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

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.

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

Milla de los Museos Bus Tour Buenos Aires

Milla de los Museos Bus Tour ( 15 Museums on one Bus ) is a brand new, Hop in Hop Off, tour option in the city of Buenos Aires, that can be easily combined with the existing Buenos Aires Bus Tour that daily takes hundred of tourists around the main highlights and attractions of the city of Buenos Aires.

Milla de los Museos will run daily with stops at 15 of the main Museums of the city of Buenos Aires. Among those are: Torre Monumental, Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco, Museo Ferroviario, Museo de Aquitectura y Diseño de la Sociedad Central de Arquitectos, Palais de Glace, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo del Automovil Club Argentino, Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Museo de Arte Popular Jose Hernandez, Museo Metropolitano, MALBA, Museo EVITA, Museo del Planetario de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires Galileo Galilei and Museo de Artes Plasticas Eduardo Sivori.

The best way to experience the culture, art and architecture of Buenos Aires in a few hours and on the budget, on board of comfortable buses, which also offer multilingual voiceover information on each of the museums to visit.

Visitors may choose to do this circuit either on the Bus (USD 17 for 24hs. / USD 23 for 48hs.) or by Bicycle (free).

MALBA Museum where among others you will be able to see pieces of Botero, Frida Khalo and Robert Mapplethorpe. Private collection of Eduardo Constantini.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes with the most amazing exposition of Berni.

Milla de los Museos de Buenos Aires is one of the many cultural tours that the Tourism Office of Buenos Aires – Ente Turismo de Buenos Aires – has planned for tourists arriving to this beautiful city, in an effort to rank Buenos Aires among the top destinations in the world. An alternative chance to experience this destination while enjoying the panoramic views that this double deck buses have to offer. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. CM

Interview • Dave Lowe in Buenos Aires by Carlos Melia

Interview | Dave Lowe in Buenos Aires by Carlos Melia • Dave is a renown Travel Author and Agent with one published travel book in his background and another one to come. With proven experience into mainstream and gay travel worldwide and into Asia, now he adventures to explore for the second time the city of Buenos Aires. Learn briefly, more about his impressions on this visit sponsored by LAN Chile featuring their brand new connection between the cities of Buenos Aires and San Francisco.


(*) To learn mora about Dave Lowe, please feel free to visit his website

El Querandi Tango Show and Diner

El Querandi Tango Show and Diner | Buenos Aires, Argentina | The Tango is, undoubtedly, the most authentic Argentinean artistic expression. Is is a genuine creation born in the late 19th. century right from the bottom of our pleople’s heart. Lewd, ruffian, and pretentious dance, with some rhythms from candombe (drum based musical form), and with milonga (popular music of the pampas and the Rio de la Plata) voices, which was originated in the cabarets, bordellos, and brothels.

It became known worldwide in the early 20th. century and was played in different ways: some times with artistic quality, others in an exaggerated way, by worldwide famous artists such as: Rodolfo Valentino, Charles Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, etc.  However, none of them could capture the true essence of the Argentinean Tango.

El Querandi ” with its show ” Our Tango ” tries to pay tribute to the popular feeling that originated this artistic expression which is a stamp of our identity worldwide. Following the story of the city of Buenos Aires and the Tango… from The Outskirts: El Compradito, to The Cabaret: Immigration, to Sung Tango ” Carlos Gardel”, then The Milonga (orchestra and dance) to end with the Modernism.
What differentiates El Querandi from other tango shows in the city, is that this is a great restaurant with a fantastic tango show. The house is located in the neighborhood of San Telmo. The stage is strategically located so you will always get a top view of the show, regardless where you are seated.

Since 1867 this big old house has been established in the historic center of the City. In 1920 it was founded as a bar and then, in 1992 restored; it is now considered by the Museum of the City of Buenos Aires as a “Living Evidence of the Civic Memory” and as a “Place of Tourist Interest” by the National Tourist Secretary.

Undoubtedly among one of the best options for Tango Show in the city of Buenos Aires. Cost: Tango Show + 3 courses Diner + Beverages USD 80 x person ( from 08.30PM to 11.30PM. Transfers to/from Hotel available upon request. Open daily ). CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


(*) To book your own travel experience, do not hesitate to contact me either by email or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of MLGTPP, IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.


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