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Ecuador is a complex mix of extreme conservatism (mainly due to the Catholic faith that dominates), and a young generation that is confident and forward thinking. In cities like Quito and Guayaquil, travelers will likely to find open-minded people. Ecuador doesn’t have any gay hotels but there are gay-friendly options. In Quito, the “zona Rosa” is the gay-friendly part of the city. In cities like Guayaquil and Cuenca, LGBTQ+ travelers will have no problem finding hotels, bars and restaurants with diverse crowds with a welcoming attitude. Two large annual LGBTQ+ events in Quito are the Quito Gay Pride Festival (Orgullo) and the Quito Gay Film Festival (El Lugar Sin Limites). Quito has held a pride each year since June 1998 while the film festival is a perfect opportunity to check out the latest in award-winning queer cinema. There are also a few travel agencies in Quito who directly market to the LGBTQ+ community offering tours around the city, into the Amazon and to the Galapagos Islands.

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