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Politically, Ecuador is relatively progressive. With the creation of a new constitution in 1998, Ecuador banned any type of discrimination based on sexual orientation, becoming the first country in the Americas - and the third country worldwide - to do so. This was a huge step in the right direction for acceptance and tolerance of sexuality across the nation. In 2008, Ecuador officially recognized same-sex civil unions, although same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned. Unfortunately, despite the political progression, it is still best to downplay any public displays of affection while out with your partner in Ecuador - even in the gay friendly areas.

Travelers may be surprised to see men dressing as women and asking for money during the Mama Negra festival and New Years Eve, but far from showing an acceptance of fluidity in gender, this is seen as more of a joke. Like many other South American countries, Ecuador has defined stereotypical gender roles assigned to both men and women. Men are expected to be macho, while women are expected to take care of the home, the children, and be somewhat dependent on men. A negative term for a gay man is a "maricón" and it is often used as an insult for any man acting effeminate.

Of course, this is slowly changing with the younger population and the larger cities like Quito and Guayaquil are more accepting in general. Quito’s ever-expanding gay pride parade takes place at the end of June (or early July) in the Mariscal, and goes down Avenida Amazonas to Plaza Foch.

A wonderful resource for gay/lesbian day trips and tours is Zenith Travel. The owners are full of information about gay-friendly places in Ecuador and are overall nice people. Each year they offer 3 lesbian-only and 3 gay-only 11 day tours around Quito and the Galapagos. The lesbian tours correspond with Valentines Day, Halloween, and Independence Day and the gay tours correspond with Mardis Gras, Ecuadorian Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. The tours are very popular and they do fill up quickly, so reserve well in advance. Ask for Marcos. Juan León Mera N24-264 Y Cordero 02-252-9993 / 290-5595

There are quite a few gay friendly places in Quito, mostly centered around the Mariscal neighborhood. There are a couple of helpful websites you can check out for gay friendly listings and contacts. Try and


Suzette (no cover)

A picturesque terrace, lounge and bar in the very heart of Plaza Foch, right behind the fountain. You'll identify it by the colorful walls, lamps and tables. Owners Juan Manuel and Edison will be sure to host and serve you. Suzette, as they describe it, is a "hetero-friendly" place where (gay or straight) one can eat and drink in a relaxed and integrated atmosphere. Should you have a desire to purchase one, the paintings on the walls are for sale too.

Dionisios (Cover: $4-6)

Surrounding the bar and dance floor are walls covered with photograph's of men. They frequently host drag shows, cabaret, and comedy nights. The cover includes a drink. Tue. - Sat., 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Manuel Larrea 550 and Riofrio, América. Tel: 02-255-7759, E-mail:


Tercer Milenio, a.k.a "El Hueco" (Cover: $7)

Mixed gay and lesbian club, very welcoming, and easy to meet people. Baquedano 188 and Reina Victoria.

Living (Cover: $6 one drink - $8 two drinks)

Popular for people in their teens to thirties. Hosts strippers and go go dancers on certain nights. Electronic music and some Reggaeton. Wilson E4-229 y Amazonas (inside the Zodiacal Club). Opens Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m - 3 a.m.

Magenta (Cover: $8)

A dance club. Opens Monday through Saturday. Reina Victoria N26-32 and Santa Maria

Buddah (Cover: $1 after 10 p.m.)

Frequented by young gays and lesbians interested in dancing to electronic music (this is not to say that they play it all the time!). Foch between Amazonas and Juan Leon Mera.

Six (Cover $10 2 drinks)

Very nice environment and decoration. Only Electronic music. Opens at 10 p.m. Corner of 6 de diciembre and Orellana, next to Subway.


(The places listed below are not gay places per se, just gay-friendly)

La Mariscal

El Cafecito

A simple café popular at night with good vegetarian food. Cordero 1124 and Reina Victoria, Tel: 593-2-223-4862

La Boca del Lobo

A very popular restaurant in the heart of the Mariscal with kitchy décor. Mon-Sat 5 p.m.-midnight. Calama 284 and Reina Victoria, Tel: 593-223-4083, E-mail:

Centro Histórico:

La Ronda street has a nice selection of art galleries and hosts live music in the evening, along with vats of hot wine and canelazo. A great option for low-key evenings.

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26 Nov 2013

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