Follow my last trip to Peru which took me in style from Arequipa to Cusco

Follow my last trip to Peru which took me in style from Arequipa to Cusco  | Peru | INSTAGRAM Photo-Album on Peru as I traveled from Lima to Arequipa to board the brand new and only luxury sleeper train in South America – Belmond Andean Explorer on a two night journey across Lake Titicaca and Puno, to arrive at our final destination Cusco. This is my seventh time in Peru, and I always look for more. Hotels, tours, restaurants and more… Follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on Peru. Follow the link.

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96 Hours in Peru covering as much territory as possible

Carlos Melia in Machu Picchu
96 Hours in Peru covering as much territory as possible  |  Peru  | A few weeks back, invited by LATAM Airlines Business Class, Belmond Journeys and Hotels Peru, Rubin and I decided to come for 3 nights / 4 days – ha ha ha yes you read right 96 hours, to explore to main higlights of the marvelous country and intriguing culture. This wasn’t my first time in Peru – for work or leisure – I have been many times, but indeed was Rubin‘s first visit, and I mastered a well curated itinerary, that would take us from Lima, to Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley, in a natural flow enjoying the services of all our hosts… Well, unfortunately not all came along as planned. For more photos and videos on my journey in Peru, visit my Instagram Photo Gallery of Peru.
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PERU South and North

PERU South and North by www.carlosmeliablog.comPERU South and North   |  Itineraries by Carlos Melia  |  Based on my last visit to Peru, I have curated this Peru Experience for my clients, visiting Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Pisac and then off to Iquitos to sail on a luxury cruise along the Amazon River. Continue reading PERU South and North

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Belmond Hotel Monasterio  |  Cusco, Peru |  Cusco’s most traditional luxury flagship hotel, located right beside the lively central square. A former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This delightful Belmond hotel combines its centuries-old charm and ambience with luxury hotel service, inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites. This was my first stop and overnight during my visit to Cusco and Sacred Valley, such a magical destination, only matched by the beauty, peace and sophistication of this property with an unique blend of Spanish and Inca heritage. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos. Continue reading Belmond Hotel Monasterio

LIMO Restaurant a meal with a view

LIMO Restaurant a meal with a view  |  Cusco, Peru  |  Fiery red, green, yellow, orange and violet; those are the colors of aji limo, the star ingredient of Peruvian cuisine that identifies the restaurant named in its honor. LIMO was the first restaurant I chose for my lunch in Cusco, and I am so glad I did. Not only the food was just what I wanted, including a great traditional Ceviche, but the views over Plaza de Armas is breathtaking. I could not help gazing through the windows, looking at the domes of the churches and wondering what adventures would await for me in Cusco after my meal. LIMO stimulates visually and arouses the palate with its sensuous flavors. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading LIMO Restaurant a meal with a view

Cusco perfectly shaped as a Puma

Cusco perfectly shaped as a Puma  | CuscoPeru  |   Did you know that Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and it was built in between the Huatanay and Tullumayo rivers in the exact perfect shape of a Puma. Incredible right.? The puma represented earth, the middle level between the condor (heaven) and snake (underworld).  Continue reading Cusco perfectly shaped as a Puma

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas  | CuscoPeru |  Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent is emerging from years of restoration to become one of the city’s most exclusive hotels. The newest global Belmond property in the world and their fifth hotel in Peru (which BTW I have tried them all). In search for all of this and more, I came over and spent my last fabulous night in Cusco, before heading back to New York, after a week lo luxury, unique experience and sophistication in Peru made by Belmond Hotels and Trains. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos. Continue reading Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Horseback ridding and lunch at HUAYOCCARI

Horseback ridding and lunch at HUAYOCCARI  |  Sacred Valley, Peru |  Visiting a local hacienda (aka. ranch) at the Sacred Valley, is a MUST do. Nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, at km 64 of the road-Urubamba Cusco, access to enjoy a landscape surrounded by fields of corn, eucalyptus forests and Pisonay trees. The privileged location of the ranch house, makes the views of the Sacred Valley unique. Its location is strategic because it is equidistant from the towns of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. You can see the video below, a bit out of breath due to the hight altitude and the movement of the horse. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading Horseback ridding and lunch at HUAYOCCARI

Where Pisco Sour began at Maury Bar

Where Pisco Sour began at Maury Bar  |  Lima, Peru  |  If you come to Peru and you do not try a real Pisco Sour, hmmmmm them you have not, officially, been to Peru. Ha ha ha or so they say. And please, whatever you do NEVER compare the Pervuian Pisco to the Chilean, honestly worst mistake ever. If you happen to be walking around downtown Lima, close to the Plaza de Armas, you have to stop by Bar Maury, known to be the place where Pisco Sour was discovered. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading Where Pisco Sour began at Maury Bar

Central Restaurant best dinner in Lima

Central Restaurant best dinner in Lima  |  Lima, Peru  |  Lead by Chef Virgilio Martinez, an 10 steps dinner in the neighborhood of Miraflores. It all starts in Peru. Ten years of influences and experiences in Asia and Europe. The return home, to Central. Now global but reflective, closer to their context, environment. With a tendency to evolve, technically and emotionally, in order to create a sensorial experience. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading Central Restaurant best dinner in Lima