Home Destinations South America Ecuador. Panting for breath after walking just 5 steps…that was our first memory of Quito as soon as we touched down at the Mariscal Sucre airport. Standing proud at 2, metres 9,ft high, tucked away in the Andes Mountains, Quito is the second-highest official capital city in the world after La Paz in Bolivia. And you certainly feel it! Other than panting for breath every 5 minutes, Quito packs a punch for gay travellers. It's not only a cultural gem with a really pretty Old Town to explore, it also has an impressive and vibrant gay scene.
What Is Gay Life Like In Ecuador?
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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. While the laws of Ecuador are firmly in support of gay rights, public displays of same-sex affection are very rare here and gay travellers are advised to use discretion. Because gay life in Quito mostly thrives at discos, spas, online and behind closed doors, many of the attractions in Quito during the day gay travelers will want to see are the top attractions in Quito anyway.
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