Gay Quito – Quito Travel Guide Travel Guides > Ecuador > Gay Quito – Quito Suzi SiegelPerched in the Andes at the foot of an active volcano and straddling the equator, Quito delivers all kinds of scenic drama. The world’s highest capital city also has one of the largest and best-preserved historic centres in Latin America. Overlooked in the past by travellers who opted for its neighbours Peru and Colombia, Quito maintains an old-school charm with warm, welcoming people, fifth-generation hatmakers and ancestral healers. But Quito is in no way stuck in the past. It was way out ahead on gay rights as one of the first countries in the world to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in its Constitution, and one of the few nations to have banned conversion therapy. The gay scene in Quito is not huge, but it is spirited. The Mariscal district fondly referred to as the Pink Zone is the centre of gay life. You might want to try and make it down there for Año Viejo, which is akin to a transvestite Halloween held on New Year’s. Men dress up as ‘slutty widows’ and accost passersby for change. The longer you refrain from handing over a few coins, the wilder their antics get. We take this tradition as more proof that Quito’s a fun, open-minded place that knows how to have a good time and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Feel like getting away? Take a trip planned just for you, and let us do all the work. Discover Trip Design Hotels Things to do Things to see Food & Drink Shopping Nightlife Trip Design The best hotels in QuitoCasa Gangotena has nailed intimate luxury. This boutique hotel set in a neoclassical mansion delivers 1920s elegance and colonial charm right from Quito’s most beautiful plaza. The third-floor terrace offers unbeatable views and the gourmet restaurant serving modern Ecuadorian cuisine is one of the city’s best. You will undoubtedly fall deeply in love with the ILLA Experience Hotel if you stay there. This 10-room family-run hotel fashioned from an 18th-century villa is designed so each of its three floors represents an era in Ecuador’s history —Colonial, Republican and contemporary styles. The word ‘experience’ in the hotel’s name is literal. They will arrange for you to watercolour with a local artist or partake in an Ecuadorian chocolate tasting. The Ikala Quito Hotel is cosy, friendly, serene and inviting. The staff of the 15-room boutique property is super, as is the location in Quito’s Pink Zone. The Carlota Sustainable Design Hotel is a charming, eco-friendly boutique hotel with a rooftop urban garden, reading room, wine cellar where you can schedule a tasting, and a lounge with panoramic views of the city. The gay-friendly 3-star Hotel NASS Sol De Quito is a great budget option. Every room has a terrace facing the mountain or the garden and a complimentary buffet breakfast is served. Carlota Sustainable Design Hotel ILLA Experience Hotel Casa GangotenaThank you for reading Mr Hudson.Subscribe to Travel Guides or log in to continue reading. Subscribe now Log inSpecial SelectionExclusive Mr Hudson offersOut now from gestaltenMr Hudson Explores Browse the Book Explore more Galapagos Islands WildlifeGalapagos Islands Wildlife has few predators, which has allowed various species to flourish over the years. As such they have little fear, especially towards humans. Read story > Enjoy the biodiversity of gay Ecuador: ancient culture, wild nature, the Galapagos, and gay QuitoFrom the impenetrable corners of the Amazonian rainforest to the snow-capped Andean mountains to the wonders of the famed Galapagos Islands, there’s no limit to the dazzling array of adventures that await. Let’s dive in with these enchanting places to visit in Ecuador right now. Read story > Gay San Diego San Diego Travel GuideSan Diego impresses beyond beach culture with its lively Gaslamp Quarter full of galleries, restaurants, and one-of-a-kind boutique stores. To access this content, you must purchase Travel Guides subscription. Explore > Subscribe to our newsletterYou can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing.