How to prepare a CEVICHE at El Kapallaq

How to prepare a CEVICHE at El Kapallaq  |  Lima, Peru  |  If there is a dish that represents the Peruvian Gourmet experience, the classic Fishermen fresh CEVICHE it is the one. So I came to one of the best options in the district of Miraflores in Lima, Peru to learn how to do it, guided by multiple time awarded chef Luis Enrique Cordero Larrabure, owner of El Kapallaq Restaurant. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading How to prepare a CEVICHE at El Kapallaq

LARCO Museum treasures from ancient Peru

LARCO Museum treasures from ancient Peru   |  Lima, Peru  |  LARCO Museum has to be without a doubt, the best exhibit of Pre-Columbian art I have ever seen. 45000 pieces in total found in aras such as Trujillo, Lima and Cusco, from all periods Pre-Ceramic, Early Ceramic Epoch, Formative, Apogee, Fusion, Imperial and Conquest. Pieces are displayed in such an amazing way, the guides know what they are talking about, and the take you the house and along history over a tour of minimum one hour and fifteen minutes. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading LARCO Museum treasures from ancient Peru

GPS Carlos Melia in Lima Peru

GPS Carlos Melia in Lima Peru  |  Lima, Peru  |  I arrived yesterday to Lima, Peru, on board LAN Airlines on a Non Stop flight of seven hours from New York City. I will be in Peru for a week courtesy of OUTAndes, a local LGBT Tour Operator based in Cusco and Belmond Hotels and Trains. My first day here was VERY hectic beginning with a great breakfast at Perroquet Country Club, then a City Tour of the old section of the city. Some of the highlights of this first day, you will see here at CarlosMeliaBlog.com were the LARCO Museum, MATE Asociacion Mario Testino (who knew that Mario Testino is Peruvian right), the visit to Hotel Maury where they say Pisco Sour was created, and of course the stay at my suite at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in the area of Miraflores. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.  Continue reading GPS Carlos Melia in Lima Peru

GPS Carlos Melia on my way to Peru

GPS Carlos Melia on my way to Peru  |  Peru  |  On my way to Peru from New York City, of course onboard LAN Airlines, the flagship airline of South America. Way to go LAN, instant upgrade to Premium Business Class and free cocktails at the Admirals Club, in JFK International Airport Terminal 8, that is what I call a brilliant start. I will be flying within Peru from Lima to Cusco also using the domestic services of LAN. Full review to come. See you all tomorrow in Peru. A full week ahead exploring Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and the amazing Machu Picchu. After this trip I have completed my 2012 Travel Bucket list, and after over 38 years of traveling around this beautiful world of us, and 3 times around the globe counting for the fourth, there is not much left to see…. ha ha ha just kidding, there is plenty and already putting together my 2013 Travel Bucket list. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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CarlosMeliaBlog will report LIVE from Peru in November

20120922-110222.jpg CarlosMeliaBlog will report LIVE from Peru in November | Peru | AMAZING news this morning.!!!! My trip to PERU for 10 days covering Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu has just been confirmed. So Sep/Oct is all about Europe with France, Russia, Finland and Sweeden. But November will be South America with Peru. Haute Experiences sponsored by LAN Airlines, OUTAndes and Orient-Express Hotels & Trains. Hotels I will report on are: Palacio Nazarenas, Hotel Monasterio, Hotel Rio Sagrado and Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. I will also be taking the Orient-Express Train to Machu Picchu. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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My Travel Bucket List 2012

My Travel Bucket List 2012  |  Carlos Melia  |   You know all those things you swear you’re going to do before you a period of time expires or you die.? Well Bucket List is where you go to keep track of them all, and here is my 2012 Travel Bucket List. Anyone willing to help to make them real and sponsor my adventures ?. My 2011 list fall short, since I went above and beyond the original list. Just as an example: Diving with White Sharks at Hermanus, South Africa (sponsored by Rhino Safaris), Training to become a Mahout at Golden Triangle, Thailand (sponsored by Four Seasons Hotels and Tourism Authority of Thailand), View of the Hong Kong bay from the tallest hotel in the World at Kowloon, Hong Kong (sponsored by Ritz-Carlton Hotel), Flying on a helicopter over the Okavango Delta to find the Baobab Tree at Okavango Delta, Botswana (sponsored by Orient-Express Hotels)… to name a few. Thank you to all the companies that supported my during 2011. Here is the list that I have compiled during the last few month for 2012 Carlos Melia Travel Bucket List, in no particular order, and same as in 2011 remaining open to new suggestions, adventures and destinations:

01. Visit Russia
02. Visit Mongolia
03. Short haul flight on a Private Jet  DONE.!!! Check here
04. Go back to Thailand (over and over and over) DONE.!!! Check here
05. Do an Orient-Express Train To Happen March 11 2012.!!! Check here
6. Go back to Lao PDR and Luang Prabang
07. Trip to Machu Picchu and Cuzco in Peru
08. Visit Mauritius
09. Visit the Maldives
10. An expedition on the Himalayas looking for the source of Ganges River
11. Dinner at the new Aqua Restaurant in Hong Kong
12. Overnight stay at the top floor of the Burj Khalifa Working on it.!!!
13. Visit the Republic of Turkey
14. Return and spend more time in Hong Kong
15. A long research trip to Colombia
16. Photographic Safari to  Bhutan
17. Return to Panama after over 6 years
18. Fly on First Class of Singapore Airlines, Emirates or Ethiad.
19. and yes…. flying on the Virgin Galactic which I do not think Sir Richard Branson will put me in the list anytime soon, but hey it is there on my Bucket List. Imagine CarlosMeliaBlog.com reporting from the bloody space ha ha ha…. would I be then the first gay to be in space ?

So there you go. Have you made yours.? Hotels, airlines, tourism boards, PR agencies willing to help me make my 2012 Travel Bucket List come true, please do not hesitate to contact me. Ready to start crossing items out. Happy 2012 everyone. !!! CM

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TravelAgent Magazine Latin America for Gay Clientele

TravelAgent Magazine Latin America for Gay Clientele |  New York |  by Joe Pike for TravelAgent Magazine. Here is a copy of the interview I gave for TravelAgent Magazine in New York City about Latin America for Gay Clientele, Growing a Niche Market. Travel agent / consultant Carlos Melia offers tips on selling South America to gay travelers… (read the full interview). You may also watch the LIVE Video interview at TravelAgent. Enjoy…  CM
Travel Agent Magazine is the preferred trade publication of the agent community*  and boasts not only a powerful readership but one that’s active and engaged.Its readers are responsible for driving nearly half of all agent bookings!** Because of its reputation in the industry, Travel Agent Magazine has become the publication of choice for agents nationwide.