Buenos Aires Gay Travel Guide

Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires

Welcome to the definiteve Gay guide to Buenos Aires! In this city you will find a mix between the elegance of the Europe capitals and the wild spirit of South America . The city was founded by Spaniards but populated by mostly by italians, an also there were bustling french, german, jewisf and english immigrants that mostly came between late 1800 and 1950´s, whe Argentina was on of the wealthiest countries. Visiting Buenos Aires, you will experience a sort of “deja vù” of Europe belle epoque while you explore the grand boulevards, expansive parks, magnificent and ecclectic architecture, and ever-changing fashion of Argentina’s beautiful capital.

We encourage you to take a one of our gay walks through Buenos Aires neighborhoods like, RecoletaPalermo (Soho, Hollywood, Las Cañitas), and San Telmo and you may be persuaded for a moment that you’re in the Paris 16th District. Porteños, -as Buenos Aires citizens are called-, feel with a sort of pride being the most European of South American.

Do not get confused by the architecture of the city, you are still in South America. It may appear in some areas to be a civilized city with an European scent, but you will soon notice porteño`s evident behavior. Specially in issues like the traffic (they drive like hell, I think that was inherited from Italians / Spaniards), the warm way they live their relationships with family and friends (Porteños boys give a kiss to greet other males -not only gay guys, even straight ones kiss each other in the cheek-), the passionate way they speak using their hands to talk, the importance they gave to family and friends, and principally the social and political structure of this beautiful city.

Plaza San Martín, Buenos Aires

While exploring straight and gay Buenos Aires, you will find a city of growing contradictions. Great wealth usually exists alongside considerable -if most times hidden-poverty. The economy was is always swinging in some sort of crisis, but has recovered very fast many times (and you can notice it in shops, bars, restaurants and clubs). Anyway during 2001 big crash hotels and restaurants remained inexplicably full, after COVID 2019 restrictions were fully lifte, you can see many bars and restraurants open or reopen, and they are ususually packed. Porteños can be self-assured, even though the population this high ego and insecurity at the same time. They locals will always ask if you liked the city, the country, the wine, the asado, or “dulce de leche”, the local gay guys/girls, etc. While the center of Gay life is in Buenos Aires, and the city defines Argentina for travelers, it has little to do with the rest of the country. All these elements demonstrate the complexity of a city searching for identity among its South American and European influences. And they make Buenos Aires an unusual and fascinating place to visit.

Gay Buenos Aires: 

San Telmo – Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires became a very popular gay travel destination in the 2000´s. The media started to call it the gay mecca of Latin America. Gay and gay friendly hotels, apartment rentals, etc., flourished in that decade. This is probably one of the most open-minded cities in Latin America. It has also a unique  European feel, and used to be very cheap because of the crisis (inflation in the last years has made it a more expensive destination). The guys are very hot, a mix of Italian, some Spaniards, German, French, Irish English.Andrew Collins author or several gay guides and Fodor’s Gay Guide, sustains in an online article published in OutUK: “This isn’t a let-it-all-hang-out party place like Rio. Rather, in Buenos Aires, lesbians and gay men socialize on a fairly low-keyed level, often in the city’s many trendy outdoor cafes and stylish restaurants – plus a decent number of gay bars. While you won’t necessarily encounter a Castro- or Chelsea-like gay playground where same-sex couples stroll hand-in-hand, you will find that residents of Buenos Aires accept gays and lesbians as a natural component of the urban fabric”

In recent years there has been huge progress with several anti-discrimination and gay rights laws being passed. In 1996 measures forbidding discrimination on the basis of amongst other things sexual orientation were introduced, making Buenos Aires the first Spanish-speaking city in Latin America to do so. In 2002 same sex civil unions were approved in Buenos Aires. Finally in 2009 the Argentine Congress approved Gay marriage Law, giving full equal rights “with the same names” to gay couples. In 2010, the argentine Congress, approved same sex marriage “with the same rights”. So, not only Buenos Aires has gay civil unions, but now people in the whole country, can inherit, adopt, etc. (Law 26.416).Argentina gay community is very lively and active, specially in Buenos Aires and other big cities along the country. Gay Argentina main Pride Parade is held in Buenos Aires the 1st Saturday of November of each year, to mark the formation of the first-ever gay group in Buenos Aires in 1969.

Clive Sanders website editor of London Gay Times Travel says: “Buenos Aires is probably the most liberal and gay friendly city in Latin America. Here you will find a large and sophisticated gay scene.

We were very impressed with Buenos Aires which has a gay scene that we felt compared very favorably to any similar sized city in Europe or North America. There are loads of gay bars, restaurants and clubs, several saunas and even a raunchy sex club. The only down side is that being a Latin country everything is of course really late and most bars don’t get started until well after midnight.”

We think the combination of a vibrant scene and a distinct “European” feel will make gay and lesbian visitors comfortable.

Recent liberalization in the laws effecting gays and lesbians plus the devaluation of the Peso has prompted a boom in gay tourism particularly from the United States. “