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Im a white American traveling to South America soon?

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Asked at 2011.03.14 00:39:56
I speak limited spanish, am planning to learn more b4 my visit. I'm landing in Santiago, Chile. I'm uncertain of which coast, but I'm going to walk/ride up one of them. Here is my question, What countries should a white---light speaking spanish gringo travel without much problem? I'm a easy going character and have no problem adjusting to another culture. I'm not the typical Gringo, but what should I expect? Also, what is the best means for me to travel while going up the coast/coasts?
answer MSDC  Answered at 2011.03.14 00:39:56
First, a little bit of geography. Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia are on the west coast of South America. The East Coast is argentina and Brazil with just a teenie weenie bit of Uruguay.
Chile should be no problem. Peru will depend on the time of your arrival. It is not that dangerous, but the main highway is the Pan-American Highway, so if anybody wants to protest against the government, they tend to block the highway. It might slow down your progress, but nothing more than that. Ecuador get more complicated due to unrest, although it is still doable. Colombia... well, don't think about it. Chances are you'll end up in a FARC controlled area and as a hostage.
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