Gay Travel Guide Colombia: Bogotá, Medellín & Cartagena
Our trip to Colombia will be our first trip ever to South America, together. Daan already visited Ecuador like 10 years ago and we traveled to Central America already, Costa Rica to be precies. In the beginning, we will get some days off in the Caribbean sun flying from Amsterdam with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Cartagena. The first week we are planning to spend in the so-called ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ swimming in the Caribbean Sea under palm trees and exploring the historical center of Cartagena. The next stop on our list will be Bogotá, the Colombian capital city. And yes, we are super excited to spend Halloween in Bogotá.
After a couple of days in around 2.600 meters altitude, we are planning to set off to Medellín, the so-called “City of Eternal Spring”. The plan is to end our Colombia trip with a glamping experience. And then, off to Peru! This Colombia guide should give you an orientation of what you can explore during a first 9 days trip. We will add new blog articles to our Gay Travel Guide Colombia with more information in the next months. But now, enjoy Colombia through a Couple of Men‘s eyes.
Gay Travel Guide Colombia
Gay Travel Guide Bogota
Right in the middle of our Colombia adventure, we will spend a couple of days in Bogotá. Starting with a city tour through the historical center of Colombia’s capital city, we are planning to learn as much as possible about the local LGBTQ+ community. And of course, we want to visit the biggest gay bar, a dance club and a nightclub complex in all of South America, called Theatron. A must do on our Colombia gay travel bucket list is to learn how to dance Salsa together and where to enjoy some of the best typical Colombian dishes.
Gay Travel Guide Colombia: Bogotá
Gay Travel Guide Medellin
The next stop on our Colombian itinerary is Medellín, the ‘City of Eternal Spring’. We will have time to explore the city and surrounding neighborhoods with its 2.5 Million inhabitants by food and hopefully also by modern cable cars offering fantastic views of the Aburrá Valley. We will also learn about typical Colombian cuisine by joining a cookingOuT experience. But the city center has even more to offer for example the sculptures by Fernando Botero also shown at the Museo de Antioquia. But what would a trip to Colombia be like without a trip to real Colombian coffee plantages. We will spend at least one day around the fields of Karl’s favorite beverage. Last but not least, its time to leave the city to go glamping at an adutls only glamping site in Guatapé. This colorful little town in Antioquia is located about 2 hours east of Medellin and particularly known for the El Peñón de Guatapé (also known as El Peñol) surrounded by an artificial lake system.
Gay Travel Guide Colombia: Medellin
Gay Travel Guide Cartagena
Although we traveled first to the Caribbean before exploring the rest of Colombia, we would suggest to end your trip in the sun. The Colombian port city Cartagena was found in the 16th century. The walled old town of the city with almost 1 Million inhabitants is known for its large squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. Thanks to the tropical climate and Caribbean flair, the city is a popular beach destination with white sandy beaches. We are planning to explore the islands close to Cartagena by boat hopefully reaching the Isla de Barú with its white beaches and palm trees as well the Rosario Islands, known for their coral reefs.
Gay Travel Guide Colombia: Cartagena
How to travel to Colombia?
How to get to Colombia from Europe? We found some great flight opportunities with flights from Europe and Amsterdam with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines with some pretty good deals starting from 688 Euro* return to Cartagena, from 618 Euro* return to Medellin, and from 548 Euro* return to Bogotá. There are plenty of direct connections from Amsterdam to Colombia’s airports including KLM partner airlines DELTA and Air France. Click here for Amsterdam- Colombia – Amsterdam > *subject to availability / last check: October 2019
Gay-friendly Hotels in Colombia
During our trip, we will stay in several hotels and accommodations. Organized by and LGBTQ+ tour operator, we are exprecting to stay at LGBTQ+ and gay-friendly hotels. After our trip, we will review our experiences as an openly gay traveling couple to give you the best tips and ideas for your Colombia adventure. Until then please check out the links to the Colombia hotels below:
Hotels in Bogotá | Hotels in Medellin | Hotels in Cartagena
How gay-friendly is Colombia?
Generally speaking, Colombia is considered to be among the most LGBTQ+ and gay-friendly countries of South America including equal marriage since 2016. Especially the bigger cities such as Bogotá, Medellin, and Cartagena are places in Colombia that can be considered safe and secure for lesbian, gay and queer travelers in general with lifely and growing LGBTQ+ communities that are more and more socially accepted. Nevertheless, LGBTQ+ travelers should exercise caution leaving touristic areas.
Spartacus Gay Travel Guide: Rank 23 for Colombia (in 2019)
Wikipedia LGBTQ+ Colombia: LGBT rights in Colombia
Highlights Pride Events: Pride LGBTI Bogotá 2020
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Gay Travel Guide Colombia: Please consider our tips as suggestions with no guarantee that it still will be like that when you are traveling there. Though we did our research and all our opinions written in this article are honest, authentic and true. We would like to thank OutInColombia for the invitation, support, and the possibility to experience the gay-friendly side of Colombia on a very special way. If you have any questions about your plans for traveling to Colombia, follow us and send us an email or drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram. See you around the world and the next time in Cartagena, Medellin, Bogotá and Colombia!
Karl & Daan.