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  • Fluent in English, Spanish
  • 51, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Journalist, travel and food writer, semi-pro photographer...
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About Me


Traveling, cooking, drinking, writing (not necessarily in that order)


Born in Peru and raised in Canada, I am a savvy traveler with epicurean habits; also welcoming and friendly as much as I speak my mind. Give it a try, maybe I'll host you.

I was born in Lima but grew up in Canada. At the age of seven, my folks returned to Peru. Homesickness they call it. Some years later, in school, I wanted to be an archaeologist. Then I started to play the french horn in high school (I had this terrible crush on my music teacher's daughter) and that started my passion for music.

After some years of studying music in Peru, I went to Chile to continue my music education. It was 1988. Pinochet's regime, one of Latin America's longest dictatorships, was voted out through a plebiscite. A democratic regime was elected and Chile suddenly got highly interesting. There was a lot happening and I was eager to submerge myself into it all. That's when I realized I wanted to become a journalist.

Who am I?

I've been described as a warm and generous host, a helpless foodie with decadent, epicurean habits, an ultimate conversationalist, and a knowledgeable person. But I also have been said to be quite opinionated and arrogant, or "pretending to be god because I think I know everything" (direct quote from a couchsurfer!) I should admit all of the above can be true. 😎

I am very passionate about my culture and love to share my travel knowledge with anybody that is interested. I enjoy hosting people, cooking for my guests, traveling and trying to keep fresh my sense of awe, enjoy the simple things of life, despite my cynicism. I speak up and generally have strong opinions about what I think. I don't consider myself a politically-correct person. Honesty and straight-forwardness, for me, is a precious virtue. I become highly suspicious about people that tag themselves as "open-minded" because most of the time they actually end up being quite conservative or, worse even, fucking uptight. I also have a difficult time trusting people that don't drink because they usually hide their control freak attitude.

Last but definitely not least: I have a great sense of (dark) humor. Can't help it. But if it makes you feel better, I've learned to laugh at myself too.

I am a print journalist, travel and food writer, tour conductor and tourism specialist. I contribute for magazines and publications in South and North America, as well as Europe. I've co-written or updated travel guidebooks such as DK's first edition of the Peru Eyewitness Travel Guide or the Peru Moon Handbook's third edition. I've also worked for the National Geographic Society and published in the NG Traveler magazine. I am also a travel specialist, guide, interpreter and design tailored-made travel experiences for private groups.

My Instagram accounts:
theperutravelexperience (Peru in photos)
viajeroyvagamundo (my travel and food experiences)

What's next?

No idea. When I'm in Lima I combine my time hosting couchsurfers, looking for an unusual story to write about, cooking for my friends, setting out a plan for my next travel or hopefully making some progress writing a book in Spanish about my travels. Once I finish it, I hope somebody is bored enough to buy a copy and read it!


The Anti-Tourist Manifesto

"... as the world has become smaller, so its wonders have diminished. There is nothing amazing about the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids of Egypt. They are as banal as the face of a Cornflakes packet.

Consequently the true unknown frontiers lie elsewhere.
The duty of the traveler, of the voyager is to open up new zones of experience. In our overexplored world these must of necessity be wastelands, black holes, and grim urban blackspots: all the places which, ordinarily, people choose to avoid.
The only true voyagers, therefore, are anti-tourists.

Following this logic we declare that:

The anti-tourist does not visit places that are in any way desirable.
The anti-tourist eschews comfort.
The anti-tourist embraces hunger and hallucinations and shit hotels.
The anti-tourist seeks locked doors and demolished buildings.
The anti-tourist scorns the bluster and bravado of the daredevil, who attempts to penetrate danger zones such as Afghanistan. The only thing that lies behind this is vanity and a desire to brag.
The anti-tourist travels at the wrong time of the year.
The anti-tourist prefers dead things to living ones.
The anti-tourist is humble and seeks invisibility.
The anti-tourist is interested only in hidden histories, in delightful obscurities, in bad art.
The anti-tourist believes beauty is in the street.
The anti-tourist holds that whatever travel does, it rarely broadens the mind.
The anti-tourist values disorientation over enlightenment.
The anti-tourist loves truth, but he is also partial to lies. Especially his own."

Excerpts from the resolutions passed at the First International Congress of Anti-Tourists at the Shymkent Hotel, in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, October 1999. From the book "Lost Cosmonaut: Observations of an Anti-Tourist" by Daniel Kalder, 2006.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have hosted travelers and friends as long as I can remember, way before CS2 existed. I used to share a flat with a very good friend, and we once had around ten people camping out in the living room! I don't do that anymore and rather have one or perhaps two guests at a time. But it's fun to meet people, exchange travel experiences, learn in the process, grow a network, and possibly make good friends.


Some interesting facts: Since June 2009, I've hosted around 200 couchsurfers from 40 different countries as of February 2018. So far, the majority have been from France (26), United States (15), and Germany (13).

Couchsurfed in:


with Areli Gutierrez; Oaxaca, Mexico (11/08)
with Patrícia Figueiredo; Tomar, Portugal (12/08)


with Zeinab Dieng; Dakar, Senegal (02/09)
with Nikolas Sweet; Saint Louis, Senegal (03/09)
with Maylen Rafuls; Nouadhibou, Mauritania (03/09)
with Patrícia Figueiredo; Tomar, Portugal (05/09)


with Juan Carlos Olivo & Caroline De Vreese; Brussels, Belgium (10/12)
with Patrícia Figueiredo; Lisbon, Portugal (10/12)
with Judith Groenewegen; Rotterdam, Netherlands (10/12)

Check my references below.

Traveled with:


Inbal Abarbanel (Israel) in Mali (01/09)
Christine van den Brink (Netherlands) in Senegal (02/09)
Judith Groenewegen (Netherlands) in Portugal & Spain (05/09)
Anne-Laure Bonhomme (France) in Bolivia (07-08/09)
Juliette Ferrer (France) to Huancayo and Cusco, Peru (09,10/09)
Paola Arenas (Spain) to Tingo Marí­a and Pucallpa, Peru (11/09)


Michal Karmi (Israel) to Chaparrí­, Peru (01/10)
Vanessa G. Rosa (Brazil) to Arequipa and Majes Valley, Peru (02/10)
Magdalini Parali (Greece) to Arequipa and Majes Canyon, Peru (02/10)
Philippa Jephson (South Africa) to Paracas, Peru (04/10)
Eva-Maria Kuntz (Germany) to Canta, Huaraz (05/10) and Tingo Marí­a (06/10), Peru
Ydwine Zanstra (Netherlands) to Arequipa and Madre de Dios (12/10), Peru

Couchsurfers I have hosted:

June 2009

Marine Exposito (France)
Sharon Kennedy (Canada)
Judith Kalb (Netherlands)
Jen Hsu (Taiwan)
Nancy Hasle (France)
Saul Elbein (United States)
Eva Treichel (Germany)
Mona Mathews (Germany)

August 2009

Virginie Descamps (France)
David Cherqui (France)
Suzette Little (United States)
James Kelley (United States)
Hiromitsu Okimori (Japan)
Jana Dolezelova (Czech Republic)
Tomas Motl (Czech Republic)

September 2009

Ania Wajcowicz (Poland)
Marcin Narloch (Poland)
Sandra Reynders (Belgium)
Jef Hermans (Belgium)
Charley Hesse (England)
Carolina Castaño (Colombia)
Minna Heinonen (Finland)
Kirsti Lempinen (Finland)

October 2009

Juliette Ferrer (France)
Marianne Phillips (France)
Delphine Sastron (France)
Nancy Hasle (France)
Paola Arenas (Spain)

April 2010

Delphine Zamai (France)
Samuel Zamai (France)
Fernanda Rivas (Mexico)
Marika Tamm (Estonia)

May 2010

Miriam Carmo (Portugal)
Sasha Clarke (United States)
Sarah Saadoun (Belgium/Morocco)
Mike Finn-Kelcey (England)
Sarah Graham (Scotland)
Hubert Piotrowski (Poland)
Ania Piotrowska (Poland)
Andrea Cessna (Canada)

June 2010

Philippa Jephson (South Africa)

August 2010

Renee Wainwright (New Zealand)

September 2010

Jeremy Marie (France)
Elisabeth Connelly (United States)
Renee Wainwright (New Zealand)
Fiona Mc Keague (Australia)
Kelly Shetron (United States)
Eunjung Lee (South Korea)
Lucia Mondella (Italy)
Cristiane Marques (Brazil)

October 2010

Barbara Kunkemöller (Germany)
Angela Ma (Denmark)
Anastasia Pertsjonok (Estonia)
Michal Stefan (Czech Republic)
Jana Mitrová (Slovakia)
Rowena Mortimer (Australia)
Liam Furlong (Australia)

November 2010

Rachel Gans (United States)
Dorothee Saucourt (France)
Pia Räty (Sweden)
Annika Gilljam (Sweden)
Antje Tara Breitkopf (Germany)
Ydwine Zanstra (Netherlands)

December 2010

Alysha Lederhouse (Canada)
Ricardo Cosentino (Canada)
Morgan Daniels (United States)
Ydwine Zanstra (Netherlands)

January 2011

Matt Noonan (United States)
Marie Brun (France)
Sandra Molina (Spain)
Roger Sánchez (Spain)

February 2011

Mariana Sainz (Argentina)
Sasha Clarke (United States)
Inga Grundke (Germany)
Gemma Marcet (Spain)
Katia Lasret (France)
Laura Böök (Finland)

March 2011

Sylvie Cazanove (France)
Axelle de Smaele (Belgium)
Lore Corty (Belgium)
Karina Simmonds (Wales)
Briony Hathaway-Jenkins (Wales)

April 2011

Lore Corty (Belgium)

May 2011

Aude-Marie Duval (France)

June 2011

Aude-Marie Duval (France)

August 2011

Astrid Forget (France)
Marilia Durand (France)
Pomme Durand (France)

September 2011

Doris Fin (Canada)

October 2011

Steffi Lazik (Germany)

December 2011

Julie Cohas (France)
Emma Conroy (United States)
Amanda Wolin (United States)

January 2012

Teresa Kallsperger (Germany)
Jasmin Ziemacki (Germany)

February 2012

Elisa Rozados Sauser (Argentina)

March 2012

Elisenda Nadal (Spain)
Enric Catalá (Spain)

April 2012

Elisenda Nadal (Spain)

July 2012

Lana Rose (England)
Laia Rodrí­guez (Spain)
Karine Barbeau (France)
Simone Barison (Italy)
Caterina D'angelo (Italy)

August 2012

Shannon McKenzie (Australia)
Leanna Heart Worrell (United States)
Stephanie Jager (Netherlands)
Laia Rodrí­guez (Spain)

September 2012

Sara Sánchez Mateos (Spain)

November 2012

Magda Wieczorik (Poland)
Stephanie Jager (Netherlands)
Rémi Molinero (France)
Claire Troigros (France)
Emma Larsson (Sweden)

December 2012

Maira Carpenedo (Portugal)
Violeta Ferreira (Portugal)
Vanesa Correia (Portugal)
Rebecca Wolinsky (United States)

January 2013

Sashko Morokhovets (Ukraine)
Maria Sharoykina (Ukraine)
Lisa Scheuermann (Germany)
Georg Hasselberg (Germany)
Andrea Schinko (Germany)

February 2013

Andrea Schinko (Germany)
Lisa Scheuermann (Germany)
Georg Hasselberg (Germany)
Karolina Jansson (Sweden)
Grace Némirovsky (Italy)

March 2013

Grace Némirovsky (Italy)
Meg de Jong (South Africa)
Patrí­cia Figueiredo (Portugal)

April 2013

Patrí­cia Figueiredo (Portugal)
Julia Hildebrand (Germany)
Susanne Hildebrand (Germany)
Suvi Koskenmaa (Finland)
Antonin Dumont (France)

May 2013

Suvi Koskenmaa (Finland)
Antonin Dumont (France)
Lenka Sabolová (Slovakia)
Vincent Meyer (France)
Esthel Davidsen (Norway)
Sabrina Putz (Austria)
Gyöngyi Toth (Hungary)
Klaudia Borbola (Hungary)

June 2013

Audrey Fremiot (France)
Marine Chauchis (France)
Amira Boucherit (Algeria)

July 2013

Amira Boucherit (Algeria)
Débora Klempous Corrêa (Brazil)

August 2013

Emma Shane (England)

September 2013

Sara Miller (United States)

October 2013

Sofía Vizziano (Uruguay)
Santiago Rodríguez (Uruguay)

November 2013

Teal Balmore (United States)
Helen Schefer (Switzerland)
Michelle Pitts (England)
Sarah Newman (England)
Henry Covey (England)
Elena Bargo (United States)
Erica Bogart (United States)

December 2013

Hannah Clare Johnson (Australia)
Lucie Remešová (Czech Republic)

January 2014

Mélanie Schwartz (France)
Lucie Remešová (Czech Republic)
Jana Ondráčková (Czech Republic)
Zuzana Poláková (Czech Republic)
Ani Ivanova Yanachkova (Bulgaria)

February 2014

Carla Espinosa (Ecuador)
Ole Bendtzen (Denmark)
Eszter Laki (Hungary)
Gergely Szőke (Hungary)
Doris Fin (Canada)
Inga Kleschinova (Russia)
Florian Fischer (Germany)
Oleksandra Tsyrkina (Ukraine)

March 2014

Margit Atzler (Austria)
Eszter Laki (Hungary)
Gergely Szőke (Hungary)
Sally Macgarry (Wales)

April 2014

Margit Atzler (Austria)
Audrey Hage (Lebanon)

May 2014

Pierre Mauras (France)
Audrey Mercier (France)
Joanna Kuzuian (Uruguay)
Kim Huang (Taiwan)
Mélanie Schwartz (France)

June 2014

Júlia Sangés (Spain)
Rebecca Katya Danicic (England)
Laura Rokaite (Lithuania)

July 2014

Marie Liogier (France)
Lucie Remešová (Czech Republic)

August 2014

Joanna Marracelli (United States)
Laurent Lhomond (France)
Elahe Neshat (Iran)
Mohammad Hassani (Iran)

September 2014

Heng "Scott" Zhang (China)
Jing Huang (China)
Mika Machalek (United States)
Neil Hilton (United States)

October 2014

Ana Ochoa (Spain)
Pablo Rojas (Argentina)

November 2014

Clara Ortiz (Spain)
Gaëtan David (France)
Mayrah Udvardi (United States)
Vilém Děd (Czech Republic)
Alžběta Wolfová (Czech Republic)
Sonia Mackowiak (Poland)

December 2014

Lucía Rud (Argentina)
Matze Geiselhart (Germany)
March Vargas (Colombia)

February 2015

Vida Rojo (Mexico)
Jeremy Villemot (France)
Lucie Peron (France)

March 2015

Melanie Eskelinen (Finland)
Carlos Laguna Ramírez (Spain)

May 2015

Tiphaine Bonnaud (France)
Sylvain Van De Sype (France)

June 2015

Jeanne Demonque (France)
Justine Demonque (France)
Nathalie Van Alphen (Belgium)

August 2015

Aurélie Sol (France)
Sara Vitoria (Spain)
Patricía Rodríguez Cabeza (Spain)
Alya Esat (Turkey)
Volkan Kalender (Turkey)

September 2015

Alya Esat (Turkey)
Volkan Kalender (Turkey)

November 2015

Anna Malinowska (Poland)

January 2016

Letícia Fernandes (Brazil)
Zoé Riolet (France)
Laris Nadjar (France)

March 2016

Marie Dereux (France)
Milena Muižniece (France)
Alena Chetwynd (France)
Quentin Frénéhard (France)

June 2016

Wendulka Kratochvilova (Czech Republic)
María Mónica Espinosa (Colombia)
Alfredo Alarcón (Mexico)
María Fernanda Torres Alvarado (Mexico)

July 2016

Florence Labrechevski (Canada)
Chloé des Neiges (Canada)
Véronique Larouche (Canada)
Jade Duquette (Canada)

August 2016

Mathilde Bertrand (France)
Évora Igual (Spain)
Adrián Ruiz (Spain)
Quincy Kittle (United States)

September 2016

Iera Díaz (Spain)
Eneko Bustamante (Spain)
Regina Doormann (Germany)

May 2017

Klaudia Jagoda (Poland)
Jolanta Kiszka (Poland)

September 2017

Paulina R Campos (Chile)

October 2017

Jazmin Cavazos Herrera (United States)
Thaïs Martins (France)
Cécile Perez (France)

November 2017

Daniela Camargo (Colombia)

December 2017

Débora Pighín (Argentina)
Emmanuel de Diego (Argentina)

September 2019

Katie Smal (United Kingdom)


Traveling, photography, history, bars, cooking, music, hiking, red wine, labradors, cats, salsa dancing, women, plane-spotting, conspiracy theories, archaeology, ancient cultures, movies, books, writing (of course), haunted houses, urban legends and pranks.

  • cats
  • arts
  • culture
  • writing
  • books
  • photography
  • beauty
  • dancing
  • salsa dancing
  • education
  • cooking
  • wine
  • red wine
  • drinking
  • movies
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • music
  • hiking
  • camping
  • archeology
  • teaching
  • history
  • journalism
  • languages
  • logic
  • tourism

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: mostly Werner Herzog, David Lynch, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, George Cronenberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Cohen Brothers, Buñuel, Woody Allen, Tarkovsky (with tons of coffee), Bertolucci, Almodóvar and probably two dozen more;

Music: Beethoven, Kraftwerk, Yello, Seun Kuti & the Egypt 80s, Bajofondo Tango Club, Julieta Venegas, The Clash, Jorge Reyes, Depeche Mode, Ramones, New Order, Soda Stereo, Oumou Sangare, Deep Forest, J.S. Bach, The Cure, Jeff Buckley, Miles Davis, dj Estray, Shostakovich, Novalima, Cesaria Evora, Stereolab, Zap Mama, John Cage, Fraktal, Los Tres, Tinariwen, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Maria Rita, Bo Kasper Orkester, Air, Stereolab, and a million more.

Books: too many to list...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Too many to be listed here. Better ask me if you have the pleasure of meeting me!

What I Can Share with Hosts

My debts.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Western Sahara

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Chile, Peru

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