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View Poll Results: is Chile more like Peru or Argentina?
Peru 11 30.56%
Argentina 25 69.44%
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:22 AM
 
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I always think of Chile as being more like Argentina in culture, both being very native/mestizo, and having long Pacific coastlines, but I hear Santiago is quite a European city as well, as well as Valparaiso, Conception etc.

Would you say Chile is more like Peru or Argentina in terms of culture/people and the urban layout/feel of the place? Especially interested in hearing from those who've been to all 3.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:34 AM
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Chile is quite unique, but closer to Argentina than Peru, IMO.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:00 AM
 
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I always think of Chile as being more like Argentina in culture, both being very native/mestizo, and having long Pacific coastlines, but I hear Santiago is quite a European city as well, as well as Valparaiso, Conception etc.

Would you say Chile is more like Peru or Argentina in terms of culture/people and the urban layout/feel of the place? Especially interested in hearing from those who've been to all 3.
I mean Chile is more like Peru.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:55 AM
 
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Really neither. It has a little mix of both but not much. Chile is actually pretty unique.

I studied abroad there and to me Chile was like literally a mix of 1/4 Southern California, 1/4 of Mexico, 1/4 of Peruvian, 1/4 Argentina.

Landscape, vegetation and architecture it really reminded me of parts of Southern California. The behavior of the people reminded me a lot of the people in Mexico. The cuisine and it's South American flair reminded me of Peru. It's modernity, standard of living and infrastructure reminded me more of Argentina. It's like really a mix of all of them.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:32 PM
 
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Really neither. It has a little mix of both but not much. Chile is actually pretty unique.

I studied abroad there and to me Chile was like literally a mix of 1/4 Southern California, 1/4 of Mexico, 1/4 of Peruvian, 1/4 Argentina.

Landscape, vegetation and architecture it really reminded me of parts of Southern California. The behavior of the people reminded me a lot of the people in Mexico. The cuisine and it's South American flair reminded me of Peru. It's modernity, standard of living and infrastructure reminded me more of Argentina. It's like really a mix of all of them.
I was in Argentina earlier this year and it reminded me of Chile in the 90's.
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:02 AM
 
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I can't vote on this...

I've lived in Both Chile and Argentina. They are both large countries and have climatic and geographical similarities. Yet, culturally they share little more than language to be quite honest. The western part of Argentina: Mendoza, San Juan, Catamarca. La Rioja, Salta: they share some similarities with the central part of Chile. Yet JuJuy is very much more like Bolivia, so are parts of Salta.

However, I ahd a Peruvian friend that said Chile was similar to Peru in some aspects...I can't say as I haven't had the priveledge of visiting Peru yet. However I've travelled extensively throughout both Chile AND Argentina, and it's hard to compare them both in many ways.
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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they are like a mix of argentina and chile
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Old 12-01-2014, 03:25 PM
 
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I lived in Chile 4 years, and it's by far the most developed country in LatAm. It's like:
40% SoCal: landscape, vegetation, ocean, weather, mountains and the rich parts of Santiago.
40% Argentina: food, people and culture.
20% Peru: latino culture and poor parts of the country.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:02 AM
 
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It is more like Argentina than Peru.

Why? For one, because Peru still has a lot of indigenous culture and influences, which is completely different han Argentina/Chile. Equally, the Spanish language of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, is VERY slow and phonetic. They pronounce every syllable. Largely, I think it's because of the high indigenous populations in the Andes Mts among those three countries.

Whereas Chile, they exterminated most of their pure indigenous people. It's way more mestizo and spanish with few traits of indigenous. (Argentina also lacks indigenous population, for the most part). Hence, MAJOR SIMILARITY #1. Additionally, BOTH Argentina and Chile have a VERY CLIPPED Spanish, making them quite a bit different to understand for other Spanish speakers. WHich is MAJOR SIMILARITY #2. IN addition to that, Chile is a long thin country, and almost the entire country of Chile's extremely long thin border, borders directly with Argentina once again. Up in northern Chile, as it gets closer to Peru, there is a major desert in that area, which kind of separates it culturally from Peru, in my opinion.

So, there are three major reasons why CHile is way closer to Argentina than Peru.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:52 AM
 
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It is more like Argentina than Peru.

Why? For one, because Peru still has a lot of indigenous culture and influences, which is completely different han Argentina/Chile. Equally, the Spanish language of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, is VERY slow and phonetic. They pronounce every syllable. Largely, I think it's because of the high indigenous populations in the Andes Mts among those three countries.

Whereas Chile, they exterminated most of their pure indigenous people. It's way more mestizo and spanish with few traits of indigenous. (Argentina also lacks indigenous population, for the most part). Hence, MAJOR SIMILARITY #1. Additionally, BOTH Argentina and Chile have a VERY CLIPPED Spanish, making them quite a bit different to understand for other Spanish speakers. WHich is MAJOR SIMILARITY #2. IN addition to that, Chile is a long thin country, and almost the entire country of Chile's extremely long thin border, borders directly with Argentina once again. Up in northern Chile, as it gets closer to Peru, there is a major desert in that area, which kind of separates it culturally from Peru, in my opinion.

So, there are three major reasons why CHile is way closer to Argentina than Peru.

It's true, folks from Peru and Ecuador have a very neutral, well pronounced spanish, not usually too fast. I talk to them over the phone ever day, they're the easiest for me to understand on the telephone of just about all the spanish speaking countries.

Chile has ALOT of indigenous peoples in it, especially in the south Near Temuco and Pucon, their are whole "Mapuche" Indian villages down there. As well as below Puerto Montt near Coihaique Chile in the south....

Rural Argentina, especially outside of the big cities is more so mestizo ameri-indian, as well as Chile. However, I think, overall, the average Chilean has a complexion more like the Peruvian than the Argentine, at least facial features wise to an extent, with jet black, straight dark hair, yet with a lighter skin complexion, but it depends on who you meet and where you go.

Chile and Argentina uses alot of "Modismos" or "slang" in their spanish, especially in Chile proper and in Argentina, the cities and especially Buenos Aires...

In Argentina you have "Lunfardo" which is the Argentine slang ( origins from the city of Buenos Aires ) and the Chileans have a slang that is a mix of alot of indian words, invented verbs ( like pololear and a few others I can't think of ) and Chilean spanish has an accent that is quick and difficult to understand, even my Argentine wife has trouble understanding Chileans..


for example in normal spanish you'd here:

"otro lado" i/e: "the other side" sounds like "oh-tro lah-do" right?

Well in chilean spanish, with the accent ( especially in central Chile around Santiago de Chile ) "otro lado" sounds more like "ocho laow" or "ocho low" or "ocho-laow-PO" the "po" bieng the spanish "pues" equivalent...it's an interesting accent, very unique!

I still remember many common sayings from Chile, some quite strange, even by spanish standards LOL..



Some Chilean slang developed from the penal slang during the dictatorship and were words used by criminals and people involved in the resistance against Pinochet, they ended up making their way into every day Chilean spanish as common slang over time.

Even so, I think southern Chile has resemblences to both, BUT also MANY MANY differences as well...in my opinion, more differences than similarities and I've lived in both countries.
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