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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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

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

Ruins of Pachacamac in Lima

Ruins of Pachacamac in Lima  |  Lima, Peru  |  Pre Inca Empire, the temple of Pachacamac is an archaeological site 40 km southeast of Lima, Peru in the Valley of the Lurín River. The name comes from Pacha Kamaq (earth maker). Most of the buildings and temples were built c. 800-1450 CE. This site is very close to the city of Lima, and it is quite impressive, mostly the temple of the Sun, with stunning views of the coast of Lima, and temple of the Moon located opposite. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading Ruins of Pachacamac in Lima

Who knew Mario Testino is Peruvian

Who knew Mario Testino is Peruvian  |  Lima, Peru  |  When they told me, Carlos we will take you to MATE, the first thought that came to my mind was…. Why are they taking me to a museum of the Mate (typical drink from the south cone of South America), if I am in Peru, and certainly I would much rather go and learn about the Pisco… maybe because they knew I am Argentinean. So I decided to go along based on my curious spirit. Once we arrived to the house, which BTW is beautiful, in the neighborhood of Barranco in Lima, I understood everything,.. silly me. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading Who knew Mario Testino is Peruvian

Drinking CHICHA at the Markets of Ollantaytambo

CHICHA at the Markets of Ollantaytambo  |  Urubamba, Peru  |  Chicha is a term used  for several varieties of fermented and non-fermented beverages, many derived from maize, sometimes flavored with different fruits and vegetables. Some also have it with alcohol. Mine was non-alcoholic made out of Quinoa. I came to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, and asked Abel, my local guide, to take me to the market to try original homemade Chicha. And here you go. Was sweet enough and tasted great. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading Drinking CHICHA at the Markets of Ollantaytambo

How to prepare a CEVICHE at El Kapallaq

How to prepare a CEVICHE at El Kapallaq  |  Lima, Peru  |  If there is a dish that represents the Peruvian Gourmet experience, the classic Fishermen fresh CEVICHE it is the one. So I came to one of the best options in the district of Miraflores in Lima, Peru to learn how to do it, guided by multiple time awarded chef Luis Enrique Cordero Larrabure, owner of El Kapallaq Restaurant. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading How to prepare a CEVICHE at El Kapallaq

LARCO Museum treasures from ancient Peru

LARCO Museum treasures from ancient Peru   |  Lima, Peru  |  LARCO Museum has to be without a doubt, the best exhibit of Pre-Columbian art I have ever seen. 45000 pieces in total found in aras such as Trujillo, Lima and Cusco, from all periods Pre-Ceramic, Early Ceramic Epoch, Formative, Apogee, Fusion, Imperial and Conquest. Pieces are displayed in such an amazing way, the guides know what they are talking about, and the take you the house and along history over a tour of minimum one hour and fifteen minutes. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading LARCO Museum treasures from ancient Peru