La Merced del Alto Hotel Cachi

La Merced del Alto Hotel | Cachi, Salta, Argentina |  La Merced del Alto Hotel is located in Cachi, a charming small town approximately 3 hours away from the city of Salta in Argentina. I was there a year ago and fell completely in love with this area, the fantastic boutique Hotel and over all the culture, the people, the food and of course the wine. It is truly a shame that at that time I did not have the camera I have now, to capture more in depth the soul and colors of the area, the textures and its people.

Located at the base of El Nevado de Cachi slope, La Merced del Alto stands out in the Valles Calchaquies surrounded by rivers, springs of water and slopes. Only a few minutes away walking from the town of Cachi which consist in a main square from where spreads the most 15 blocks on each direction. 159 km from the City of Salta and 157 from worldwide renown vineyards of Cafayate.

Outdoors Pool area with breathtaking views of the valley in full harmony and tranquility. Spa with multiple treatments to better enjoy and appreciate the unparalleled beauty of this area, complimented by this unique boutique hotel. From the warmth of its staff to the details in the decoration, you will feel at home.

Comfortable, spacious and full of natural light  rooms, where white linens, iron furniture and wood are the stars. Six rooms overviewing the slopes, six rooms overviewing the Colonial Patio and standard rooms, some with access for guests with special needs.

The hotel offers a CAVA – 6380 – with a local premium selection of wines from Yacochuya, Colome, Viñas de Dávalos and Finca Humanao, only a few examples of the record high altitude vineyards in the world, classic from this area of Argentina.  Also the restaurant with Andean Gourmet Cuisine, featuring local delicatessens and typical dishes.  Common areas to entertain yourself and mingle with other guest, and a space called SUM where guests may enjoy the connection to the back to the real world, with access to Satellital TV.
La Merced del Alto, will be one of the host hotel to accommodate the Buenos Aires + Salta + Jujuy Small Group that I am putting together for next SEPTEMBER 2011, that I will be announcing soon. So only 15 of you will have the chance to see this gem in the Valles Calchaquies together with me.

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Carlos Melia Interview for Travel Agent Magazine

Carlos Melia at Travel Agent Magazine |  New York City, United States |  This is an sneak-peek Video Q&A with Joseph Pike – Senior Editor at Travel Agent Magazine, of my full extense interview on “Gay Travel” to come out and be featured on the April printed issue of Travel Agent Magazine in the United States.

Travel Agent Magazine and Travel Agent Central (web version) are the leading publication serving travel professionals and has been the established leader in the travel trade for almost a century. By keeping in touch with agent needs, and boasting the largest circulation of any trade magazine, Travel Agent has consistently evolved and led the way for readers and marketers alike. Publishing every two weeks in print, supplemented with substantial daily, and weekly online delivery of news, supplier profiles, destination guides, marketing/sales programs, and educational material, Travel Agent’s portfolio of print and online products provide agents the tools in ways agents can use to sell more travel, more effectively. CM

IGLTA Partners with The New York Times Travel Show

IGLTA Partners with The New York Times Travel Show |  Edge on the Net by MRNY |  New York City |  The New York Times Travel Show continues to increase its annual commitment to LGBT travel, working with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and other LGBT travel experts to develop gay-specific content for its Feb. 25-27 expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (655 W. 34th St., Manhattan).

The panel “Discover LGBT Travel: Hot New Destinations, Events, Tours and Cruises” is scheduled for 4 p.m., Feb. 26. Travel editor and writer Ed Salvato ( will moderate a globetrotting gay discussion that touches upon the Caribbean, luxury travel, adventure travel, cruises, Africa, lesbian travel, and South America.

Panelists are: LoAnn Halden, IGLTA Media Relations Manager and travel editor/writer; Kenneth Hieber of 2afrika; Carlos Melia, a travel agent specializing in South America; and Andre Rojer, Marketing Manager for the Curacao Tourism Board.

(*) By the way the picture of the article is me – Carlos Melia – on my last trip to Stockholm, taken by Mark at MRNY. Read the Full article at Edge on the Net

Simon C. Customer Feedback

Simon C. Customer Feedback | United States | Hi Carlos, Thanks for arranging the Private City Tour of Buenos Aires.  Everything was great. Nicholas and Maximo make a great team. We learnt so much about the city, it gave us a great over-view of the city and it’s areas. It was informative, concise, great fun and ran perfectly to time. Both Nicholas and Maximo were very personable and chatty and very well informed. All in all it was fabulous. Thanks for arranging. I’ll certainly recommend you guys to some friends of mine who are coming over in march. Thanks and please thank Nicholas and Maximo once again.
Kind regards. Simon and Nicholas.

(*) Simon C. and his friend visited Buenos Aires and booked the Private Tour Buenos Aires with CM by Carlos Melia.

Top LGBT V-Day Travel Destinations at dot429

Top LGBT V-Day Travel Destinations at dot429 | United States | Professional LGBT Network dot429 commanded travel expert and colleague Ed Salvato to review and name  Top LGBT Valentine’s Day Travel Destinations, and guess what… !!! Buenos Aires made the cut and me – Carlos Melia – was recommended as the gay South America travel expert/agent. Thank you Ed and dot429.
For those interested on traveling to Buenos Aires, rest of Argentina, Uruguay or any other destination worldwide, please do not hesitate to Contact Me anytime. CM

Mar del Plata Style & Life features Carlos Melia

Mar del Plata Style & Life |  Mar del Plata, Argentina |  The most renown Style & Life Magazine of Mar del Plata (Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina) has just featured and dedicated a few lines about  Carlos Melia (ME), CM by Carlos Melia and on their 2010 November issue # 25, covering my visit last August 2010 to the destination to review their hotels, restaurants and travel highlights.
I want to specially thank Natalia Alvarez – Editor in Chief for this article and for her kind words and concepts about me and my projects. You can see and read the Full Article Online at Mar del Plata Life & Style.
Please also check all my posts and videos of Mar del Plata, reviews on Hotels, Restaurants, Attractions and Highlights. All material taken during my last visit during August 2010. Mar del Plata. Enjoy Cheers. CM

Troy Masters from Gay City News Customer Feedback

Troy Masters Customer Feedback | New York City, United States |  Troy Masters is the Founder and Publisher of Gay City News. My trip to Argentina, Uruguay and the Rio de la Plata region, thanks to Carlos Melia‘s outstanding organizational skills, went off without a hitch. We trusted him with everything and relied on him to make sure we saw Buenos Aires as it is meant to be eperienced; he hit all the right notes and we were never disappointed. It was like a well-executed Tango.

After assessing our personality Carlos matched our desire for stylish accomodations with our wish to see the city from different perspectives; the result was a privilidged stay in a selection of Buenos Aires’ top boutique hotels.

Carlos’ attention to detail was simply amazing. He provided us with an indepth intineray both in print and online, fulll of details and contact information that we were able to follow. Every step was planned. When we arrived at the airport in Buenos Aires our driver was waiting and whisked us to our hotel. The concierge at every hotel was an extension of Carlos and so the reception was always familar and extremely welcoming. His name brought perks, like late check outs and bottles of wine.

Every hotel we stayed in was exceptionally well designed, modern, very clean and exquisitely located.

Carlos remained available to us the entire time by Skype or email and provided us assistance when we wanted ideas on things to do. If you are traveling to the Rio del la Plata region Carlos is the only travel agent that can provide the service a high-end luxury traveler demainds. He will make your vacation seamless and incredibly functional. All in all, 5 Stars plus.

Soon you will be able to read Troy’s full review on his trip to Buenos Aires and Uruguay, online and printed on the March edition of Gay City News.

(*) During his trip Troy and his partner visited Argentina: Buenos Aires and San Antonio de Areco. Uruguay: Colonia del Sacramento and Montevideo. They experienced the following hotels: Buenos AiresSerena Hotel Buenos Aires, Design CE, Legado Mitico, Vitrum Hotel, BE Hollywood Hotel. San Antonio de Areco: Patio de Moreno. Colonia del Sacramento: Casa los Jazmines. Montevideo: La Puerta Negra. Special Thanks to the Tourism Office of Montevideo (Uruguay) for taking such good care of both Troy and his partner. Also to Nicolas Iwanuzska (Gay Guide of Buenos Aires), Guillermo Guereño (Guide of San Antonio de Areco) and El Querandi Tango Show.

CM by Carlos Melia rocks New York City

CM by Carlos Melia rocks New York City • It is official NOW…. I am a NEW TENANT at the Rockefeller Center Building.  CM by Carlos Melia brand new headquarters in New York City @ Rockefeller Center – 630 Fifth Av. Suite 2207.

Been in this business for over 20 years working for major airlines, hotels, travel agencies among other travel related services worldwide. For the last 10 years been working for/with the GLBT Community successfully promoting INBOUD travel to Argentina and Uruguay and I felt that it was time to grow. On my search to spread my wings and offer new options to my loyal clientele I have decided to take the challenge of CHANGE. !!!!! Change that will mean new destinations, more reviews on hotel and restaurants…. and much much more, but now based in New York City. !!!
I will continue with the usual Tailor Made Travel Services to Buenos Aires, rest of Argentina, Uruguay and New York City that most of you already know me for. But on top of that…. I have teamed up with Pisa Brothers Travel Services (with a presence of 11 offices all over the United States) a well renown and stablished New York based Tour Operator, member of the VIRTUOSO Network from where I will be offering the same personalized services you are already used to, but on a more diversified range of destinations for us all to explore. (so if you need Flights, Hotel Bookings, Tours, a Wedding Planner, you name it …. across the world… feel free to reach out. )
The second project I am working on is Your own Virtual Office and Agent in New York city. How does this work.?  If you are a small or mid size Hotel, Short Term Apartment Rental, Tour Operator, Destination, Restaurant or other Travel related service/product, and wish to have a permanent presence at the Big Apple, but you cannot afford it.? Contact ME now. I can help you with Marketing, Press, Public Relations, Promotions, Events, Sale Calls… and much more. Your own office, presence and agent right where you have to be. If you can’t make it here, you can’t make it anywhere. !!! My native tongue is Gay, but I am fluent in Straight… so everyone is Welcome.!!!

CM by Carlos Melia • • |  Carlos Melia | Gay Travel Consultant  | South America Travel Specialist. Tel. (212) 399.6161. Cell. (347) 944.0026. Toll Free 800.729.7472 ext. 205. Fax. (212) 265.8753. Twitter / Facebook / Skype carlosmelia

Carlos Melia Touring around EUROPE

Dear friends and followers, sorry I have been away for all this last few days. I have been touring around Europe together with the Tourism Office of Buenos Aires, promoting and putting together Press Conferences and Press Dinners to promote and communicate ” Buenos Aires Diverse “. Buenos Aires is welcoming the GLBT community to visit our beautiful city. The passing of the Gay Marriage Law has put Buenos Aires and the rest of Argentina, back in the spot and we are here to share with you all the other highlights and wonders that our city has to offer. We have been already in Madrid ( SEP 13th ), Barcelona ( SEP 15th. ) and now Zurich ( SEP 17th. ). Still to come Paris where we will be hosting a Gay Press Dinner at LE GEORGE Restaurant at the Pompidou Centre. ( photo above: ME at the Terrace of the AXEL Hotel Buenos Aires, Press Dinner at the SKY Bar & Restaurant by CM by Carlos Melia and the Tourism Office of Buenos Aires ).
Buenos Aires Diverse Press Conference @ MADRID ( this press conference took place last September 13th. at the Ayuntamiento of Madrid ). Lic. Carlos Gutierrez – Executive Director of the Tourism Office of Buenos Aires, and myself Carlos Melia. ( special thanks to Ayuntamiento of Madrid and to Alfonso Llopart – Shangay. )
Buenos Aires Diverse Press Dinner @ MADRID ( this press dinner took place las September 13th. at the BAZAAR Restaurant. ). Special Thanks to Gabriela Tabares from TRACI Comunicacion for coordinating this.
Buenos Aires Diverse Press ConferenceBARCELONA ( this press conference took place last September 15th. at the AXEL Hotel Barcelona ). Lic. Carlos Gutierrez – Executive Director of the Tourism Office of Buenos Aires, Juan Julia – Director of AXEL Group, and myself Carlos Melia. ( special thanks to Silvia Perez from AXEL Hotel Barcelona for making this happen. )
Buenos Aires Diverse Press Cocktail & Dinner BARCELONA ( this press dinner took place las September 15th. at the SKY Bar & Restaurant of the AXEL Hotel Barcelona ).

CM by Carlos Melia, together with the Tourism Office of Buenos Aires and the AXEL Hotels group, will be present at the Community Marketing‘s 2nd. European Symposium on Gay and Lesbian Travel & Tourism. Here I will be contributing at the Gay Travel & Tourism panel.

(*) More to come from ZURICH and PARIS. Cheers. Carlos

IGLTA’s President & CEO • John Tanzella

Interview with IGLTA‘s President & CEO • John Tanzella by Carlos Melia. IGLTA stands for International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, and this interview was conducted ( JUL 2010 ) during the GNetworks360 – Gay Marketing and Networking Conference, that took place in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

John Tanzella, former employee of Delta Airlines, Washington DC Convention Bureau ant the Human Rights Campaign, the largest human rights organization of the United States. John has spent most of his time working and living in between the United States and Italy. Now back in the United States since 2005 when he joined the IGLTA. Fort Lauderdale – Florida, is where the IGLTA has its headquarter and from where they coordinate a team of worldwide ambassadors.

(*) To learn more about the IGLTA or to become a member, please check their website or feel free to Contact Me. Cheers CM