I just got back from a wonderful trip down to South America. I spent about a month and a half down there touring different countries and seeing all the sights I could take in. Of course, it would probably take an entire lifetime to see everything there is to see in that vast expanse of land, but I did what I could with the time that I had.
It is a completely different lifestyle down there from what we are used to up here. We love our fast food, air conditioned homes, and making life as easy as possible. Down there it is exactly the opposite. A lot of people raise limited amounts of livestock just to feed their family and maybe sell a bit to their neighbors. They live off the land and are more at one with nature than we typically tend to be. There are no air conditioners or furnaces in their homes. They do have fireplaces and one can find some table or box fans lying around, but there is a sense that they are intertwined with their environment in such a way that they are used to the climate conditions.
At first, I thought I was going to die of heat stroke when I stayed in some of the smaller villages. In the city it tends to be more modernized and you can find a room with an air conditioner in it, but in the towns and villages they are practically non-existent. After a while you do get used to it though. I didn’t even notice the lack of air conditioning after a couple weeks.