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Mexico

A cascade of colour and culture.

Mexico begs for return visits. Its colourful capital teems with colonial heritage, shaded plazas, world-class museums, and endless evening fiestas. Meanwhile the countryside is peppered with Mayan ruins and ancient architectural marvels. Steaming jungles and sparse desert landscapes collide with the Carribean Sea and Pacific Ocean. And not to be outshone, Mexico’s world-renowned cuisine is as diverse as the country itself. 


Quick Facts

  • Capital City: Mexico City
  • Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Languages: Primarily Spanish
  • Best Time of Year to Visit: Mexico’s shoulder season runs July through August. High season begins in December and ends in April. Avoid travelling to Mexico in September when heavy rain and high winds are common.

LGBT Rights in Mexico

Gay Mexico Travel

Best Places to Visit in Mexico

More Info

Mexico is a widely gay-welcoming country with legal protections that date back to the ‘70s. In June 2015, The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation changed the definition of marriage to include same-sex relationships. However, like most countries, discrimination does still exist and a reasonable amount of caution should be practiced.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Legal
Right to Change Gender: Legal, but requires surgery
Same-Sex Adoption: Legal

Puerto Vallarta has long been deemed one of the world’s premiere gay hot spots. Beyond this rambunctious resort town, robust queer scenes exist in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and most tourist destinations. Finally, Mexico City has hosted an annual Pride parade as far back as 1979!

Gay Villages
Mexico City – Zona Rosa
Puerto Vallarta – Zona Romantica
Guadalajara – Zona Rosa

Pride Festivals
Mexico City Pride – Annually in June
Puerto Vallarta Pride – Annually in May
Guadalajara Pride – Annually in June

Best Gay Bars
Puerto Vallarta – La Noche Lounge Rooftop Bar (One of the most popular bars. Becomes a club later in the night)
Puerto Vallarta – Mr. Flamingo (Tiki Bar)
Puerto Vallarta – Blondies Loft and Slushi Bar (Specializing in alcoholic slushies. Mixed crowd)
Puerto Vallarta – CC Slaughters (Bar in the front, club in the back)
Puerto Vallarta – Bar Frida (Popular with Bears)
Mexico City – Baby (Nightclub)
Mexico City – Boy Bar (Nightclub)
Mexico City – Tom’s Leather Bar (Fetish)
Mexico City – Nicho Bears & Bar (Bears and their followers. Men-only)
Mexico City – Kinky Bar (Slightly more upscale bar. Drag Queens. Mixed young crowd)
Mexico City – Vaqueros Bar (Cowboy-themed. Men-only)
Guadalajara – El Ciervo (Bar)
Guadalajara – Ruta Claudillos (Club. Mixed crowd)
Guadalajara – Envy (Club. Trendy young crowd)

Best Lesbian Bars
Mexico City – Alba 33 (Mixed, but large lesbian following)
Mexico City – Kinky Bar (Slightly more upscale bar. Drag Queens. Mixed crowd)
Mexico City – Cabarétito Fusión (Nightclub. Tuesdays tend to attract a lesbian crowd)
Guadalajara – Ruta Claudillos (Club. Mixed crowd)

5. Puerto Vallarta
This queer resort town needs no introduction. Spend your afternoons sunning your buns on the south end of the beach where the gays typically hang out. As the sun sets, most LGBT visitors meander over to Zona Romantica for margaritas and palomas. For day excursions, check out Diana’s tours.

4. Cholula
Officially known as Cholula de Rivadavia, this boutique city has one particularly important draw: the largest pyramid in the world! Sitting atop the ancient structure is the brightly coloured Santuario de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.

3. Teotihuacán
A series of otherworldly pyramids await visitors a short 40km/25mi north of Mexico City.

2. Oaxaca
This artistic hub has a distinct gritty edge that tends to inspire more visitors than it wards off. Not to mention its regional fare is widely considered the best in the country.

1. Mexico City
Mexico’s megalópolis has undergone a travel renaissance. For a city that was once deemed unsafe, it is now North America’s premiere short haul destination. The downtown core overflows with cultural highlights (The Blue House, AKA Frida Kahlo Museum), inspiring history (North America’s only royal palace!), cantinas, street food and endless gay nightlife.

Best Time to Visit: Mexico’s shoulder season runs July through August. High season begins in December and ends in April. Avoid travelling to Mexico in September when heavy rain and high winds are common.

Electricity: A-, B-type sockets.

Time Zones: Mexican Pacific Daylight Time (GMT-6) & Pacific Daylight Time (GMT-7)

Vaccinations: Based on entry requirements, there are no vaccinations needed for entry unless your home country, or a country you are travelling to before or after this tour, has restrictions in place. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness.

Visas: A visa is not typically required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to Mexico for fewer than 180 days. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

May 29, 2020
LGBT Rights in Mexico

Mexico is a widely gay-welcoming country with legal protections that date back to the ‘70s. In June 2015, The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation changed the definition of marriage to include same-sex relationships. However, like most countries, discrimination does still exist and a reasonable amount of caution should be practiced.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Legal
Right to Change Gender: Legal, but requires surgery
Same-Sex Adoption: Legal

Gay Mexico Travel

Puerto Vallarta has long been deemed one of the world’s premiere gay hot spots. Beyond this rambunctious resort town, robust queer scenes exist in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and most tourist destinations. Finally, Mexico City has hosted an annual Pride parade as far back as 1979!

Gay Villages
Mexico City – Zona Rosa
Puerto Vallarta – Zona Romantica
Guadalajara – Zona Rosa

Pride Festivals
Mexico City Pride – Annually in June
Puerto Vallarta Pride – Annually in May
Guadalajara Pride – Annually in June

Best Gay Bars
Puerto Vallarta – La Noche Lounge Rooftop Bar (One of the most popular bars. Becomes a club later in the night)
Puerto Vallarta – Mr. Flamingo (Tiki Bar)
Puerto Vallarta – Blondies Loft and Slushi Bar (Specializing in alcoholic slushies. Mixed crowd)
Puerto Vallarta – CC Slaughters (Bar in the front, club in the back)
Puerto Vallarta – Bar Frida (Popular with Bears)
Mexico City – Baby (Nightclub)
Mexico City – Boy Bar (Nightclub)
Mexico City – Tom’s Leather Bar (Fetish)
Mexico City – Nicho Bears & Bar (Bears and their followers. Men-only)
Mexico City – Kinky Bar (Slightly more upscale bar. Drag Queens. Mixed young crowd)
Mexico City – Vaqueros Bar (Cowboy-themed. Men-only)
Guadalajara – El Ciervo (Bar)
Guadalajara – Ruta Claudillos (Club. Mixed crowd)
Guadalajara – Envy (Club. Trendy young crowd)

Best Lesbian Bars
Mexico City – Alba 33 (Mixed, but large lesbian following)
Mexico City – Kinky Bar (Slightly more upscale bar. Drag Queens. Mixed crowd)
Mexico City – Cabarétito Fusión (Nightclub. Tuesdays tend to attract a lesbian crowd)
Guadalajara – Ruta Claudillos (Club. Mixed crowd)

Best Places to Visit in Mexico

5. Puerto Vallarta
This queer resort town needs no introduction. Spend your afternoons sunning your buns on the south end of the beach where the gays typically hang out. As the sun sets, most LGBT visitors meander over to Zona Romantica for margaritas and palomas. For day excursions, check out Diana’s tours.

4. Cholula
Officially known as Cholula de Rivadavia, this boutique city has one particularly important draw: the largest pyramid in the world! Sitting atop the ancient structure is the brightly coloured Santuario de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.

3. Teotihuacán
A series of otherworldly pyramids await visitors a short 40km/25mi north of Mexico City.

2. Oaxaca
This artistic hub has a distinct gritty edge that tends to inspire more visitors than it wards off. Not to mention its regional fare is widely considered the best in the country.

1. Mexico City
Mexico’s megalópolis has undergone a travel renaissance. For a city that was once deemed unsafe, it is now North America’s premiere short haul destination. The downtown core overflows with cultural highlights (The Blue House, AKA Frida Kahlo Museum), inspiring history (North America’s only royal palace!), cantinas, street food and endless gay nightlife.

More Info

Best Time to Visit: Mexico’s shoulder season runs July through August. High season begins in December and ends in April. Avoid travelling to Mexico in September when heavy rain and high winds are common.

Electricity: A-, B-type sockets.

Time Zones: Mexican Pacific Daylight Time (GMT-6) & Pacific Daylight Time (GMT-7)

Vaccinations: Based on entry requirements, there are no vaccinations needed for entry unless your home country, or a country you are travelling to before or after this tour, has restrictions in place. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness.

Visas: A visa is not typically required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to Mexico for fewer than 180 days. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

May 29, 2020


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