Colombia: The New Gay Travel Hot Spot?

Published Date Author: , April 25th, 2010

Until recently, the closest I’d come to Colombia was Panama, when just six years ago I asked my guide about the possibility of venturing beyond the nearby Colombian border. “What, are you crazy?” snapped back said guide. “You have a choice: We can do that, or we can stay in Panama and stay alive.”

We stayed in Panama. And for me, as for most people outside its frontiers, Colombia would long remain a rather scary mystery. Thankfully, since the mid-aughts or so, the often dangerous internal struggles that for decades so gripped Colombia have been on the wane. Colombia’s tourism drought has finally eased, revealing surprises and delights for modern visitors.

Among the shockers: a relatively strong gay scene and a downright progressive set of homosexual-rights laws that are helping to lure American LGBT tourists to this warm, gorgeous and culturally rich land in ever-growing numbers. Of course the shopping and beaches help, as do the exploding arts and fashion scenes and the country’s close proximity to the United States (just three hours from Miami).

Full Story from The Miami Herald

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Raul said on April 26, 2010, 2:53 am:

it’s spelled Colombia, no ‘u’

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Fritz said on April 26, 2010, 3:24 am:

It’s Colombia, not Columbia.

ella - Gravatar ella said on May 1, 2010, 5:34 pm:

first time to hear the news, and it’s great.
good thing to hear that both these two countries progressed a lot in just a short time. and it’s also good to hear that they now have some place for LGBT to unwind and soul search. i remember my experience in Hawaii, a retreat themed “gay travel hawaii” and it was fun and if you want, you can give a try to visit there. 🙂

neneth - Gravatar neneth said on May 2, 2010, 4:54 pm:

Nice Article!

Its great to know this countries are now open for LGBT. I remember past few years ago, some of my friends have been banned from entering some places from other countries. they just wanted to have a vacation but unfortunately, not a vacation but deportation. thank goodness they found one place in Hawaii for gay travelers like them. I heard it’s a retreat themed “gay travel hawaii“. they say its fun and definitely, they will come back 🙂

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