00 – 24:00

Traditions, customs, music and dance, that’s what Cusco promises all its visitors in June. Festivals such as Corpus Christi, Inti Raymi, Q´ollurity and Mamacha Carmen. The celebration of the centennial of Machu Picchu to the world, all these celebrations seek the consolidation of the city as tourist attraction.

For more information, please contact us.

It was a great pleasure staying at Aranwa Hotel!

Meet Javier, the executive chef of our sister property Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness.

Full Name: Javier Valdez Ortiz
Job Title: Executive Chef
Sun Sign: Virgo

Brief Description about yourself:   I studied system engineering, but my real passion is cooking. This is the reason why I started my second career in ‘Gastronomy.’ I started my career at the prestigious Orient Express collection of properties where I worked a lot of time. Now I’m the executive chef of Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, where I feel so happy because we are always creating new versions of special Andean dishes combined with modern cooking techniques. In our kitchen we use fresh products from our Yaravilca organic garden.

What have you done before working at Aranwa?

I worked at Orient Express luxury hotels collection: first, at Hotel Monasterio in Cusco as a cook, then in the Hiram Bingham train in (Machu Picchu, Cusco) as head chef, then I moved to Lima and I worked  at the Miraflores Park Hotel, first  as Sous Chef and then as Executive Chef. After I went to Mexico and I worked as a chef at Maroma Hotel and finally I came back to Peru again and I worked at Casitas del Colca as Executive Chef.

Tell us a bit about your job at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness?

My job at the hotel is an Executive Chef and I am responsible of the management and organization of the hotel kitchen; handling costs, budgets, quality of the products, training personal, and creating the dishes with the other chefs. We are a big group.

What do you like the most about the hotel?

That it is built in a true paradise, where you can still breathe fresh air and feel of energy which is a characteristic of the Sacred Valley.

What’s your favorite place in Cusco?

Definitely my home, where I can spend unforgettable moments with my family.

What’s your favorite music?

I think that I like the music depending of the moment. Now I like the electronic music; for example: David Guetta, Bob Sinclair, etc.

Where can we find you if you are not working?

Just send me an e-mail

What dish/drink would you like to try at Aranwa?

I have tried all dishes in the menu of Pukawi and Rikhuna and I like them all. About the drinks I would like to try a Sacharanwa. I have heard that is spectacular new creation of the hotel, this drink is a mix of sachatomate essence, pisco Quebranta and strawberry.

Colorful celebrations in Cusco

The Inti Raymi, Q´oyllur Riti and Virgin of the Carmen, are the most important celebrations in Cusco. A lot of foreign and national visitors are looking for new experiences, because when people visit Cusco, they interact with the culture and people who live there. They will surprise you with a thousand stories to tell.

Q´oyllur Riti, Festival of the Snow Star

The Q´oyllur Riti means “Snow star”. It is one of the most important religious festivals held annually in honor of the Lord of Q´oyllur Riti in Cusco. Every year in a remote region in the high Andes, close to the mountain of Ausangate, the locals celebrate Q´oyllur Riti. This Peruvian festival is a combination of the Incas’ worship of mountain spirits, and the celebration of the presence of Christ on the mountainside around 1780.

The festival takes place in late May or early June, one week before the Christian feast of Corpus Christi. It consists of a number of processions and dances in and around the Lord of Q´oyllur Riti. The main event is carried out by a lot of people who climb glaciers over Mount Qollque Punku  to bring back crosses and blocks of ice which are said to be medicinal.

The Lord of Q´oyllur Riti has too many believers. Many people come to him for earthly blessings – trucks, houses, jobs, while others want success with college studies or luck in finding a suitable marriage partner. Some assist to this festival, hoping to be cured of an illness, since the glacier clad mountains that surround the valley are believed to be the seat of healing power.

On the final night of the celebrations, hundreds of people climb up the ice glaciers to search for the Snow Star. They hack out blocks of ice and break off giant icicles from the numerous ice caves, which they then carry on their shoulders down to the church in a long procession at sunrise. Here the ice is blessed before being taken back to their communities, where the Holy water is considered sacred medicine to help the sick.

If you want to celebrate this festival, don’t miss the opportunity to live unforgettable moments and learn more about culture & traditions of Cusco.

Next week in our blog:  Festival in honor of the Virgin del Carmen, known locally as Mamacha Carmen. Check our blog every Tuesday for more information about festivals and places to go in Cusco.

For more information about Andean festivities and activities in Cusco, please contact us.

Grilled octopus on chalaquita olives and creamy mashed lima beans


0.100 kg Boiled octopus

0.005 kg Chopped red onion

0.001 kg Chopped garlic

0.001 kg Fresh thyme

0.001 kg Fresh parsley

0.003 kg Capers

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Exposition: “Vestments of Saint Patron Cristobal”

Corpus of Saint Cristobal is a religious festivity celebrated in the chapel of Saint Cristobal. They have dances accompanied by “caperos” (musicians) one day before and the same main day during the procession. The reason is the homage to the Saint Patron of the people that work in transportation.

  • Address : Cathedral of Santo Domingo ,  located in the main square of Cusco
  • Date:  Jun 1  to Jun 4
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free

The last day of this interesting exposition is tomorrow. Don’t miss the opportunity to know more about Cusco Traditions.

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New image gallery available at Facebook and Flickr

For all of our friends and followers, we are uploading new pictures of our property in Facebook and Flick. You can see more images of our rooms, delicious dishes prepared at Mishti Mestizo restaurant and our staff.


Meet Our Team

Full Name: Carmen Kori Huaco Luna

Job Title:   Unno Spa Operation Supervisor

Sun Sign: Gemini

Brief Description about yourself:

I’m a responsible, curious and sociable person.  I have many friends, I almost know every employee at the hotel.

What have you done before working at Aranwa?

I worked as a therapist at one of the best spas in the city, where I made a great friends and I learned a lot.

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Inti Raymi, the “Festival of the Sun”

In Quechua Inti means Sun and Raymi Celebration. Inti Raymi is the celebration of the God Sun, the most venerated god in Inca religion. According to the tradition, Inca Pachatutec created the Inti Raymi to celebrate the winter solstice which marked the first day of the New Year in the Inca calendar. The winter solstice begins on June 21st, but according to the Incas, the sun stays in the same place until the 24th when it finally rises. Therefore, every year the festivals begin on June 24 at eight o´clock in the morning, and take place in the city of Cusco.

The first day, the celebration takes place in the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and then in the main square of Cusco.  The main event occurs on the esplanade of the fortress Sacsayhuaman, five kilometers from the city of Cusco. Large grandstands are installed for spectators, numbering in the thousands. Continue Reading →

Peruvian Cuisine “The most diverse cuisine in the world”

Peru is a privileged country that possesses not only a variety of natural regions and microclimates, but also excellent produce from each one, which are now considered delicacies and make our country into an extraordinary sources of natural and gourmet products.

Peruvian cuisine is a unique mix of ancient Incan roots, Spanish foods, French methods and even Chinese immigrant dishes. The potato was first cultivated here and is still much beloved in its hundreds of varieties.

Many traditional foods, such as quinoa, kiwicha, chili peppers and several roots and tubers, which had been tossed aside for European products since Colonial times, have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent decades with a revival of interest in native Peruvian food crops and culinary techniques.

The Peruvian food mixes fabulous and exquisite flavors from four continents and is considered one of the most varied and rich in the world.

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The perfect combination of culture and gastronomy in Cusco. These activities guarantee a wonderful time!

Photographic Exposition “The occult lens

The Alliance Française of Cusco promotes the photographic exhibition “The occult lens” and shows part of the work of the famous photographer and painter Daniel Cisneros Caceres. His work is a recognition of our history, culture and society of Cusco.

  • Artist: Daniel Caceres will show his photographic art.
  • Address : 804 Avenue Culture –  “Cultural Center of the Alliance Francaise ”
  • Date:  From May 27 to May 31
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free

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The most beautiful hotel in Cusco

Backstage of Aranwa Cusco Boutique Photoshoot

A photoshoot took place in Aranwa Cusco Boutique in early May. We gathered an amazing team including models, photographers and hotel staff. We share with you a couple of pictures of this wonderful adventure.

Sautéed loin with crispy yellow potatoes and classic rice with corn

Lomo Saltado is a delicious and distinctively Peruvian dish with many variations. Peruvians generally have very strong feelings about how this dish should be prepared and about which ingredients should or should not be included.  That said, if cooked properly, many of the variations are very tasty.


  • 1 Kg beef (sirloin)
  • ½ Kg red onions
  • 1 kg yellow potato or Peruvian potato
  • ¼ Kg yellow hot chilli pepper cut into thin strips
  • ¼ Kg Tomatoes cut into wedges
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup of pisco acholado
  • Salt
  • Pepper

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Learn and enjoy the culture and flavors of Peruvian cuisine in Cusco city

1) Ceramic Exposition.

  • Expositor: Lucho Soler
  • Address: Convent of Santo Domingo
  • Date: Starting today until Tuesday May 31st
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free


2) Culinary Tour in Cusco

  • Tour guide: Gabriel Velasquez
  • Destination: Cusco main markets
  • Contact:
  • Activities: Visit to Cusco main markets and culinary workshop.

The gastronomy tour includes shopping of ingredients in local markets with the recognition of the typical products of the area along with the history and culinary techniques and tips that the best Peruvian Chefs use.

For more ideas on what to do in Cusco please visit our website.

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Do you want to know more about our staff?

Full Name:

Justo Elvis Vallejos Besada

Job title:
Captain of Waiters

Sun Sign:

Brief description about yourself:
Responsible, challenging, timely, Curious, hardworking, sometimes over-confident, respectful.

What have you done before working at Aranwa?
I worked at the Inkaterra Hotel.

Tell us a bit about your work at Aranwa Cusco Hotel Boutique, and what you do?

I am the captain of waiters, my job is organize the most of the practical obligations of the employees, and in the remaining time I do office work, which include coordination with different areas reception, kitchen and bar , in some cases courtesy’s of the rooms and  I paid special attention concerning the hotel guests suggestions.

What do you like most about the Hotel?

Infrastructure, partnership between the employees.

What is your favorite place in Cusco?
Is a difficult question because I have many favorite places in Cusco but one of my favorite places is Ollantaytambo, because is one of the most impressive ruins that I visited in Cusco.

What is your favorite music?
For me, I like all the types of music specially Bossa Nova, Electronic, Enchilao, Afro, Vals, Pagode.

Where can find you when you are not at work?
In my house, I like cook and watch movies in my free time. Also I really like walking around the main square.

What plate and drink from Aranwa would you like to try?
Mishti Restaurant at Aranwa Cusco Hotel has a great variety of delicious plates, but the plate that I would to try is shrimp “Cusco style” and the orgasm drink is the drink that I really like.

Machu Picchu is the third – best destination in the world

Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 meters above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometers northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacutec (1438–1472). Often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.

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Pappardelle Pasta

Pappardelle is Italian flat pasta cut into a broad ribbon shape. In width, the pasta is between tagliatelle and lasagna. Typically, it is made with egg-based dough, making the pasta rich in proteins.

The pasta is so popular that in Italy there are towns that have festivals honoring it. For example, a festival called the Sagra delle Pappardelle al cinghiale (Pappardelle with wild boar festival) in the city of Gemmano in the Emilia-Romagna Region is held every August.

The following recipe is perfect for pasta lovers, who will be enjoying a delicious and nutritious dish; a perfect option for vegetarians!

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Enjoy Cusco this weekend

A perfect combination of Photos and music in Cusco. These activities will guarantee you a great time!

Painting Exposition “Celebrate 100 years of Machu Picchu”

The last day of this important exposition is tomorrow. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the art and culture in Cusco.

  • Expositor : Manuel Gibaja
  • Address : 804 Sucre Avenue  – Electro Sur Auditorium
  • Date:  May 5 to May 15
  • Time: 8:00 – 20: 00
  • Entrance: Free

The Big Concert in Cusco “A wonderful comedy with a symphony of emotions”

  • Address : Pukllasunchis Library – in front of San  Agustin School
  • Date:  May 13
  • Time: 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free

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First International Course in Emergencies and Disasters

Last Friday May 6th, Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel hosted a conference about Emergencies and health problems caused by Altitude Sickness by many renowned doctors. One of them is Dr. Darryl J. Macias, a famous American doctor, graduated from David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California in Los Angeles, with 17 years of experience.

Dr. Macias talked about psychological stress and altitude illness, its causes and preventions. All the subjects of the conference were very helpful, especially for our staff, which is ready to attend many of these situations, which are very common among foreign guests, as they can offer better solutions and suggestions for them. One of the methods he mentioned is to breathe an extra percentage of oxygen, which is available in Aranwa Cusco Boutique rooms through the oxygen enrichment system.

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Romance in Cusco

Love is not created, it is reinvented every day at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

If you want to spend a romantic weekend or your honeymoon with us in the Incan City, relax and enjoy a at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel.

Share 2 nights of accommodation in selected room category. You can choose between a Deluxe room or a Suite. Daily breakfast buffet and special romantic amenities for two, such as bubbles, flowers, among others are also included. Enjoy a Bath butler  and a Bottle of champagne and canapés for 2.

To reserve this package please contact us.

Would you like to Visit Maras and Moray in Cusco?

Would you like to Visit Maras and Moray in Cusco?

Cusco is the sublime combination of Incan and Spanish Colonial architectural styles has forged a city that will both surprise and bewitch anyone who visits it. Cusco is one of the cities where it is possible to find a living the past, a history suspended among its walls, temples, and even its people.

If you want to spend an amazing day in Cusco, Maras and Moray tour will be a nice experience mixing the sport and knowledge of the Inca culture.

Day Trip to Maras and Moray

If you want a enjoy a spectacular day with a lot of emotion , fantastic views of the valley and the hummingbird flying around, butterflies, or if  you just want reconnected with the nature, you should take the mountain biking trip near Cusco. Cycling through the Andes, to the town of Maras and the experimental terraces of Moray, considered as Inca’s laboratory .The second option is take a trek tour that combines a beautiful short walk in the town of Maras, and an excursion in Moray. This is perfect excursion for a free day ¡¡¡¡

We recommended bringing: comfortable clothes, windbreaker, backpack, tennis shoes, water, sun block, hat, and camera or video camera.

From the town of Maras there is two roads, one leads to the archaeological rest of Moray and the other one to the salt mines of Maras, both of this roads have a distance of 2.5 miles.

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What happens when Peru brings its culture to the small town of Peru, Nebraska?

Medical Benefits of Elderberry

Medical Benefits of Elderberry

Elderberry is a genus of between 5 and 30 species of fast – growing shrubs or small trees in the moschatel family, Adoxaceae. The genus is native to temperate to subtropical regions of both the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.

The medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.

The fruit of the Peruvian elder is sweet and can be eaten fresh, or made into syrups, tea and wine.  The flowers can be made into fritters and are also sometimes used as a garnish or cake decoration.

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This weekend live music in Cusco

At night or day, Cusco is a city full of charm and attractions. Don´t miss the opportunity to enjoy Cusco

Music Festival

If you love the music and you are looking to enjoy the magic of Cusco, it is the perfect opportunity to dance different musical styles and enjoy all the traditional Peruvian surprises.

  • Address : 804 Culture  - Alliance Française
  • Date:  May 1 to May 11
  • Time: 9:00
  • Entrance: Free

Textile Art Exhibition

Peru has the longest continuous textile record in world history. Simple fibers almost 10,000 years old provide evidence of the first human occupation in western South America. Elaborated fabrics date from 3000 BC up to the present.

If you want to know the Peruvian textile art, Cusco has something to offer to everyone

  • Expositor: Máximo Silva Ataucusi
  • Address : Contemporary Art Museum – Gallery of Municipal Palace
  • Date:  May 3 to May 15
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free

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Deluxe Gastronomy Experience at Aranwa Cusco Boutique

Enjoy the wonders of Peruvian Cuisine while staying in the heart of Inca city.

The package includes:

  • Accommodation in your chosen room category
  • One lunch or dinner daily
  • Dayli buffet breakfast

To reserve this package please contact us: +51 (84) 60-4444


San Blas, “The most picturesque neighborhood of Cusco”

Located about four blocks from the Main Square in Cusco, this neighborhood is considered
one of the most colorful in Cusco. It’s known for its streets that zigzag between the huge colonial houses that were built on Incan walls. This place is also known as the artist district, because many artists live there, some of them very well known.

This area of the city is really appreciated since colonial times, because of its beauty, with narrow streets and decorated colonial houses. This is why it is considered the best tourist area of Cusco. Tourists love this area because of the great pictures they take that turn into unforgettable memories.

San Blas also called “The Balcony of Cusco”, with friendly people who have a unique pride about living there. At San Blas, there are many popular art displays like: silver engraved, stone and wood carved, sculpture, doll making, gold, mask making, useful ceramics, architectural, grotesque and many others.

Arriving to San Blas is like crossing to a magic world. The paved and steep streets, the whitish walls, the blue balconies where flowerpots are dangling and the gap roofs with tiles, offer to the tourist a different and a pleasant experience.

If you come to Cusco, you must visit the neighborhood of San Blas. It promises a wide variety of unforgettable experiences and rich cultural life

Creole Apple

Delicious and crunchy apple fruit is one of the most popular fruit favored by health conscious, fitness freaks who believe in “health is wealth”. This wonderful fruit jam-packed with rich phyto-nutrients that in the true sense are indispensable for optimal health. The antioxidants in apple have many health promoting and disease prevention properties; thus justifying the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

Tarte tatin of creole Apple and panna ice cream


  • 3 creole apple
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • ½ cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 20g unsalted butter, chopped
  • Ready-rolled puff pastry sheet
  • Panna Ice Cream, to serve

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Have fun this weekend in Cusco

Have fun this weekend in Cusco

Cusco is definitely the best place to have fun! These are some places that you can visit this weekend.

1) The best chocolate experience you had ever had in Cacao and Chocolate Museum

In Choco Museo you will be able to learn the secrets of chocolate, its production process, and the history of cacao since the Maya, 1000 years ago.

It offers and organizes workshops for you, where you’ll make your own chocolate, right from the cacao beans! If you want to go even deeper in your knowledge, we’ll bring you to real cacao plantations, where you’ll meet farmers and share their passion.

  • Address: 210 Garcilaso Avenue. Cusco
  • Date:  March 17 to December 30
  • Time: 11 am to 7 p.m.
  • Entrance: Free

2) Plastic Art Exposition

The last day of this important exposition is tomorrow. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the art and culture in Cusco.

  • Expositors: Nico Marreros y Mabel Allain
  • Address: Tupac Inca Yupanqui Art and Cultural Center, Cusco
  • Date:  April 17 to April 30
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free

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Temporary exhibition displaying archaeological treasures from Machu Picchu ended last week

The exhibit named “Machu Picchu, 100 years later: The Reunion” was a big success. It attracted a total of 303,600 Peruvian and foreign visitors since its opening, on April 5. It featured some of the artifacts used by the Incas in their daily life, ceremonies and productive activities during ancient times; including ceramics, skeletal remains, stones and metal objects which were taken from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the early 1900s. These artifacts are part of the first batch recovered from Yale University thanks to an intense government-backed campaign which aimed to gain the world’s support.

The second batch will reach in December this year, while the third is scheduled for 2012.

After shown at the Executive headquarters, the pieces were transferred to the Casa Concha in Cusco, where they will remain indefinitely.


Andean trout and avocado roll on oriental infusion

Benefits of Andean Trout

Trout is a family of fresh water fish related to salmon. Also known in Latin America as “The Salmon of The Andes” or “Trucha” for its velvety texture, exquisite taste, and exceptional nutritional values.


Trout is a bony fish with a mild flavor and a firm texture. The most common ways to prepare trout are pan frying, broiling, smoking, and grilling, but trout can be prepared by a variety of methods.

Some amazing health benefits of eating trout:

  • Rainbow trout contains less saturated fat than any other fish.
  • Its lean meat is highly recommended for weight watchers.
  • It is low in fat, high in protein and contains Omega-3 oils which fight cholesterol.
  • It contains Selenic Acid, a powerful cellular antioxidant.
  • It reduces inflammation and soothes skin irritation therefore delaying aging and helping skin regeneration affected by sun rays.
  • It contains the essential Polyunsaturated Fats such as Linoleic Acid or Omega 6, which is great for the hair, skin and nails which suffer the most when being exposed to the sun.
  • Many studies have suggested that a diet rich in fish is good for the heart.  Now there is new evidence that such a diet may ward off mental problems as well.

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Inauguration cocktail of photo exhibition at the gallery of Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness was a success

Last Wednesday April 20th, Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness hosted a cocktail to inaugurate the photo exhibition “Four Chambi generations” in its Art Gallery, which gathered work from artists from Chambi family: Martin Chambi, Julia Chambi, Teo Allain Chambi and Andres Fernando Allain.  Most of these pictures represent scenes from Cusco and everyday life, using techniques that were implemented by the first generation, represented by Martin Chambi.

Guests included two of the expositors, authorities from Cusco, journalists and personalities of Cusco. Guests from the hotel were also able to participate and to get in touch with Peruvian art and culture at firsthand.

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Enjoy Holy Week in the most important Incan sites of Cusco

To ensure you have great time and take part in the religious celebrations of the Holy Week, our staff at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel recommends:

- Visit the 7 churches of Cusco

- Take a tour around the ancient neighbors nearby Cusco´s Main Square, such as Saint Ana, San Blas Neighborhood, Saint Peter.

- Go to see rural areas that still maintain traditions from Inca and Spanish times specially related to catholic faith. Holy Week food festival and the procession of “Lord of the Tremors” are just quite a few examples of this rich tradition.


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Traditions in Cusco during Holy Week

For people who like adventures, mystic places, music, traditions, processions, culture and experimental tourism, Holly Week is the best time to visit to Cusco. Some of the most interesting Easter activities happen in Cusco like the biggest processions, where a lot of people participate and express their beliefs and faith.

The majestic city of the Incas pays tribute to the “Lord of the Tremors” on Holy Monday. Continuing with the Holy Week festivity,  on Holy  Thursday you can enjoy  a traditional banquet composed of 12 typical dishes, recalling the last supper. These dishes are made with native ingredients such as shrimps, ollucos, Andean cheese, beans, squash, corn, and trout.  After that other ceremonies continue on Saturday and Sunday.

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Today: Lord of the Tremors procession in Cusco

Holy Week in Cusco is celebrated between the second week of March and the first week of April. The celebration of the Holy Week in Cusco is unique: you can observe all believers come together, as well as the tourist and foreigners.

Holy Week is celebrated in the entire catholic world in memory of the resurrection and death of Christ. In Cusco, this celebration is associated with the Lord of the Tremors, protector of the city.

The image of the Taytacha of the Tremors, the name in Cusco, is very impressive because of the hard expression of pain and suffering it has. This custom dates from the colonial time, when in 1650 an earthquake almost destroyed the city and Cusco inhabitants decided to bring out the Christ in procession on the streets. This celebration allows us to clearly observe the join of the Andean and Christian religions.

The procession of Lord of  the Tremors  started today at 2 pm and circles around the Main Square of Cusco, Placenteros Street, Santa Teresa, Seven scantlings, San Francisco Square, Marques and Mantas Street.

If you are in Cusco and participated in this celebration, follow us on Facebook and let us know your comments on this celebration.


Quinoa, the gold of the Incas

Quinoa is a wonderful nutritious seed. The Incas considered it sacred and used it in their rituals. Nowadays, it is very popular because of its nutritional power. Some of the nutrients in quinoa include:

- Complete protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.

- Magnesium, which helps relax your muscles and blood vessels.

- Fiber, that eases elimination and tones your colon.

- Manganese and copper that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances.

Compared to other grains, quinoa is higher in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc than wheat or barley. It also prevents diseases such as arthrosclerosis, breast cancer or even diabetes.

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Enjoy Cusco this week

If you want to spend a great time, Cusco always has something to offer to everyone.

Photo Exhibition: “Four Chambi Generations”

Exhibition of photos of four generations of artists from Chambi family. This includes original pictures from Martin Chambi, the renowned Peruvian photographer.

Address: Art Gallery at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness. Antigua Hacienda Yaravilca Huayllabamba, Urubamba.

Date:  Wednesday April 20th, 2011

Time: 6:30p.m.

Entrance: Free

Jazz Concert
Mississippi Jazz Connection Group

Some of the best international and national jazz musicians

Address: Tullumayu 125.  IPNA Auditorium

Date:  April 15 to April 23

Time: 7:00 pm

Plastic Art Exposition

Expositor: Loren Ellis Dyshuk. American artist for the past twenty years

Address: Plaza Recocijo, Municipal Palace, Cusco

Date:  April 15 to April 30

Time: 7:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Entrance: Free

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Important photo exhibition at the gallery of Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

As part of its commitment to promote Peruvian culture, Sacred Valley Aranwa Hotel & Wellness has organized this April 20th an exhibition of photos of four generations of artists from Chambi family, who have an unparalleled talent portraying scenes from everyday rural life.

The first generation of this family is represented with the artwork of Martin Chambi Jimenez, one of the greatest of photographers in the continent. Recognized for his pictures of deep social, historical and ethnic testimony, he has portrayed the agrarian and urban society in the Andes. His work has been exhibited in museums all around the world, and it is a proof of his extremely acute human sensitivity and an absolute mastery of his art.

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Cusco Travel Tips

Are you planning to visit Cusco soon? Do you know what to pack? Is acclimatization one of your main concerns?

If you answer yes to any of the questions mentioned above, then you should pay attention to the following hints or advice to make your stay in Cusco the most enjoyable:

- What to pack? This is a major issue. Cusco has different types of weather during the same day. Pack comfortable clothes including a jacket or coat for cold nights.  Don´t forget your camera, binoculars, sun block & mosquito repellant.

- How do I prevent altitude sickness? People visiting Cusco should acclimatize before performing physical activity in Cusco because of high altitude.  People need to adjust to the decreased availability of oxygen at high altitudes. Considering varying altitudes of destinations in Peru, travelers must try to go first to the lower ones before ascending to higher altitude cities. It is a slow process that could take over a couple of days. Another alternative is to breathe an extra percentage of oxygen. Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel offers rooms with oxygen enrichment systems which helps prevent symptoms of this syndrome, which affect travelers from all over the world.

- Are there any healthy habits you recommend? Sure. Before going to Cusco don’t eat too much. Avoid fatty food, opting for anything easy to digest instead. Also, drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated is very important to avoid altitude sickness.

- What currency should I use to pay the hotel or transportation? The official currency is Nuevo Sol (PEN) divided into 100 centimos (cents). Visa is the most widely accepted credit card, but all major international credit cards, including Diners Club, American Express and MasterCard, are accepted in many, but not all, establishments. US Dollars are the easiest currency to exchange, and many restaurants, hotels and shops in the main cities accept dollars for payment.

- How do I make calls? Within Peru, when making international calls, dial 00 + country code + city code + telephone number. For inter-city calls: 0 + city code + telephone number. Public telephones accept coins and cards, which can be bought in kiosks and supermarkets.

The Staff team in Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel has in-depth local knowledge and expertise to personally assist you throughout your visit, rising to every challenge and exceeding expectations.

What is a Tasting menu?

A tasting menu offers small portions of several dishes as a single meal. Tasting menus may be offered to provide a sample of a type of cuisine, or house specialties, or to take advantage of fresh seasonal ingredients. It has become increasingly popular.

Taste the wonders of Peruvian Cuisine i
n Mishti l Mestizo Restaurant at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Our delicious Tasting Menu includes 5 delicious dishes for the delight of our guests:

 A Cold Starter:
Alpaca Carpaccio with arugula from our Valley and machengo cheese

 Hot Starter:
Corn Cream Soup

 Main Courses
Trout in cilantro sauce on lentils in textures
Peruvian pepper steak on fettuccini with cream sauce

 Dessert
Season’s fruit salad with Andean mint

If you’re looking for interesting things to do this week, Cusco has something to offer to everyone…

Things to Do in Cusco

If you’re looking for some interesting things to do this week. Cusco has something to offer to everyone…
1) Painting Exposition.

  • Expositor: Arlet Vera Núñez.
  • Address: Contemporary Art Museum – Gallery of Municipal Palace
  • Date:  Friday 1 to Thursday 14
  • Time: 09:00 am to 14 6:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free

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Enjoy a Classic Andean Breakfast everymorning from 7am to 10 am

One of the best Museums on the city – Pre Columbian Art Museum in Cusco



One of the best Museums on the city – Pre Columbian Art Museum in Cusco

The Pre-Columbian Art Museum is the first Peruvian museum that presents visitors with the aesthetic aspects of the exhibited objects that belong to ancient Peruvian cultures.

The fantastic “museo de arte precolombino” (or Pre-Colombian Art Museum) is most definitely in our opinion the best one in the city of Cusco. The museum is laid out according to the different materials used for art. for example, there is a gold room, a silver room, a seashell room, among others..

The work exhibited in this museum summarizes the feeling and artistic sensibilities of the Pre-Columbian Peruvian Culture. This is a space conceived for the appreciation, delight and approximation to the artistic assets of the creations left to us, who since immemorial times established a path for Peruvians artists to follow throughout all generations, a place from which contemporary generations can learn and feel motivated.

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Corn Cream Soup

The Peruvian Cuisine:  The History of Corn (Maíz, Choclo)

Peruvian corn is rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, sugars, starch and fiber. It is a very complete and nutritious food that supplies iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, in addition to a lot of vitamins that are essential for your health.

The benefits of corn are infinite. Some of these include: it helps you lose weight and improves digestion; it is a very good antioxidant, it protects against breast cancer and has so many proteins, that in a couple of years; you will choose to eat a rich corn and cheese to replace fish or meat. At this time, it is the largest volume of cereal production in the world, more than wheat and rice.

In ancient Peru, corn was a sacred and mystical significant, because it belonged to the Hanac Pacha, “Earth or Heaven above.” In the huge number of vessels and tissues, there have been many representations of corn. It was introduced in Europe in the sixteenth century.
Peru has more than 55 varieties of corn, more than anywhere else on the world. We invite our readers to enjoy this delicious cream of corn in our hotel.

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Air Canada to increase flights to Peru

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications announced Air Canada’s operations permit in Peru has been modified to increase flights, reported the financial newspaper Gestión.

Air Canada will now have up to five weekly frequencies between Toronto and Lima, to carry passengers, cargo, and mail.

The permit was modified after Air Canada requested to increase flights between both cities in December 2009. The new permit has a legal duration until December 2013.

Air Canada is the flag carrier and largest airline of Canada.

The airline, founded in 1936, provides scheduled and charter air transportation for passengers and cargo to 178 destinations worldwide.

It is the world’s eighth largest passenger airline by number of destinations, and a founding member of Star Alliance.

Peru to be promoted as a megadiverse tourism destination in Spain

Peru’s Tourism and Export Promotion Board (Promperu) will promote the country as a megadiverse tourist destination during “Fitur 2011,” the International Tourism Fair that will be held in January in Spain.

Fitur 2011 is organized by Madrid’s Trade Fair Park (Ifema) and will take place from January 19 to 23 in Madrid.

The main purpose of Promperu’s participation in this event is to boost the promotion and positioning of Peru as a megadiverse and multidisciplinary tourist destination, reported Andina.
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Machu Picchu a “must-visit” according to Travelbite

The English based travel website Travelbite says Peru should be on a traveler’s “top of the list” if planning Latin American holidays.

“One of its foremost attractions is Machu Picchu, the iconic ruined settlement perched on top of a mountain in the Andes,” says the article.

Adventure and excitement can be combined trekking through beautiful scenery to discover “astounding ancient ruins.”

“Reaching Machu Picchu is almost as exciting as visiting the ruins themselves, with several days of trekking through the tropical jungle and high into the mountain range required to reach this stunning sight.”

The popular website suggests that a tailor made holidays to South America is the best way to explore Inca sites and other place in Peru.

Travelbite is published by SquareDigital, a leading online-only publisher in the U.K. with a number of other titles.

Cusco reaches record number of tourist visits

A million 550 thousand tourists visited Cusco in 2010, a “record number” according to Víctor Hugo Pérez, regional director of Foreign Commerce and Tourism, reported Perú21.
“Despite the problems we had due to the heavy rains and strikes, we had the biggest number of visitors in Cusco this year, thanks to the campaign “Cusco Pone,” and the assistance to international events where we promoted the region,” said Pérez.

The campaign “Cusco Pone” (translated into “Cusco Rocks”) started when Machu Picchu was closed in February 2009, when rains caused landslides that destroyed the rail tracks to Machu Picchu.

Special discounts of up to 50 percent were offered in tickets and hotel lodging to attract tourists. “A million 16 thousand foreigners arrived; the rest were local tourists,” said Pérez.

He said there is a bigger amount of domestic tourists in these last weeks due to the holidays.

“We do not have exact numbers of hotel reservations but four and five star hotels are completely booked,” Pérez assured.

Last year one million 400 thousand tourists visited Cusco.

Traveller’s Guide: The Inca Empire

One rainy July day in 1911, after an arduous journey through the dense jungle of the Urubamba Valley in deepest Peru, the American academic and adventurer, Hiram Bingham, came upon the sculpted terraces and granite buildings of Machu Picchu. “It seemed like an unbelievable dream,” he wrote later. Recently unearthed evidence suggests that he was not the discoverer of the ruined city and that a German entrepreneur called Augusto Berns had found Machu Picchu, and indeed looted it, 40 years earlier. But Bingham successfully publicised its existence. A century on, the former Inca ceremonial site has become Latin America’s leading tourist icon and a Unesco World Heritage site.

This is the year of the Inca. The people who, according to legend, emerged from the Island of the Sun on Lake Titicaca, extended their power over the barren altiplano and across the Andes to create the most powerful empire in the Americas.

At its height, it extended from present-day southern Colombia in the north to northern Chile in the south, and from the shores of thePacific to the Amazon Basin. The empire included much of present-day Peru – and chunks of Bolivia – and covered an area around twice the size of France. Between 15 to 20 million people owed allegiance to the emperor – until the Spanish arrived in the 1520s. Over the course of a bloody half-century, the conquistadores used a combination of audacity, cunning and brutality to crush the Inca Empire.

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