Peru’s Allure for LGBTQ+ Travelers

Peru’s Allure for LGBTQ+ Travelers

Peru has become a popular destination for many travelers, especially those from the LGBTQ+ community, for several reasons.

• Diverse Culture and History: Peru boasts a rich and diverse cultural heritage, with ancient civilizations like the Incas leaving behind impressive archaeological sites such as Machu Picchu. The country’s history, art, and traditions can appeal to a wide range of interests.
• LGBTQ+ Inclusivity: Peru has made strides in recognizing and protecting LGBTQ+ rights in recent years. While societal attitudes may vary, especially between urban and rural areas, cities like Lima have seen progress in LGBTQ+ acceptance. Additionally, there are LGBTQ+ events and spaces that contribute to a more inclusive atmosphere.
• Stunning Natural Landscapes: From the Amazon rainforest to the Andes Mountains and the coastal deserts, Peru offers diverse and breathtaking landscapes. Nature enthusiasts, including those from the LGBTQ+ community, may be drawn to the country’s natural beauty and adventure opportunities.
• Culinary Delights: Peruvian cuisine is renowned worldwide for its diverse flavors and unique dishes. Food enthusiasts, regardless of their sexual orientation, often flock to Peru to indulge in its culinary delights.
• Machu Picchu and Historical Sites: Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The allure of exploring ancient ruins and experiencing the historical significance of Peru’s landmarks can be a draw for many travelers. It ignites the sense of childlike wonder in all of us.
• LGBTQ+ Events and Tourism Initiatives: Peru has seen an increase in LGBTQ+ events, Pride celebrations, and LGBTQ+ friendly spaces. Additionally, the tourism industry in Peru has worked to cater to diverse groups, including LGBTQ+ travelers.
Zoom Vacations has been organizing gay group tours to Peru every year for over 20 years.  It definitely felt gay-friendly when we conducted our first tour all those years ago, and now it feels in many ways even more accepting.  Especialy at the luxury properties and restaurants that are part of our tour, our gay groups are welcomed with open arms.  When I am in Peru these days, I feel like I can 100 percent be my out gay self.

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