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 | 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 | 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 | 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, Peru | 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 | Cusco, Peru | 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
Salt Terraces of Maras | Sacred Valley, Peru | Located approximately 30 minutes away from Ollantaytambo and/or 40 kilometers from Cusco, you will find Maras. The town is well known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds, in use since Inca times. The salt-evaporation ponds are up-slope, less than a kilometer west of the town. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos. Continue reading Salt Terraces of Maras
Pisac and the outdoor Market | Sacred Valley, Peru | Písac is a Peruvian village in the Sacred Valley on the Urubamba River. The village is well known for its market, which nowadays takes place every day, but most visited and crowded on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. A true Andean village market. Despite of its popularity the market retains much of its local charm, at least in the part where villagers from miles around gather to barter and sell their produce. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos. Continue reading Pisac and the outdoor Market
Awanakancha ancentral Andean weaving | Pisac, Peru | Close to the town and market of Pisac, approx. 20 minutes away from Cusco, you will find Awanakacha. The define themselves as a living Andean Museum. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos. Continue reading Awanakancha ancentral Andean weaving
Hiram Bingham luxury train Cusco to Machu Picchu | Cusco to Machu Picchu, Peru | I know there are many ways to follow the Inca’s path from Cusco to Machu Picchu, but only one to do it in style, surrounded by an exclusive and sophisticated atmosphere, in comfortable cars and with breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley and the Urubamba River in Peru. This is my third Belmond train around the world and still I do not stop to be amazed and surprised by them. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos. Continue reading Hiram Bingham luxury train Cusco to Machu Picchu