A scrambled mess of modern high-rise buildings, peaceful green neighbourhoods and a historic old colonial town that may be the best in Latin America — Quito is beginning to draw in travellers from all over the world and the city cleans up its act and crime levels are dropping. Gay travellers and locals alike are also flocking here as the heart of gay life in Ecuador, a deeply conservative country that is slowly but surely becoming more accepting of queer life. The modern Mariscal neighbourhood affectionately know as the pink zone is the heart of gay life in Quito as is packed with boutique hotels, fine dining, crazy nightlife and plenty of gringos looking for a gay time.
The gay scene in Quito is a lot of fun with a handful of gay bars and discos. But compared to other cities across Latin America like Buenos Aires and Montevideowe noticed the crowd was largely quite young in comparison. No bear culture here for example… where do all the over 40s hang out?
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Ecuador has come a long way over the past 20 years with LGBT rights. Untilgay life in Ecuador was tough: it was an extremely conservative country, where just being caught in a gay bar could get you in trouble. Inthe constitution was changed introducing some of the most progressive gay-friendly legislation in the world.
Surely a reason alone to book your flight over…. Once you've caught your breath from the 7 inches statistic altitude, you'll quickly discover a fun, vibrant and exciting gay scene. There are many gay friendly hotels spread across the Mariscal and the Old Town of Quito.
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I'm in the early stages on researching a trip to Ecuador for the upcoming winter holidays. But, thought it was worth asking. We are a mid's lesbian couple Does anyone think we would have any issues?
In Ecuador, Homosexuality is respected and accepted in the Constitution, however, public demonstrations are not seen in the streets. The best way to know the LGBTs life is to go to some of the bars and nightclubs in town. Log In join as a local.