One of the markers of a foreign country worth visiting is the national attitude toward civil rights. And United States residents are often surprised by how progressive some slightly scary-sounding countries are.
Colombia is coming into its own as a travel destination, now that the drug wars have subsided and cities like Bogota, Medellin and Cartagna are courting the tourist trade. And they’re taking all comers: Colombia is becoming known for its gay-friendly vibe. Which isn’t just good news for gay people, it’s a draw for anyone looking to vacation in a friendly, welcoming place.
There are openly gay local politicians in Bogota, and though same-sex marriage hasn’t yet been worked into the constitution, civil unions are recognized.
There are a couple of gay neighborhoods in Bogota (Chapinero is affectionately known as Chapigay), and it seems the first step on every queer traveler’s itinerary is Theatron, a bumping club with every flavor of cute boy dancing the night away. In Cartagena, Playa Hollywood is a famously gay-friendly beach.
The country really has a lot to offer: the food is incredibly heavy, but delicious, the beaches and jungles are gorgeous, there’s history, it’s slightly off the beaten path, and the people are friendly. Have you been? What are some other must-sees?