Réveillon in Trancoso. Photo © Robert Miguel (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Brazil’s Many Festas

Brazilians’ fame for merrymaking is not an exaggeration. Carnaval is a spectacular example, but the year is filled with fantastic events–and many of them are quite different from Carnaval. Here’s what to expect from each celebration along with when and where they’re held.

Beachgoers near a tent with a rainbow flag and beach chairs on the white sand of Ipanema beach.

Rio de Janeiro City’s Gay Scene

While Rio’s vibe is quite gay friendly, few specifically gay venues exist. GLS (a Brazilian slang term for gay, lesbica, e simpatisante; i.e., gay friendly) spaces rule, with gays, lesbians, and heteros mixing socially. Here are the hot spots to check out.

A couple dances a salsa in a neon-lit bar.

Medellín Nightlife

Medellín nightlife is truly hopping, and whatever your scene–salsa or jazz, grungy or cool, dress to impress or comfy casual–you’ll probably find it here. For whatever night out you can imagine in Medellín, this is where to go.

Electronica band Volta plays at Armando Records.

Nightlife in Bogotá

The capital city is also Colombia’s nightlife capital. From pub terraces to relaxed and groovy club scenes to LGBT nightspots, here’s where to go for nightlife in Bogotá.

A woman takes in the city of Cartagena, Colombia.

Colombia Travel Tips: Accessibility and Safety

As with travel to any foreign country, a good dose of common sense will serve you well in Colombia when it comes to staying safe, but it’s always best to familiarize yourself with cultures and customs before your visit. This is especially true for travelers with disabilities, women traveling alone, or gay and lesbian travelers.

The Milan Pride Parade.

Italy’s Gay and Lesbian Culture

All across Italy are visible and vibrant gay communities. Learn more about Italy’s gay and lesbian culture, including why travel magazines regularly rate Italy as the top destination for gay travelers.

Demonstrators with Frente por los Derechos Igualitarios in Costa Rica.

LGBT Life in Costa Rica

Gay life in Costa Rica is fairly similar to life in the U.S. in that it varies from region to region, city to city, even neighborhood to neighborhood. San José is known as a gay-friendly city, and all around the country there are pockets of openly gay culture.