Lonely Planet staff on their strangest and most mem­o­rable nights abroad

Chas­ing al­bino hedge­hogs around a golf course, blun­der­ing down a ski slope from 2,500 me­tres, meet­ing the Jay Gatsby of Peru – it can be dark be­fore the dawn among Lonely Planet’s staff. We asked them to share their weird­est (PG-rated) night-time travel e

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Dressed in al­paca jumpers and denim shorts, mildly ine­bri­ated and wan­der­ing the dimly lit streets of sub­ur­ban Are­quipa, Peru, nei­ther I nor my friend felt we were on the cusp of a night to re­mem­ber. That is, un­til we walked through the doors of an im­mac­u­late man­sion, di­rectly into the 18th birth­day party of a Peru­vian mil­lion­naire. How we got in, I have strug­gled for years to re­call. I do re­mem­ber how­ever, that de­spite our at­tire, we were wel­comed into the party – which fea­tured live mu­sic, cham­pagne and pro­fes­sional fire-eaters dot­ted around a colos­sal gar­den. As the birth­day boy wafted about in a dress­ing gown like a Latino Great Gatsby, I won­dered if it was all just a fever­ish dream, brought about by too much ce­viche. But, al­though the de­tails are sketchy, I’m al­most en­tirely cer­tain it hap­pened. And that, if noth­ing else, is the sign of a great night.

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