CAPITAL CITY: Brasilia
SIZE: Largest country in Latin America
DEMOGRAPHICS: 47% White, 43% Mulatto, 8% Black, 1% Asian, 0.4% Indigenous
AGE OF CONSENT: 14
CALLING CODE: +55
GDP PER CAPITA: $12,100 USD
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 73.44 years
DATING PROSPECTS: 7.5/10
QUALITY OF WOMEN: 8/10
EXPECT TO SPEND: $1000-1200 USD/Month
MY LATIN LIFE RANKING: #1
If you want to reside in Latin America, you'll need to find a way to make money.
The vast majority of foreigners down here will make their living doing one of the following things:
1) Teaching English
2) Working for a multinational corporation
3) Freelancing from their computers
It makes sense. These are the only immediately apparent options for expats south of the border who aren't citizens of their adopted country.
But unfortunately, these aren't always ideal work situations.
So, what do you do if you want make money in Central or South America as a foreigner, but aren't interested in any of the above options?
One of the biggest hurdles of living in Latin America is finding good accommodation.
Most travellers opt for Airbnb - after all, it's one of the most convenient ways to find a short/long term rental in almost any Central or South American city, and its terms and services protect both owner and tenant from any unexpected issues that may arise.
But, unfortunately, it's not the cheapest option. Airbnb rentals are usually...
Times have changed. Latin America has changed. I've changed.
Cities in Central and South America have a tendency to go through ebbs and flows. A great city to live in today might not be a great one tomorrow.
Take Medellin for instance. In the early 2000s, this was the place to live in Latin America. If you were brave enough to venture down to recently drug-war torn Colombia, as one of the few foreigners, beautiful women would be throwing themselves at you as you enjoyed an incredibly low cost of living and year-round spring temperatures.
And then word got out.
When it comes to online dating in Latin America, there really aren't too many options.
Many dating apps that are gaining popularity in the United States (Coffee Meets Bagel, Hinge, Bumble) haven't made there way down here yet. Who knows if they ever will.
For men wanting to meet women online in Latin America, that leaves two main services: Tinder and Latin American Cupid.
I'm assuming most of the people reading this have heard of Tinder, or perhaps even used it.
Less of you have heard of Latin American Cupid.
But, since my blog focuses predominantly on women and Latin America, a review of a dating app that involves both is something my readers ought to know. So, here is my in-depth review of Latin American Cupid.
My Latin Life here to give you some insight into the cost of living in major cities throughout Latin America.
Using Expatistan, I've compared the cost of living between the most-searched-for big cities on my website to help you decide where to live or travel in Latin America.
Let the showdown begin!
Toward the end of my first jaunt around Latin America, my money started to run out.
I'll admit it: I planned poorly.
One of the reasons for this is due to the fact that I was totally unaware of the cost of flights between major Latin American destinations.
I'd either woefully underestimate flight prices, or end up paying too much for last minute flights due to a lack of foresight.
I don't want this to happen to you.
Below, I've made screenshots of typical flight prices between major Latin American cities. Keep in mind that these prices will vary depending on the strength of the dollar and the time of year, but it should still provide you with some context for planning your next trip.
Let's get into it!
Visas are a pain in the ass.
Fees, restrictions and local bureaucracy can make planning a headache. If you're not prepared, you may end up paying more than you have to, find yourself in trouble with local authorities or even being barred from the country.
The good news is that Latin America isn't as harsh as some regions when it comes to allowing Americans to stay for extended periods of time.
That being said, there are many nuances that you MUST be aware of being heading south, especially if your plan is to stay longterm.
I came across the blog Rio in a Week a few months back.
It has since become my go-to resource for all things Brazil. Although there are other quality blogs about the country (Brazilian Gringo perhaps being the most famous), what sets "Rio in a Week" apart is Shad's willingness to tell it like it is. He doesn't sugarcoat Brazil - it's clear that his love for the place hasn't clouded his perception of reality. Also, he's not bounded by political correctness. He has no problem discussing race, sex and women. A lot of bloggers steer clear of these things to appeal to a wider audience.
My respect goes out to him for not pandering.
For these reasons I consider it to be the best blog for men unfamiliar with Brazil.
That being said, when I heard that he released a book called Become The Man Brazilian Women Want: The Official Guide to Dating in Brazil I was skeptical.
What originally drew me to Latin America wasn't the sex, sun and salsa. Rather, it was a fascination with the politics, culture and society in this part of the world.
Here are some of the more interesting titles I've come across, both fiction and non-fiction. I've sorted them by country to make things easier.
Initially, I thought that a blog article about getting a dick analysis in Latin America was beneath me.
But, all joking aside, sexual health is a critical issue, and if even one person benefits from advice on how to get an STD test in Latin America this will have been worth my time.
Having travelled extensively around Latin America and having had more than a few…indiscretions, I’m somewhat of an old hand at getting STD tests – I’ve ordered them three times in Mexico alone.
Here’s my latest tale: