About Us


With 14 years experiences reporting on the beautiful and diverse country of Peru, today we are a small team of dedicated individuals who strive to deliver reliable and unbiased content from our unique perspective as expats and Peruvian nationals about Peru so that those who wish to travel, eat, and live the authentic Peru experience have the information they need. We know we are not perfect, but we try very hard to get there, and we invite others to join us on the journey!


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. We are here to give you that information!


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 Living in Peru 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.

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 and Travel Guru at Peru Experience

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.

Scott Montgomery, Feature Editor

Scott Montgomery is a multi-medium storyteller and holistic creative, a travel guide and transformational coach, whose core mission is to help others to live authentically with purpose and intention in order to make an impact in the world. After earning his masters degree in creative writing at Arizona State University in 2013, he made the move to Peru in order to write about indigenous communities of the jungles and the Andes, and to explore what this might have to do with his own life path. These years of traveling and living across the country have helped him to embrace a more purposeful lifestyle that’s guided by the values of collaboration, creativity, and transformation. To find out more about what Scott’s up to and how you can get involved, visit his personal website www.voyagewithscott.com

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, Peru Experience Travel Agent

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.

Hope Ansanelli, Executive Advisor

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.

Veronica Gruber, Web Designer

Veronica is a web designer who specializes in HTML5 and CSS3 layout with strong experience in configuration of web pages in WordPress and Bootstrap with a focus on usability. She loves the beach, traveling, movies and alternative music. She is a mother of a son who wants to follow in her tech footsteps and study video game engineering.

Andrea Mendoza Solarino, Webmaster

Andrea is a software engineer with extensive experience in the maintenance of high performance platforms developed in WordPress, as well as the performance and optimization of resources allocated to the hosting service; she also works with the rest of the team on SEO maintenance and improvement.

Regular Contributors to Traveling & Living in Peru

Garrett Heng

Writing is his passion, but during his free time, you’ll find him at the gym, reading, or watching the seasons change in Wisconsin. He is also a sergeant with the Department of Corrections, and a dedicated father of a stubborn two-year-old.

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.

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

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.

Cissy van der Meer

Cissy is a photo-journalist who loves exploring, enjoys culinary adventures and talking to everyone about their personal passions. Born and raised in Holland, she picked up her camera and started traveling after graduating with a degree in Marketing Communication. You can view Cissy’s work at amaraphotos and catch up with her travel blogs at JurciTravel.

Tyler Agnew

Tyler Agnew is a writer, editor, and teacher. From his work with the USA Today network to Teach4theHeart.com, his writing and editing have served hundreds of thousands of readers. He has covered everything from sports to education to travel. He and his wife, Savannah, have spent the past four months teaching English in Cusco.

Clinton & Lili

Clint & Lili, a husband and wife team, are expats from the state of Wisconsin in the United States and have been living in Arequipa since 2017. They are both avid readers with a love of Peru, traveling, and helping to build a strong community. Clint works in the field of renewable energy development, while Lili works in the non-profit sector. In their free time, they create videos for their YouTube channel, The Fandrich Expedition.

Gabriela Krüger

Gabriela Krüger born in Lima, she is an art director by profession, passionate communicator, mother of two athlete boys, fashion and good taste lover, stiletto collector, entrepreneur by heart: Duotone (advertising agency) 21 years, 1976 (natural products) 1 year and about to be born Oh Yisus (Fashion & Design) and Fiesta Design. She has always been attracted by good cuisine, even though she is not a pot & pan person, she loves to visit new places, restaurants and hotels, and her hobby is to live new experiences in town and abroad.

Jacqueline Savage

Jacqueline is a Peruvian who lived in Australia for 15 years and is married to an Australian and they have 3 gorgeous kids. She comes from a long line of very talented cooks, her grandma was an excellent cook and at some point owned a restaurant, Jacqueline’s mother is also an amazing cook and she has inherited her talent and love for food.

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.


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.