Gay tourism continues to thrive despite
the steep descent of the economy. Several operators are finding new
and unique ways to turn downtime into a higher calling.
One such firm is Spirit Journeys, a
gay-friendly tour company, which embarks on its annual journey to
Peru in November.
For two weeks participants will
experience the magical world of the Andean people, savor its native
cuisine, and unlock the secrets of the ruins at Machu Picchu, often
referred to as “the Lost City of the Incas.”
Arriving at the Lost City is not a
simple feat; it is located 2,430 meters above sea level and requires
a slow ascent. But there are treasures to marvel at along the way,
including breathtaking scenery, exploring the culture of the Quechua
Indians, and visiting the aged cobblestone city of Cusco, the Inca
But arriving at the Lost City – a
place known to only a lucky few 98 years ago – is the pinnacle of
While Spanish conquistadors had heard
the rumors surrounding the Lost City, they failed to locate its
jungle-overrun ruins. But on July 24, 1911, Hiram Bingham, an
American historian, was led to the city by an eleven-year-old boy,
Pablito Alvarez. Two years later, the Lost City was featured on the
cover of National Geographic.
The mystery of Machu Picchu, though,
has yet to be solved. Why the Incas built the site high atop the
Andes, the world's longest exposed mountain range, is the subject of
much speculation. Archaeologists believe the site functioned as an
astrological or spiritual worship site.
“Join us for a transformational
journey to the enchanted Andes of Peru, accessing the nature of their
ancient sites with the assistance of the Shamanic ceremonies,
medicine plants, and the spirits indigenous to this land and people,”
Spirit Journeys says on its website.
“We connect with the indigenous
culture and people and work with their traditions and practices,”
spirit guide Howie Holbern told On Top Magazine. “We look
to learn from them, to go deeper into the mysteries of us as humans
and deeper into the mysteries of this place we call Earth.”
Cosmology package is a total vacation that feeds your adventurous
spirit, as you dive head first into the ancient culture of Peru and
the mysteries of Machu Picchu.
Spirit Adventures charges $3,995 per
person for the Andean Cosmology adventure package. The odyssey
begins November 14. Book your adventure at spiritjourneys.com.