Etiquette

  • Greetings These are important. In Spanish-speaking countries, greet people you encounter with buenos días (good morning), buenas tardes (good afternoon) or buenas noches (good evening). Use bom dia, boa tarde and boa noite in Brazil.
  • Shops Always greet people when entering and exiting a shop.
  • Cheek kissing When meeting people socially, give besos (kisses) on the cheek (both cheeks for Brazilians). Men shake hands.
  • Shorts Dress for the occasion; for example, only tourists and athletes wear shorts in Buenos Aires.
  • Photographs Ask before photographing people, particularly in indigenous communities – payment may be requested.