The Ultimate Wine Tasting Restaurants in Buenos Aires

*This is a guest post by Elisa Williams

Visiting Buenos Aires in Argentina is one of the most fascinating decisions you could make. The city boasts numerous wine tasting restaurants that are sure to satisfy all your needs during your stay…

Dating in Colombia: What Is It Like?

Hey folks, today I’d like to talk a bit about dating in Colombia. 

I’m here to answer your questions, address your concerns and, as always, to entertain!

Because, here’s the thing…

How to Reduce Taxes as an Expat in Latam

This guest article was contributed by Andrew Henderson, founder of Nomad Capitalist.

Hard as it may be for some to believe, I didn’t move overseas for the tax benefits.

However, the tax benefits of legally escaping the tax net in increasingly confiscatory countries like the United States can be quite alluring. Living in Latin America can help you substantially reduce - and even eliminate - your personal and business tax obligations.

The Best Brazil Dating Sites

Are you wondering what the best Brazil dating sites are?

Great news! I’m here to answer that question in detail.

But first…

My New Neighborhood: Colonia del Valle in Mexico City

Hello, my friends.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a new post, and for that I apologize.

I’ve got a couple new projects in the works that have been eating my time.

But, I’m back to tell you what it’s like living in del Valle, Mexico City.

Your Quick Guide to Chilean Women

Hello friends! Today, I’m going to talk a bit about Chilean women.

Specifically, dating and getting to know ‘em.

Do You Want To Make Money Online And Travel Latin America?

This is a review of Content 2 Cash, by Jake Nomada.

Have you ever thought how nice it might be to make money from your laptop while living in Latin America?

Imagine yourself in a penthouse overlooking a city, or relaxing in secluded beach abode, earning in dollars but spending in pesos, soles or reales.

Setting your own hours. Knowing you can party ‘til 6am at a reggaeton club because you can start your day’s work whenever you please; or being able to take a few days off on a whim for a rejuvenating excursion in the Andes.

If you’ve read my blog, perhaps such things have crossed your mind…

Mexico City: What's It Like Living In Centro?

Whenever I tell folks where I live in Mexico City, they’re always surprised.

Really!?

Centro? Isn’t it dangerous?

Why did you decide to live there?

And fair enough…

10 Good Reasons To Live In Lima, Peru

What’s up, guys.

Once again, I’ve got Peru on my mind.

And, seeing as how it’s been 10 months since I left, I figured I’d honor it with a post about 10 good reasons to live in Lima…

The Last Emperor Of Mexico

Vienna, Austria. 1840.

A sibling rivalry that will change history in Europe and the Americas.

Two brothers in line for the Austrian throne: Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph and his brother Franz Joseph.

Latin American Soul vs. Eastern European Soul

This is a guest post from Maverick Traveler

When it comes to leaving the West and looking for a cheap and easy way of living, the traveler and future expat have chiefly two options: Latin America and Eastern Europe.

How To Get Set Up In A New Latin American City

Hey friends,

Today I’m going to tell you what you should do when you arrive to a new Latin American city.

Whenever I touch down in a destination that’s new to me, or somewhere I haven’t been for awhile, this is exactly what I do…

Nightlife in Guatemala City: What's It Like?

Hey friends!

The time has come to talk about nightlife in Guatemala City.

What’s it like? Where you should go? What should you expect?

Read on to find out…

Why I Was Wrong About Guatemala City

Ladies and gentlemen, I made a mistake.

I misjudged Guatemala City.

What can I say? I was off-base; out of line; missed the mark. Just...wrong.

Here’s what happened…

What Is Life Like As An Expat In Mexico City?

Hey folks. Today I’m going to talk about expat life in Mexico City.

What to expect, how much you’ll spend, the pros, the cons. All that good stuff.

But first, a disclaimer…

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!

***This is a guest post by Don Tim…

65 Good Movies About Mexico, Central and South America

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

Watching movies is an excellent way to get a feel for the history, culture or atmosphere of a place; I'm always impressed at how a good film...

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