About Us

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

Vision

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.

Mission

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.

Staff

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.

Hannah Vickers Editor

Hannah Vickers is a Journalist from England who has been living in Peru for a year and a half. She loves traveling, camping and eating. Before moving to Peru, she lived in Spain and briefly in Greece. As well as writing for and editing Peru this Week , she also writes about about Peru and all kinds of interesting things on her blog, and on twitter. Email her at hv@peruthisweek.com if you have a story, suggestion, or comment to share.

Rachel Chase News Editor

Rachel Chase is a proud born-and-bred Minnesotan who’s moved to Lima after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Spanish and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. During her junior year of college, Rachel studied in Peru and loved it so much that she just had to come back. As well as being a dedicated News Editor, Rachel plays the ukulele and sings, as well as trying to devour as many books as she can.

Natasha Clay Events Editor

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.

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.

Dora Reyes Executive Assistant

Dora, a Huanuco native, is a proud Peruvian who loves the country’s gastronomy. Before joining Peru this Week, she worked for most of her professional life in the administrative area of Telefónica. She enjoys spending her free time with her two daughters and the rest of her family.

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.

The Break

Gisella Silva Editor

Gisella Silva’s dream day would entail baking and decorating cupcakes, playing soccer, participating in a service activity, writing, and spending time with her friends and family. As a current 16-year-old student at Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Innovation Academy, Gisella believes that the best way to learn is through real world experience, practice, and dedication. For someone who’s always seeking a new challenge, failure is part of a learning process that Gisella embraces. Follow Gisella on her blog.

Andrea Hurtado

Andrea Hurtado pursues photography as a passion. She serves her community by being part of TECHO. She loves to write reviews about different places, restaurants, and businesses. Andrea is from Ecuador but currently lives in Lima, Peru and studies at Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt. You can follow Andrea on her blog.

Pedro Sanchez

Pedro is an aspiring Computer Scientist or Mechanical Engineer, with a taste for business, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is Peruvian, but lived in the Washington DC area from Kindergarten until 6th grade, and then returned to Lima for the rest of Middle/High School. He loves messing around with unnecessarily complex things, but also loves just sitting around and doing nothing.

Domenico Peñaloza

Domenico Peñaloza spends most of his time swimming for the Peruvian National Team. He is a student at Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt who enjoys writing articles about movie reviews and believes highly in innovation. When he graduates from high school, he plans on studying entrepreneurship and marketing in the U.S. You can follow him on his blog.

Stefan Stangl

Stefan is a young man with a passion for art. He loves to capture images in his mind and then record them on paper or a canvas. If you would like to see his artwork you can check out his personal blog. Stefan was born in San Francisco, California and lived there for 15 years. Now he lives in Lima, Peru and is currently a member of the Innovation Academy at Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Daniela Delgado

Living to capture the essence of each, Daniela loves to tell stories, as harsh or heart-warming as they may be. With a passion for photography, editing and film, she aims to integrate these skills within journalism in order to do justice to each authentically, because there is nothing worse than a powerful story left untold. DD— as we like to call her— is currently a student at FDR and as she’s never been keen at following strict lines she is now pursuing the Innovation Academy. She is excited about life, and that’s a voice we want to hear.

Augusto Otero

Augusto Otero is the captain of the Peruvian national waterpolo team and a 16-year-old student from Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He has a love for innovation, is always energetic, and enjoys writing articles about sports. You can follow him on his blog.

Paolo Brescia

Paolo’s passion for history, archery, geology, business, and politics has shaped him into someone who values and appreciates culture. He is a 16-year-old student from Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt who is currently in his junior year of high school. He especially loves Peruvian cuisine and is always seeking an adventure. You can follow him on his blog.

Karen Wong

Karen is a proud Peruvian, and a traveling fanatic who’s always been fascinated by the distinctive cultures of each place she visits. The sixteen-year old is currently studying at Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Her greatest passion is capturing moments through photography, but she’s also a volleyball player at heart and will never say not to a quick volleyball match. You can follow her on her blog.

Barbara Aveggio

Barbara is a 16-year-old student from Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt with an optimistic view on life; her laugh can be heard miles away. Her passion for sports— basketball and volleyball— has taught her how to rise from failure. She loves the ocean, salsa dancing, and has a palate for Peruvian cuisine! You can follow Barbara on her blog.

Gonzalo Vidaurrazaga

Gonzalo breathes soccer. Every second. Every minute. Every day. Something about or related to soccer is always going through his mind. At least five days a week he practices the sport that builds his life. Currently, he’s a student at FDR following the Innovation Academy. No matter what he does, he is enthusiastic and always eager to learn. Benevolently and not arrogantly, he believes that he has the adequate qualities to succeed. Certainly, the smile on his face and his positivism will help him flourish. You can follow Gonzalo on his blog.

Carolina Hines

Carolina Hines was raised with two cultures, giving her perspectives from two different viewpoints. She is currently a student at Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, where she is learning through real world experiences. Her most recent discovery is her passion for fashion! You can follow Carolina on her blog.

Regular Contributors to Peru this Week

Larry Pitman

Originally from San Francisco, Larry Pitman has been in Peru 9 years with his family. He is Professor of Business English at La Universidad del Pacífico and also acts as a consultant to the Peruvian Government on Technical English for Finances. He has written about his experiences as an expatriate in Peru for This Week in Peru for six years and has recently compiled his articles into a book, Dogs of Barranco.

Juliet Solomon

A globetrotter born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Juliet Solomon now lives and writes in Peru. She is the official scorer and Women`s Cricket Officer for Cricket Peru captain of the National Women´s Cricket Team – the Vicuñas; and an active member of the Good Companions Theatre Group. Her book about her experiences in Lima, “Yes…But It´s Different Here/Si…Pero Aquí es Diferente” is available on Amazon.com and in select bookshops in Lima.

Simon Hare

Simon was born in London and made his first overseas trip at the age of seven, a family holiday by rail to the South of France. He has barely stopped travelling since and has lived in the UK, Spain, France, Thailand and Cambodia. After working for more than 20 years at the business end of UK magazine publishing, Simon now works for a British international development charity and writes for The Only Peru Guide.

Jeff Lawrence

Jeff Lawrence is an English Research Scientist currently living in North-east England. After meeting, and later marrying a lovely girl from Arequipa whilst both were living in the Netherlands, he has come
to know Peru very well. Numerous visits to, and travels within, the country have stimulated his interest in Peru’s history, cuisine, and culture, as well as a love of FBC Melgar. He occasionally writes about such things on his blog.

W. Alejandro Sanchez Writer

W. Alejandro Sanchez writes for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. You can follow him on his Geopolitics & Geosecurity blog and on Twitter: @W_Alex_Sanchez

Sergio Vargas Legally Speaking blogger

Sergio Vargas has 19 years experience, with a specialization in immigration law, as well as tax and corporate law. In this capacity, he has helped people from more than 25 different countries to obtain residence in Peru. You can find him on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Maureen Santucci

Maureen Santucci, originally from the U.S., has made Peru her home for more than five years. She writes for Fodor’s Travel Guide as well as various travel blogs when she isn’t escaping off to the mountains to hike or treating patients in her acupuncture clinic.

Terra Hall Multimedia journalist

While born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Terra has lived all over the United States thanks to her journalism career. View more of her work at www.TerraHall.com

Alexandra Zevallos-Ortiz Writer

Alexandra is currently doing her Master’s degree in journalism. Thirsty for knowledge. Loves learning new languages. Passionate about photography. Born in Vienna. Austro-Hungarian, Italian and Peruvian origins. Living in France.

Vanessa Lopez-Bosserdet Fashion blogger

Vanessa Lopez-Bosserdet is in love with all things fashion! She grew up in Peru and after high school, pursued a college degree in the U.S. She has since lived in the state of Kansas for 14 years and continues to pursue her dream of a career in the wonderful world of shoes, handbags, and endless textures, prints, and colors that make the dynamic fashion industry so very exciting to me. You can follow her on her blog, Fashion Sensorita.

Caroll Ortiz Lavi Fashion blogger

Caroll, portrait photographer and art-lover, writes a style and fashion blog called VICTORIA REGIA.

Manú Bartlett Stastny

Manú Bartlett Stastny is a half Peruvian and half British writer from London who is currently living in Lima.
At the moment she is studying Quechua and Latin American Economics at La Catolica University. Her interests include Geopolitics, travel, languages, culture, the environment, economics, and everything Peruvian.

Elbey Borrero de McKenna

Elbey is a Venezuelan mother of two boys who holds a master’s degree in international economics. Formerly a career diplomat for 20 years, she specialized in multilateral negotiations. Elbey loves to cook and feels very privileged to be in Peru, as a trailing spouse, to get up close and personal with the greatest gastronomy in the Americas. She recently became a Texas certified bilingual teacher, and takes Peruvian cooking classes.

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.

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.

Manuel Villacorta 'Eat Well with Manuel' food blogger

Manuel Villacorta is a nationally recognized, award-winning registered dietitian with more than 16 years of experience as a nutritionist. To read more of his work, visit his website.

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.

Emanuele Ciaponi Writer

Emanuele Ciaponi is a 28-year-old Italian blogger and web communication specialist. He was born in Leghorn (Tuscany) but works in Milan. He has a degree in Contemporary History and a specialization in Web Communication and Territorial Marketing. He’s addicted to movies and always carries a good book with him. Travelling around the world is his deepest dream. For further information have a look at his blog!

Zachary Bennett Photographer and food blogger

Zachary Bennett is a photojournalist and management professional based in Lima, Peru. His work has appeared in a number of publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, TIME and the Jerusalem Post. Zachary is staff at Demotix, a breaking-news street-wire, where he began as the MENA editor in Israel, and now works as the community manager and a publisher. Before a day’s work, Zachary can be found studying Spanish or surfing.

Susana Aguirre

Fashion enthusiast, writer and researcher, living between Lima and NY.

Sergio Teixeira Writer

Sergio was raised in Orlando Florida, and recently he moved back to Lima where he is currently studying Marketing and Communications at UPC. A self-described tech junkie, he enjoys reading a good book, traveling, sports, and art.

Trevor Verástegui Mattos

Trevor Verástegui Mattos is a Peruvian-American ESL teacher, native to Massachusetts, USA. Having recently graduated with a B.A. in International Development and Public Health, Trevor came to Peru to increase his Spanish fluency, explore Peruvian culture and travel for a year. When not teaching ESL to professionals around Lima, he enjoys surfing and backpacking around Peru.

David Kraatz Forum Moderator

David Kraatz has been moderating the LivinginPeru.com forum since 2007. He is from New York and his wife is Peruvian-American. He works as communications supervisor on a commuter railroad and enjoys boating and fishing.