“Stefan look: it’s Cusco gay pride – rainbow flags everywhere!!!” Seby wasn’t wrong. One of the first things you notice arriving in Cusco are all the Inca rainbow-like flags flying proudly all across the city. But to Seb’s disappointment, it has nothing to do with the LGBT community. This is the Inca flag, which has an extra blue stripe added. Cusco is famous for being the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 1200s until the mid 1500s when the Spanish invaded. It’s now Peru’s most popular draw, with 2 million visitors every year. It’s a must on everyone’s Latin America itinerary as well the base to visit Machu Picchu. This is our gay travel guide to Cusco including gay friendly places to stay, gay bars, hangouts and things to do. CUSCO GAY MAP Although Cusco is a small city, it has a handful of gay hangouts, especially around the central Plaza de Armas square and in the San Blas neighbourhood.