Author: Stefan Arestis

6 Awesome Things To Do In Ecuador

The guys let go of Stefan’s swing and out he went, flying into the Andes SHOUTING at the top of his lungs, half terrified, half blown away by the adrenaline… Throughout our 8 years relationship, Sebastien had NEVER heard Stefan screaming out loud so much (it was actually hard not to laugh!) The El Vuelo del Cóndor swing in Baños was one of our 6 awesome things to do in Ecuador, which we think you’ll also love. #1 SWING OUT INTO AN ACTIVE VOLCANO Located at the foot of an active volcano, Baños is one of our favourite places in Ecuador with plenty...

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Amazon cruise versus jungle lodge?

Seby took one look at the dark green colour of the Amazon River, turned to Stefan and declared: “I am NOT swimming in there Stefan. I will NOT become piranha fish food!” Stefan got his way in the end and managed to persuade Seb to jump in, to the joy of the staff on board the Anakonda cruise who found our bickering (and Seb’s irrational fears) highly amusing. Irrational fears? Contrary to popular belief, swimming in the Amazon River can be quite safe. Our guides knew the spots where tourists like us could swim safely and conquer their Piranha-phobia....

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Gay life in Peru: interview with our friend Aaron from Lima

“A man who rides Peruvian paso horses is referred to as a “chalan” – not to be confused with a “chalon” – that’s Peruvian gay slang for a guy with a huge dick!” Our Peruvian buddy Aaron from Lima is always keen to show off the highlights of his country. Tourism in Peru has exploded over the past decade and alongside this, it has been one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Peru has historically been a very conservative society and quite hostile to its LGBT community. For example, there are no laws in place for gay couples to...

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Recipe for Peruvian Pisco Sour cocktail

Pisco Sour is the national drink of Peru and one of our all time favourite cocktails. It’s a mix of Pisco (a grape brandy), lime juice, egg whites and sweetened with syrup. The famous Peruvian Pisco Sour was invented in the early 1920s at Morris Bar in Lima by its owner, Victor Vaughen Morris who came up with the idea of adding Angostura bitters and egg whites to Pisco. Morris Bar used to be located at 847 Calle Boza but it closed down after Victor passed away in 1929. Pisco Sour has become an institution in Peru and in 2003 it got its...

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Gay Quito: our guide to the best bars, clubs and hotels in the capital of Ecuador

The average length is 7 inches! Surely a reason alone to book your flight over… Quito itself is a beautiful city to explore, perched up high in the mountains, almost 3,000m/9,840ft high. Once you’ve caught your breath from the 7 inches statistic altitude, you’ll quickly discover a fun, vibrant and exciting gay scene. GAY MAP OF QUITO Quito is a long and narrow shaped city in the Guayllabamba river basin with the Andes mountains on either side. The majority of the gay scene of Quito can be found in the touristic Mariscal area, located North from the UNESCO listed Old Town. GAY...

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