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Published on February 12th, 2018 | by Mark Chesnut


The Top LGBTQ Tours in Latin America This Year

I write a monthly LGBT travel column in Global Traveler Magazine. For my most recent entry, I focused on LGBT tours around the world. But I found so many great gay tours of Latin America that I had plenty left over to share with you here, on my Latin America travel blog.

I love the freedom of  independent, unescorted travel. But traveling on an escorted tour offers the advantage of expert advice and guidance, so you don’t have to sweat the details. You’ll have a fully formed Latin America tour itinerary, and there’s always someone on hand to answer questions. So if you’re looking for some inspiration for a gay-friendly travel experience with lots of expert insight in Latin America, look no further.

• Buenos Aires-based BAGay Travel offers a variety of tours in Latin America, including a “Machu Picchu by 4×4” itinerary, slated for March 2018, with covers 4,700 miles through Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia, with stops at destinations including San Pedro de Atacama, Iquique, Cusco and Machu Picchu.

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• Cuba has attracted a lot of attention as a tour destination in recent years, and that includes with LGBT travelers. HE Travel is offering a Cuba Cycling tour that traverses western Cuba, to view caves marked by indigenous people, giant walls of limestone in Valle de Viñales and white sand beaches.

Further south, HE Travel is offering a Tapati Festival tour on Easter Island in February, which allows participants to join the annual celebration of Rapa Nui culture, plus hiking and biking around the island and visits to its many Moai statues.

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• If you’re interested in Central America gay tours, a company called Detours Travel is offering a 12-day Costa Rica tour in February, with visits to hot springs and activities including hiking onto the hardened lava flow of an active volcano, zip lining and surfing lessons.

If ancient Inca culture is on your mind, you can consider an LGBT Peru tour from Detours Travel. The company’s “12 Days in Peru” itinerary, which takes place in May,  includes visits to Machu Picchu, the sand dunes of Ica, the town of Ollataytambo and Cusco.

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Out Adventures is offering a 10-day “Cultural Cuba” trip that starts and ends in Havana, with walking tours, gay nightlife excursions, salsa dancing classes, and visits to the Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum. Dates are available for departures on March 16 and November 23, 2018 and February 15, 2019.

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Toto Tours is offering a 10-day Panama tour in February that includes visits to Panama City’s historic Casco Viejo neighborhood, the Panama Canal, Fort San Lorenzo, the beautiful Bocas del Toro archipelago and the Chiriqui highlands and town of Boquete.

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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