Gay Amazonia – New Now Next

Author: , March 10th, 2018

Gay Amazonia

Walking through the streets of Iquitos amid the heat, smog, and buzzing moto-carriages, it’s hard to imagine there’d be a community of queens in the city. Iquitos lacks the quaint appeal of more popular gay hotspots: It’s dirty, rumbling, and while it has an estimated population of more than half a million people, remains accessible only by plane or boat.

Lodged in the Peruvian Amazon of the Loreto region, Iquitos feels more like an exile than a gay destination. But according to British writer Dilwyn Jenkins, who wrote The Rough Guide to Peru, the first travel guide dedicated entirely to the country, Iquitos’ queer scene is unusually active, for a Peruvian jungle town. Looking around, there is no sign of a gay scene. Presumably, it must be hidden away from the plain sight of curious gringos.

There’s little evidence of queer culture in the city’s history either, with one exception. Iquitos rose to prominence in the 1870s, following a rubber boom. It was a prosperous time for the rubber barons, but far less so for the trappers who were local tribesmen and mixed Indigenous-Spanish descents working, in essence, as slaves. Roger David Casement was tasked with investigating the ill-treatment of the Putumayo Indians in 1910 and 1911. Though successful on many levels, Casement was later hanged for political reasons and his diaries were leaked, which exposed him as a promiscuous homosexual.

By Mike Miksche – Full Story at New Now Next

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Experiencing Peruvian Culture – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 18th, 2017

Peruvian Culture - Nomadic Boys

Peru continues to grow as one of the most sought after destinations in South America, largely due to the famous Inca World Wonder, Machu Picchu. But there’s so much more to discover and explore. Its rich history introduces us to its diversity of people, languages and foods, making it one of the most unique and exotic destinations. Don’t miss these 7 cultural experiences you should include during your trip to Peru:

Spend time in the capital city – Lima

There’s really no better way to immerse yourself in culture than by spending time in the capital city. Lima is the most populated city in the entire country, making it the perfect location to meet and interact with locals, experience the traditional Peruvian customs, and learn how its history plays a part in the diversity of its people and architecture.

Once considered a dirty and dangerous city, Lima is rising along with the Peruvian economy. Ceviche is now a globally famous dish, putting the city on the map for it’s unique gastronomy.

In addition to the delightful dishes, Lima is known for its museums and collection of fine arts, the beautiful, upscale neighbourhood of Miraflores which also boasts “Huaca Pucllana” – a pre-Inca pyramid belonging to the Huari culture. Other top not-to-miss sites include the rock formations of Marcahuasi, sand boarding at Huacachina and taking a boat trip to see penguins at Paracas. Beach lovers and surfers will want to check out Lima’s incredible beaches towards the south of the city. To find out more, check our gay guide to Lima.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Ten Interesting Things About Peru – Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 11th, 2017

Peru - Nomadic Boys

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.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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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!

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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TOURGUIDEPERU

Author: , April 22nd, 2017

TOURGUIDEPERU

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

The Experience is the best part of the journey.

TOURGUIDEPERU is based in Peru and founded by Aaron Paiva Leyton in 2007; he graduated from the tourism school and holding the Official Guiding License Aaron organize and shows the wonders of Peru reaching a new level of travel experience.

Offering tailored tours in Peru for all budgets, from low cost to deluxe experiences. Our principal goal is that each traveler feels it is effortless to plan each excursion. We take care of all transportation, entrance fees, hotels and domestic flights.

Our excursions cover the landmarks of Peru in the cities of Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, Puerto Maldonado, Ica, Ballestas Islands, Huacachina & Flights over the Nazca Lines.

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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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By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Visiting Lake Titicaca – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 16th, 2017

Lake Titicaca - Nomadic Boys

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.

Lake Titicaca - Nomadic Boys

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.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at SOURCE

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The Inca Trail in January – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 5th, 2017

Inca Trail - Nomadic Boys

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous treks in the world. We did it in early January 2017, during the rainy season. Whilst we loved our experience a great deal, we think you should avoid doing the Inca Trail in January, or at least carefully consider the risks.

The weather in Peru’s Sacred Valley has two seasons: wet and dry. Wet season is between October to April and the dry season from May to September. February is considered the worst month with very angry storms, heavy downpour and mudslides, so this is the one month the government closes the Inca Trail to carry out maintenance works. Some tour companies also refuse to go in late January because it becomes too dangerous.

The heavy rain makes the steps slippery and therefore unsafe. In addition, the views are extremely limited because of the thick clouds. Had we known how bad it gets, we would have rescheduled our plans to another time of year.

Why the Inca Trail?

Let’s get something straight. We’re not saying don’t do it. This is an incredible experience and we strongly recommend trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. As well as being one of the most famous treks in the world, this 44km (27 miles) trail was initially part of a highly advanced network of around 40,000 trails built by the Incas to connect the distant corners of their kingdom.

This particular trail is the most popular because it had religious and ceremonial importance. It was part of the Incas’ route of pilgrimage to Machu Picchu and included rituals to honour the mountains. In addition, the views of snow capped mountain peaks, cloud forests and various Inca ruins you pass along the way is what makes this trek so rewarding, and of course, world famous.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Gay Arequipa – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 2nd, 2017

Gay Arequipa

Arequipa is Peru’s second city with just under 1 million inhabitants. It is nicknamed the White City because it is almost completely built out of a white volcano stone called sillar.

Most come to Arequipa as the base for treks to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world.

The White City is also one of the few Peruvian cities outside of Lima which has a gay scene, albeit very small, with a handful of bars and gay owned businesses worth checking out.

The gay scene in Arequipa is not as big as the gay nightlife of Lima but it has a few gay hangouts. The city is easy to navigate with most of the restaurants and bars located around the central Plaza de Armas.

Gay Arequipa is small but there are a few fun places worth checking out:

Imperio / Freetown Disco / Open Mind: the main and only gay club in Arequipa. It has 3 different names, (Imperio, Freetown or Open Mind) but most refer to it as just Imperio. It’s the place to come on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening after 11pm with drag shows and themed nights like Sailor Night. It goes on till late, closing at 6am. Imperio is located at Calle Jerusalén 201i, just a few blocks from Plaza de Armas.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Trekking the in California Trail – Nomadic Boys

Author: , March 29th, 2017

Inca Trail - Nomadic Boys

We made it! A magical memory from our Nomadic Boys journey we will share forever. This was what was going through our minds, whilst sat atop Wayna Picchu mountain, peering down at the Inca world wonder beneath us.

After an intense 4 days trek along the acclaimed Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley in the Peruvian Andes, we finally reached the climax point. This is our Inca Trail review of our 4 days trek to Machu Picchu with Journeyou.

Machu Picchu is the highlight of most people’s itineraries to not only Peru, but also to the entire continent. It receives over 1.2 million visitors annually, most of who come by train as part of a day trip from Cusco.

The famous Inca site is 2,430 metres (7,970 feet) above sea level. The name Machu Picchu means old mountain in the Quechua language and was initially built in around 1450 at the climax of the Inca Empire. It was then abandoned in 1572 when the Spanish invaded, until 1911 when it was discovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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