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
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
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
#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.
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.
STAY WITH A GAY LOCAL
Misterb&b is the Airbnb equivalent for the LGBTQ community. Unlike on Airbnb, you know your host is gay, avoiding any nasty surprises when you check in. It is also a great way to meet gay locals and discover the underground gay scene. Click below to get 10 € (or $10) off your first booking.
Happy travels are safe travels
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For more inspiration:
- use our Peru gay friendly travel itinerary to plan your trip
- find the gay scene with our gay city guides to Lima, Cusco and Arequipa
- get inspired with our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu review with Journeyou
- learn more about Peru with our 10 interesting facts about Peru you didn't know
- discover delicious Peruvian food and try our recipes for Peruvian ceviche and Pisco Sour
- we give you the lowdown about whether Lake Titicaca is worth visiting
- read our interview with Aaron from Lima about what gay life in Peru is like