Ecuador’s population overwhelmingly identifies as Catholic, and homosexuality is widely frowned upon. Gay and lesbian visitors should exercise discretion when revealing their sexual orientation.
There is, however, growing acceptance of homosexual relationships. In 2008, Ecuador officially recognized same sex unions. Nevertheless, it is still highly unusual to meet an Ecuadorian who is openly homosexual.
Overall, Guayaquil and Quito are more liberal than the rest of Ecuador. The popular surfing town of Montañita is also known for its relatively gay-friendly atmosphere. But in general, to find a gay bar or other gay-friendly hangout you would need to be invited.
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