South American Smiles | Smiles of South America | Photo Essay | Part 1

Smiles of South America is a four part photo essay series showcasing the vibrant locals in both posed and candid portraits. The following photos are from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador in no particular order. I must admit that I’m just dying to go back to South America. I had such an amazing time during my nearly 6 months that I spent exploring back in 2010. The following smiling faces travel photos capture the spirit of the people of the region.

A sassy performer flashes a smile during the Fiesta del Gran Poder parade in La Paz, Bolivia.

The smiles of South America - Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

A lady sits down to enjoy Mate (local tea) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

A very enthusiastic male performer during the Fiesta del Gran Poder – Bolivia.

The smiles of South America - Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

A lady sits down with her baby on the side of a busy street in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The smiles of South America - Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

A very friendly and entertaining Peruvian man entertains foreigners in Cusco, Peru. ย I’ll never forget this authentic smiling face.

The smiles of South America - Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

A drag queen makes his way down the street during the Sunday Market while apparently whispering something secret into the ear of another – Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The smiles of South America - Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

A local indigenous lady smiles with her Llama while wearing her brightly coloured attire.

The smiles of South America - Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

A smiling girl poses with a stray object on a floating island in Lake Titicaca, Bolivia.

The smiles of South America - Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

An Ecuadorian man shines shoes while affectionately smiling at his customer.

The smiles of South America - Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

A lovely child performs a song and dance – Lake Titicaca.

A smiling carved object in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The smiles of South America - Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

A smiling faces portrait drawn by a local at a nearby market in Quito,ย Ecuador.

The smiles of South America - Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

A cute Ecuadorian boy gives me the thumbs up in Quito, Ecuador.

Some lovely ladies smile as our tour group is just about to leave – Lake Titicaca, Peru.

The smiles of South America - Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.

Two blind performers play their hearts out forย passer-bys in hopes of receiving some small change in return for their efforts.


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  3. says: Jim

    Nice how you got so many close ups of people. Do locals there show reluctance to having you photograph them Samuel?
    In Ethiopia last year, that would have cost quite a few dollars.

  4. says: Mica

    Love this set. Sometimes a smile changes everything huh? The ones from Peru and Bolivia are my favorite ( my obsession with Peru has me slightly judgmental) and well the colors are beautiful!!!

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  6. says: Chris

    I would like to express my disappointment at the lack of beautiful South American girls in this collection.

    On a more serious note, a lot of the earlier photos overlap with your sidebar and it obscures them.

      1. says: Angie Orth

        ’05, ’06 & ’07 on mission trips with my church. Santa Cruz. Absolutely loved it. I sponsor a little girl there now and am hoping to get back for a visit next year!