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 capital.

But arriving at the Lost City – a place known to only a lucky few 98 years ago – is the pinnacle of the journey.

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.”

The Andean 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