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

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas  | CuscoPeru |  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

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

Salt Terraces of Maras

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

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

Luxury LGBT Travel event in Lima Peru

Luxury LGBT Travel successful event in Lima Peru   |  Lima, Peru  |  The main purpose of my entire week traveling along and across Peru, in a joint effort with OUTAnders, Haute Experiences, Orient-Express Hotels & Trains and LAN Airlines, was to introduce and promote Peru as potential and successful destinations for Luxury Gay Travel. And we opened this week with a successful event at the terraces of the Miraflores Park Hotel by Orient-Express, with a select small concurrence of travel media and trade, local LGBT press, VIP personalities and long time friends and clients. Thank you everyone for your support. A mention too, for dot429 who was present, endorsing this event and going beyond borders, reaching out to LGBT professionals in Peru. At CarlosMeliaBlog.com and Haute Experiences, we are looking forward to our next get-together around the world. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

(*) This trip has been possible by the courtesy and support of the following companies: OUTAndes LGBT Tour Operator. LAN Airlines. Orient-Express Hotels & Trains.

(Photo above from right to left: Oswaldo Borja – Owner at OUTAndes, Carlos Melia (me) and Luigi Perez – Founder and Host at Haute Experiences)
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Pisac and the outdoor Market

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