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IN­CAN SITE MACHU PIC­CHU IS PERU’S TOP TOURIST DES­TI­NA­TION BUT KEPH SENETT FOUND THAT THE JOUR­NEY THERE WAS JUST AS BREATH­TAK­ING

Pride Life Magazine - - TRAVEL -

It will take you only ten min­utes from the en­try­way at Machu Pic­chu to walk to the look­out above the site’s an­cient In­can ru­ins (and an­other five to vamp for pic­tures) but there’s more than the moun­tain money shot to this jour­ney. The es­tate, which is pro­tected by Unesco, tells twin sto­ries about an ex­tinct em­pire and the con­se­quences of con­quest, and there’s no bet­ter primer on Peru­vian cul­ture.

Your ed­u­ca­tion be­gins as soon as you ar­rive in Peru, touch­ing down in Lima, the “City of Kings”. Though less-known for LGBT life than other South Amer­i­can cap­i­tals like Rio or Buenos Aires, it’s worth spend­ing a few days here, ei­ther on your way in or out of the coun­try. Mi­raflo­res is the most tourist-friendly neigh­bour­hood with lots of shop­ping and wide pedes­trian streets. It’s also a great home base, but don’t be afraid to ex­plore. Nearby Bar­ranco is up-and-com­ing, and it’s where you can find Pi­cas—an up­scale bar and restau­rant— and gas­tro-bar La Trastienda, both owned by new­ly­out gay Peru­vian con­gress­man Car­los Bruce.

Museo Larco is a taxi ride away in Pue­blo Li­bre but well worth the trip. Sur­rounded by tidy gar­dens, this mu­seum hosts a su­perb col­lec­tion of an­cient Peru­vian pot­tery, metal works, tex­tiles, and arte­facts, and is even more in­ter­est­ing for its erotic art gallery. An on-site café serves ex­cel­lent food and drinks; en­joy a ce­viche or causa on their sunny ter­race.

Your next des­ti­na­tion is Cusco, a small city that serves as a stop-off on the way to Machu Pic­chu but has its own in­ter­est­ing sites in­clud­ing a lively public plaza. If you hap­pen to

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