This time we determined to do our homosexual journey journals in a different way. As an alternative of mixing all cities, locations, actions, and highlights in only one lengthy article, we separate the totally different locations we visited in Colombia in a number of journals. We expect it is a higher strategy for you, the readers, to get extra exact, extra detailed homosexual journey details about the South American nation you want.
This primary journal is specializing in Cartagena, the Colombian summer time trip vacation spot within the northern a part of the nation. Recognized for its Caribbean aptitude, we had a blast exploring the colourful and colonial metropolis heart of Cartagena’s outdated city, the encircling nature and loved some stress-free, luxurious days on the seaside. We additionally received the prospect to be taught in regards to the LGBTQ+ group together with the one nonetheless open homosexual bar in Cartagena. However allow us to simply present you the highlights of our first six days of our journey to gay-friendly Colombia in our Gay Travel Cartagena Journal via a few males’s eyes.
We landed in Cartagena Airport CTG after an 11-hour flight to Bogotá and a brief 45-minutes connecting flight to Cartagena. It simply had stopped raining and the solar created a welcoming rainbow over the countryside. It took some time till we may get to our baggage though the passport management (no visa wanted for Germany and Netherlands) went actually easy. It was scorching and humid in Cartagena however with this particular summer time and trip aptitude. Through the quick drive to our lodge about 15 minutes exterior of Cartagena, we noticed uncountable scooters crossing our automobile’s method. The primary steps exterior of our lodge in the direction of the Caribbean Sea mentioned only one factor: Have an ideal trip in Colombia!
For the primary three days of our journey, we stayed on the Melia Cartagena Karmairi, luxurious lodge on the Caribbean coast. It lays behind the adults-only The Stage however nonetheless very near the seaside. That makes it good for a romantic sundown within the pool. The Melia Cartagena Karmairi has a extra fashionable really feel and is positioned immediately behind The Stage. With our all-inclusive wristband and never a lot else round, it was the right place to get a little bit little bit of colour whereas having fun with seaside time and swimming within the heat Caribbean Sea.
One of the best ways to recover from our jetlag was to deal with ourselves to a Spa day together with sauna, whirlpool and a message. For the second night we received an invite to get on board a Katamaran for a Saturday sundown tour round Cartagena’s harbor organized by María del Puerto. Along with a bunch of beautiful locals, we danced into the evening with Colombian, Caribbean and Latin songs (examine our Instagram Story spotlight Colombia for the dance!).
Gay-friendly Lodge: Melia Cartagena Karmairi
Tipp: Gay-friendly Eating places: Dinner included at Lodge
Becoming to Halloween, we did a day journey to Santa Catalina north of Cartagena to go to the Mud Volcano Totumo which is, in response to native lore, the satan’s work. After a priest sprinkled holy water on the hearth of the lively volcano, the lava was mud. This muddy spotlight not removed from Cartagena was a vacationer spotlight attracting many LGBTQ+ vacationers as properly. Our day began with a bus journey to the volcano the place we needed to get bare. Dressed solely in a speedo, we climbed up the slippery stairs to the highest of the volcano and jumped into the gray and heat mud.
Good to know: The mud is meant to be very wholesome for the pores and skin on account of minerals. For just some Pesos, one of many guys sitting within the mud gave us a mud therapeutic massage and one other one took the hilarious pictures along with your telephones. After the ‘wholesome’ tub within the mud, we needed to first rate slowly taking tremendous slippery stairs all the way down to the close by lake. Wash girls anticipated us serving to as much as wash all of it off within the lake water. Loopy expertise we’d not wish to miss!
Plan your homosexual journey: Mud Volcano Totumo
Don’t overlook to deliver: Water, some snacks (power bars), swim put on, slippers and a towel
The mud volcano wasn’t the one journey we had deliberate. We had been simply longing to be in Colombian nature, not solely on the seaside. A canoe tour via the mangrove swamp in Cartagena was precisely what we had been searching for throughout our first days in Colombia. Outfitted with mosquito repellent, ingesting water, and our cameras, we went deep contained in the mangroves crossing large lakes and and partly opaque mangrove tunnels. We noticed so many stunning birds, met some native fishermen, and skilled an virtually whole quietness away from the busy metropolis life.
Over the past 15 minutes of the tour we reached the inhabited areas of small settlements and villages. Sadly, this was additionally the place the place many trash luggage, plastic bottles, and different rubbish had been floating round within the brackish water. Our information soothed our considerations by explaining the native actions taken to develop this space and educating the locals about well being and environmental points. We severely hope that this may change into a precedence sooner or later to guard and protect this fragile surroundings. Our tip for you: Convey a ingesting bottle you possibly can refill in your lodge, use reuseable luggage and please don’t throw any extra trash into the waters.
Don’t overlook to deliver: Mosquito repellent (!!!), water, money tip
Big lakes of brackish water and nobody there, simply us © Coupleofmen.com
We had a blast throughout our first days in Colombia! The Caribbean environment, the good meals with contemporary fruits and native elements, the Mud volcano, the mangrove boat tour and the colourful homes of the walled outdated city of Cartagena. And it’s not solely the Caribbean but in addition a gay-friendly a part of Colombia with a homosexual bar and lots of welcoming LGBTQ+ Colombians. We even had the prospect to wave our rainbow flag over town wall of Cartagena whereas driving a historic Spanish canon. After our seaside days, we stayed within the coronary heart of the outdated city briefly strolling distance to town’s highlights. Scrumptious meals, a rooftop pool with a view, dinner underneath the celebrities with reside music – Welcome to Colombian paradise.
Gay-friendly Lodge: The Bastion Luxurious Lodge
Gay Bar in Cartagena: Le Petit Restaurant/ Bar
Gay-friendly Eating places: El Baluarte, Carmen, Alquimico
Collectively we are able to attain the whole lot! Effectively, virtually the whole lot. However sadly, we didn’t handle to catch one of many well-known umbrellas on the gorgeous road Calle Angosto in Cartagena. The Caribbean metropolis proper on the sea is simply attractive and picturesque round each nook. The final three days in our first vacation spot in Colombia, we spent exploring the colonial outdated city of Cartagena which is surrounded by the historic metropolis wall. Particularly the colourful homes, the superb road artwork, and the beautiful Colombians created simply the fitting gaycation feeling.
The one factor we wish to point out is is that we actually didn’t like the various locals who tried to promote us water, souvenirs or simply wished to sing and dance for us anticipating cash round each nook. Daan as a ginger bearded man was chosen to be many instances the ‘sufferer’ for the youthful, dancing and singing road artist. In fact, in the event you like that type of vacation consideration, one can find your self in paradise. Should you don’t, you must communicate out clearly however you possibly can anticipate some innocent mumbled collectively Spanish curses.
Don’t overlook to deliver: Solar lotion, little umbrella, money
Simply one other day in Colombian nature! The climate couldn’t have been higher after we left our lodge and began our tour to the Nationwide Aviary of Colombia, the Aviario Nacional in Cartagena. We made our method west passing via the Colombian countryside and thru small villages for the higher a part of an hour. And it actually wasn’t busy after we arrived there. With over 1.700 birds and greater than 170 species, we actually needed to take our time to identify as lots of the distinctive, colourful, and typical Colombian birds as potential! Do you know that Colombia with its 1.826 hen species is the nation with essentially the most hen species on the earth?
We had been tremendous excited to see all of the birds we had learn a lot about. Our spotlight birds: The Hary Eagle (the most important and strongest raptor discovered within the rainforest) and, in fact, the tremendous noisy Flamingos! In all probability the loudest however positively on essentially the most stunning creatures of the Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Don’t overlook to deliver solar lotion, mosquito repellent and ingesting water. It was tremendous scorching there however the birds are value each drop of sweat. And perhaps you’re fortunate sufficient to search out some stunning and particular feathers alongside your method!
Don’t overlook to deliver: Water (solely beverage allowed), solar lotion, solar hat, mosquito repellent
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