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Chile Gay Travel

Gay hikers come for Patagonia, but return for Santiago & Wine Country.

Chile is over twelve times longer (4,300 km/2670 mi) than it is wide (350 km/217 mi), making it the narrowest country in the world. It spans the west coast of South America through an array of climate zones and gorgeous geography, including the Andean Mountains, the Atacama Desert, fertile Colchagua Valley and even the southern glacier fields of Patagonia. This extreme contrast in topography is often why travellers flock to Chile. Still, the friendly locals and rising culinary scene—not to mention the booming capital city—are why they keep coming back.




Quick Facts

  • Capital City: Santiago
  • Currency: Chilean Peso
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Best Time of Year to Visit: Shoulder seasons (Oct-Nov & Mar-May)

LGBTQ+ Rights in Chile

Gay Chile Travel

Best Places to Visit in Chile

More Info

Queer rights are progressing in this once socially conservative but still Catholic country. Same-sex couples have had legal protection since 2015 and have been able to marry since 2022. They can also apply to adopt. There are no service bans for the military, and transgender people can change their sex and name.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Legal
Right to Change Gender: Legal, but requires surgery
Same-Sex Adoption: Legal
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal

The gay scene and most of the country’s LGBTQ+ nightlife is thriving in the capital of Santiago, especially in Barrio Bellavista. To make the most of it, bear in mind things don’t get rolling until late in the night (the Latin way).

Gay Villages in Chile

Santiago: Barrio Bellavista

Pride Festivals in Chile

Santiago Pride (Marcha del Orgullo): Annually on the last Saturday in June.
Open Mind Fest (A gay electronic street party): Annually in November.

Best Gay Bars in Chile

Santiago: Station Bar
Santiago: Bar 105
Santiago: Il Divino
Santiago: Club Soda

Best Lesbian Bars in Chile

Santiago: Máscara Pub
Santiago: Realidad Paralela

5. Easter Island

Few of the ancient world’s remains are as famous as Easter Island’s Moai statues.

4. Atacama Desert

As the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert boasts the world’s best stargazing. During the day, bike or hike the desert’s other-worldly terrain, visit the salt lagoons or discover a half-buried hand statue.

3. Santiago

Top-notch museums, cultural sights, incredible gay nightlife and indulgent restaurants await travellers in Santiago. Oh, and the mountain view isn’t so bad, either.

2. Colchagua Valley

Oenophiles have long proclaimed Chile a dominant presence among the New World wineries. Taste why on a biking tour of Colchagua Valley.

1. Torres del Paine National Park

Patagonia is so famous the world’s best outdoor clothing company is named after it. Endless stretches of the countryside are broken up by soaring mountains only the bravest travellers would dare surmount. Endemic flora and fauna thrive in the remote, relatively untouched terrain.

Best Time to Visit: The weather is best during the shoulder seasons: October to November & March to May.

Electricity: C- and L-type sockets

Time Zone: UTC-03:00, Santiago

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements: We’re dedicated to ensuring our tours are safe for everyone, but it is our belief that each traveler has a responsibility to protect themselves and their fellow travellers from COVID-19. As of May 1, 2023, Out Adventures no longer requires guests to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on most of our tours. If vaccination is a requirement for entry, or on select cruises, this will be communicated at the time a trip is confirmed to depart. Before booking, we recommend that you read our COVID-19 Information Page and our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions to understand what we’re doing to minimize risk, and what will happen if you contract COVID-19 before or during an Out Adventures tour.

Other Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Chile, there are no other vaccinations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas: US, Canadian and Australian citizens don’t require a tourist visa. Contact a Chilean embassy for more info.

Last updated on August 21, 2023. Disclaimer: The information provided was accurate at the time of publishing, but cannot be guaranteed.
LGBT Rights in Chile

Queer rights are progressing in this once socially conservative but still Catholic country. Same-sex couples have had legal protection since 2015 and have been able to marry since 2022. They can also apply to adopt. There are no service bans for the military, and transgender people can change their sex and name.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Legal
Right to Change Gender: Legal, but requires surgery
Same-Sex Adoption: Legal
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal

Gay Chile Travel

The gay scene and most of the country’s LGBTQ+ nightlife is thriving in the capital of Santiago, especially in Barrio Bellavista. To make the most of it, bear in mind things don’t get rolling until late in the night (the Latin way).

Gay Villages in Chile

Santiago: Barrio Bellavista

Pride Festivals in Chile

Santiago Pride (Marcha del Orgullo): Annually on the last Saturday in June.
Open Mind Fest (A gay electronic street party): Annually in November.

Best Gay Bars in Chile

Santiago: Station Bar
Santiago: Bar 105
Santiago: Il Divino
Santiago: Club Soda

Best Lesbian Bars in Chile

Santiago: Máscara Pub
Santiago: Realidad Paralela

Best Places to Visit in Chile

5. Easter Island

Few of the ancient world’s remains are as famous as Easter Island’s Moai statues.

4. Atacama Desert

As the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert boasts the world’s best stargazing. During the day, bike or hike the desert’s other-worldly terrain, visit the salt lagoons or discover a half-buried hand statue.

3. Santiago

Top-notch museums, cultural sights, incredible gay nightlife and indulgent restaurants await travellers in Santiago. Oh, and the mountain view isn’t so bad, either.

2. Colchagua Valley

Oenophiles have long proclaimed Chile a dominant presence among the New World wineries. Taste why on a biking tour of Colchagua Valley.

1. Torres del Paine National Park

Patagonia is so famous the world’s best outdoor clothing company is named after it. Endless stretches of the countryside are broken up by soaring mountains only the bravest travellers would dare surmount. Endemic flora and fauna thrive in the remote, relatively untouched terrain.

More Info

Best Time to Visit: The weather is best during the shoulder seasons: October to November & March to May.

Electricity: C- and L-type sockets

Time Zone: UTC-03:00, Santiago

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements: We’re dedicated to ensuring our tours are safe for everyone, but it is our belief that each traveler has a responsibility to protect themselves and their fellow travellers from COVID-19. As of May 1, 2023, Out Adventures no longer requires guests to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on most of our tours. If vaccination is a requirement for entry, or on select cruises, this will be communicated at the time a trip is confirmed to depart. Before booking, we recommend that you read our COVID-19 Information Page and our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions to understand what we’re doing to minimize risk, and what will happen if you contract COVID-19 before or during an Out Adventures tour.

Other Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Chile, there are no other vaccinations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas: US, Canadian and Australian citizens don’t require a tourist visa. Contact a Chilean embassy for more info.

Last updated on August 21, 2023. Disclaimer: The information provided was accurate at the time of publishing, but cannot be guaranteed.
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Steve & Andrew

Great location with super fun guides.

Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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Great location with super fun guides. The exercise helped us enjoy the great food and wine!

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Willem

It was a terrific 9-day adventure.

Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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It was a terrific 9-day adventure, packed with interesting activities and places to see. I particularly enjoyed the opportunities for hiking and biking.

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Kevin K

Best group trip I've taken!

Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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Best group trip I’ve taken. The gay Chile tour itinerary is amazing, great group of guys, special extras like champagne in the dessert. Amazing!

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Peter H

Well organized!

Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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Out Adventures gay Chile tour was well organized with plenty of diversions while including an excellent background, and knowledge of the country.

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Henry D

I don't know why I waited so long...

Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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Amazing! First time to South America and I don’t know why I waited so long.
It was a more active trip which made it more satisfying.

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Bob M

Small fun group!

Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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Small fun group was ideal, right blend of activity and exploring and good mix among those.

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Dustin B & Nate G

Very well-organized

Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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Very well-organized and fun to be with a group of gays

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Jason O & John S

We absolutely loved this trip

Chile: Active Santiago, Atacama & Patagonia
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We absolutely loved this trip. The places we stayed, the food we ate, and the activities we did were all incredible. But more than that, the people (Alf and Adrian) were the best. They were warm and inviting yet never did we feel lost or disorganized. They made traveling through Chile an incredible experience.

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