In Bolivia, it is customary to start with a greeting and to inquire about someone’s well being. You will often hear "Buenos dias, como esta?" . On meeting and parting, men and women give a short kiss on the cheek to women, even if they hardly know each other. Indians do not kiss, but sometimes give a weak handshake. Politeness is highly appreciated. They have a different notion of privacy than we are used to and subsequently can get very close. They emphasise being well dressed and therefore do not expect tourists to be dressed scruffily. Shorts are not actually considered improper; nevertheless, in less touristy regions long trousers are more appropriate. Anyway, most of the time it will be too chilly for shorts. It is considered offensive to call someone of Indian descent Indian, Indigena is preferred.