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 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:41:27 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 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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By: Jb http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-1/#comment-98832 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:26:33 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-98832 Not everyone dresses up all the time in Latin America, that’s just ridiculous.
In Colombia you see more Colombians (guys & girls) wearing fanny packs than any gringos. In fact it’s more socially accepted there than in the us (mochila culture). They also love crocs in Latin America more than in the US and wear them everywhere. If that’s not extremely informal I don’t know what is..

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By: Martin http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-1/#comment-98447 Sun, 06 Apr 2014 19:20:05 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-98447 Latin America rocks! Don’t put them all in the same bag though. All of us who had lived in Chile know that they are anything but formal. Try not to wear cargo things, as they don’t sell them down there nor the combination jeans-flip flops (don’t even do that up here). You can always wear flip flops with shorts. & as long as you dress accordingly to the situation you’re sorted! Btw is not even trendy to be informal all the time here in Europe anyway, so speak for yourself Murricans.

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By: Ondina http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-1/#comment-96337 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:00:07 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-96337 Your answer summarizes perfectly centuries of «European » colonialism, imperialism, racism and superiority complex all over the world. It is very sad that people who are uncapable of working and thinking properly out of a structured system that is better than its invidual components (i.e. human beings) judge themselves better than many people who are better than the system they live in.

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By: Brad http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-1/#comment-95860 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:34:54 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-95860 How should a good ol’ black Canadian lad,60,with boyish good looks,a muscular build-I’m 5’9″,200-205 lb./,18-inch arms-who’s said to resemble a handsome black cowboy dress and behave to get a buxom Latin lady between 24 and 38?

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By: ed http://gobackpacking.com/top-9-ways-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gringo-in-latin-america/comment-page-1/#comment-95338 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 02:59:51 +0000 http://gobackpacking.com/?p=8886#comment-95338 I’m Peruvian. Just apply the logic of any fashion magazine: dress according to the occasion and place, I think this applies to anywhere in the world.

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