Gay Lima: City of Kings

Lima, a citadel overlooking the Pacific Ocean, maintains the reputation of being a layover on the way to Machu Picchu or the Amazon rainforest. For gay visitors, the incentive to pass it over has been even greater: For many years, Lima was beset by crime, brutal anti-gay discrimination, and antiquated notions of homosexuality.

All that, however, is starting to change -- if at a somewhat slower pace than in Mexico City, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Now, visitors can see Lima for what it really is: a fascinating, diverse city of nearly 10 million. The cuisine, which mixes and matches everything from Chinese to German food, is renowned and much copied. On top of that, the city is brimming with fascinating galleries, museums, and murals. If you have a good notion of where to stay and go out, Lima is absolutely worth an extended visit.

Sadly, the gay "district" of Lima was hit hard by Covid, so now gay nightlife is scattered among Miraflores, Barranco, and Centro -- the latter of which can be rather dangerous at night. You are strongly advised to cab it there and back to a friendlier neighborhood. That said, Peruvian gay men are extremely friendly towards gringos, and eager to show visitors around town. A private tour guide will certainly enhance your experience in the City of Queens, er, Kings.

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