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Gay Cartagena – Ultimate LGBTQ Guide 2

Gay Cartagena – What are Gay Events in Cartagena, and where to stay?

What are the Legal rights and protections for LGBTQ people in Colombia?

Gay rights and protections for LGBTQ people in Colombia are among Latin America’s most progressive. Same-sex marriage was legalised in April 2016 in Colombia. The first same-sex wedding in Cali was on 24 May 2016. Congress passed a law banning discrimination on sexual orientation in 2011. Adoption for same-sex couples was legalised in 2012. The right to change your gender has been in place since 1993. Colombia’s progressive legal rights and protections have won the title of best LGBTQ+ emerging destination at Madrid’s FITUR 2017 travel trade show. It is one of the reasons why Colombia was considered the Leading LGBTQ+ Destination in South America in 2018 by the World Travel Awards.

Gay Events In Cartagena

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Cartagena Pride
  • Cartagena Pride (August) –  One of the most prominent gay events held in the Caribbean. The usual roster of events includes a fabulous parade, plenty of drag shows, speeches, a gallery opening, and a hot boat party. Shortly – more queerness than you can shake a stick at. If you have been to Pride in New Orleans, Sydney or Berlin, you might be disappointed. However, Cartagena Pride is still the best time to visit this city and see it at its absolute gayest moments.
  • Rumours Festival (August) – An annual gay circuit-party event held alongside Cartagena Pride. This presents an unforgettable experience in the Caribbean paradise. Expect five fun days with Colombia’s best. Fabulously the hottest guys, the best production, new and beautiful locations, and more than 20 guest DJs. Not to be missed! Add it to your trip planner.
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Gay-Friendly Hotels in Cartagena

It is important to emphasise that the legal rights and protections for LGBTQ people in Colombia are at the highest level. This applies not only to how the legal system is set but also to how it is used. In short, finding any hotel in Cartagena that is not “gay-friendly” would be hard. There is no need to hide your sexuality and sexual preferences.

There are no exclusively gay hotels in Cartagena. However, rest assured that most hotels in the Cartagena Old Town have more than a few queer guests staying. This charming neighbourhood has many boutique hotels. All with refined rooms and plenty of lovely rooftop terraces populated with pools and spas! The up-and-coming Getsemaní barrio is also a popular place to stay. It applies primarily to travellers interested in local culture and nightlife.

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Patio de Getsemani ☆☆☆

They are offering very affordable prices. This spot is one of the best-reviewed places in Cartagena and is perfect for those looking for a no-fuss option. Only eleven bright rooms have private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a fun terrace hot tub overlooking the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas. A continental breakfast is served every morning

Hotel Quadrifolio ☆☆☆☆ 

17th-century Colonial architecture and meticulously restored interiors. This is an intimate retreat in the historic walled city of Cartagena de Indias. Central location ideal for travellers seeking authentic experiences. Each of their eight deluxe suites has been designed to reflect the allure of Cartagena’s history while also including the full range of modern comforts discerning travellers seek. Amenities include a heated pool, terrace, jacuzzi, restaurant and bar, and a private 38-foot boat offering charters and fishing cruises.

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Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Hotel ☆☆☆☆☆

A perfect blend of vintage and contemporary. This luxury hotel is popular with gay travellers. A mix of old traditions, local hospitality, and French luxury in historic surroundings. It is an imposing colonial building. The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Hotel still maintains different historical elements: crypts, wells, confessionals, paintings, doors, hidden windows, and ceramic objects. – Today, it adds comfortable rooms, personalised service, gourmet cuisine, and a first-class spa. There is also an outdoor pool with a bar and gym.

You can find more information about Queer Cartagena HERE

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