An executive’s guide to
BY LISA K. WING
Latin Trade Magazine
Insights and advice from Andrea Bertone, president of Duke Energy International; Rodolfo A. Baquerizo, director of Paz Centenario Global; and Manuel Sanchez Alvarez, M-I Swaco-Schlumberger’s senior counsel global.
What do you like most about traveling to
Andrea Bertone: I like the people and the food. It’s a vibrant city with a mix of modern and historical components; great shopping, art, restaurants and historical sites to visit.
Manuel Sanchez: The affinity with the culture, visiting my friends and their families, the colors of the buildings, the mornings in San Isidro during my morning run around the golf course, the service at the Country Club Hotel (and its good taste and decoration), the elegant Peruvian women, the good food, the spirit of the whole nation, and the Pacific coastline.
What do you like least?
Bertone: The airport is not customer friendly and the traffic is scary.
Baquerizo: I have visited
Sanchez: The farewells—every time I leave
What are your preferred hotels when on business?
Bertone: The JW Marriott is comfortable and has shopping within walking distance. I also like the Country Club for its historical charm. I’m looking forward to staying at the Westin, which I understand is fantastic.
Baquerizo: For business, our executives prefer the Novotel in
Sanchez: By far, the Country Club. However, the
What restaurants do you recommend?
Bertone: My favorite is Pescados Capitales for lunch. I also like
Baquerizo: There are so many! My personal favorites are La Gloria, Rafael, La Mar and Central.
Sanchez: La Gloria and Astrid & Gastón.
What practical advice would you give to someone who is visiting
Bertone: Allow plenty of time to get from the airport to the hotel or your meeting. Get a local driver that understands the dynamics of the traffic. Don’t forget that the locals take the time to have lunch and enjoy the experience.
Baquerizo: Beware or you will fall in love with
Take care of the check if possible, but if the host or hostess insists on paying, be gracious and do not argue about it and simply offer to get the next one.
Peruvians will appreciate if you learn a little bit about their music and culture and make a genuine effort to ask questions and details about their country. And never, ever say or imply that Pisco is not from
This article originally appeared in the November/December issue of Latin Trade magazine.
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