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: $1600-2000 USD/Month
MY LATIN LIFE RANKING: #1
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.
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.
Back again, folks!
Today I'll be talking about the best places to find a wife in Latin America...or at the very least, a serious girlfriend.
You see, as much as I like hooking up with and casually dating Latinas, I acknowledge that I'm getting a bit older and more mature (relatively, at least). And, as I'm sure many of you know, after reaching a certain number of notches, the whole chasing women just for the sake of it tends to turn to ash in your mouth.
With that in mind...
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...
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.
If you want to reside south of the border, you'll need to find a way to make money. An e-commerce business in Latin America is one of the ways to do this.
However, it's often overlooked.
The vast majority of foreigners down here will make their living doing one of the following things:
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...
When it comes to online dating in Latin America, there really aren't too many options.
Essentially, there are only two well-known options: Tinder and Latin American Cupid.
I'm assuming most of the people reading this have heard of Tinder, or perhaps used it.
Less of you have heard of Latin American Cupid. Here is my in-depth review of Latin American Cupid.
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.
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: