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.
To serve as the most authoritative and reliable English-language resource for those interested in living, working, traveling, and investing in Peru. We strive to make Peru the no. 1 country in Latin America to live, 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, 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.
Agnes Rivera Editor
A U.S. native plucked from the green surroundings of her home state of Oregon, Agnes Rivera has been living in Lima, Peru, fulfilling various occupations such as teaching, translating, and journalism. While indoors she uses her time creatively to build recycled art and read fiction, she is quick to use any excuse to be outdoors, balancing her inner home-body lifestyle with an adventurous spirit to explore all that Peru has to offer.
Alvaro Tassano is originally from Peru, but lived most of his childhood in California. He returned home 5 years ago to complete his studies and has traveled the world ever since. What started out as a hobby, is now an obsession. He’s being lucky enough to travel around South America through Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador and more and also around Europe, having lived 7 months in Paris, France, last year. Newly graduated, he received his bachelor’s degree in Communications and Marketing this year. Alvaro has found a strong interest in promoting social programs and conservation through his writing. Photography, art and nature are his passion, the opportunity to make a difference his calling.
Natasha Clay Events and Social Media Manager
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.
Silvana Loloy Sales & Marketing Manager
Silvana, a graduate in Business Administration from the the University of Lima, passionate about marketing and public relations. Peruvian culture lover, plays guitar and loves to dance. Overactive and multifunctional, Silvana also likes adventure, swimming, cycling and surfing, also participates monthly in 10k races and adores her little Russel Kiira.
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.
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.
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.
Regular Contributors to Peru this Week
Drinks and food writer; football player and father of two. Sergio Rebaza eats whatever is tasty –including junk, trash and cholesterol-full food. “The more I know chefs, the more I love bartenders,” he says. Loves to travel, cook and take photos. Doesn’t like: bad coffee, warm beer and cold showers. And no, he’s not a Peruvian narcissist when it comes to food. Oh, he’s also the editor of LIMAP , a collection of maps and guides of Lima,” so yes, he loves this city (and hates it too).
Alexander Mann is United States Native, born in Washington D.C. he now lives near Annapolis, Maryland. Alex’s mother was born in Lima, Peru, where he was fortunate to vacation growing up. Currently he is a third year Public Relations major at the University of South Carolina. Alex loves writing and wants to pursue a career in Journalism. He previously interned at Forward Thinking Radio at Serious XM Studios in Washington D.C. and has also worked as an assistant tennis professional and pro shop manager at the Gibson Island Tennis Club. In his spare time he loves to play sports, adventure, and spend time with friends and family.
Helena Maria was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her parents immigrated from Colombia, South America and Hamburg, Germany. An experienced employee benefits consultant, in the insurance industry, Helena holds a BS form University of California, Los Angeles in Biochemistry and a minor in English. She has lived in Los Angeles, New York and Miami and recently moved to Lima, Peru to experience her South American heritage and culture.
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 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.
Connie has been working the food & tourism industry in Peru for the last 4 years, and has since started her own company, Lima te Llena, which means “Lima fills you.” Lima te Llena offers authentic and customized Peruvian Food & Art Tours, sharing with you the gastronomy and art world of Lima through its backdoors. In her spare time, Connie loves to wander and get lost throughout Peru, go hiking, and of course, eat!
Ellie Ryan is a TEFL teacher and trainer; originally from Australia she has spent many years in South America studying, traveling and teaching and Peru is her second home. As the Founder of TEFL Zorritos, Ellie has now dedicated herself to creating a unique TEFL training institute in the small beach town of Zorritos in the far north of Peru. Part of her job is preparing her trainees professionally and personally for their future lives as teachers living abroad and all that entails. TEFL training and teaching are the passions which allow her to live and work in South America, the continent she now calls home.
Corey Watts is a sustainability consultant, unsolicited opinion-giver, and storyteller of science, environment, food, history, prehistory, and wine. Born and raised Down Under, he still calls Australia home. Corey has travelled widely, leaving pieces of his heart in New Zealand, the United States, Britain, France, Mexico, and Peru. You can follow him @BrightWaterSci
Caroline Cunningham is an Irish artist, writer, reflexology therapist and student of singing who loves to travel and explore the world. The captivating magic of Peru prompted the beginnings of her writers blog. Caroline has lived in The Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo (Cuzco region) and aims to inspire more travellers to take time to get to know this unique heritage town as she has done. Caroline weaves a story of personal journey throughout her writing and also writes in poetic form.
Caroline is the author of Wild Star Landing.
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 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 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.
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: The Carb Friendly 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.
Paul Adriel Tavera Aragon
Paul lives in Arequipa, and is a tourist guide and high school teacher. He writes for local newspapers, in English and Spanish. Paul is interested in the traditions and customs of his native Peru and, when possible, travels in order to observe and take notes on their development. In his free time, Paul likes to cook, read and write, harvest vegetables and create some poetic verses on any topic. Fun fact: Paul lived in Moscow for one year and speaks a bit of Russian!
Arturo is a Digital Marketer who was born in Lima where he currently lives. He traveled and lived in Santander, Spain and toured France and Germany, absorbing their culture and lifestyle. Arturo is dedicated to digital marketing and digital content editing about tourism and adventure. He writes on several blogs on topics ranging from poetry to social media. He wants to spread the Peruvian culture, historical and natural sites. The places that he considers most beautiful are Cusco, Puno and the Amazon jungle. He is in love with Peru and its delicious food. An adventurous traveler, Arturo likes to learn about different cultures and discover new lifestyles and food.