Though it's earned a bad reputation, Colombia’s violence and civil unrest is becoming a thing of the past. Today, Colombia is working hard to shed misconceptions and welcome travelers from around the world, including the LGBT community.
Two of Colombia’s most LGBT-friendly destinations are Bogata, its capital city, and Cartegena, the jewel of the Caribbean. Bogota’s Chapinero section is one of the largest gay neighborhoods in South America, offering a vibrant bar, club and cafe scene. Bogota is also home to world-class dining, the impressive Gold Museum and beautiful views of the Andes. Its historic neighborhood, La Candelaria, boasts astounding murals, cobblestoned streets and baroque buildings.
Not to be outdone by the capital, Cartegana packs quite the punch. Its charming old-town provides a maze of streets you’ll actually want to get lost in, and trendy Getsamie has a number of outdoor cafes and bars that run all hours of the night (and welcome LGBT revelers). For a city escape, hop on a boat to swim, snorkel and sunbathe in the rustic Rosario Islands.
With its recent legalization of gay marriage, Colombia is an ideal destination that won’t remain off the beaten path for long.