With nearly ten million people packed into this Pacific rimmed capital city, Lima is as fascinating and diverse as its history. The struggle for LGBT rights in Peru is moving forward, although at a slower pace than the rest of Latin America. You wouldn’t know it standing outside the President’s home, where the gay flag flies proudly … hold on, actually that’s the Inca Flag, though any ‘mo worth his stripes could easily mistake it. After all, a rainbow is a rainbow! Fear not chicos and chicas – Lima is slowly but surely on its way to becoming one of the gayest capital cities in South America.
More than 9 million people, or about a third of Peru’s population of 28 million, live in Lima. The city contains a wealth of museums, great, inexpensive restaurants, rich architecture, and pyramids constructed by the city’s Native American inhabitants.
Lima has a warm, comfortable climate year-round despite being located in the tropics and in a desert. Temperatures rarely fall below 12ºC or rise above 29ºC. Rain in Lima is about as common as snow in San Francisco and most locals have never used an umbrella in their lives!
There is no gay neighborhood in Lima, but the Miraflores section of the city contains the biggest concentration of gay businesses. The city is known as the Gastronomical Capital of the Americas. Lima’s gastronomy is a mix of Spanish, Andean, and Asian culinary traditions. You’d be remiss to leave the city without trying their world-famous ceviche made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices and spiced with chili peppers, onion, salt, cilantro, and, sometimes, coconut milk. The battle rages on between the Chileans and the Peruvians about who created the Pisco Sour. The drink, made from a liquor called Pisco, lime juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters is delicious so I’m happy to not pick sides and simply drink in both countries.
For many tourists Lima is just a quick stop on the way to discovering the rest of beautiful Peru, but don’t make that mistake! Take in the culture, beauty, and above all else – the food! Muy muy delicioso!
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WATCH FULL EPISODES BELOW! It’s a Pacific coast capital city with a sexy history. Join host Charlie David in Lima, Peru, as he learns to surf the shores of Miraflores. Charlie takes on the food scene by creating some local dishes himself and attends a lavish dinner party at a famous mansion! Then, Charlie uncovers the erotic art of Peru’s past.
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