Comments on: Top 9 Ways to Avoid Looking Like a Gringo in Latin America http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/ Around the World Travel Blog Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:10:30 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: travis http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-2/#comment-398229 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:49:49 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-398229 I’m wondering when you were last in Central America? I’ve been here for more than two years, and would disagree with the majority of your list!
Flip-flops and sandals are worn all the time, especially by women. In the city, at the beach, walking around town, out at night even.
People wear t-shirts ALL the time.
Men live in running shoes – typically stylish Nike or Adidas street shoes, but running shoes nonetheless.
A number of people, especially those who work in tourism as guides, drivers, bartenders, waitresses and more, use fanny packs ALL the time.
Skimpy clothes – have you ever been to a bar or club in Central America?????????
And lastly, men most definitely wear shorts!
I know it says this list was published in 2011, but it’s more indicative of 1989, unless you’ve been living under a rock.

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By: Laura http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-2/#comment-372080 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:57:45 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-372080 Just to add my two cents. No offense but I’m from Mexico City and the reason you give for not dressing down is not poverty. Is not that you don’t want to be associated with a certain type. And believe me there are LOTS of people -young and otherwise- who wear torn and baggy jeans because they think it’s cool. Dressing a bit more formally is simply a matter of culture and common sense. Are you going to your workplace? Dress nicely. Are you going to the park to walk the dog? Wear whatever you feel like. Are you staying at a beach resort? Wear shorts for the love of God! Do we wear shorts (men and women) in Mexico City? Sometimes we do if the weather is hot enough. And Tony G. only boys wore shorts in Mexico during my grandpa’s times.

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By: Celine http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-2/#comment-328052 Sun, 03 Aug 2014 06:59:09 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-328052 For a tall Asian lady traveling in South America I always get the look somehow. It’s not because I’m not dressed appropriately for the place/culture but simple because I look different. Anyway once you get past the “blending in” phase you’ll be fine.
Some are true to this article, well the obvious belt bags for instance, and those are tacky anyway.
I agree with some commenters that in some countries like Argentina, Chile.. Dressing up like a European works, and somehow what I’d call chic in Paris would be chic here. In cities like Lima or Quito, I think the new high street fashion would be considered in, and I see a lot of young people wearing shorts with a carefree top, or skinnies and plaid shirt with Moto boots, I guess no different than other cosmopolitan cities.
Some notable points though that I would agree on, people here are kind of judgmental with how you dress up. I went to some posh restaurant in Lima and the receptionist checked me out head to toe, well I wasn’t wearing a dress but rather a more high street ensemble of cigarette pants, a printed tee and a tweed jacket with smoking slippers, and I had an LV tote, yet like the snobbish person that she was checked me head to toe. So she told me no available table without checking, if not with my driver coming over to ask what seems to be problem that she won’t have an idea of my capacity to dine there. Then she told me to follow her as magically there’s a table available for me. How ridiculous. I wouldn’t want to give in to the idea of superficiality but I certainly do respect cultures, the differences.
I wear flipflops with short shorts and a nice top and I don’t give a damn, granting the weather allows. Have fun. Oh and another thing, nothing is wrong with nice skimpy clothes, just make sure it doesn’t make you look like you have fat when you’re pretty slim in the first place. It seems to be the norm in some Latin countries, and jeans with no pockets! Duh Que horror! I don’t know if it’s to emphasize the rounded assets or just that some ladies have real tacky taste in clothes.
Guys I have a pretty good advice, at least bring a dress shirt that you can wear with clean smelling jeans, then top it off with a navy sport jacket. You can even get away with sneakers with this look. I’m out of reality here, I’ve realized it’s a backpackers forum. Chau guys

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By: Dave http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-2/#comment-318121 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:28:35 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-318121 Medellin’s climate is such that it’s usually in the low 80′s every day, though the strength of the sun given the 1500m elevation and proximity to the Equator can make it feel quite a bit hotter. I wear shorts when I’m feeling casual, not out of necessity here.

Colombian men are wearing shorts more and more, but it very much depends on the situation. It’s more common on the weekends, and for casual get togethers like a picnic in the park, playing sports, or walking around the immediate area near where you live (like stepping out to the corner store). It’s not nearly as common as in the USA.

Why would your tattoos need to be covered? If you mean for working in an office, yes, I suppose that may be the case. I’m not familiar with office culture here.

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By: Atilla http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-2/#comment-315976 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:15:41 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-315976 I’m considering working in Medellin after living in the Balkans and then back into the USA for awhile. I’ve always identified with the motto “a gentleman doesn’t wear pants”. I always live in climates that allow for pants 9 months of the year. Is Medellin pushing it? Sorry, I just don’t want to be going to work every day drenched in sweat. My forearms are also tattooed and I’m assuming they’ll need to be covered up. Oh Medellin looks good, but maybe I have to move to Russia after all….

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By: Tony G http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-2/#comment-271708 Sun, 06 Jul 2014 09:11:09 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-271708 I found this blog when googling “Do Mexican men wear shorts?” My wife and I are at a resort near Cancun. I refer to it as “Epcot Mexico”. This is fine with us since we just wanted a week to relax at a beach for our anniversary. As one of those who is believes strongly that those coming into the USA should speak at least a passable amount of English, I feel like a real jackass, coming to Mexico knowing hardly any Spanish. I remember the first trip I took through the “real Mexico” many years ago. I sort of got by on my halting Italian. At that time, I was warned by a savvy traveling companion that only boys wear shorts in Mexico, NEVER men. So, here we are, all these years later and I am just about the only Gringo wearing long pants. Thank you for verifying that the rule still holds and though I may sound like a jackass, at least I don’t look like one. By the way, I am old enough to remember when similar rules of dress held true in the USA. People just looked a lot better.

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By: Dave http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-2/#comment-268974 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 02:19:06 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-268974 I’ve been to Cartagena four times, and it’s so bloody hot and humid along Colombia’s coast, it’s impossible for me to wear long pants there, but if I’m leaving the house in Medellín where I live, I’m almost always in jeans or pants unless I’m heading to the gym. That’s the norm here, where the climate is a bit cooler.

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By: bobsue http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-2/#comment-268928 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 01:36:32 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-268928 ok i’m in cartagena right now, and not one of these is true here. delete if you want, that’s just because you don’t want the truth vs. your self-righteousness. unfortunately i packed according to advice like yours and now i look very out of place. time to shop for some booty shorts with rhinestones on them :-/

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By: Annette http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-1/#comment-246631 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:16:09 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-246631 I don’t know if I agree with all of these.

When I was in Venezuela the locals were wearing exactly the things you said no locals would ever wear in the latin american countries.

Everywhere you looked on the streets in both bigger and smaller citys, at the beach, in their own homes, in the djungel, at the country side. Everywhere the locals WHERE wearing shorts. Both men and women. The only once that wasn’t wearing shorts where the once working and had special working clothes. Like if they were a waiter, police or something like that. And the shorts were both long and short. Depending on the preferences of the one wearing them.

Also, I’m used to hear people say we dress “slutty” in europé compaired to for example latin america. But the women on the beaches were wearng Thongs as a bikini. The women in the citys were Always wearing SUPER TIGHT clothes. Often tight, short shorts and a tight croped top that shows your stomach and with a BIG cleavage! It didn’t bother me, and we were not judging but we actually got surprised sometimes of how much skin they show and how tight the clothes fit.

Also, they Always seem to combine A LOT of different colours. They never go with black and White clothes. It was blue, pink, green, yellow and Purple at the same time!

And about the flip flops. People there wore flip flops. Not just at the beach.
The same with work out clothes. I saw houndrets of thousands of peple weaing t-shirts, shorts, tights, sandals and sneakers normally. In the city. Me and my backpacker friends actually blended in quite well no mather what we were wearing. The reason we were almost harrased sometimes because the loals came up to us ALL the time, wanting to talk, to take photos of us with them, honking the horn at us and so on was because we were White and had blond hair. The were really excited about that. They treated us like famous people. But after spending 2 months there we all got really tanned and in the end of our trip they didn’t really care about us anymore because we were not as White anymore. That was when we blended in with the locals!

One thing you’re right about though is that you don’t get in to a club or a Cinema wearing shorts or flip flops. The guys needed to wear long pants and the girls a dress och skirt and sandals or nicer snearks och flats. (or high heels if we wanted but as backpackers wi didn’st bring heels)

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By: Andrew http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-1/#comment-141734 Sun, 04 May 2014 14:02:45 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-141734 This article is dead on. American guy who travels a lot to Latin America for business. I have learned to “sweat it out” not wearing shorts when its 90 degrees because the tourists look ridiculous wearing shorts. The worst offenders of the dress code, so to speak, are the over 50 crowd. I think under 25, do what you want, you are just a “kid”, but the over 50 crowd wearing shorts is offensive. No one wants to see your ugly white legs. Really.

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