As we gear up for the 30th annual Toronto AIDs Walk on Sunday, September 16, we wanted to share our friend Michael Coulombe’s inspiring story of conquering The Inca Trail.
In 1995 the software consultant from Massachusetts was diagnosed with HIV and thought at most, he had one good year left. In 2017, twenty-three years after being diagnosed, the industrious traveller surmounted the Peruvian Andes on our Peru: The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu gay tour.
To rest your weary feet after our daily hikes and bikes, we’ve selected three incredible hotels in the key areas we’ll visit: Santiago, Colchagua Valley and Atacama Desert. Scroll down for a quick intro to each. Continue reading “Stays that Slay: Chile”→
Argentina has become a world-leader in LGBT rights. And it has nothing to do with Madonna’s memorable portrayal of the famed former first lady, Eva Perón.
Homosexuality has been legal in the country since 1887. In 2010, it became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. And in 2012, it became legal to change one’s gender without surgery. Not to mention other hot topics such as blood donation, adoption, anti-discrimination policies all checking out in favour of us homos.
According to Equaldex, when Argentineans were asked “Should society accept homosexuality?”, 77% said “Yes”!
Our very own Kevin & Rob are hosting parallel Patagonia tours:
Patagonia: Argentine Glacier & Chilean Eco-Camp (AKA Adventure)
Join Kevin on an epic adventure featuring some of the region’s most rigorous treks. Your sweat and tears won’t be for naught – it’ll be worth it once you reach unimaginable vantage points worthy of a National Geographic cover. We’ll end each day at Eco-Camp, recently rated the SECOND BEST HOTEL IN SOUTH AMERICA!
Patagonia: Argentine Glaciers & Estancia Cristina (AKA Comfort)
At the same time, Out Adventures’ founder Robert is leading a low-key exploration of the vast region with tours of haunting glaciers, mesmerizing mountains and an unforgettable ranch. We’ll enjoy relaxed boat rides and luxurious accommodations.
Below is a side-by-side comparison of the activities on both tours so you can choose the right experience for you. Oh, and if you really want to milk your time in these southernmost parts, pair either tour with our Antarctica: Gay Expedition, Chile: Grapes Grit & Stargazing tour or both!
First, an active adventure, sleeping under the stars on a trek through the Andes towards Machu Picchu. Second, a cultural tour with a splash of luxury and stops in Lima, Cusco, The Amazon and, yes, Machu Picchu.
Prefer to rehydrate with rosé? Enjoy finishing a trek with Tempranillo? Or conclude a tough ride with Riesling?
If you answered yes to any of the above, our Chile: Hiking, Biking, Wining and Dining tour may just be your cup of petit chablis. The hybrid active-culture adventure features tenacious treks and rigorous rides but rewards your efforts with tours of lush vineyards and meals at the country’s finest restaurants.
Below we uncork the active portion of the tour, detailing each bike and hike to help you determine if this is the right trip for you.