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1. Posted by sienna (Budding Member 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

This is my first time here, so please be nice. I'm finaly leaving for south america and mexico in almost a month, i'm really excited, but recently some of my friends have made me paranoid.:( I have a piercing in the bridge of my nose, and one in my eyebrow, which i'd rather not remove, but i'm being told that i will stand out too much and have a hard time during my travels. I know it doesn't make sense to some people, but i really love my piercings!I'm i being paranoid or will it be okay? Anything to make me feel better would really help.

2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey hon, I've got my nose and tounge and belly button pierced and a tatoo, I had no problems in SA, in fact people are fascinated in a nice way!! especially the kids with the toungue ring!

so chill out you'll be fine

3. Posted by sienna (Budding Member 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

so no getting treated badly or unfairly? thats what i hoped. thanks!

4. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 302 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I would say that 1 in 5 travellers that I have met have a piercing of some sort!
Do not worry at all, even about standing out too much, everyone is so friendly and nice here, it is nothing like home, and as Mim says they are fascinated!
Dont take them out!


5. Posted by meerola (Full Member 32 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Plus, as a general comment, you will stand out anyway no matter what you do (supposing you're not of Latin American descent), so you might as well keep the piercings and be your happy self.

6. Posted by sinfronter (Budding Member 29 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


A lot of girls (and lately guys as well) have piercings lately in South America, even in the more conservative countries (Bolivia, Peru), not to speak about Brazil and Argentina where piercings are more the rule than the exception. Unless you have ten in each eyebrow and five in each nostril you won´t stand out (I´m sorry...) Tattoos are VERY common as well. As a matter of fact 2 years ago my gf and I were at a beach near Salvador which was only visited by Brazilians, and my girlfriend felt she was the only NOT wearing tattoos...