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10th May '16 2:40:56 AM Morgenthaler
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*** ''Guajiros'' are included in the ''Costeños''' stereotype, also they are what OneHundredYearsOfSolitude is all about; this is not a compliment. Where everyone else in the Atlantic coast progressed, Guajira remained stagnant. Also, if a person is from Guajira and he/she has money, that means that they're involved in something shady.

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*** ''Guajiros'' are included in the ''Costeños''' stereotype, also they are what OneHundredYearsOfSolitude Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude is all about; this is not a compliment. Where everyone else in the Atlantic coast progressed, Guajira remained stagnant. Also, if a person is from Guajira and he/she has money, that means that they're involved in something shady.
6th May '16 8:51:36 AM staticat09
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**ChristianityIsCatholic: Latin America is sometimes depicted as overwhelmingly and devoutly Catholic. While that may have been true many years ago, much has changed. Most South American countries and historically Catholic countries have legalized same-sex marriage, and, while UsefulNotes/ThePope is still very popular, many Latin American Catholics have become Evangelical Protestant, [[http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/11/14/why-has-pentecostalism-grown-so-dramatically-in-latin-america/usually Pentecostal]]. Some countries (like Uruguay) have great respect for UsefulNotes/ThePope, but are generally irreligious.
28th Apr '16 4:21:27 PM Beiahnu
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* Colombian cities are often stereotyped in Hollywood as being tropical and humid, especially the places where it's ostensibly not the case... Tell that to the people in the mountain ranges, or basically where ''most Colombians live''; they're not about to crack open their fans anytime soon.
28th Apr '16 4:15:23 PM Beiahnu
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** People of ''Los Dos Santanderes'' are just mad with everyone.

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** People of ''Los Dos Santanderes'' are just mad with everyone. They're also very fond of guns.
28th Apr '16 4:07:12 PM Beiahnu
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*** If you ever meet a person from Villavicencio (the capital of the Meta Department), there's a 1:2 chance that they live in Bogota; there's also about the same chance that they've never lived in Villavicencio in the first place.
28th Apr '16 3:59:05 PM Beiahnu
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** Paraguayan? Soccer player? That gives you like a 1:4 chance of having the last name '''Cáceres'''.
19th Apr '16 11:35:26 PM erforce
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* Another famous location is the thick and unpenetrable [[TheAmazon Amazon rain forest]], best known as a popular location in adventure stories. Travellers might seek legendary cities of gold, unknown archeological sites, {{Mayincatec}} mummies, huge monsters, primitive tribes unaware of modern society or [[LostWorld ancestors]] of the [[{{Mayincatec}} Mayan, Aztec, Olmec, Inca culture]] who managed to survive in secret after all those centuries. Usually all kinds of RaidersOfTheLostArk booby-traps prevent explorers from taking these long lost treasures along with them. Or the TempleOfDoom just collapses. HollywoodNatives might try to kill them as a HumanSacrifice as well. Or they encounter a famous explorer lost for decades whom they presumed was dead, but actually [[GoingNative went native]]. While on expedition they will also inevitably come across several South American jungle clichés. First and foremost: Amazonian Indians. Like all tribal societies in Western popular culture they are depicted as being dumb, primitive and always head-hunting. They use blowguns to fire off poisoned arrows or make {{Shrunken Head}}s out of their victims. [[CapturedByCannibals Or they just eat them]]. Other obstacles are dangerous animals like jaguars, pumas, leopards and black panthers leaping from trees. Anacondas and boa constrictors will strangle you, huge bats and mosquitoes suck your blood, poisonous tarantulas the size of dinner plates [[BigCreepyCrawlies crawl everywhere]] and when you fall in the [[RiverOfInsanity river]] [[PiranhaProblem piranhas]] or caimans will rip you to shreds. Some less threatening jungle animals might also have a cameo: anteaters, chinchillas, armadillos, howler monkeys, sloths, humming birds, parrots, toucans, flamingos,...

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* Another famous location is the thick and unpenetrable [[TheAmazon Amazon rain forest]], best known as a popular location in adventure stories. Travellers might seek legendary cities of gold, unknown archeological sites, {{Mayincatec}} mummies, huge monsters, primitive tribes unaware of modern society or [[LostWorld ancestors]] of the [[{{Mayincatec}} Mayan, Aztec, Olmec, Inca culture]] who managed to survive in secret after all those centuries. Usually all kinds of RaidersOfTheLostArk ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' booby-traps prevent explorers from taking these long lost treasures along with them. Or the TempleOfDoom just collapses. HollywoodNatives might try to kill them as a HumanSacrifice as well. Or they encounter a famous explorer lost for decades whom they presumed was dead, but actually [[GoingNative went native]]. While on expedition they will also inevitably come across several South American jungle clichés. First and foremost: Amazonian Indians. Like all tribal societies in Western popular culture they are depicted as being dumb, primitive and always head-hunting. They use blowguns to fire off poisoned arrows or make {{Shrunken Head}}s out of their victims. [[CapturedByCannibals Or they just eat them]]. Other obstacles are dangerous animals like jaguars, pumas, leopards and black panthers leaping from trees. Anacondas and boa constrictors will strangle you, huge bats and mosquitoes suck your blood, poisonous tarantulas the size of dinner plates [[BigCreepyCrawlies crawl everywhere]] and when you fall in the [[RiverOfInsanity river]] [[PiranhaProblem piranhas]] or caimans will rip you to shreds. Some less threatening jungle animals might also have a cameo: anteaters, chinchillas, armadillos, howler monkeys, sloths, humming birds, parrots, toucans, flamingos,...
19th Apr '16 6:52:43 AM Drope
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** Curiously, there is a well known stereotype regarding the women of the Coffee Axis city of Pereira in Risaralda, especially their penchant for plastic surgery and being notoriously easy to approach, to the point of being prostitutes. This stereotype has spawned many popular TV shows like "Series/SinSenosNoHayParaiso".

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** *** Curiously, there is a well known stereotype regarding the women of the Coffee Axis city of Pereira in Risaralda, especially their penchant for plastic surgery and being notoriously easy to approach, to the point of being prostitutes. This stereotype has spawned many popular TV shows like "Series/SinSenosNoHayParaiso".
19th Apr '16 6:44:04 AM Drope
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* ''Rolos'' or ''Cachacos''[[note]]from Bogota[[/note]] are known to be extremely smug and like to look down on everyone else. They dismiss outsiders as "people from the Provinces" [[note]]There are no provinces in Colombia, they're called Departments[[/note]] and pride themselves for having the best Spanish dialect in the world.
* ''Paisas'' [[note]]from Antioquia, Risaralda, Quindío and Caldas[[/note]] are proud to a fault and seem to exalt their region with an air of superiority (Antioquians in particular), which people from other regions tend to take offense to because they make it seem that they do it just to spite everyone else [[note]]It's mainly to spite the ''Rolos''[[/note]]. They are also known to unsuccessfully dabble in seceding from the rest of the country. Paisas are often dismissed as ''Montañeros'' or ''De La Loma'' (Mountain People) and there's the perception that they never got past their bucolic nature [[note]]Ironically, people from Bogota use this the most against the Paisas; Bogota is located 8000+ feet above sea level, while Medellin is roughly located 5000 feet, which means Bogota is higher up in the mountains[[/note]].

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* ** ''Rolos'' or ''Cachacos''[[note]]from Bogota[[/note]] are known to be extremely smug and like to look down on everyone else. They dismiss outsiders as "people from the Provinces" [[note]]There are no provinces in Colombia, they're called Departments[[/note]] and pride themselves for having the best Spanish dialect in the world.
* ** ''Paisas'' [[note]]from Antioquia, Risaralda, Quindío and Caldas[[/note]] are proud to a fault and seem to exalt their region with an air of superiority (Antioquians in particular), which people from other regions tend to take offense to because they make it seem that they do it just to spite everyone else [[note]]It's mainly to spite the ''Rolos''[[/note]]. They are also known to unsuccessfully dabble in seceding from the rest of the country. Paisas are often dismissed as ''Montañeros'' or ''De La Loma'' (Mountain People) and there's the perception that they never got past their bucolic nature [[note]]Ironically, people from Bogota use this the most against the Paisas; Bogota is located 8000+ feet above sea level, while Medellin is roughly located 5000 feet, which means Bogota is higher up in the mountains[[/note]].



** Model Natalia París also popularized a stereotype of Paisa women being notoriously dim.
* ''Vallunos'' [[note]]from Valle Del Cauca[[/note]] are mostly criticized due to their particular accent, sleazy women and listening to nothing but Salsa all day.
* ''Costeños'' [[note]]from Magdalena, Atlántico, Sucre, Bolívar, Córdoba, Guajira and Cesár[[/note]] are in a nutshell subjects of every stereotype from the Caribbean; in other words, lazy, good-for-nothing party-animals. They are also lampooned for their butchering of the Spanish language. To a Costeño, everyone else in Colombia is a ''Cachaco'', even when they're not from Bogota.
** ''Guajiros'' are included in the ''Costeños''' stereotype, also they are what OneHundredYearsOfSolitude is all about; this is not a compliment. Where everyone else in the Atlantic coast progressed, Guajira remained stagnant. Also, if a person is from Guajira and he/she has money, that means that they're involved in something shady.
** ''Cesareños'', also included in the ''Costeño's'' stereotypes, live, breath, eat, digest, pee and shit Vallenato music. Don't ask for a picture of a Cesareño without his accordion, because such a thing just doesn't exist.
** Although it's a prevalent general stereotype of the Costeños (and an extremely offensive one, for that matter), people from Barranquilla in particular are depicted as ''Comeburras'' ("donkey-fuckers"). [[http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/solitude/section5.rhtml A stereotype]] even evoked in the novel ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' by GabrielGarciaMarquez.
** The Costeño dancer (male or female) generally will be almost dancing in the nude, with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhhVTxcx3Lc most frenzy-driven body seizing and jerking you'll ever witness]]. Other noteworthy groups include the ''Pastusos'', the ''Boyacos'' and the ''Llaneros'', among others.
* ''Pastusos'' [[note]]from Nariño[[/note]] are the butt of everyone's jokes (even among themselves); their particular accent has a tone that makes them sound somewhat dim, which makes them ideal subjects of mockery. Fortunately, they take the slaps with a full face and do not shy from the jokes.
* ''Boyacos'' are the farm people of Colombia [[note]]of course, there's other places with farmers[[/note]]; no matter what profession one might have, a Boyaco will be first and foremost regarded as a farmer [[note]]They'd rather be called ''Boyancenses''; they definitely don't like to be called ''Boyacos''[[/note]]. Boyacá is a very cold region and local people will unequivocally wear a [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-azl4nZbG1ug/Ui-HkCwybxI/AAAAAAAAC8w/5E-13pFP_UI/s1600/homenaje+a+la+ruana.jpg "Ruana"]] to fend off the cold. Due to the altitude in Boyacá, the levels of oxygen are very low, causing a very characteristic appearance to Boyacos: there is a popular saying that say that Boyacos are "''de caché e hijos de papi... digo, cachetirrojos e hijos de papicultores''" [[note]]High-end daddy's boys... I mean, red-cheeked sons of potato farmers[[/note]]. Also, they're born with a bicycle on their cribs (TruthInTelevision, since most of the great bicycle racers in Colombia are from Boyacá due to their lung capacity caused also by the low oxygen in Boyacá).
* ''Llaneros'' [[note]]from Arauca, Casanare, Vichada, Guainía, Guaviare, Vaupés, Meta and Caquetá[[/note]] do nothing all day but dance to the harp, organize blood sports involving cows and chickens, and dabble in witchcraft and blood magic (tied to the blood sports). A number of regions on the plains are under the control of the guerrillas and the paramilitary forces, making them effectively no-man's-lands... not that anyone else in the country remembers that the plains exist!
* ''Chocoanos'' live off their dear Atrato River, even though it floods every now and then, taking all of their few possessions. Unlike the ''Llaneros'', everyone knows about the Chocoano's poverty and isolation and just choose to ignore them. Chocoanos are essentially the Haitians of Colombia. To make things worse, more than 90% of Chocoanos are black, adding a touch of racism to the rest of Colombia's attitude towards them.
* People of ''Los Dos Santanderes'' are just mad with everyone.
** People from the cities of Cucuta and San Cristobal in Venezuela are interchangeable.
* People from Cauca and Putumayo just might as well not exist at all.
* People from Tolima and Huila do nothing but eat tamales, have beauty pageants and dance [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DOOPFVZsEw Bambuco]] all day [[note]]The music in the video is called ''El Sanjuanero'' and it might as well be their national anthem [[/note]].
** The Opita peoples of Tolima and Huila are often parodied in television for being notoriously lazy.
* People from the Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providencia are basically Jamaicans. San Andres is the most exotic place a bare-bones Colombian vacation can aspire to. The basic policy of the Colombian government is to ignore the islands; in recent years, a diplomatic crisis has led Nicaragua to claim parts of the seas surrounding the islands, but the islanders are just too stubborn to declare themselves Central Americans... not that they're very far from doing it.
* People of the Amazonian region are mostly seen as stone-age indigenous people. If they are in Leticia (which lies by the Amazon River) people assume that they travel everywhere by canoe.
* Demographically in general, the indigenous people in Colombia suffer a great degree of discrimination from all strata of society. To be called an ''Indio'' in Colombia has unfair derogatory overtones, as it's linked to unwarranted propensity for violence and savagery, lack of general manners, poor taste and untidiness. Indigenous communities in Colombia were nowhere as big and developed as the great ancestral empires in Mexico, Central America and Peru, though they left a great cultural watermark for the ages (such as the Tayronas, the Caribs and the Muiscas). However, formerly small indigenous communities like the Nukak-Maku are getting greater recognition and respect regarding the uniqueness of their cultural idiosyncracies (Nukak-Maku have their own distinct language).

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** *** Model Natalia París also popularized a stereotype of Paisa women being notoriously dim.
* ** ''Vallunos'' [[note]]from Valle Del Cauca[[/note]] are mostly criticized due to their particular accent, sleazy women and listening to nothing but Salsa all day.
* ** ''Costeños'' [[note]]from Magdalena, Atlántico, Sucre, Bolívar, Córdoba, Guajira and Cesár[[/note]] are in a nutshell subjects of every stereotype from the Caribbean; in other words, lazy, good-for-nothing party-animals. They are also lampooned for their butchering of the Spanish language. To a Costeño, everyone else in Colombia is a ''Cachaco'', even when they're not from Bogota.
** *** ''Guajiros'' are included in the ''Costeños''' stereotype, also they are what OneHundredYearsOfSolitude is all about; this is not a compliment. Where everyone else in the Atlantic coast progressed, Guajira remained stagnant. Also, if a person is from Guajira and he/she has money, that means that they're involved in something shady.
** *** ''Cesareños'', also included in the ''Costeño's'' stereotypes, live, breath, eat, digest, pee and shit Vallenato music. Don't ask for a picture of a Cesareño without his accordion, because such a thing just doesn't exist.
** *** Although it's a prevalent general stereotype of the Costeños (and an extremely offensive one, for that matter), people from Barranquilla in particular are depicted as ''Comeburras'' ("donkey-fuckers"). [[http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/solitude/section5.rhtml A stereotype]] even evoked in the novel ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' by GabrielGarciaMarquez.
** *** The Costeño dancer (male or female) generally will be almost dancing in the nude, with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhhVTxcx3Lc most frenzy-driven body seizing and jerking you'll ever witness]]. Other noteworthy groups include the ''Pastusos'', the ''Boyacos'' and the ''Llaneros'', among others.
* ** ''Pastusos'' [[note]]from Nariño[[/note]] are the butt of everyone's jokes (even among themselves); their particular accent has a tone that makes them sound somewhat dim, which makes them ideal subjects of mockery. Fortunately, they take the slaps with a full face and do not shy from the jokes.
* ** ''Boyacos'' are the farm people of Colombia [[note]]of course, there's other places with farmers[[/note]]; no matter what profession one might have, a Boyaco will be first and foremost regarded as a farmer [[note]]They'd rather be called ''Boyancenses''; they definitely don't like to be called ''Boyacos''[[/note]]. Boyacá is a very cold region and local people will unequivocally wear a [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-azl4nZbG1ug/Ui-HkCwybxI/AAAAAAAAC8w/5E-13pFP_UI/s1600/homenaje+a+la+ruana.jpg "Ruana"]] to fend off the cold. Due to the altitude in Boyacá, the levels of oxygen are very low, causing a very characteristic appearance to Boyacos: there is a popular saying that say that Boyacos are "''de caché e hijos de papi... digo, cachetirrojos e hijos de papicultores''" [[note]]High-end daddy's boys... I mean, red-cheeked sons of potato farmers[[/note]]. Also, they're born with a bicycle on their cribs (TruthInTelevision, since most of the great bicycle racers in Colombia are from Boyacá due to their lung capacity caused also by the low oxygen in Boyacá).
* ** ''Llaneros'' [[note]]from Arauca, Casanare, Vichada, Guainía, Guaviare, Vaupés, Meta and Caquetá[[/note]] do nothing all day but dance to the harp, organize blood sports involving cows and chickens, and dabble in witchcraft and blood magic (tied to the blood sports). A number of regions on the plains are under the control of the guerrillas and the paramilitary forces, making them effectively no-man's-lands... not that anyone else in the country remembers that the plains exist!
* ** ''Chocoanos'' live off their dear Atrato River, even though it floods every now and then, taking all of their few possessions. Unlike the ''Llaneros'', everyone knows about the Chocoano's poverty and isolation and just choose to ignore them. Chocoanos are essentially the Haitians of Colombia. To make things worse, more than 90% of Chocoanos are black, adding a touch of racism to the rest of Colombia's attitude towards them.
* ** People of ''Los Dos Santanderes'' are just mad with everyone.
** *** People from the cities of Cucuta and San Cristobal in Venezuela are interchangeable.
* ** People from Cauca and Putumayo just might as well not exist at all.
* ** People from Tolima and Huila do nothing but eat tamales, have beauty pageants and dance [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DOOPFVZsEw Bambuco]] all day [[note]]The music in the video is called ''El Sanjuanero'' and it might as well be their national anthem [[/note]].
** *** The Opita peoples of Tolima and Huila are often parodied in television for being notoriously lazy.
* ** People from the Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providencia are basically Jamaicans. San Andres is the most exotic place a bare-bones Colombian vacation can aspire to. The basic policy of the Colombian government is to ignore the islands; in recent years, a diplomatic crisis has led Nicaragua to claim parts of the seas surrounding the islands, but the islanders are just too stubborn to declare themselves Central Americans... not that they're very far from doing it.
* ** People of the Amazonian region are mostly seen as stone-age indigenous people. If they are in Leticia (which lies by the Amazon River) people assume that they travel everywhere by canoe.
* ** Demographically in general, the indigenous people in Colombia suffer a great degree of discrimination from all strata of society. To be called an ''Indio'' in Colombia has unfair derogatory overtones, as it's linked to unwarranted propensity for violence and savagery, lack of general manners, poor taste and untidiness. Indigenous communities in Colombia were nowhere as big and developed as the great ancestral empires in Mexico, Central America and Peru, though they left a great cultural watermark for the ages (such as the Tayronas, the Caribs and the Muiscas). However, formerly small indigenous communities like the Nukak-Maku are getting greater recognition and respect regarding the uniqueness of their cultural idiosyncracies (Nukak-Maku have their own distinct language).
19th Apr '16 6:31:59 AM Drope
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** More modern depictions Peruvians will be stereotyped as people who speak in helium-infused squeaky voices while wearing colorful robes and funny bonnets with ear flaps. Llamas, alpacas and vicunas will wander around everywhere, [[EverythingsBetterwithLlamas pulling weird antics and spitting in tourists's faces.]]
** During the mid-1990's, Peruvian television was exported to Colombia due to the rising demand of cable television and private parabolic antennae. As such, Colombians are very well versed in Peruvian media due to the phenomenon they refer to as ''Perubólica'' (Peru-bolic). Colombia and Peru share a frontier through the Amazon (which is sparsely populated and not particularly media-savvy), so very few people in Peru are aware of why Colombians are so good at making fun of them...?

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** * More modern depictions Peruvians will be stereotyped as people who speak in helium-infused squeaky voices while wearing colorful robes and funny bonnets with ear flaps. Llamas, alpacas and vicunas will wander around everywhere, [[EverythingsBetterwithLlamas pulling weird antics and spitting in tourists's faces.]]
** * During the mid-1990's, Peruvian television was exported to Colombia due to the rising demand of cable television and private parabolic antennae. As such, Colombians are very well versed in Peruvian media due to the phenomenon they refer to as ''Perubólica'' (Peru-bolic). Colombia and Peru share a frontier through the Amazon (which is sparsely populated and not particularly media-savvy), so very few people in Peru are aware of why Colombians are so good at making fun of them...?



** Uruguayan soccer is known in South America for the perceived tendency for rough playing, which has led their national team to be nicknamed "La Garra Charrúa". Though well versed and world-famous, some players have had considerable trouble for taking it too far. A national team that has to play the Uruguayans has to acknowledge that they are going to leave the pitch really sore, even if they defeat the "Charrúas".

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** * Uruguayan soccer is known in South America for the perceived tendency for rough playing, which has led their national team to be nicknamed "La Garra Charrúa". Though well versed and world-famous, some players have had considerable trouble for taking it too far. A national team that has to play the Uruguayans has to acknowledge that they are going to leave the pitch really sore, even if they defeat the "Charrúas".
* Uruguay was also the first nation in the whole world to legalize marijuana. This fact was definitely not glossed over by neighboring countries, who joke about the country being a stoner's paradise.



** Venezuelans expats think themselves as better han their neighbours, and are genuinely baffled when things doesn't goes well for them. A typical venezuelan abroad will tell you about the natural beauty of their country and women, and how nice and ''chévere'' their people is, and how much their "''arepas''" are better than the Colombian version (as long as a Colombian isn't present) and how they gave Simon Bolivar the Liberator to the rest of Lation America.
*** While justifiably proud of Simon Bolivar, when asked about his eventual fate (exiled in disgrace) they are uncharacteristically silent.
** Venezuela have the most beautiful women, and if they are not beautiful they are at least well coiffed and groomed. Supported by the number of hair dressers, manicurists, and beautitians in the country.
** There are some internal regional sterotypes as well, by areas (because the venezuelans basically can't bother in have sterotypes for each federal entity), with the main sterotypes being ''Caraqueños'', ''Valencianos'', ''Maracuchos'', ''Guaros'', ''Orientales'', ''Llaneros'' and ''Gochos'' .

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** * Venezuelans expats think themselves as better han their neighbours, and are genuinely baffled when things doesn't goes well for them. A typical venezuelan abroad will tell you about the natural beauty of their country and women, and how nice and ''chévere'' their people is, and how much their "''arepas''" are better than the Colombian version (as long as a Colombian isn't present) and how they gave Simon Bolivar the Liberator to the rest of Lation America.
*** ** While justifiably proud of Simon Bolivar, when asked about his eventual fate (exiled in disgrace) they are uncharacteristically silent.
** * Venezuela have the most beautiful women, and if they are not beautiful they are at least well coiffed and groomed. Supported by the number of hair dressers, manicurists, and beautitians in the country.
** * There are some internal regional sterotypes as well, by areas (because the venezuelans basically can't bother in have sterotypes for each federal entity), with the main sterotypes being ''Caraqueños'', ''Valencianos'', ''Maracuchos'', ''Guaros'', ''Orientales'', ''Llaneros'' and ''Gochos'' .
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