Gay Quito Travel Guide – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Quito Travel Guide - The Nomadic Boys

Panting for breath after walking just 5 steps…that was our first memory of Quito as soon as we touched down at the Mariscal Sucre airport. Standing proud at 2,850 metres (9,350ft) high, tucked away in the Andes Mountains, Quito is the second-highest official capital city in the world after La Paz in Bolivia. And bloody hell you certainly feel it!

Other than panting for breath every 5 minutes, Quito packs a punch for gay travellers. It’s not only a cultural gem with a really pretty Old Town to explore, it also has an impressive and vibrant gay scene. The capital city of Ecuador is also located right by the equator line from which it takes its name. Locals nickname Quito as “la mitad del mundo” or the middle of the world.

We spent half a year based in the middle of the world during our big trip to Latin America and fell in love with it. It’s an inexpensive place, extremely pretty, never too hot and never too cold. It’s also a very rewarding destination due to the variety of food to try and the variety of hot guys to meet!

We’ve bundled all our first-hand experiences from Quito into this comprehensive gay guide covering the best gay bars, clubs, hotels to stay, things to do and more.

Is Quito safe for gay travellers?

Quito is the touristic and LGBTQ capital of Ecuador – a country that legalised gay marriage in 2019 and was one of the first in the world to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation back in 1998. The city has a very active LGBTQ community, along with quite a diverse LGBTQ scene and a popular Pride every June that has taken place almost every year since 1998.

As a gay couple, we never had any problems in any of the hotels we stayed in. We always felt welcomed and never faced any issues when asking for a double bed. The only thing we’d say about Quito, which applies to all travellers (straight or gay), there are parts of the city which are a bit dodgy, such as the Old Town in the evening after dark.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Ecuador Gay Travel Resources

Sabina Tour – Gay Friendly Tour Operator in Mindo, Ecuador

Sabina Tour

SABINA TOUR – CUSTOM TOURS IN MINDO, ECUADOR

Greetings from the Ecuadorian cloud forest! SabinaTour Operator is local, family-run tour operator dedicated to conserving the Andean Choco Biosphere through sustainable tourism by offering fabulous cloud forest tours for all types of travellers. We are Tour Cert Certified and follow very rigorous international standards to make sure each and every tour we operate directly supports the local community and local conservation efforts. If you are looking for naturalist, adventure, birdwatching, family or photography tours run by a professional, safe and sustainable company – you found us!

See the Sabina Tour Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ecuador Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Latin Trails – Gay Friendly Tour Operator in Quito, Ecuador

Latin Trails - Gay Friendly Tour Operator in Quito, Ecuador

CUSTOM TOURS IN ECUADOR AND PERU

Small boutique operator focused on Ecuador and Peru.

Latin Trails is famous for offering custom planned itineraries and creating unique experiences for individual travelers and small groups.

The go-to operator if you want something private, unusual and memorable.

See the Latin Trails Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Quito Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Casa Divina Lodge – Mindo, Ecuador

Casa Divina Lodge - Mindo, Ecuador

ELEGANT LODGING IN THE CLOUD FOREST

At Ecuador’s Casa Divina Lodge, we offer elegant and comfortable lodging in the middle of the Ecuadorian cloud forest.

We boast 4 private hand-built wooden cabins in a natural setting. where our guests can enjoy the sounds of nature.

Casa Divina Lodge is located one and a half kilometers from the town of Mindo, Ecuador. Mindo is in the western lowlands of Ecuador, about 2 hours from Quito, and known for its mega biodiversity.

Run by an Ecuadorian/American couple, Casa Divina Lodge has been operating since 2007. Here, our guests enjoy a perfect combination of local knowledge, love for the cloud forest and world-class birdwatching in a relaxed, family-friendly environment.

See the Casa Divina Lodge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ecuador Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

SPOTLIGHT: Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel, Quito, Ecuador

Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel

Located in the heart of the vivid district “La Mariscal”, near the historical center of Quito, 40 km from the airport and at walking distance of Bars, Restaurants and Shops, Boutique Hotel Casa Joaquin is a small oasis of comfort, peace and tranquility a delightful mix of European tradition and contemporary trend.

The Mariscal district is also the “gay-zone” with bars and discos at walking distance from the hotel. Quito is gay-friendly. You can see man hugging and kissing, walking hand in hand on the streets.

A few highlights of your stay with us:

* Our staff helps you selecting what to visit and how to get there
* Location right in the tourist area with everything on walking distance.
* Cozy bar and rooftop terrace with spectacular mountain view
* Regional fresh fruit at your disposal
* Breakfast buffet with local specialties
* Comfortable stay with plenty of details
* European-Ecuadorian hospitality and decoration, unique design
* Shuttle and tours with bilingual drivers

Our team will receive you warmly and help you with all your needs and questions to discover this amazing city and make your stay comfortable & unforgettable.

See the Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ecuador Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Gay Galapagos Cruises – The Nomadic Boys

Sea lions, iguanas and tortoises – oh my! 

Visiting the Galapagos Islands is very high up on the bucket list for most travellers. If you love island hopping and spotting wildlife, you’ve probably dreamt of one day visiting these incredible volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The ideal way to explore the Galapagos Islands is aboard one of the many excellent gay cruises on offer. Not only is exploring these unique islands with a like-minded fabulous bunch of gays heaps of fun, but it also allows you to visit the more remote islands, thereby getting a deeper experience.

We’ve led our own branded Nomadic Boys cruise to the Galapagos with Ishpingo Tours – a local gay-owned/operated tour company based in Quito. In addition, there are several other gay cruises to the Galapagos to choose from, whether it’s a large group leaving on a fixed date, or aboard a private gay charter. In this article, we’ve rounded them all up so you can choose the best one for you.

OUT ADVENTURES GALAPAGOS GAY CRUISE

Out Adventures is one of the best gay tour companies out there that organises exclusive trips for LGBTQ travellers. They provide a luxury cruise around the Galapagos Islands aboard their private yacht, The Grand Queen Beatriz, and oh boy she sure is absolutely grand!  Amenities include sundecks, a hot tub, bar and very spacious bedrooms, some with private balconies.

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Ecuador Gay Travel Resources

Amazon Gay Traveling – The Nomadic Boys

Seby took one look at the dark green colour of the Amazon River, turned to Stefan and declared:

“I am NOT swimming in there Stefan. I will NOT become piranha fish food!”

Stefan got his way in the end and managed to persuade Seb to jump in, to the joy of the staff on board the Anakonda cruise who found our bickering (and Seb’s irrational fears) highly amusing.

Irrational fears? Contrary to popular belief, swimming in the Amazon River can be quite safe. Our guides knew the spots where tourists like us could swim safely and conquer their Piranha-phobia. Piranhas are not aggressive or territorial, but more like scavengers. They will not go anywhere near you.

Despite this, Sebastien lasted a whole 7 seconds in the Amazon River before he jumped straight back into our boat…

Piranha-phobias aside, there are many options for gay travellers to explore the Amazon jungle in South America, whether as part of a gay group tour, on a luxurious cruise along the Amazon river or staying in a jungle lodge. This is our guide summarising each of these based on our first-hand experience travelling in Ecuador and Peru as a gay couple.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Ecuador Gay Travel Resources

Peru Gay Travel Resources

Spotlight: Sabina Tour – Mindo, Ecuador

Sabina Tour

Greetings from the Ecuadorian cloud forest! Sabina Tour Operator is local, family-run tour operator dedicated to conserving the Andean Choco Biosphere through sustainable tourism by offering fabulous cloud forest tours for all types of travellers.

We are Tour Cert Certified and follow very rigorous international standards to make sure each and every tour we operate directly supports the local community and local conservation efforts. If you are looking for naturalist, adventure, birdwatching, family or photography tours run by a professional, safe and sustainable company – you found us!

See the Sabina Tour Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ecuador Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Casa Divina Lodge – Gay Friendly Vacation Rental in Mindo, Ecuador

Casa Divina Lodge

At Ecuador’s Casa Divina Lodge, we offer elegant and comfortable lodging in the middle of the Ecuadorian cloud forest.

We boast 4 private hand-built wooden cabins in a natural setting. where our guests can enjoy the sounds of nature. Casa Divina Lodge is located one and a half kilometers from the town of Mindo, Ecuador. Mindo is in the western lowlands of Ecuador, about 2 hours from Quito, and known for its mega biodiversity.

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Sabina Tour – Mindo, Ecuador

Sabina Tour

Greetings from the Ecuadorian cloud forest! SabinaTour Operator is local, family-run tour operator dedicated to conserving the Andean Choco Biosphere through sustainable tourism by offering fabulous cloud forest tours for all types of travellers. We are Tour Cert Certified and follow very rigorous international standards to make sure each and every tour we operate directly supports the local community and local conservation efforts. If you are looking for naturalist, adventure, birdwatching, family or photography tours run by a professional, safe and sustainable company – you found us!

Read more