LGBT Travellers

Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Santiago are the most gay-friendly cities, though gay couples are openly out only in certain neighborhoods. Elsewhere on the continent, where public displays of affection by same-sex couples may get negative reactions, do as the locals do – be discreet to avoid problems.

Despite a growing number of publications and websites devoted to gay travel, few have specific advice on South America. One exception is Purple Roofs (, an excellent guide to gay-friendly accommodations throughout South America.