It's been 8 days and it has a nice krausen now! The hop aroma has toned down a bit and I can smell bread, chocolate, and alcohol, which is actually pretty nice. I was doubtful at first but it seems to be doing well so far.
As for South American beers, currently I'm just outside El Bolson aka Hop Capital of Argentina/South America. The beers here are really straightforward pale ale, red ale, stout although Berlina has an IPA, and Antares a Barleywine and RIS. In Chile there's better beer, Szot is my favorite and they have great barleywines, strong ale, and steam beer. Kross is good too and they have a few Belgian styles, an ESB, and a 110 minute IPA that just came out, their Maibock is also solid. Everywhere else I have experienced the beer like substance and it's pretty bad.
Besides, the Word is the principal part of baptism. If in an emergency theres no water at hand, it doesnt matter whether water or beer is used. ~Martin Luther