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.

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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.

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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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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

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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!

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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.

Read moreCasa Divina Lodge – Gay Friendly Vacation Rental in Mindo, Ecuador

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!

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Old Town Quito Suites – Ecuador Gay Owned Vacation Rental

Old Town Quito Suites - Quito, Ecuador

“Unparalled experience”

This slogan speaks for itself. With our team, experienced in the tourism world, we entered in the hospitality market with an innovative concept: we renovated a colonial mansion with a historical heritage and a strategic location, just behind the oldest church of Quito: the San Blas church. We restored it meticulously with respect for the soul of the house and reusing the beams, doors, windows, bricks. Combining a vintage style, artistic objects and antiques with modernity such as induction cookers, USB plugs, dishwashers, spacious refrigerators, netflix and internet with fiber optic we offer a comfort and easiness in an authentic colonial environment, thus creating a unique experience. We opted for the luxury of spacious apartments over the limitations of hotel rooms.

Completing our offer with a luxury service and the smile of our professional team we are convinced of giving an added value to the tourist market. “Stay in Quito as in a fairy tale”.

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Las Terrazas de Dana – Ecuador Gay Friendly Vacation Rental

Las Terrazas de Dana - Gay Friendly Ecuador Vacation Rental

Welcome to Las Terrazas! We are proud to present you a place to relax and enjoy in one of the best bird watching hot spots in the world. Las Terrazas de Dana is a family business run by two siblings, David and Ana. That’s why the mixed word “Dana”.

Mindo Ecuador is located at the hearth of Choco Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve declared on 25 July 2018 by UNESCO.

The lodge is a pioneering eco-lodge with modern design where the latest technology in metal frame construction and traditional construction blend. It’s a sustainable building that takes care about ecology and the environment.

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The South American Top Ten – The Nomadic Boys

South America - The Nomadic Boys

South America is a destination that will make you fall in love with life. The Latino soul is addictive, with music and dance so deeply ingrained at the heart of everything.

After our big trip in Asia, we spent a further 15 months travelling in South America and absolutely loved it. We found it an enthralling destination, with something to capture everything we love when travelling. Most countries are extremely gay friendly, with places like Bogota in Colombia having the largest club we’ve ever been – Theatron, and Sao Paolo Pride attracting over 3 million people making it the largest pride event in the world.

As foodies, we loved the culinary scene of Argentina and in Lima, Peru. For culture, indigenous traditions can be seen everywhere, particularly from the Incas in Bolivia/Peru, as well as the Maipuche Indians in Chile. And finally, for trekking adventures, Patagonia is a must. These are our 10 favourite highlights from South America following our big trip there in 2016/2017.

#1 The Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

The Galapagos are an archipelago of volcanic islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, around 600 miles (1,000km) from Ecuador’s coast. This is one of the few places in the world where you can get so close to wildlife. There’s also a rich underwater world to discover – we saw sharks, rays, turtles and many tropical fish each time we went snorkelling.

The islands here also have some very dramatic landscapes, which are crying out for a space in your Instagram gallery. We loved the Galapagos Islands so much, we visited twice during our big South America trip. Check out our video from our trip here:

#2 Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Peru)

For us our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was a definite highlight of South America. It’s a tough 4 days trek through the Sacred Valley, reaching altitudes of up to 4,215m (13,828 ft).

The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in the world. It is 27 miles (44km) long, and was initially part of a highly advanced network of around 40,000 trails built by the Incas to connect the distant corners of their kingdom. It also had religious and ceremonial importance to the Incas as it was part of their route of pilgrimage to Machu Picchu.

The real highlight of course is on the final day when you finally reach Machu Picchu.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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