A Experiential Comparison of Sorts...
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Argentina has definitely become my home, a new base point for all my travels. But it has also become my basis for comparison with all the other countries that I've travelled to in South America. Including Chile, Peru and (as of this weekend) Uruguay. I could compare the nuance differences between Uruguay and Argentina, however at least at the surface level, there wouldn't be much to discuss.
Peru, on the other hand, offers a very different story. When you first arrive you can only see another never ending city and initially I thought Peru was simply a poorer version of Argentina, because of the pollution, trash and old buildings. However when I was shown the right areas to go to, I found delicious food, amazing culture and a nightlight to rival Buenos Aires. This illustrates the biggest difference between Peru and Argentina, the inequality. I was fortunate enough to have a guide who showed us the best and worst of Lima. This includes the beautiful beach houses of Miraflores and the tin shack favella's set into sand dunes. He explained that the Lima hosts the majority of the population of Peru and was not prepared to develop the infrastructure necessary to sustain everyone. This influx of such diverse people from rural areas is attributed as one of the main poverty causing issues in Peru.
Santiago, Chile also hosts the majority of the population in Chile. I do believe Chile has similar poverty/housing issues and definitely high inequality (with a Gini Index above .5); however we didn’t get to see much of it while there. I think a more in depth look and poverty and inequality issues in South America would be a great addition to the program. I am not sure if this dichotomy exists in Argentina or Buenos Aires, although there was the huge financial crisis 6 years back, the economy has recovered and I have yet to see any lasting indicators of systemic poverty.
As a minority I have had a unique experience with