Chile may not be the first destination to think of when you think of a resort in the South Pacific with beautiful beaches and a warm blue ocean. However, this narrow coastal strip wedges between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean – just like a big snake – known as the Republic of Chile, with the most beautiful beaches of South America and the capital city of San Diego is very suitable for homosexuality.
This narrow land borders northern Peru, borders the northeast with Bolivia, borders Argentina with the east, and the Drake Strait at the southernmost tip of the country, stretching 2,700 miles along the southwest coast. South America. At its widest point is only 150 miles deep, and the majestic Andes creates a natural boundary that is separated from neighbouring Argentina and Bolivia. But the diversity of Chile from the banned dry land of the northern Atacama Desert to the vast expanse of the river valley, including vineyards and farmland, as well as the lush Lake District and the southern Patagonian maze, makes this a truly spectacular Adventure resort. Chile has more than 50 active volcanic peaks, virgin forests and fascinating lakes. The climate is mild throughout the year and quickly becomes a new ecological adventure destination in South America.
Most visitors to Chile arrive in the capital city of Santiago, where they can easily travel to different areas and enjoy a unique holiday experience. In addition, in San Diego and nearby Vina del Mar or Valparaiso, you can also find the widest range of gay and gay friendly highlights in this diverse country.
Over the past decade, homophobia has disappeared almost in Chile, and same-sex relationships have disappeared. Legitimate since 1998. The age of consent is 18 years old, but sexual relationships must be carried out in privacy so as not to be considered unethical or indecent. Currently, the Chilean Parliament is considering a law that allows civil union between same-sex couples and several well-known media celebrities and announces support for gay rights. This has led to an increase in the number of gay businesses, especially in San Diego.
The urban renewal of San Diego is evident because the grand new office building is higher than the beautiful century-old manor and Spanish colonial buildings. The CTC Telecom Tower is actually the world's largest mobile phone, dominated the San Diego skyline, in stark contrast to the nearby Bellavista neighbourhood, with narrow streets and an art boutique in the Bohemian quarter. This is a very clean and safe city with many pleasant walks in different tourist and residential areas or in the vast parks.
Any visit to San Diego should begin on the cable car to see the Madonna of San Cristobal on the top of Cerro and observe the city below. Many gay discos and bars are located at Barrio Bellavista at the foot of Cerro San Cristobal. The nearest metro station is Baquedano in Piazza Italia, from which you can pass through Avenue Providencia and then through the Rio Mapocho Bridge, you are in Barrio. Local restaurants, colourful cafes, bars and nightclubs can be found here, one of the most interesting neighborhoods for the most direct and gay tourists in San Diego – it's not a gay neighborhood, but a real integrated area. Other concentrated gay bars are located in the downtown area, a short walk from the beautiful Cerro Santa Lucia Park and close to the pedestrian shopping street. The atmosphere of the neighbourhood bar recommended by some local residents is Bar Willy and Hollandesa and the late night club, Bokhara, Bunker and Fausto are worth visiting. The club usually does not start running around 1:30 am, and the party can last until dawn.
Whether you are exploring the day early or sleeping until noon, the city of San Diego offers a lot of sightseeing and entertainment. . Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino is the best museum in San Diego, with beautiful Spanish art from the entire South American continent. Highlights include a beautiful Central American incense burner, Andean textiles dating back to 3,000 years, and Mayan carvings – no reason to miss. Or you can enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at the stately Mercado Center, surrounded by market stalls filled with sparkling squid and squid, salted oysters, mussels or clams. La Chascona is the home of the Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda – from Victorian dolls and African carvings to music boxes and paper towns, these weird and beautiful items are packed with scorpions. As a museum, it is a fascinating visit. There is no doubt that the best place to find souvenirs is the lively Los Dominicos market, where you can find a wide variety of beautiful handicrafts as well as antiques, books, fossils, restaurants and live music for weekend dancing. In addition, many Spanish palaces, castles and historic buildings are the dreams of photographers.
After a few days in the capital, it is worthwhile to venture to the Pacific coast to enjoy the sea and more holiday-style holidays. For a short $15, a two-and-a-half-hour car will take you to the old port city of Valparaiso. It will feel like going back to the past and enjoying the old world charm of a real Chilean fishing port and shipping port. The open-air market where historic buildings meet locals has remained unchanged for centuries. Local restaurants and bars will serve authentic local dishes to suit the needs of any discerning traveller. Papa fritas — fried potatoes — is a Chilean specialty, especially in a dish called Chorillana, which is mixed with eggs, onions, beef and sausage. Remember that the ketchup is placed in a green container and the chili sauce is placed in a red container! In Valparaíso you can also find a very modern parliament building, which is the seat of the government. Hanging around the city is a very relaxing and fascinating way to spend a day or two.
It may be time to stretch and relax on the beach. A 15-minute local bus ride from Valparaíso will take you to the resort town of Vina del Mar — Vineyard By The Sea — there are luxury hotels, apartment rentals and bed and breakfasts, surrounded by the Pacific Promenade. One of Chile's largest casinos, the Municipal Casino, is located here and includes a five-star hotel, a disco and a gourmet restaurant.
Also known as Garden City, with numerous parks and more than 2.5 miles of sandy beaches, Vina del Mar is a popular resort town where visitors can enjoy warm summers, beautiful fall colors, exquisite spring flowers and spectacular Year-round sunset. Local GLBT residents and visitors frequent three beaches – Caleta Abarca, Los Marineros and Las Salinas – which are popular with the local Marines! If you are confused about the name "Vina", you will feel a sense when you taste the famous local year in Chile. This seaside resort is perfect for relaxing and experiencing a true Chilean holiday.
Accommodations from all over Chile range from backpackers' leisure venues to modern luxury hotels and everything in between – the prices are very reasonable. However, full gay accommodation is hard to find. The gay-friendly Hotel La Foresta is ideally located in the heart of Santiago, close to the GLBT nightlife, on the edge of Cerro Santa Lucia Park. The rooms are spacious and inexpensive, the staff are very helpful and have a good understanding of the gay scene. Hotel Castillo is a gay guest house built in 1920. The interior is designed like a castle and is adjacent to the Bokhara disco. If you like to be at night – sometimes during the day – the place is more adequate, the room is cheap.
It is worth noting that Chilean tourists in Canada need to purchase an entry visa for approximately $120.00 (accepted credit card), valid for your passport. However, this admission fee was offset by the very low cost of living and extremely cheap dining and entertainment throughout Chile.
Therefore, in the world's longest and narrowest country, famous for its copper, squid and fine wines, it is a unique gay South American experience and a Pacific coast holiday filled with unique gay Latin memories