Latin America is a multicultural and multilingual region where hundreds of different languages are spoken.
Ethnic origins amongst the nations range from nearly all Caucasian (Uruguay) to the second largest African American population in the world (Brazil) to the largest Native American population in the world (Peru).
Although my own experience of dating in Colombia is really pretty limited (sob), I’ve canvassed friends of both sexes and have compiled a brief list of tips for him and tips for her in order to avoid heartbreak, dodge the STIs and have yourself a merry little Christmas.
Girls are very unlikely to approach you, or make the first move.
That isn’t to say that they’re uninterested though.
Keep alert for eyelash batting and an ear out for high pitched giggling.
Argentine women get fake boobs through their health insurance.
All across the city of Bogotá, and indeed the rest of the country, gringa girls living and working in Colombia are pairing up with local boys – at a staggering rate! Ask anyone about it, go and check it out, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The reader is cautioned against the tendency to assume they will apply to specific individuals. In public spaces, female students may have to deal with piropos and should be aware that smiling and establishing too much eye contact with people they do not know, especially males, could unintentionally portray a message of interest.
Nonetheless, they can be helpful for understanding the region as a whole. In a study of 164 females studying at 18 different study abroad sites in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America, Latin America was ranked the highest in terms of gender differential treatment. In more personal situations, they should be aware that, in general terms, male/female friendship is not as common as it may be in the U.
Gringo hunters are real and they can be very persuasive.
Men will respect you for it and women think it’s cute. If you surround yourself with tourists, you’ll be treated like one. Playing the “strong silent” type can be a great angle if you don’t know what anyone is saying.