50 Good Books About Mexico, Central and South America

What originally drove me to live in 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.

My interest started in university with a socioeconomics course. Insufferable Marxist indoctrination aside, it was an engaging class and responsible for igniting my enthusiasm for Latin America. I probably never would have bothered to take the jump to live in LATAM if I hadn't taken the class.

Credit where credit's due.

Hermosillo City Guide

Here’s your Hermosillo, Mexico city guide!

A reader who spent a considerable amount of time here was kind enough to submit a breakdown.

So, without further ado, your guide to the capital of Sonora!

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65 Good Movies About Mexico, Central and South America

There are some truly great movies about South America, Central America and Mexico.

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Happy New Year (I Need Your Help!)

Happy New Year!

I’ll take this opportunity to thank my readers. I love and appreciate you all!

And I hope you stick with me through 2019 and beyond.

Two days ago…

A Few Thoughts On The Biggest Cities In Latin America

Ladies and Gentlemen!

…I found a cool list.

And I thought I’d share it with you all.

After you take it in, I’ll share my thoughts on population size and what it means for the prospective Latin America traveler.

Here ya go!


Image and information from: https://data.mongabay.com/igapo/Latin_America.htm

Image and information from: https://data.mongabay.com/igapo/Latin_America.htm


Why is this a cool list?

Well, it’s not that easy to find population figures for Latin America laid out this neatly.

Why should you care?

Well, that, I don’t know.

But, let me tell you why I care.


Are You A “Big City” Person?

Do you prefer big cities, mid-sized cities, or smaller towns?

Chances are, you have a preference.

Me? I’m a big city person.

And when I saw this list, something immediately struck me about it; there was a reason I made a screenshot of the top 50 cities as opposed to, say, the top 25 cities or top 100 cities.

Are You A Big City Lover? If So, Don’t Live in a LATAM city with under 1,000,000 people.

Let me elaborate.

What particularly caught my attention about this list was #45: Leon, Mexico.

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Now, I spent quite a bit of time in Leon a few years back, and, as someone who prefers big cities, it struck me as the smallest big city that I’d be OK with living in, i.e it had just enough bars, restaurants, activities, services, people and energy to satisfy my tastes.

But only just.

In short, I would say that if you’re a big city type of person looking to relocate to Latin America, only consider the cities on this list.

Let’s Break Some Things Down

Right, so even if you are a big city person, there are some cities on this list that, for one reason or another, you’re probably not going to want to live in.

For instance, some are ugly sprawling suburbs (Ecatepec, Mexico), and some are downright too dangerous (Venezuelan cities at the moment, unfortunately).

I haven’t been to all of these cities, so I can’t speak for them, but for what it’s worth, here are 10 bigger cities in Latin America that I could probably live in somewhat merrily:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mexico City, Mexico

Bogota, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

Lima, Peru

Guadalajara, Mexico

Cali, Colombia

Santiago, Chile

Keep in mind, we’re talking living as opposed to visiting. For instance, I’m not too anxious to visit Santiago, Chile again, but there’s no denying it would be one of the better places to live in Latin America.

Likewise, I’d love to visit Havana, Cuba again, but I don’t think I could ever live there.

Are There Exceptions?

I’m glad you asked!

Are there exceptions to your “big city” rule? Are there smaller cities than these that a “big city” person could be content living in?

Yes. I would say yes.

Main exception being if it’s the biggest city in a given country.

For instance, you won’t see San Jose, Costa Rica or Panama City, Panama on this list of the 50 biggest Latin American cities.

But, because they are the largest cities in the country - and the capitals - you’ll typically find more diversity and greater offerings than you would in a similarly sized city of a larger country.

Although they aren’t quite large enough to make the cut, I’m sure a big city person would do just fine in either San Jose or Panama City.

Conclusion

That’s about it, folks.

Not a long one today.

I just wanted to show you that list and give you another way to look at where you might want to relocate to Latin America.

After all, of the most common questions I receive is related to people wanting to know where some good potential places are to live in Latin America.

I’m hoping this post will help some of you “big city” people out.

Thanks for listening,

Vance

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Hey folks.

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Read This If You Want To Live In Mexico

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Vintage Travel Posters Of Latin America

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Ladies and gentlemen, you won’t want to miss this one!

How To Get Residency In Guatemala

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Who knew!

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Hola, parce!

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A Few Thoughts About Choosing A Latin American City

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38 Captivating Vintage Photos Of Peru

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Which Latin American Country Has The Fastest Internet?

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Bom Dia!

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A Review Of The Expat Files Podcast

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The Best Cities In Mexico To Study Spanish

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How Dangerous Is Lima, Peru?

Hey friends.

If you’ve somehow landed on this article, I assume you’re wondering: is Lima, Peru dangerous?

And I’m going to get into all that.

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