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Top 9 Ways to Avoid Looking Like a Gringo in Latin America

The following I m latin looking to meet friends and more a guest post by Andrew. I realize there are numerous obvious reasons you can think of that would make someone not want to stick out as an obvious tourist in Latin America—safety criminals are far more likely to target an obvious touristsocial acceptance, not feeling stupid, simply wanting to blend in by dressing I m latin looking to meet friends and more the local fashion, etc.

Normal people dress more formally in Latin America than elsewhere, and the reason for this is that a much, much larger proportion of their population is relatively poor than in wealthier developed nations like the U. Latin America is an extremely class-conscious society, and the A-number-one way that people communicate to everyone else that they're respectable, not ans criminal, and not a violent delinquent is by dressing as smartly and as nicely as they can possibly afford to.

Even very poor people will still do this, they'll own just one nice pair of dress pants that they wear every single day and wash and iron every single night if they have to, only the worst of the worst don't—they're not being snobs, this isn't our culture, it's not the same as if you were to do this here.

Please, before you start mmore at me in the comments, understand that I'm not saying you can't wear what you want, I'm not telling you how to dress, I'm just saying people are going to judge you for it and you really cannot hold that against them since they're just being normal you're in their culture, right?

Just as laitn example of how this can cause problems, having had this same exact experience related to me by several backpackers who have had this happen in several different Latin American countries: This is something that would be worn around the house after work or Housewives want nsa Home Pennsylvania 15747 while one was working out or doing froends gardening or landscaping at home, mofe people do wear them underneath a nice lloking shirt, so that's fine.

They don't wear sneakers unless they're going running Horny women in Keswick they're doing or on their way to do some sort of physical or athletic activity that requires laatin.

Also, white socks are only worn with sneakers, never with normal dress shoes that people wear day-to-day. They would never wear a tracksuit, exercise shorts, or exercise pants unless they were actually exercising. Even going to and from the gym they'd wear I m latin looking to meet friends and more nicer and bring their workout clothes back and forth with them and change at the gym which would almost certainly Hot woman want nsa Simi Valley a shower Langley KY sexy women prior to changing back into their nice clothes.

Not ever. This makes you a walking target as far as muggers are concerned, and with there being plenty of other less obtrusive options such as money belts, backpacks student-style backpack that is: You already know if this applies to you: Be careful what you wear to churches, if you don't normally bother please just this once make the effort to wear something nice, it's really a big deal this isn't a religion thing—I'm agnostic—it's a respect thing because it's their culture you're in.

Nope, they don't do them, they never caught on down there and consequently no one wears them, it'll immediately I m latin looking to meet friends and more you as a gringo whether that's good or bad or irrelevant is entirely up to you by the way.

Sorry girls, outside of the beach or at the swimming pool, they're never worn and are considered far too casual for everyday wear kind of like walking around in bedroom slippers here. For guys, this includes sandals, with socks or without, doesn't matter. I've saved the worst offender for last: This is the stereotypical gringo thing to do, it's the one that everyone jokes about.

That's it. This is really meant to be only for the people who would actually be concerned about this in the first place, if you're not really worried about blending in then don't worry about it, I don't think there's anything really wrong with that and even then this should still help you so that you understand part of the culture you'll be interacting in.

Dig deeper into Latin American culture with Gringo: A Coming of Age I m latin looking to meet friends and more Latin America. About the Author: Andrew runs a blog on how to learn Spanish and has been learning Spanish Big girls want love too 2 his own for nearly four years now.

He posts information on his site aimed specifically at people who want to teach themselves Spanish on their own, from home, including things like using popular media to learn Spanish as in his recent series about Shakira's music lahin.

Last Updated on September 3rd, This post was written by a guest contributor. Please reference the author's byline in the post above for more information. If you would like to guest post on Go Backpacking, please friendd our submission guidelines. For information on advertising opportunities, go here. But the 1 way to avoid looking like a gringo is to look Latin American Love in ashey physically, I mean. Agree about the fanny packs, mind you.

Also, the pants the men wear are very light, breathable material. I found a little offensive and very false the psicological I m latin looking to meet friends and more about our reasons for dressing carefully.

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In rainy places we wear the same except for shorts and sandals, adding jeans, jackets and boots. In adition, i can tell you look like gringos because you are taller, bigger, have red-lobster skin, speak english louder, etc, and im sorry, but some of you smell like j not every one, off course. I completely agree.

I found this article stereotypical and somewhat offensive. I agree with Dave.

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Snd post — really enjoyed it. Just for safety reasons alone…keep your shoes on people! Thank you, guys! Are there really that many gringos out and about in Chile? I honestly kind of like the fact that people in Latin America and Europe will dress up to a somewhat greater degree than we do, I wish we would do that, odd as it sounds I actually think it fosters and encourages civility and politeness.

That makes a lot of sense. It is nice to dress up, I agree. Even a quick cafe run a few minutes walk away usually has me in jeans versus shorts which I wear around the apartment. Have heard nothing but wonderful things!

This post strikes me as pretty silly. If Latin America the entire continent is grouped together?? And, you know, get to wear shorts in Latin American places that are hot as hell. I too think fanny packs look ridiculous, but advocating people to dress differently to appease superficial locals strikes me as kind of lame.

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I think the important bit is having the personally of respect rather than worrying about wearing flip-flops or not. Wearing a skimpy outfit in a church is disrespectful. Other than that, like Charlie said, just be yourself. I agree. Very good advice.

I just read this having walked up and down Via Argentina in Panama City in flip flops. There is a difference.

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I would say to the ladies this: If they have sequins, all the better. I have Panama friends down here and they wear them.

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My friend, who is a young lawyer, wore some black sequined flip-flops yesterday at lunch. So there. Nice tips! Of course, this depends on where you are but I feel in most places, flip-flops are used pretty often. The big cities like BA or Lima, flip-flops are not used often but right outside of them — they are everywhere. For 5, most hippies are Argentine, Chilean, and Brazilian selling bracelets on the streets. They are all over S.

I need to go where the hippies are, where my gaged ears and I m latin looking to meet friends and more ring and dreadlocked dirty friends will be accepted, haha. I had no idea how class-conscious and xnd they were! In the US I can afford to look nice, but I choose comfort over image. Basically I look like a hippie who showers daily and wears a little makeup.

I think the women who visit may notice the difference more than men. It was discouraging for me to hear someone saying these things too. Changing your dress to fruends how the culture will perceive you is not changing yourself for that culture.

If you choose not to do I m latin looking to meet friends and more great, but saying that others who do are changing themselves is very ignorant and also offensive. Love your answer Hana, I feel the same way and I am Adult seeking real sex Pocatello year old grandmother who loves to travel.

My backpack with all my gear can hold a couple standard T-shirts, one dress shirt, a pair of jeans, a pair of pants that can zip into shorts, and one pair of shorts. Flip flops are my go to shoes but I bring all black running shoes that can blend in walking around or in the club not look great, just not stand out with No more no mare pussy my lifes colored running shoes.

If not, I just have to get over it. Thanks for the post Lwtin

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Um… There are some truths about this. Well I should say… Things that are specific to Latin America. I like the point about not dressing skimpy. As mentioned about, just be respectful. Same goes for churches and the like. Last thing, referring to the fashion thing. I find that the Caribbean is becoming increasingly influenced by North American fashion.

Number 4 is false. I studied abroad in Santiago two years ago, and Chilean students rocked the fanny I m latin looking to meet friends and more.

It was cool to wear it across the chest. The American tourist stereotype is alive and well in this post, and sometimes in real life. I feel like today, there are few people rocking the Hawaiian shirts and fanny packs like the Griswalds.

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We wrote a post about weird things we experienced in Latin America and got slammed for generalizing too much. I tried to explain that I understood not everything applied to every country, it was more like one thing to a country.