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Colombia

Bolder than your morning brew.

Colombia is fertile ground for adventure. Bogotá is the country’s beating heart, pulsating with activity day and night. Meanwhile, Medellín’s moniker ‘City of Eternal Spring’ says it all. Hiking enthusiasts will love the tropical, multi-day ‘Lost City’ trek. And beach bums will flock to the Carribean coast where historic Cartagena awaits. Exhausted by it all? Throw back a shot of Aguardiente, and let Colombia unfold before you.


Quick Facts

  • Capital City: Bogotá
  • Currency: Colombian Peso (COP)
  • Languages: Primarily Spanish
  • Best Time of Year to Visit: Varies regionally, but generally speaking March–September.

LGBT Rights in Colombia

Gay Colombia Travel

Best Places to Visit in Colombia

More Info

At least in comparison to neighboring Latin American countries, Colombia is generally gay-friendly. Homosexuality was legalized in 1981 and same-sex marriage was enacted in June 2016. Although the country maintains a laissez-faire attitude towards our community, we still recommend avoiding PDA.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Legal
Right to Change Gender: Legal
Same-Sex Adoption: Legal
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal

Theatron de Película! is reason enough for LGBT jet setters to consider Colombia. The massive 5-storey venue is the largest LGBTQ+ club in the western hemisphere. As soon as you enter the behemoth, there are 13 “mini clubs” to discover, one of which is even chicas-only.

Gay Villages
Bogotá – Chapinero

Pride Festivals
Bogotá Pride – Annually in June
Cartagena Pride – Annually in the beginning of August (Please note: their Facebook Page seems to be down.)

Best Gay Bars
Bogotá – Theatron de Película! (13 “mini clubs” spread across 5 floors!!!)
Bogotá – Brokeback Mountain (Karaoke Bar)
Bogotá – Punto 59 (Club)
Cartagena – Le Petit (Restaurant by day. Gay bar by night.)
Cartagena – Alquimico (Cocktail bar)
Cartagena – The City Club (Rhumba Club)

Best Lesbian Bars
Bogotá – Eve inside the mega-club Theatron de Película is chicas-only.

5. Medellín

While the gorgeous hillside cityscape is reason enough to visit, the underground art scene and impressive nightlife are added bonuses.

4. Tayrona National Park

In our opinion, this is one of the world’s most photogenic rainforests. Thick jungle clings to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range and plummets directly into the Caribbean sea.

3. The Lost City Jungle Trek

While still relatively unknown, the Lost City Jungle Trek is a beautiful hiking route through Tayrona National Park reaching its climax at ancient Ciudad Perdida. The circuit takes roughly 5 days to complete.

2. Bogotá

This Andean city is the third highest capital in the world. If the altitude doesn’t take your breath away, the pulsing big-city vibe and booming gay nightlife will. Fun fact: Bogotá is home to the largest LGBTQ+ club in the western hemisphere: Theatron de Película!

1. Cartagena

Few words can capture the unpretentious beauty of Cartagena’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. Housed within 13km of stone walls, sits a maze of cobblestone streets that beg discovery. Each alley and intersection is lined with immaculately preserved colonial architecture. And when the tropical heat becomes too heavy, dive into the shimmering Carribean which is conveniently located at the city’s feet.

Best Time of Year to Visit: While specific recommendations change regionally, March through September is generally considered the best time to go. Whale watchers in particular should schedule their visit between July and September. High season begins in December and ends in February. Finally, while flash floods are common throughout the Andes in October & November, these are the best two months for Amazon jungle treks as the water levels are lower.

Electricity: In Colombia the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 110 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. For more information visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com.

Time Zone: Colombia Standard Time (GMT-5)

Vaccinations: Based on entry requirements, some travellers may be required to show proof of a yellow fever vaccination. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas: A visa is not typically required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to Colombia for fewer than 90 days. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

July 31, 2020
LGBT Rights in Colombia

At least in comparison to neighboring Latin American countries, Colombia is generally gay-friendly. Homosexuality was legalized in 1981 and same-sex marriage was enacted in June 2016. Although the country maintains a laissez-faire attitude towards our community, we still recommend avoiding PDA.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Legal
Right to Change Gender: Legal
Same-Sex Adoption: Legal
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal

Gay Colombia Travel

Theatron de Película! is reason enough for LGBT jet setters to consider Colombia. The massive 5-storey venue is the largest LGBTQ+ club in the western hemisphere. As soon as you enter the behemoth, there are 13 “mini clubs” to discover, one of which is even chicas-only.

Gay Villages
Bogotá – Chapinero

Pride Festivals
Bogotá Pride – Annually in June
Cartagena Pride – Annually in the beginning of August (Please note: their Facebook Page seems to be down.)

Best Gay Bars
Bogotá – Theatron de Película! (13 “mini clubs” spread across 5 floors!!!)
Bogotá – Brokeback Mountain (Karaoke Bar)
Bogotá – Punto 59 (Club)
Cartagena – Le Petit (Restaurant by day. Gay bar by night.)
Cartagena – Alquimico (Cocktail bar)
Cartagena – The City Club (Rhumba Club)

Best Lesbian Bars
Bogotá – Eve inside the mega-club Theatron de Película is chicas-only.

Best Places to Visit in Colombia

5. Medellín

While the gorgeous hillside cityscape is reason enough to visit, the underground art scene and impressive nightlife are added bonuses.

4. Tayrona National Park

In our opinion, this is one of the world’s most photogenic rainforests. Thick jungle clings to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range and plummets directly into the Caribbean sea.

3. The Lost City Jungle Trek

While still relatively unknown, the Lost City Jungle Trek is a beautiful hiking route through Tayrona National Park reaching its climax at ancient Ciudad Perdida. The circuit takes roughly 5 days to complete.

2. Bogotá

This Andean city is the third highest capital in the world. If the altitude doesn’t take your breath away, the pulsing big-city vibe and booming gay nightlife will. Fun fact: Bogotá is home to the largest LGBTQ+ club in the western hemisphere: Theatron de Película!

1. Cartagena

Few words can capture the unpretentious beauty of Cartagena’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. Housed within 13km of stone walls, sits a maze of cobblestone streets that beg discovery. Each alley and intersection is lined with immaculately preserved colonial architecture. And when the tropical heat becomes too heavy, dive into the shimmering Carribean which is conveniently located at the city’s feet.

More Info

Best Time of Year to Visit: While specific recommendations change regionally, March through September is generally considered the best time to go. Whale watchers in particular should schedule their visit between July and September. High season begins in December and ends in February. Finally, while flash floods are common throughout the Andes in October & November, these are the best two months for Amazon jungle treks as the water levels are lower.

Electricity: In Colombia the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 110 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. For more information visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com.

Time Zone: Colombia Standard Time (GMT-5)

Vaccinations: Based on entry requirements, some travellers may be required to show proof of a yellow fever vaccination. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas: A visa is not typically required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to Colombia for fewer than 90 days. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

July 31, 2020


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