reply to post by RandalFlagg
Hey! I like your initiative. So, I'll start off by saying that I am a "South American" myself, I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I'll give you some advice
about where to go and what to eat etc. First of all, it's not only spanish that we talk down here, actually, in Brazil we speak portuguese and in the
major cities such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and a few touristic points such as Florianopolis, Foz do Iguaçu and Fernando de Noronha english is
very well spoken as well, so no worries! And in Chile, Peru, Venezuela and every "spanish" speaking country in latin america, don't tell them they
speak "spanish", they don't like it, because what they speak down there is actually "castellano", which is a variation from the spanish, but almost
the same, much like the portuguese we speak in Brazil and the portuguese they speak in Portugal, very similar, but not the same.
If I were you, I'd start by visiting Mexico, most specifically 3 places over there: Acapulco, Cancun and Mexico City. Then I'd probably go "down" to
Aruba and then to La Paz. After that of course a must go is Fernando de Noronha, just google it I think you'll be pretty amazed, there are many other
places in the north eastern coast of Brazil which include a lot of drinks such as "Capeta" (meaning devil or "from hell"), Piña Colada (that is
famous around the world) and of course the most famous of all, the traditional "Caipirinha", a must drink in my opinion. For eating, feast yourself on
a lot (I really mean a lot) of seafood, mainly shrimp based stuff and they use a lot of coconut and spicy condiments, also try the "Acarajé" and
"Tapioca", both a very very very traditional food from Bahia (the capital of Bahia is Salvador).
Further south the coast you will surely want to visit Rio de Janeiro, Cabo Frio and Buzios. Now Buzios is heaven on earth, trust me, you really want
to go there. It's also a stop for most (if not all) cruise ships that "adventure" themselves around South America, so english is almost the first
language there, spanish and portuguese being the second.
Then you will want to hit Sao Paulo (which is where I live and if you wanna stop by I'll be glad to show you around lol), not much to say about this
city, pretty much like London, LA or New York... Lots (I really mean lots, tons of) of pubs, bars, restaurants etc. Nightlife here is really far far
far from boring, so if you enjoy nightlife, you'll be at the right place.
After Sao Paulo you may want to visit Foz do Iguaçu, which is where you'll find Cataratas do Iguaçu, that means "Iguazu Falls" in english and they
are the biggest falls in South America (the world perhaps). The you may want to hit Argentina and go to Buenos Aires and Bariloche (Bariloche is a ski
station and also they have lots of Casinos there). If you go to Buenos Aires visit the restaurant "El Potrillo" and please, have some meat over there
even if you are a vegetarian lol, barbecue in Argentina is said to be the best in the world (and in my opinion it really is).
Then lastly I'd go to Santiago, Ilha de Páscoa (Easter Island) and Tierra del Fuego (literally meaning Fireland), it's an amazing place and they have
a touristic thing there in which they serve Baileys with ice from the glaciers, it's really amazing.
Well, I have to go back to work now otherwise I'd stay here telling you about many other places you may want to visit and even would attach links to
photos and whatnot. I hope I was of help and if you want to know more just PM me.
A small list of drinks and foods you may want to try in Brazil (just google those around, you'll find lots of stuff about them):
- Moqueca Capixaba
- Casquinha de Siri
- Caldo de Sururu
- Caldo de Cana
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