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Vegan food in South America
Posted June 20th, 2012 - 1:45 am by from Glasgow, Scotland (Permalink)
Hey, my sister and I are travelling in South America very soon. Starting in Peru, going through Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. If anyone has any advice on eating vegetarian on the way that would be wonderful.
I know vegan will be especially hard, and everyone says I will have to eat fish, but I'd love to find great places to eat and not worry about the ethical consequences on the way...Any advice or places to stay, or invites for vege dinners along the way would be wonderful!

Posted June 20th, 2012 - 1:56 am by from Makati, Philippines (Permalink)
My boyfriend and I did that trip backwards two years ago. We Started in Argentina, then Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru. It's not hard at all. We updated a bunch of places to happycow.net at the time. As long as you have a basic ability to speak Spanish...aka be able to say no meat, no eggs, no cheese, ect. you will be fine. We never ever had a problem. We ate a lot of rice, beans, and cabbage salad though. fried banana, peanut butter and jelly...and my personal favorite...get some good bread and then get avocado, cucumber, tomato and some of the local homemade hot sauce at the markets and make sandwiches. So good. I still crave it sometimes. People always say traveling as a vegan is hard but I think it's that people are just used to things being as simple as pop it in the microwave. I've traveled to 16 countries as a vegan, 5 in South America, 5 in Central America, 3 in Asia, Never a problem. I would be super happy to give you any more advice I can.

Posted June 20th, 2012 - 1:59 am by from Makati, Philippines (Permalink)
there are quite a few seventh day adventist veg buffets throughout south america. especially Argentina...everywhere. I have an old blog that my boyfriend and I kept while we were traveling...I'll post a link...

Posted June 20th, 2012 - 2:00 am from Glasgow, Scotland
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Posted June 20th, 2012 - 7:28 am by from Makati, Philippines (Permalink)
If your Spanish isn't that good just keep a card on you that says "I'm vegan (vegetarian). I don't eat meat, no beef, pork, chicken, fish, ect (they might not realize you mean all animals), I don't eat milk, cheese, cream, mayonnaise, butter, lard, eggs ect. If you need help, I can also give you some Spanish help.
Honestly, the people outside of the resorts don't really eat very much meat or animal products themselves because of cost so while they may think a foreigner is strange, they know what to make you.
We went to countless places that were just hole in the wall eateries and almost never had a problem. We were in South America for 9 months and central america for 3. Have no fear and don't listen to the masses. It's easy.

Posted June 20th, 2012 - 2:07 pm by from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of) (Permalink)

It good to hear so many good news:)

I'm on the way to South America
and want to spend there couple of months

for sure I'll be checking happycow on my trip

Posted June 20th, 2012 - 9:43 pm from Sooke, Canada
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Posted August 5th, 2013 - 9:57 pm by from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Permalink)
Hi, I live in Buenos Aires. I'm a vegetarian for 5 years now and i am a recent vegan. I will travel to Bolivia and Peru on summer, but i think you are travelling earlier. Despite that, I can host you in that topic or anyone you like here in Buenos Aires. I anticipate you that it is not difficult to be a vegetarian here.