South America Local Customs

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South America Local Customs

  • Tango

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    We were able to see tango dancers just about in every neighborhood we went. There were some performing one night in Calle Florida, we saw them in La Boca and we saw them in San Thelmo. There were always crowds surrounding the performers we saw and I learned that they do perform for a fee, so if you stop to watch toss a few pesos their way.

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  • Local Traditions

    Cusco Local Customs

    There are little ceramic bulls on all the rooftops in the Sacred Valley. They are supposed to bring good luck, and fertility, to the household. Many roofs had a cross between the bulls. Some roofs also have flowers. The flowers go up the day you put the roof on (even if the doors and windows aren't in yet) and there is a celebration.

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  • Beach

    Rio de Janeiro Local Customs

    Rio was shaped by its natural surroundings. I can't say I have ever been to a more scenic city with the combination of lush verdant jungle covered mountains right up against the sea creating one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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  • Llamas

    Machu Picchu Local Customs

    Perhaps Machu Picchu was abandoned by humans nearly 500 years ago, but that doesn't mean wildlife went away with them! The site is home to a few llamas, some of which are known for their notorious photobombing skills (for a good laugh, just Google it!). I was also psyched to see a couple of viscachas, an Andean chichilla species that sort of looks...

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  • Bahian Food

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    Bahian cuisine has the influence of Portuguese, African and Indian cultures with a predominance of local exotic ingredients. Is characterized by the generous use of malagueta chili peppers and dende oil extracted from an African palm tree. Several Bahian dishes also contain seafood (usually shrimps), coconut milk, banana and okra. When you are in...

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  • Portuguese needed... or not?

    São Paulo Local Customs

    it's difficult to travel here without knowing some rudimentary Portuguese (even Spanish helps a lot! for some reason most Brasilian/Portuguese people can understand Spanish, but not the other way around). My big regret is that I didn't learn enough; it would have really helped out! Not so many people speak English, but sign language helped

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  • Mate: A strong herbal tea

    Montevideo Local Customs

    Le mate est un incontournable en Uruguay, il fait partie de la vie de tous les jours. Il peut se boire seul, mais c'est surtout une boisson de partage. Drinking mate is normaly with friend, in a group, seldom alone. You take it on the street, at a concert, in your car, a great experience not to be missed.

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  • Traditions and festivals

    La Paz Local Customs

    La Paz was celebrates Carnivale in late February, and shops in a two-block area of downtown sell elaborate costumes and masks. The costumes are very expensive, and some people rent them instead. (I don't know if the shops are open year round, or just in the months before Carnivale.) About 40,000-50,000 costumed dancers will be in the streets when...

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  • Cultural Tips

    Caracas Local Customs

    Allow me to quote myself (hhhaHAHhahahaAh) in Spanish: "Ha quedado ampliamente demostrado que para ser Presidente de Venezuela lo único que se necesita tener son signos vitales". That is...it has been proved tha in order to become President of Venezuela, the only thing you need are vital signs (to be alive). That was the answer I gave to the...

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  • Thumbs Up! Speak Portuguese

    Manaus Local Customs

    Brazil is not a bilingual country and, in Manaus, as well as the rest of Brazil, most people are not fluent in English or any foreign language. In shops and turistic points you' ll probably find someone who manages to understand and communicate in English or Spanish, and although people are often trying hard to do their best, they might not...

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  • Barber Shops Street

    Cuenca Local Customs

    Cuenca is nice to stroll after daylight, the city turned differently at night, is never dark in Cuenca, the whole city is nicely lit. After having dinner, we decide to walk around we took every time a different street going back to the hotel without looking to the map we suddenly came to this street. At first, I wasn't pay attention to the first...

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  • Graffitis Arte Urbano

    Porto Alegre Local Customs

    art in the street, Urban Art sought to bring the street art allowed the graffers know works of the stature of Salvador Dali or Pailos, fish, octopus, divers, sailors, sirens, orcas, headlights, waves and sharks.

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  • Curitiba Graffitis

    Curitiba Local Customs

    Discover their culture, is to walk along its streets and see the different works of art that have been reflected in their walls. Curitiba is one of the cities in Brazil that have the most striking graffiti. These can be known through different itineraries.

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  • Local Otavelinos

    Otavalo Local Customs

    I haven't noticed what's on the feet of indigenous people until I've seen this sandals in the market, it came up to me I thought is a Japanese slippers, so funny. We pass to a stall with pile sandals it looks very cute and is available in different color with or without embroidered. From here I pay attention on their feet, I see that the sandals...

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  • Indigenous Women

    Laguna Quilotoa Local Customs

    We visited Quilotoa on a Sunday, I noticed more locals than tourist. As I said locals I've seen many of Indigenous people around and they all dressed. When we arrived at the parking lot, first thing I see that there was like something going, men and women were all together. they're probably some meetings, they crammed in a small house. We headed to...

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  • Cassava

    Cuyabeno Local Customs

    It doesn't look so simple to prepare the cassava. Step by step: firstly grated, we all have to contribute a job for it. There was a tin grater a very sharp, but these cassava were big and grate it wasn't so easy, it took us a while before it all done. Next step she took a fled coconut leaf and put the grind cassava in it, rolled the leaf...

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  • Traditional Music and Dress

    Sucre Local Customs

    If you are lucky, or possibly with a little research, you will be able to enjoy some of the traditional music, dances and dresses. They do have some shows with some frequency, but you'll have to ask the tourist information offices for locations. Otherwise, just keep your eyes and ears open on the street.

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  • Local people

    Ingapirca Local Customs

    The original inhabitants of Ecuador you can summarize under the name Indians. The simplest subdivision is between tribes Sierra Indians and Amazon Indians. Many of these strains have similar characteristics and use. What is striking is that many strains have been resettled in the Inca time. In this way, tried to place the Incas tribes friendly...

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  • Airport

    Isla de Pascua Local Customs

    With a short 5 minute walk to the airport, checking in for the one and only flight of the day, I had started my slow return home. I still found it amusing that in an airport with only one check-in counter and one gate, they still made announcements that boarding would be through 'Gate 1'. Despite the island's small size, its airport runway is...

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  • Chicha

    Bolivia Local Customs

    I was indoctrinated in the custom of chicha. I was told by one such local that if wine is the blood of Christ, then chicha is the blood of Ché. Drank out of a half coconut bowl, scooped out of what ever larger bucket, pail or barrel is available, it is a social obligation. While it is not strong, when drank for hours, the hint of an earthy...

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  • Taste mate

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    Everyone in Argentina drinks mate, and they even have a special way to drink it - from a hollowed-out gourd (though there are wood and fiberglass cups available too), with a metal straw that has a filter on the end. It tastes a little like green tea, though it's very bitter (it's an acquired taste). Every supermarket has a section with different...

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  • Local Drinks

    Cusco Local Customs

    In 1908, a small brewery was established in the city of Cusco and started brewing what would become one of the best and most popular beers in the country: Cerveza Cusqueña. The brand was recently bought by the company Backus, the biggest brewery in Peru, which increased Cerveza Cusqueña's visibility on the international market without changing the...

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  • Cachaça and Caipirinha

    Rio de Janeiro Local Customs

    Cachaca is a spirit native to Brazil and is distilled from fresh sugarcane juice. Considered a member of the rum family, it is lighter than other rums which are molasses based. Cachaca has a light, smooth flavor with an aroma that is the essence of fresh sugarcane juice. An ageing process at least a year or more improves the cachaca, creating...

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  • Information / Sources

    Machu Picchu Local Customs

    You probably have read this again and again in the Peru travel guides, but it's true --- Burping publicly is considered very offensive, disrespectful and rude when in Peru. Here in USA, one of my colleagues burped and our Peruvian friend was quite annoyed. I don't know the history behind this and I am not sure which is worse for them - burping...

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  • Bahian dress

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    All over the older part of Salvador, and especially in Pelorinho, you will see women dressed in the traditional style. Some of these work in the tourist-aimed shops, e.g. crafts, and wear the dress to attract customers, while others pose on street corners and hope to earn money by being photographed. Unlike in Havana, where a similar custom...

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  • Good food !

    São Paulo Local Customs

    The city's Italian community is large and vibrant, and much of their culture has found its way into the daily lives of every paulista (i.e. someone from São Paulo). However, the Italian influence is particularly notable in the local cuisine, and some do say that you can get a better pizza in São Paulo than you can back in Italy.

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  • Street artists/art

    Montevideo Local Customs

    the grafitis is part of culture, have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. In most countries, marking or painting property without the property owner's permission is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime. Graffiti may also express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic...

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  • Old Caracas (Centro)

    Caracas Local Customs

    Native house of the Liberator Located between the corners of San Jacinto and Traposos, it is the place where the 24 of June of 1783 were born Simón Antonio of the Santísima Trinidad Bolivar Palacios y Blanco, that years later would become the father of the freedom of America. This house of colonial style was built in century XVII, and its style...

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  • local people

    Manaus Local Customs

    from the Manaus Region, have become very much aware of their Heritage and try to preserve their way of life and culture. much of their land has been confiscated, burned and left the tribes on a knifes edge. birthrates had dropped considerable and western diseases like chicken pox, influenca, measles took their toll..and many have been killed, just...

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  • Local Meat

    Otavalo Local Customs

    On our way back to the bus I saw this man selling meat just outside the market, while there are enough vendors in the market. I ask the guide why he didn't join with the others. He said the market is a different thing while this is a daily routine for him. See the meat hanging, if people want to buy, the meat is placed on a round wooden block and...

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  • Specialty of country

    Laguna Quilotoa Local Customs

    Ecuador has a varied cuisine as in the rest of South America, rice and meat the main components of the meals in combination with corn, eggs and vegetables. I know before our trip after reading massive information about the country that roasted Guinea Pig is one of specialty in Ecuador. This is a typical dish served in larger cities, but I haven't...

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  • Indigenous Kids

    Cuyabeno Local Customs

    As I noticed this kids didn't go to school, although it was Monday when we visiting the village. I've seen other kids come home from school, but I wonder the small ones hasn't in school. See, the indigenous people doesn't have the traditional habit here in Cuyabeno, one of this kid was playing a mobile phone, they really lived as...

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  • City Streets

    Sucre Local Customs

    While I had seen this a couple times already in La Paz and later in Potosi, the crossing guards in Sucre were much more animated and fun. These Zebras were helping to shepard the pedestrians at the Zebra crossings. They often took the hand of small children, helped the elderly and otherwise simply danced around and tried to make the adults laugh....

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  • Isolated Location

    Isla de Pascua Local Customs

    Few places conjure the exotic or remote as Isla de Pascua. Being a 6hr flight in modern conveyance from the nearest land, that alone makes many people doubt the origin theories of how the first ancestors arrived and from where. There are a lot of theories, some more plausible than others, but none are absolutely confirmed. Today the island is as...

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  • Dog walkers = Paseadores de perros

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    In almost every area where you will find a park nearby, you will find these talented dog walkers. How do they manage to walk more than 6 dogs at a time amazed me. During a walk along the Botanical Gardens, we happen to see this dog walker with about 8 large dogs, all in unison, walking with no care in the world, and so well behaved! The dogs...

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  • Local Food

    Cusco Local Customs

    We had to try some and it did taste like a cross between chicken and pork. It's a delicacy and is usually the most expensive thing on the menu. Even though it tasted rgood especially the crispy skin ...I just would never get used to eating something that can look back at me. Its head was still on !!

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  • Fitas

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    I went to Salvador in 2007 and had my wrist covered in these beautiful Bahia Wish Bracelets. Long story short, I long ago forgot about them and the story behind them until I recently came across them again in an article. I miss Salvador and I miss the great tradition of Brazilian Wish Bracelets! All my wishes came true! Anywho, you can buy them...

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  • Parillas

    Montevideo Local Customs

    One of the great things that Uruguay shares with its northern and southern neighbours Brazil and Argentina is the love of meat. The number of excellent steakhouses or parillas is infinite, and the meat that is served is second to none. Try the mercado del puerto for a large selection of places that serve grilled meat.

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  • fishing

    Manaus Local Customs

    fishermen at the port of Belem...the main income source for many in the 70s, has been still is I suppose, a spectaculare pasttime for tourist, when the Fishermen brought their catch home in the late afternoon. but Belem has a 'nasty' surprise around this time. one could put the clock to it .around 5pm it started to rain with buckets, cats and...

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  • Local Otavalenos

    Otavalo Local Customs

    Although Otavalo is only two hours away from Quito, is amazing place with different atmosphere, people (women) wear the most beautiful embroidered clothing while men have long braided hair and wear calf length white trousers, ponchos and sandals. These people were very friendly even though don't speak English, the people themselves are small. I...

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  • Harvesting Yucca (Cassava)

    Cuyabeno Local Customs

    After introducing ourselves to indigenous lady she took us to the Yucca farmed. She showed us how to do it, we almost done everything: harvest, peeled and grated. Nice experience we've learned something, and something we never done before. The plant grows in wild, at first I thought it was a wild grass, but then the guide said we have to pull...

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  • Regarding Food

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    If you're in Buenos Aires, you need to eat empanadas while you're there! These are baked pastries with a filling in them (very much like turnovers), and their shape indicates which filling is in them (they fold and/or close them differently so you can tell which is which, and as far as I know, the shapes are universal). They can be eaten as a...

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  • Local Festivities: Others

    Cusco Local Customs

    Okay maybe, "PRE-Independence Day Celebrations" would be a better title. Despite their very traditional culture and lifestyle, like ALL Latinos, Peruvians LOVE to party. I read that festivals often start a few days early and end a few days late. Independence Day was a little different. First, a little background. Locally known as the "Fiestas...

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  • Capoeira

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    Capoeira is a unique Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, music and acrobatics. But capoiera is much more; it is a ritual and a philosophy, a cultural tradition and a way of life. It was invented by African slaves in Brazil over 450 years ago. The African slaves that came to Brazil brought with them their...

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  • Local Fruit and Vegetables

    Cuyabeno Local Customs

    I've seen a mobile shops before and is a lot nicer than these one. Markets doesn't exist in the area, the bigger town is still an hour drive from here. There is only one shop sells a bit of everything and quite expensive, a real a tourist price. While we're waited for the shuttle, suddenly a fruit car arrived, at first I thought is a...

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