5 unique gay friendly hotels in Peru

Stefan Arestis

Peru has historically been a very conservative society and quite hostile to its LGBT community. However, very slowly, more and more politicians are coming out in support of legislation favourable to the LGBT community.

More recently, in January 2017, President Kuczynski issued a decree prohibiting all forms of discrimination and hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – a positive sign of Peru evolving, getting ready to take her place in the pink limelight.

This was also the same time of year we visited Peru and at no point did we have any problems finding hotels who would accept us as a gay couple. This is our 5 favourite and unique gay friendly hotels in Peru, which we tried and loved.

Gay friendly hotels in Lima

#1 BTH Hotel

Description: this is a very cool and trendy boutique hotel in the San Borja neighbourhood, close to Miraflores. We particularly love perving on the cute topless guy in their slick promo video. Everything from the decoration to the cute staff here makes you want to dress in your best clothes and spend hours flooding your Instagram gallery. We sure did!

Address: Avenida Guardia Civil 727, San Borja, Lima 41 (San Isidro)

Price: rooms at BTH start from $137 / £110

BTH one of 10 unique gay friendly hotels in Peru
Feeling welcomed as a gay couple at the classy BTH Hotel in Lima

Gay friendly hotels in Cusco

#2 Palacio Del Inka – Cusco

Description: checking into Palacio del Inka after 4 days trekking the Inca Trail sure feels gooood! This 5* hotel used to be a sacred Andean temple called Qoricancha, which was really important to the Incas and has been decorated to retain its authenticity, making it a museum in itself. It has its own spa, bar and highly rated house restaurant called Inti Raymi.

Address: Plazoleta Santo Domingo 259, Cusco 51 84, Peru (Formerly Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel Cusco)

Price: rooms start from $170 / £135 a night

Palacio del Inka gay friendly accommodation in Peru
Sebastien feeling like an Inca warrior king at Palacio del Inka

Gay friendly hotels in the Sacred Valley

#3 Sol y Luna Relais & Châteaux – Sacred Valley

Description: set in the heart of the Sacred Valley, this Relais & Châteaux hotel knows how to pamper its guests. The spacious casitas (small houses) feature a large bathtub, private terrace, living room area and a cosy fireplace for the cold Andean nights. The two restaurants serve up delicious gourmet foods, with one of them located on a horse ranch so you can watch the shows while you eat. And did we mention the outdoor Jacuzzi? One of our favourite moments was relaxing together in their outdoor hot tub, with the backdrop of the Andes mountains.

Address: Fundo Huincho Lote A-5, Urubamba 069

Price: rooms at Sol y Luna start from $260 / £215 a night

Sol y Luna gay friendly hotel in Peru
Romance and luxury at the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley

#4 Belmond Sanctuary Lodge – Machu Picchu

Description: Belmond is a well-known gay friendly brand, making it one of our favourite gay friendly accommodation options in Peru. What is unique about the Belmond Sanctuary is that it is located just 100 metres from the entrance of Machu Picchu. When you bear in mind that Aguas Calientes train station is around 30 minutes bus ride from Machu Picchu and the queues for these buses can be up to an hour, you realise the value of staying here. You will be the last person to leave the famous ruins in the evening and the first to enter the following morning, avoiding the crowds.

Address: Carretera Hiram Bingham Km 7.5, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu 5184

Price: rooms at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge start from $830 / £664 a night.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge gay friendly hotel in Peru
The plush Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, right on the doorstep of Machu Picchu

Gay friendly hotels in Lake Titicaca

#5 Amantica Lodge – Amantani Island

Description: Amantica Lodge is located on a remote island on Lake Titicaca called Amantaní, which is around 3 hours from Puno by boat. As as result, fewer foreigners come here, making it far less touristy and more authentic. It has two exclusive suites offering incredible views over Lake Titicaca with private terraces, fireplace and delicious gourmet food using local ingredients like alpaca, fish and quinoa.

Address: Puno 1, Amantani Island, Puno 21127

Price: the suites at Amantica Lodge start from $670 / £540 a night and includes all meals and transportation.

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Our room at Amantica Lodge on Amantaní Island


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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor and author the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about travelling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gay Times, Gaycities, Pink News, Gay Star News, Attitude and Towleroad. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practised as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

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