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Food and "Weird" things etc in South America?

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1. Posted by TinaM (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I´m doing some research and would like some help:
1) Typicall food/cooking and beverages from different SA-countries
2) Misc adventures/sports (and NOT "ordinary" things such as hiking, mountain biking) to do in SA.
3) "Weird", typicall SA things to do (almost like "Fear Factor") that you can challenge your partner in.
4) Other "must dos" when in SA, but that is NOT in the guidebook.

Thanks!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

1) grilled 'cui' in Ecuador/Peru (guinea pig)
2) polo in Argentina
3) climbing Aconcagua (you need to be trained!)
4) take a jungle tour with the indigenous indians in... I forgot the name, a little township about 2 hours west of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

3. Posted by Grazmataz (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

Even though you said excluding mountain biking. You could take a push bike down the worlds most dangerous road in Bolivia as well.

Apparently its not so much the biking down thats a problem more the busing back up.

You could walk through the favela's in rio at midnight. I dont think anything could be scarier than that.

4. Posted by cat009 (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

I know you say you want things that aren't odrinary but I've done the Mountain biking down the worlds most dangerous road and it was awsome, one the highlights of my trip to SA. it certainly wasn't ordinary.

The dangerous actually refers to vehicles not bikes as they frequently plunge of the edge. So the previous post is right when they say the bus back is more dangerous.

If you have time, stay a night or two in Coroicco (the town at the end of the run) it's a lively pretty little town with great views of the Yungas.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 8, 2007, at 3:45 AM by cat009 ]

5. Posted by lfydler (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

The recommendation of walking through Barrios o Favelas at midnight is a really good one. Much danger! I have lived in Barrios in Venezuela and I walk the talk, as they say.

Also, you could take part in piques on the streets of Latin America. But, it would also be more interesting if you could get involved with the local people in such a way that you lived just like one of them.

6. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 9y

1) Typicall food/cooking and beverages from different SA-countries
Argentina: Humita (food), Chicha (beverage)
2) Misc adventures/sports (and NOT "ordinary" things such as hiking, mountain biking) to do in SA.
Argentina: Pato
3) "Weird", typicall SA things to do (almost like "Fear Factor") that you can challenge your partner in.
Argentina: Cross a "piquete" en un corte de ruta with a car
4) Other "must dos" when in SA, but that is NOT in the guidebook.
Argentina: Learn to dance "EL Pericon"
Eat a "Cabeza guateada"

7. Posted by spootnik (Full Member 62 posts) 9y

Typical food: cuy in Peru, Pique Macho in Bolivia, empanadas in Chile, Argentinia, Bolivia, Peru, quinoa-based dishes in Peru and Bolivia, dulce de lecche in Argentina,stuffed hot pepper in Bolivia

Drinks:Potosi miners' alcool in Bolivia (96º!), caipirinha in Brazil, Pisco Sour in Peru

Activities: ducky (kind of rafting but solo or duo), hydrospeed (going down the river in the water with a foam board) in Pucon in Chile, bike and wine tour in Mendoza (Argentina), visiting the mines in Potosi

8. Posted by jamirva (Budding Member 30 posts) 9y

In Peru you should definately try Ceviche which is fish cooked by lemon juice, it's delicious, I wouldn't recommend trying the fried CUY if you are not into weird stuff, I'm Peruvian and I have never tried it myself. You can also go for Purple Chicha or also Chicha de Jora. You should also go for CHIFA which is a very special kind of Chinese food mixed with the peruvian one...

In Peru you will find lots of things to do, if you go 4 hours south of Lima, to Ica, you could do sandboard in virging sand...or you can find lots of places to do rafting.... peruvian people in general are really friendly and if you ask around you will find your way.... be careful though, because as you will find anywhere else, you could find people who will try to trick you into doing things or seeing stuff not worthy just to get money out of you....

well hope you in enjoy S. A. in general and specially peru.. if you wanna ask me anything else just write me...