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Vegans Mexico, Middle and South America
Posted December 26th, 2012 - 10:37 pm by from Stuttgart, Germany (Permalink)
I travelled around South America as a vegetarian for about 6 months and it wasnt always easy to find acceptable cheap food.
What are your experiences?
I was sick of rice and fried banana after a while ;), so do you have some other possibilities for me?
For the future I want to travel mostly vegan, but I think this is nearly impossible?
Thanks a lot,

Posted December 27th, 2012 - 2:34 am from Forst (Lausitz), Germany
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Posted December 27th, 2012 - 9:58 pm by from Stuttgart, Germany (Permalink)
thank you very much for the information. I prefere preparing something on my own, but it isnt always possible. But thank you so much. And I really would like to hear how you get along in Central America because I want to go there too.
Muchos saludos desde Alemania :D!

Posted March 7th, 2013 - 5:00 am by from Santa Tecla, El Salvador (Permalink)
Being vegan in Central America is way easy for the big variety of fruits and native foods we have that are made out of corn, platanos/bananas, yuca and beans.
If you like to cook you are set.
All you need to do is go to the local market and buy, is not expensive.
Now, some of the things that you can buy easely here in El Salvador are:
Tamales de Elote
Tamales pisques
Pupusas de ayote or frijoles/beans
Empanadas de frijoles
yuca frita o salcochada
tortillas con aguacate y chimol
You will always find people who sells fruits in plastic bags alreay cut

And in most places if you ask to have a vegetarian option they will prepare it for you: pizza hut, Chinesse places, subways, mexican places. JUST make sure to explain NO MEAT, EGGS OR DIARY.

Salvadoreans are very open to sell what you ask for.
In touristic places is way easier.

If you ever come to El Salvador let me know :)

Posted December 31st, 2012 - 3:38 am by from Chapel Hill, United States (Permalink)
Hey Ladies,

I swear by the HappyCow website. I've used it extensively in North America & all over Europe.

I actually am vegan & just got back from Europe traveling as a vegan over there was just fine.

This summer I wasn't vegan but veg, it was easier obviously - but it's just about selecting good places that show they support the vegan diet.

I've been wondering how well it would work in South America as well.

There's an app for HappyCow on the iphone in the event either of you have that phone.

Nicole, did you find HappyCow helpful in your travels ?

The app was really nice while traveling because I would load all these restaurants on my map & then walk out the door of the hostel & find the places along my route of walkin the cities during the day.

Truly was a lifesaver for me !
Cheers & happy travels

Posted January 1st, 2013 - 1:57 am from Forst (Lausitz), Germany
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Posted January 3rd, 2013 - 6:46 am by from Santiago, Chile (Permalink)
Though I'm not sure what you meant by "acceptable" I think a good idea is contacting some local groups.

Since veganism isn't yet that big over here, it might be a bit harder to find nice, convenient places to eat, but I assure you food is not an issue for vegans in Chile at least, nor the places I've visited in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru.

Most Vegans in Chile are in Facebook networks, and there you can get good tips on where to find food.

Veganism is growing in Chile, and you can always find food if you take the time to look for it.
Let me know if you come to Chile and I'll give you a hand!

All the best!