Brazil Rainbow Tour
Brazil is becoming over tolerant of homosexuality and flourishing gay scenes exists in most of the main cities. In 2005 Sao Paulo hosted the World's biggest gay pride event with an estimated 2 million marchers! The gay scene is centered in Rio and Sao Paulo where you will find many western style bars and clubs. There is a great gay section in Ipanema beach in Rio. Cosmopolitan "Cariocas" are friendly with gays, lesbians and trans-people, making you feel welcome almost everywhere. Even smaller cities like Salvador have lots going on. Language should not be a barrier. Most people you actually have to deal with understand basic English or Spanish. Others will try hard. And body language is universally understood, of course.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, the Marvelous City, is a destination that has always excited the imagination of the gay and lesbian traveler. The beach is the perfect setting to make new friends, and find out what is going on. Go to Farme Gay in Ipanema, a little to the east of cross-street Farme de Amoedo. This spot attracts local TV stars, gays and lesbians, international celebrities but, most of all, this is Barbie land. Before you ask, Barbie is a term used by locals to describe muscular and well-off gay men who live on the South Side. Don't miss the gay dodge-ball and volleyball matches on Sundays. You will find more ideas of things to do and see at Rio Gay by Day.
Suggested itinerary 05 Days / 04 Nights - Including 04 nights in a hotel of your choice, roundtrip transportation between airport and hotel, all hotel taxes and service charges, daily brazilian brakfast buffet and a city tour of Rio de Janeiro.
Just like any major metropolitan area, Salvador has a very active gay life: most homosexuals from smaller cities move here because they find refuge in the big city. However, there are differences. For starters, gays are a lot more socially mixed amongst straight people: there is mutual respect from their families, neighbors and co-workers. This is also one of the reasons why there isn’t a gay residential neighborhood. Barra, however, does have a gay block, with bars and clubs dominating the area.
Suggested itinerary 05 Days / 04 Nights - Including 04 nights in a hotel of your choice, roundtrip transportation between airport and hotel, all hotel taxes and service charges, daily brazilian brakfast buffet and a historical city tour of Salvador.
What is so special about gay Sao Paulo? If anything, the fact that Sao Paulo’s Gay Pride Parade is the largest in the world has to say something about the level of openness and acceptance in gay Sao Paulo. In 2007, more than 3.5 million people attended the event, and the parade now has official government support and funding, making it a major tourist event!
The Gay Pride parade is probably one of the biggest gay festivals available in Sao Paulo, and it is here where a gay tourist can make the easiest connections with members of the gay community. Sao Paulo does have a wide number of gay clubs and restaurants to visit as well, and one of the primary places to go for this is Rua Augusta. This street has gay theatres, shopping, clubs and gay-themed restaurants. In addition, every Sunday evening the Vermont Itaim club holds a lesbian samba.
Suggested itinerary 05 Days / 04 Nights - Including 04 nights in a hotel of your choice, roundtrip transportation between airport and hotel, all hotel taxes and service charges, daily brazilian brakfast buffet.
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