Published on July 17th, 2010 | by Mark Chesnut
LGBT Travel to Peru and Colombia
Argentina may be making headlines with LGBT travelers right now, but destinations like Cartagena (above) and Peru offer plenty for gay globetrotters as well.
The recent passage of same-sex marriage laws in Argentina (the first such nationwide legislation in Latin America) has tourism experts thinking about the possible effect on arrivals in Buenos Aires, which is already a very gay-popular destination. It also turned into a very good public relations opportunity for the tourism office in Mexico City, which has offered a free honeymoon to the first gay couple to wed in Argentina (Mexico’s capital was the first major metropolis to legalize same-sex marriage).
On Monday night, I’ll be flying down to Buenos Aires myself, to attend Gnetwork360, Argentina’s largest annual LGBT tourism conference. So it will be interesting to see how the tourism industry in Argentina will be playing up the recent legislation to build tourism even further.
But that’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of other gay-friendly destinations in Latin America. Two of my most recent features in this subject area have now been published.
LAN Airlines, the largest airline in Latin America, has launched a new LGBT “diversity site” that features a gay guide to Peru that I wrote, called Peru for LGBT Travelers. Here, you’ll find listings for bars, hotels, restaurants and activities, not just in the larger cities like Lima but also in smaller destinations, where gay travel info can be harder to find. And you’ll also find guides to other regions in LAN’s large route system.
The historic city of Cartagena, Colombia is an increasingly popular destination for travelers of all stripes. My feature about gay travel to Cartagena has been published in Passport Magazine, the largest LGBT travel magazine in North America — chock full of info about attractions, activities, nightlife, dining and even the city’s first gay hotel.