Gay Mendoza, Argentina – Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 24th, 2017

Gay-Mendoza

When you think of gay Mendoza, you think of wine. This is the home of the famous Argentinian Malbec, where people come to get tipsy in the many bodegas (wineries) spread across the region.

The city itself is small, with a handful of gay bars worth checking out. Most will come here to stay in the countryside, marvel at the mountain scenery and of course, get up close to the many different flavours and styles of wines. Mendoza is after all the most important wine region in Argentina, responsible for producing nearly 80% of the country’s grapes.

When to Visit Mendoza

Mendoza is a destination you can visit any time of the year, with over 300 days of sunshine and very little rain.

December and January are the hottest months with temperatures around 25-35 degrees celsius (80-90 Fahrenheit). Winter starts from June until August with temperatures around 15 degrees celsius (60 Fahrenheit) and the rest of the year a more comfortable 20 degrees celsius (70 Fahrenheit).

The best time of year to visit gay Mendoza is at the beginning of March when the famous Vendimia grape harvesting festival is takes place. There’s even a gay segment called Vendimia Para Todos, which is definitely worth going to.

Gay Vendimia

Vendimia para todos (meaning “Vendimia for everyone”) is a 1 week festival of activities, parties and events, which climaxes with a large parade on the final day. This is Argentina’s largest LGBT event after the gay pride parade in Buenos Aires in November.

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Ten Interesting Things About Peru – Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 11th, 2017

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Our greedy Frenchman loves his chips. If he could have his way, Seby would happily spend his entire day gorging on several plates of freshly made chips.

He has Peru to thank for this heavenly potato comfort food, specifically the Incas.

The Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes, as far back as 8,000 BC. When the Spanish conquered in the 1500s and discovered the flavours of the potatoes, they shipped them back to Europe, thus causing the evolution of Seby’s favourite food.

These are our other 10 other cultural and interesting facts about Peru you need to know.

#1 LAND OF THE INCAS: a mighty and influential Empire

Peru is famously known as the Land of the Incas. They came from the Peruvian highlands in the early 1200s and ruled for over 300 years until the Spanish conquered them in 1572. At its peak, the Inca Empire was one of the largest in the world, covering modern day Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.

Cusco was the most important city in this massive empire and Quechua was the main language spoken within this ancient civilisation.

The influence of the Incas is still prominent today. As well as the potato, Quechua is still spoken by almost 5 million Peruvians, and of course they left behind spectacular world wonders like Machu Picchu.

#2 CUY: the Inca guinea pig delicacy

Guinea pigs (cuy or cuyes for plural) used to be considered an important food source in ancient Peru, well before the Incas arrived in the 1200s.

This tradition has survived and today in most rural Andean households across Peru, families will keep tens and hundreds of cuyes scurrying around their kitchen floor. It’s estimated that Peruvians consume around 65 million cuyes every year.

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Ten Famous Peruvian Foods – Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 5th, 2017

Peruvian Foods - Stefan

Ask anyone in South America where the best place for food is on the continent and most will say Peruvian foods, even the Chileans!

Lima is particularly famous for being the beating heart of the culinary scene because of the many different fusion foods, including influences from Japan, Africa and China. As a result, there are many highly rated restaurants in the city, including three from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2016: Central in 4th place, Maido in 13th and Astrid y Gastón in 30th.

If that’s not enough, according to the World Travel Awards, Peru was voted the World’s Leading Culinary Destination for 2016, and has won the award every year since 2012 (Stefan was quick to tease our proud Frenchman about this).

This is a summary of our 10 famous Peruvian foods you must try following our culinary journey through this foodie paradise.

#1 CEVICHE LECHE DE TIGRE: the Peruvian aphrodisiac

Everyone knows and loves ceviche: the signature Peruvian salad of raw fish cooked in the lime juice and spices it’s served with. The mix of the fish/lime marinade is called Leche de Tigre, which means Milk of the Tiger.

This fishy tiger milk is also considered an aphrodisiac – the Peruvian blue pill. Yup you read right: according to legend, if you have trouble getting your groove on, just get a few ceviches down you and you’re sorted for the night!

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Recipe: Chilean Porotos Granados – Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 3rd, 2017

Porotos Granados

Porotos granados is a traditional Chilean countryside stew made from cranberry beans, maize kernals and squash. It’s associated with the summer months because this is when the maize and summer squash are harvested in central and southern Chile.

Cranberry beans (also known as Roman beans) are similar to normal beans but slightly larger, popular in Latin America.

Porotos granados originates from the Mapuche indigenous people of Chile, who first cultivated bean. The word granados comes from its main ingredient, the cranberry beans, called cargamanto in the indigenous language. The word poroto comes from the Quechua word for bean: purutu.

This vegetarian recipe is courtesy of the Chilean Cooking School in Valparaiso and is for 6 people.

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Recipe for Pastel del Choclo from Chile – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 23rd, 2017

pastel de choclo

Pastel de choclo is one of the most famous Chilean dishes and considered comfort food. It’s a beef and corn pie, with a corn crust, similar to a Shepherd’s Pie.

Choclo is an Andean type of corn with large starchy kernels, but you can use any corn as an alternative.

Pastel de choclo is typically served in a clay bowl either as a main dish, or as a starter in a small individual portions. This recipe is courtesy of the Chilean Cooking School in Valparaiso and serves 6 people.

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Gay Friendly Peru Hotels – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 19th, 2017

Gay friendly Peru Hotels

Peru has historically been a very conservative society and quite hostile to its LGBT community. However, very slowly, more and more politicians are coming out in support of legislation favourable to the LGBT community.

More recently, in January 2017, President Kuczynski issued a decree prohibiting all forms of discrimination and hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – a positive sign of Peru evolving, getting ready to take her place in the pink limelight.

This was also the same time of year we visited Peru and at no point did we have any problems finding hotels who would accept us as a gay couple. This is our 5 favourite and unique gay friendly hotels in Peru, which we tried and loved.

GAY FRIENDLY HOTELS IN LIMA

#1 BTH Hotel

Description: this is a very cool and trendy boutique hotel in the San Borja neighbourhood, close to Miraflores. We particularly love perving on the cute topless guy in their slick promo video. Everything from the decoration to the cute staff here makes you want to dress in your best clothes and spend hours flooding your Instagram gallery. We sure did!

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Chilean Machas a la Parmesana – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 17th, 2017

Chilean Machas a la Parmesana

Machas a la parmesana is a classic starter dish in Chile. It is razor clams baked in their shell, mixed with cheese, wine and more, depending on the recipe.

It was created in the 1950s in Viña del Mar by Italian immigrant, Edoardo Melotti Ferrari.

Parmesan cheese is traditionally used, but it can be replaced with the famous Chilean mantecoso. This recipe is courtesy of the Chilean Cooking School who we did a class with in Valparaiso and highly recommend them.

This recipe is enough for 2 people.

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Visiting Lake Titicaca – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 16th, 2017

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When we were planning our trip to Peru, we were close to skipping Lake Titicaca altogether, mainly because of all the bad press it receives about being so touristy. But if you avoid the tourist traps, you will discover some of the most beautiful, serene and tranquil places in Peru, such as Amantaní island. You can have an authentic experience, living within a welcoming community, rich with culture and no foreigners for miles.

Lake Titicaca is considered to be the origin of the Inca civilisation, where the creator god, Viracocha made the moon, sun and stars from the islands in the centre of this large lake. It is also believed to be the birthplace of the first Inca king, Manco Capac, the sun god’s son.

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Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia at an altitude of 3,800 metres (12,500 feet). It is not only the world’s highest lake, but also one of the oldest, thought to be over 1 million years old. There are several indigenous communities living here, the most prominent are the Uros in the floating man-made islands, the Quechua speakers of Amantaní Island and the Taquile people of Taquile island.

Lake Titicaca gets a bad reputation mainly because of the Floating Islands of the Uros people. Most tour companies in Puno will sell you a day trip to the Uros Islands with promises of a unique and authentic indigenous experience. Regrettably, you won’t get it here.

You can’t help feel like it is completely staged and orchestrated for tourists. The experience involves a 30 minutes well rehearsed talk about their way of life and how the islands are made. Then you’re swiftly directed to their handicraft souvenirs and invited to take a $25 tour in their water taxis. Unfortunately, they are quite pushy with the way this is done, which makes you doubt the authenticity of it all.

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Gay Sicily: 5 Romantic Things to Do – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 13th, 2017

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Did you also grow up watching those scenes in The Godfather when Michael Corleone woos the drop dead gorgeous Apollonia set in the stunning Savoca village of Sicily?

The surroundings of the hillside village on the Eastern end of this Italian island is what first captured our attention (not to mention of course, the pretty Sicilian boys accompanying Michael in his conquest).

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and lies off the “boot” of mainland Italy – hence the phrase, long legged Italy, kicking little Sicily!

Gay Sicily is the place you want to visit for that special romantic occasion, just like we did. We recommend Sicily vacation rentals to find your dream luxury villa and indulge in some of the many local culinary prizes together, basking away in the Sicilian sun. This is a run down of our 5 romantic things to do in gay Sicily.

#1 STAY IN A LUXURY VILLA: JUST LIKE APOLLONIA AND MICHAEL

The scenes around the village of Savoca from The Godfather movie are located in the Etna region in the Northeast of Sicily. The best way to experience it with your lover is in a luxury villa. We stayed in a few villas during our travels in Bali and from experience, having a private villa all to yourself is definitely worth the splurge. Doing this in a romantic destination like Italy is the perfect way to truly celebrate your special anniversary.

We love using websites like Luxury Retreats, Airbnb and Tripadvisor to find hidden gems, like this renovated aristocratic country villa near Centuripe, complete with swimming pool and huge beautiful gardens. You can imagine being transported right into The Godfather movie set in a place like this!

#2 SICILY BEACHES: GET YOUR FIX OF VITAMIN SEA

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Sicily has around 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) of coastline with plenty of golden sandy beaches, unspoilt nature reserves and pebbly coves.

The North of the island is the place to come for more long sandy beaches, but inevitably will draw larger crowds of people. The beaches in the South are more wild and untouched and in the East even more so with rocky beaches in remote fishing villages.

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Gay Peru: A Travel Itinerary – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 8th, 2017

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Gay Peru is a destination which is sure to captivate you in many ways, from foodie paradise Lima to the Inca heartland around Cusco.

Although Peru has traditionally been quite a conservative country, it is slowly waking up to take its place in the pink limelight as politicians grow more and more bold in supporting LGBT favourable legislation.

This is our 2 weeks gay friendly travel itinerary to Peru after spending a few months visiting the main sites as a gay couple.

OUR 2 WEEKS PERU GAY FRIENDLY TRAVEL ITINERARY

We suggest starting in Lima as this is the transport hub in and out of the country. The itinerary then takes you through the Sacred Valley, which is a few thousand feet lower than Cusco, to acclimatise. After that, we take you to Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, which is also the base to start treks to Machu Picchu. For the final stop on our itinerary to Peru, we suggest relaxing for a few days in Lake Titicaca, before returning to Lima.

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