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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Customer’s Feedback Peru

Customer’s Feedback PeruCustomer’s Feedback Greece  |  Testimonials from real clients. This time a family reunion coming from all corners of the world, to reunite in Peru for a two weeks trip covering Lima, surrounding highlight, plus a four days luxury cruise along the Amazon River. Thank you for the feedback and looking forward for the next adventure in full luxury. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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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

CM Coup de Coeur at Connextions Mag

Coup de Coeur by Carlos Melia at Connextions Mag  |  Connextions Magaizne  |  The FEB 2013 Issue of Connextions Magazine is OUT & Online. This month forward you can read other than many interesting articles, my NEW section ” Coup de Coeur – Experienced Globsl Travel Tips, Reviews and Recommendations by Carlos Melia “. Brief tips and recommendations based on my own global travel experiences as an OUT Gay Traveler. This month – on Page 42 – my trips to Peru, Russia, Nicaragua and Thailand. Check it out at Connextions Magazine. Till next month on Coup de Coeur. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Coup de Coeur at Connextions Magazine

Coup de Coeur at Connextions Magazine  |  International Press  |  Guess who is launching a new section at Connextions Magazine.??? MOI!!! Coup de Coeur by Luxury Travel Curator Carlos Melia. Experiential Global Travel Tips, Reviews & Recommendations in just a few words. On their FEB 2013 Issue you will get my inside on Nicaragua, Russia, Peru and Thailand – www.connextionsmagazine.com by Shelly Straub. Hey Conde Nast Travel getting closer and closer 🙂 one day I will have my own LGBT column with you guys.!!! Later form Nicaragua everyone, time to go exploring around CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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Astrid & Gaston Porteño Peruvian flavors

Astrid & Gaston Porteño Peruvian flavors  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Last night I came for dinner to one of the, to be, new and top Peruvian restaurants of Buenos Aires, Astrid & Gaston, by peruvian Cheff Gastón Acurio. It is difficult for me to be bias, being that I was in Peru for over two weeks just a month ago, trying some of the best Ceviches, Causas, Tiraditos among other delights in Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley. This is where I learnt about them for first time, since they have many locations around South/Central America and Spain. Funny enough I think, I might be one of the few that comes to Buenos Aires and its first choice it to go to a Peruvian Restaurant over a Parrilla. But hey I am a native Argentinean and on top of that I do not eat beef.
Located in the neighborhood of Barrio Norte, at Lafinur 3222, at this beautiful petit chateaux, taking over all spaces, with a style, I might say, communicated to me very few of Peru, and lots of modern non-classified gastronomy. Nevertheless the deco and entire ambiance is quite charming, private and sophisticated.
Who can say no to a classic Chifa Ceviche with fresh White Sea Bass right, I mean if you are a fish lover like me, and on top you enjoy the flavors of lemon, coriander and aji, then you are in full Peruvian nirvana. That was my appetizer. (Pesos 78 / approx. USD 16 ).
For my main course, again I went with fish. This time the White Salmon over a Risotto. ( Pesos 98 / approx. USD 20 ). Presentation wise I will give them an 8. Flavor wise, I would have to say I was quite not sold, and found it a bit forgettable. Not really the experience I was looking for. I feel that Sipan is, far superior on flavors, but not as fancy or chic on ambiance and presentation.
My Dirty Vodka Martini was undrinkable, you know when they use olive juice that instead of being salty is sweet, well that was the case. To make it even less attractive, my only small olive was threaded in a regular toothpick. But the specialty of the house, the Pisco Sour, kudos to them because it was perfect.
I really liked the ambiance, but I missed the true Peruvian flavors that I was so craving for. So next time, I am not quite sure I will trade my palate experience over design and ambiance, when there are other great options in town. Certainly to me this time, a big name that felt short. I came looking for my new favorite spot in Buenos Aires, and I left a bit disappointed. I am not an expert, but I do know what I like, but hey, this is only my point of view. What about you ? CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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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