Can you search the blockchain without an api and without downloading indexer

I’m using the sandbox docker with mainnet and want to search for different data points like wallet balances, contracts, etc. My main goal is to do so without an API (no algoexplorer etc), but it seems that the indexer download is obviously massive and takes a few days to sync. Is there any other way to do some basic search through the chain?

you will either

  1. run archival node and indexer node - approx 4 tb in size together for mainnet (creates your own api)
  2. use free public apis
  3. use paid apis

why usage of free public apis is not enough for your solution?

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Appreciate the info! I’m mostly trying to get some practice interacting as directly with the blockchain as possible without the use of a 3rd party api.