About Us


Because there are too many great things to discover in Peru, be it food, travel, or culture, it is too easy to miss out on the right places when briefly visiting Peru.


For us at Living in Peru, we have been here long enough to go through the trial and error of do’s and don’ts of what to do in Peru.

Too often we hear stories of travelers eating mediocre food and not knowing what to do with 48 hours in Lima. Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the national landmark of pride for Peru but it does not make up its lifeblood…

So why do we often only ever hear about guinea pigs and Machu Picchu?

Because to this day, it is too hard to find the right resource that contains a complete one-stop-guide to both modern and classic Peru that weaves together how to travel, eat and live, even if only for a few days or weeks, in Peru. That stops now, with the new Traveling & Living in Peru portal.


That if our readers and travelers receive access to excellent and authentic content, it allows them to make the right choices when choosing to travel, eat and live the Peru experience. Join us in this exciting time as we transition to become your best traveling, eating and living guide in Peru.

Peru this Week, Living in Peru and The Break are part of the Peru Experience family, a company whose goal is to promote Peru all over the world.

Peru this Week is a news portal designed to be the world’s window on Peru.

Living in Peru is a source of information and services for the English-speaking community in Peru.

The Break provides material for English-language learners about life in Lima and pop culture around the globe.

Read our Editorial Policy here


To serve as the most authoritative and reliable English-language resource for those interested in living, eating, working, traveling, and investing in Peru. We strive to make Peru the no. 1 country in Latin America to live, eat, work, travel and invest by 2025.


To give information and provide services to people and organizations, enabling them to make the best decisions about living, eating, working, traveling, and investing in Peru. We create the content and the tools necessary for people and businesses to become ambassadors for Peru.


Carsten Korch Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Originally from Denmark, Carsten returned to Peru in 2002 with his wife and eldest son. He started LivinginPeru.com in 2005, among other ventures in Peru. Before this, Carsten has worked in tourism, living in France, Sicily, and the U.S., and promoted bands like Metallica, Def Leppard and U2 for PolyGram Records (now Universal Music). Carsten loves pisco sours, Peru’s cuisine, and traveling with his family within Peru, a country that he believes is the land of opportunities.

Hope Ansanelli, Senior Editor & Managing Director

A native of Long Island, New York, Hope joins our team after finishing up her two year Peace Corps service working in community-based environmental management in northern Peru and Master´s degree in Environmental Studies. Passionate about life and living it beyond limits, Hope loves to teach and practice Yoga, cook healthy home-made recipes and explore the world with her loved ones.

Ermelinda Maglione, News Editor & Community Manager

Ermelinda is a journalist from Caracas, Venezuela. She has a Master’s degree in Digital Journalism and has recently finished a technical degree in Veterinary Assistance because of her love for animals. She likes to do sports, but especially ballet, which she has practiced for more than 17 years. Her passion is to read, write, and blog about different topics, as well as travel whenever she can.


Natasha Clay, Restaurant Review Coordinator

Natasha grew up in a suburb of Chicago and moved to Peru two years ago and studied Bilingual Administrative Assistance and General Management at the British Academy. In her spare time, she loves to be with family and her Maltese, Maya.

Gustavo Centeno, Webmaster

Gustavo is a programmer and computer support specialist from Lima. He has been webmaster at LivinginPeru.com and PeruthisWeek.com since 2008.

César del Águila, Videographer

Videographer and photographer from Lima, Peru. He likes street photography and making documentary films. Awarded with the first place (General Category) in the photo contest “Click to Innovation” of the Peruvian Ministry of Production. He joined our team to make audiovisual content. He is also an active member of the LIMA brand and one of the founders of Quinto Espacio.

Morten Bruun Jensen

Morten, originally from Denmark, has an MA in Spanish and Comparative Literature from Denmark and Spain. In 2007 he worked abroad in Cusco for a Danish travel agency. 2009 led him to a position as a high school teacher in Denmark, before embarking into the entrepreneurial world back in Peru as the co-founder of the travel agency Peru Experience.

Eduardo Rivera, Graphic Designer

Eduardo is a bachelor graphic designer of USIL who is now studying to get his second degree as a systems engineer. He has been helping Carsten and Co. since 2008, taking on freelance work whenever possible. He gets things done even if it takes time (or if time is quite short). In his free time he loves to play strategy games and read fantasy and sci fi. You can check out his work in his portfolio.

Regular Contributors to Peru this Week

Sheila Christensen Jeanneau

Sheila was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She spent several years in Denver, Colorado at Regis University and lived eleven years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida before moving with her Peruvian husband to live full-time in Peru in 2007. An epicurean at heart, Sheila first became inspired about food and cooking through the fantastic cooks in her Danish family. In her free time, Sheila is a volunteer at an orphanage, is involved in sports, including tennis and spinning, and loves exploring Peru’s incredible cuisine.

Roxana Garmendia

Roxana Garmendia is a lawyer specializing in human rights and international relations. She served in high-ranking positions for the United Nations in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe, primarily in post-conflict societies. She is currently residing in her native Peru and working as a consultant on human rights issues.

Mike Dreckschmidt, News Editor

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.

Martina Capel

Martina is German, married to a Frenchman and well traveled all over the world. She has a background in hospitality and tourism and has worked and lived in different countries throughout Asia and Europe. She loves meeting new people, sharing time around some great food and learning about different cultures and traditions. Since the beginning of 2015, she has lived in Chachapoyas with her husband and two teenage boys. They have created and run the sustainable travel agency Phima Voyages, specializing in Northern Peru travel.


Jo Self

Jo Self is Peru’s only Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and is on a mission to disrupt the status quo. She believes in a world where everyone can live to their full potential, talents aren’t wasted, and happiness is contagious. As a mompreneur and expat living in Peru, she understands the challenges and rewards that both entail. When she’s not helping others create extraordinary lives, she can be found at the sewing machine, at the movies, enjoying a glass of wine with friends or horsing around with her terribly precocious little boy, affectionately known as O. Contact her through her website or by writing to jo@joself.consulting.

John Ohe

John is a partner at Hola Expat, which specializes in preparing tax returns for U.S. expats. John is an IRS Enrolled Agent and Chartered Financial Analyst. He has an MBA from the Wharton School, and completed his BA at Dartmouth College. Originally from New York City, he currently resides in Antigua (Guatemala) with his wife and 3 kids.

Natalie Lefevre

Natalie Lefevre is originally from Belgium but has lived in Spain, Australia and the United States. She married a Peruvian and moved to Lima almost two years ago. She has a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict studies and is specialized in indigenous rights and socio-environmental conflicts. She has also made responsible or ethical travel her passion. That’s why, together with her Peruvian husband, she founded Alternative Peru, which offers responsible and alternative tours in Lima and in the rest of Peru.

Marco Simola

Marco is an Italian professional photographer who has been in Peru since 2007, where he works with many international brands and NGOs. His photographs are sold worldwide through internationals agencies Demotix and Latin Photo. With his partner, Gianna, he is the owner of the first photo booth company of Peru: Enfokate.
View his website here

Manuel Villacorta ‘Eat Well with Manuel’ food blogger

Manuel Villacorta is a registered dietitian in private practice, MV Nutrition, award winning nutrition and weight loss center in San Francisco. He is the founder and creator of Whole Body Reboot , an international weight management and wellness program and author of three books, Eating Free: TheCarb-Friendlyy Way to Lose Inches, Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes, and Anti-Aging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes and his newest book, Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss.

Maria Alejandra Baraybar

Maria has a Bachelors degree in psychology and is a graduate of IPAD in photography, she is always looking for the perfect balance between both to achieve perfect photography. She is Passionate about equality and human rights, music and arts. You can view some of her work on her Flickr account.

Jason Retz

Food enthusiast, sommelier, & cook. I’m a Peruvian-American with strong wanderlust & a small dog obsession. I like yoga and every other stereotypical hippy fad.