Ready for the best trekking adventures of your life? Patagonia blew our minds. Very few places in the world can match the incredible landscape in places like El Chaltén or …
South America is alive with passion, salsa, ancient ruins, dramatic sceneries… and some of the hottest guys you’ll ever see!
We spent 2 years travelling as a gay couple around this magnificent continent, taking in the picturesque Old town of Cartagena, leading our luxury gay cruise in the Galapagos, trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, partying with the “Barbie Boys” in Ipanema’s gay beach, learning to dance Queer Tango in Buenos Aires and trekking across Torres del Paine in Chile.
In this section we review and present the highlights from our gay travels across South America with a round up of our best gay travel guides to help you plan your own gay trip to the region.
Is South America safe for gay travelers?
We found South America to be pretty safe for gay travelers. Some parts of South America are really gay, especially in gay friendly cities like Buenos Aires, Santiago in Chile, and Bogota/Medellin in Colombia. In terms of countries, we found Uruguay to be the most gay friendly country in the region.
When it comes to LGBTQ rights, Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay lead the way. However, violent crime is rife across much of the big cities in South America, which makes safety a concern for all travelers, whether straight or gay.
Some rural parts of South America are also dangerous for LGBTQ travelers due to machismo attitudes especially across North Brazil, Coastal regions of Colombia and rural regions of Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Paraguay.
Our favourite gay destinations in South America
South America has something for any type of gay traveler whether you’re you’re into gay adventures, partying or romantic experiences.
When it comes to parties, we love Bogota, which is home to the largest gay club in South America – Theatron! Sao Paulo also has an exciting gay scene with huge parties and the largest gay Pride event in the world. We also loved the gay scene of Santiago, Medellin, Quito and Buenos Aires.
For adventure and thrill seekers, you will love trekking in Patagonia, particularly in El Chaltén in Argentina and Torres del Paine in Chile. Another highlight of our trip was exploring the unique Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, especially snorkelling with the sea lions.
Our most popular gay travel content to help you plan your trip to South America inlcude:
- our detailed gay guide to Bogota
- our gay travel guide to Argentina
- Our gay guide to Lima in Peru
- our experience partying at Theatron gay club in Bogota
- the gay scene of Cusco in Peru
- Our LGBTQ travel guide to Bogota
- Our experience trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Our roundup of the best gay tours in the Amazon
Gay travel to South America: the latest posts
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What do you think of when Ecuador comes to mind? Perhaps the Equator line? Galapagos islands? Or that famous Sash! 1990s dance smash hit? We’ll be honest, prior to our …
Sweet, chilled little Uruguay, tucked away so harmlessly between Brazil and Argentina, causing no harm to anyone. Yet despite its size, this unassuming South American country has taken its place …
Pablo Escobar…most people will have heard about Colombia because of him and the Narcos Netflix series they made about his life. But Colombia is SOOOO much more than this! Whilst …
“Latins are tenderly enthusiastic. In Brazil, they throw flowers at you. In Argentina, they throw themselves at you!” Marlene Dietrich Marlene Dietrich was definitely on point when she said this. …