Gay Friendly Latin American Cities – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , July 27th, 2018

Gay Friendly Latin American Cities - The Nomadic Boys

We spent almost 2 years travelling in Latin America from Mexico all the way down to Patagonia.

Latin America is a fantastic destination to explore for gay travellers, with a range of beautiful natural sceneries, classic world wonders, some of the best gay parties in the world, and the hottest guys you’ll ever meet.

Although most countries in Latin America are very Catholic with a socially conservative outlook, we found that most are quickly evolving to embrace their LGBTQ communities. We particularly saw this in Uruguay, Argentina, the big cities of Colombia, parts of Mexico, south Brazil and Santiago in Chile.

These are our 10 favourite gay friendly Latin American cities where we felt the most welcome, have the best gay scene and most prominent pride festivals.

Santiago – Chile

We start this list with the capital city of Chile. Whilst Chile as a country is still very conservative, Santiago is definitely one of the most gay friendly places we visited. It has a huge gay scene in the “Bellavista” neighbourhood, with many bars, clubs and restaurants.

Our favourite place to start a gay night out in Santiago is at the large resto/bar called “Station”. Then we’d head to either “Bar 105” or one of the drag bars like “Burdel”. On weekends, there are a handful of large gay clubs to check out. Our favourite was “Barcelona at Bunker”, which always has a large crowd. Also worth nothing is that nearby to Santiago is one of the largest gay clubs in the South America called “Il Divino”, located in the nearby resort town of “Viña del Mar”. Read more in our gay guide to Santiago.

With regards to gay rights, Chile has certainly come a long way since the dark days of the oppressive Pinochet years. Today, marriage equality is still on the cards, and soon may become law. One of our favourite things about the city is that as a sign of solidarity towards the LGBTQ community, the Moneda Palace (the formal offices for the President) in Central Santiago is lit up with rainbow colours on 17 May for the International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) – every year without fail. Read more in our interview with Ivan from Santiago about what it’s like growing up gay in Chile.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Gay-Friendly Accommodations, Casa De Borgona, Salta, Argentina

Author: , February 14th, 2013

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Nestled in the Andes mountain range, Salta is a city in the heart of the Lerma Valley, at 1,152 metres (3780 feet) above sea level in the north west part of Argentina. Along with its metropolitan area, it has a population of approximately 800,000 inhabitants, which makes it the second most populated city in the northwest of the country. Within Argentina, Salta is the city which has preserved its colonial architecture the best. Also known as Salta la Linda (“Salta the beautiful”), it has become a major LGBT tourist vacation destination due to its old, colonial architecture, tourism friendliness, awesome weather, and the natural scenery of the valleys westward.

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Set in a charming historic Spanish building only a short walk to Plaza principal 9 de Julio square, the gay-friendly Casa De Borgona pousada provides the atmosphere for an enjoyable stay in Salta. It is housed in a restored 20th-century townhouse with the guest bedrooms arranged around a lovely courtyard with potted plants, fruit trees and wrought iron and wood benches. The English speaking gay-friendly staff will ensure a warm welcome.

A generous complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning in the dining room or on the patio. The rooms are spacious, with daily maid service, and includes linens and towels.

The rooms include free Wi-Fi and cable TV in central Salta. It features a coffee shop and a patio.
Casa de Borgoa’s warm service, colonial-style decor and tranquil atmosphere, create an inviting and relaxing atmosphere for an enjoyable stay in Salta.

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Set in a charming building only 300 metres from Guemes Square, Posada Casa de Borgona offers rooms free Wi-Fi and cable TV in central Salta. It features a coffee shop and a patio.

Posada Casa de Borgoña offers Double Rooms,Family Rooms,Quadruple Rooms, and Triple Room accommodation in Salta.

Decorated with parquet floors and wooden furnishings, rooms at Casa de Borgona have heating and guests can relax on the patio or in the lobby, which is decorated with modern paintings. They can also enjoy hot beverages at the coffee shop. Posada Casa de Borgona is 2 km from the bus station and 400 metres from Plaza Principal 9 de Julio Square.

During my recent stay at the pousada the guests were a mixture of gay, lesbian, and straight customers and all were equally welcomed with generous hospitality.

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Facilities:
•24-Hour Front Desk
•Garden
•Heating
•Designated Smoking Area

Services:
•Airport Shuttle
•Laundry
•Breakfast in the Room
•Ironing Service
•Internet Services
•Bicycle Rental
•Car Hire
•Tour Desk
•Fax/Photocopying
•Wi-Fi/Wireless LAN
•Free Wi-Fi Internet Access Included
•Shuttle Service (surcharge)

 

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www.posadacasadeborgona.com.ar
Address: España 916, 4400 Salta, Salta Province, Argentina
Phone:+54 387 431-5289
Email: info@posadacasadeborgona.com.ar

Argentina: Gay Cruise Cancelled After Disappointing Ticket Sales

Author: , December 30th, 2011

Gay CruiseSuccessfully establishing Out Now as an LGBT marketing agency in Australia two decades ago, and then taking it global, has taught me one very important lesson: what looks easy to others can often be fiendishly difficult to achieve in practice.

Marketing success that can appear effortless to outsiders usually has one bedrock ingredient – consistent, hard work. I have also learned by observation that many of the worst kinds of failures in the area of marketing to gays and lesbians tend to happen when the organizers of such initiatives start to believe their own publicity.

That seems to have happened this past week when a much discussed ‘first ever gay cruise in Latin America’ – planned by organizers to sail with around 2,000 gay passengers failed to depart as planned – when sales of tickets to gay paying passengers topped “barely” 100 berths.

Full Story from SDGLN

Click here for gay travel resources in Argentina.

 

Latin American Airline Launches Gay Site

Author: , December 28th, 2011

LAN Airlines New SiteVia Press Release:

LAN Airlines is proud to announce the launch of its new LGBT travel website dedicated specifically to gay and lesbian travelers. The airline’s new dedicated LGBT site, found at www.LANdiversity.com, showcases the diversity found throughout South America, and is a one-stop-shop resource for LGBT travel to South America.

LAN’s new LGBT microsite features a host of information and resources for the prospective traveler to South America. It includes detailed descriptions of key South American destinations with information of interest to gay and lesbian travelers. The site also features recent LGBT-related news pertaining to countries throughout South America, as well as events of interest to gay and lesbian travelers to South America, including trips from leading LGBT tour operators.

“If you’re traveling to Buenos Aires, not only can you purchase your ticket from the online booking engine, but you can read current news relating to LGBT topics in that region, view dates for the Buenos Aires International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival or Buenos Aires Pride, and find restaurants and hotels in the city that are popular among gay and lesbian travelers,” said Katitiza Mandakovic, Leisure Director, LAN Airlines North America. “Our goal was to make LANdiversity.com a trusted source for news and information on LGBT travel to South America and we are so proud to be able to offer such a unique resource to travelers all over the world.”

The new LGBT microsite also features interactive Facebook and Twitter feeds to enable visitors to share their comments and connect with other like-minded travelers. Through the microsite, LAN will also offer periodic deals, specials and sweepstakes for travel to South America on LAN Airlines and its affiliate carriers.

LAN has been a major supporter of the LGBT community for a number of years. In 2009, LAN became the first Latin American airline to develop an advertising campaign specifically targeting the LGBT community. The campaign highlighted the importance of diversity and showcased South America’s diversity.

LAN has also been a proud sponsor of organizations such as the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and San Francisco Pride, as well as a Gold-level Global Partner with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, IGLTA.

LAN was nominated “Best Airline” in LOGO’s 2010 TripOut Gay Travel Awards and “Favorite International Airline” in 2011 by Edge Publications, the largest network of local LGBT news portals in the world.

“LAN is proud to be a supporter of the gay and lesbian community and is honored to be recognized as a valued partner,” added Mandakovic. “We pride ourselves on being South America’s premier airline and the best choice for LGBT travelers to the region. Our new LGBT travel site is a way to create an even better travel experience for gay and lesbian travelers and our hope is that more people will be able to discover the many wonders found only in South America.”

For someone who has dreamt about climbing Machu Picchu at sunrise, swimming with the giant turtles of the Galapagos, frolicking on Ipanema Beach in Rio, or experiencing any of the other wonders that can be found Only in South America – today LAN Airlines brings those dreams one step closer for LGBT travelers with the launch of the dedicated, new LGBT travel website.

To view LAN’s new LGBT microsite, visit www.LANDiversity.com.

Latin American Cities Fighting for Gay Travel Market

Author: , July 16th, 2011

Rio de Janeiro is trying to lure tourists with pictures of muscular men.
But the brochure, with the slogan “live the Rio sensation,” isn’t aimed at women. It’s for gay men.

And it’s part of an effort by Rio to position itself as the global capital of gay tourism.

Brazil is the largest nation to recognize same-sex civil unions and this week marks Rio’s inaugural diversity week. It follows months of gay-friendly initiatives, including vocational training for transvestites, anti-bullying projects aimed at gay and lesbian students and legislation outlawing discrimination in nightclubs.

Full Story from the Global Post

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First Gay Latin American Cruise Announced for December

Author: , February 20th, 2011

Gay CruiseLatin America’s first official gay cruise will leave the port of Buenos Aires next month for two cities in Uruguay, one of the organizers said Tuesday.

“Ego is the first cruise for gays and lesbians in Latin America,” said Jorge Giorno, who owns the Thesys organizing firm. He noted demand was “very high” since Argentina passed a measure in July legalizing gay marriage.

The ultra-modern cruise ship is 220 meters (722 feet) long and features 1,000 rooms, seven bars, four restaurants, a casino, a discotheque and four swimming pools.

Full Story from The Inquirer

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New Study: Latin America A Huge Untapped Market for Gay Travel

Author: , October 27th, 2010

The Latin American region represents a very large – and untapped – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) marketing opportunity for the travel and tourism industry, reveals research released today.

Findings from the 2010 Out Now Global LGBT Study – which will be released in full at World Travel Market on November 10, reveals Latin America is home to more than 25 million LGBT people. This group of people represent a valuable multi-billion value market opportunity for a broad range of companies, including tourism brands, destinations and a diverse range of industries.

Undertaken by Out Now Global – the leading LGBT marketing strategy and research agency – the new research surveys LGBT people living across the Latin American region on a wide range of topics, including spending habits, education, parenting, relationships, age, income, travel, lifestyle, workplace discrimination and harassment issues.

Full Story from WebWire

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Latin American Airline Nominated for Best Gay friendly Airline by LOGO

Author: , September 29th, 2010

MTV’s LOGO has nominated LAN Airlines for the coveted “Best Airline” award in their second annual TripOut Gay Travel Awards. LAN Airlines is the only non-U.S. airline to be nominated for this accolade. American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and Virgin America are also nominated.

LAN Airlines Marketing Communications Manager, Megan Kat, was excited about the airline’s monumental nomination. “LAN Airlines is honored to be the only non-U.S. airline nominated for ‘Best Airline’ in Logo’s second annual TripOut Gay Travel Awards. LAN is South America’s leading international airline, offering award-winning service to and within South America from its gateways in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Toronto.”

Kat continued, “LAN provides extensive service to the top destinations in South America for LGBT travelers, including Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Sao Paulo and Lima, as well as more exotic tourist destinations such as Iguazu Falls, Easter Island, Cuzco/Machu Picchu and the Galapagos. LAN is also a proud and active supporter of several important LGBT organizations, including IGLTA, NGLCC, IGLCC and San Francisco Pride.”

Full Story from SheWired

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Mexico City Aims to Become Gay Travel Mecca

Author: , July 28th, 2010

Gay Friendly Mexico City Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Mexico City’s gay community has in recent decades turned the capital into a relative oasis in a strongly Catholic country reknowned for its conservatism and machismo. The authorities in the Mexican capital are now seeking to attract gay tourism, even though there is still widespread discrimination against them.

The city is well placed “to become the first gay friendly destination in Latin America,” said tourism secretary, Alejandro Rojas. In March, the urban sprawl of some 20 million people celebrated the first legal gay and lesbian weddings in Latin America. And this week, authorities said they had opened the first tourism office for homosexuals in the region.

Gay tourists are discerning, respectful and spend 47 percent more than heterosexual tourists, Rojas said. His leftist city government last week offered a free honeymoon here to the first gay couple to wed in Argentina after that country legalized same-sex marriages in the whole country.

Full Story from AFP

New Gay Marketing Survey Planned in 14 Countries in Europe & Latin America

Author: , February 24th, 2010

Stretching through 14 countries right across Latin America and Europe, the world’s largest gay market research study ever to be undertaken is about to launch. Developed by Out Now – a leading specialist global marketing agency – the new study will survey lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people living in fourteen countries. From Mexico’s border with Texas right across the world to Israel and to the top of Sweden – this will be the most comprehensive study of its kind ever to be undertaken.

With an overall population of three quarters of a billion, these regions are home to more than 35 million lesbian and gay people living diverse lives. It is the first time a gay community targeted market study has been conducted across so many countries at one time.

The countries being surveyed in the “2010 Out Now Global LGBT Market Study” are: in Latin America – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay; and, in Europe — France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The study will cover many areas including consumer habits, incomes, education levels, media usage, parenting, relationships, travel, employment, discrimination, equality concerns, aspirations and more.

Full Story from PR Newswire
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