Colombia

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.

Bogota, Colombia – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

The capital of Colombia. The third-largest city in Latin America after Sao Paulo, Brazil and Mexico City, Mexico. Over the years, Bogota has had to cope with an influx of migrants from the countryside looking for work, and as a consequence the city comes across as poorly planned and a bit chaotic in certain areas. However, it’s still a can’t-miss city if you come to Colombia.

Medellin, Colombia – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

The second-largest city in Colombia. It is located in the Aburra Valley of the Andes Mountains. Since being a battlefield for gangs in the 1980s and 90s during Pablo Escobar’s reign, Medellin has successfully shed it’s image as a city known for car bombs and Colombian neckties.

My Latin Life’s Guide To E-Commerce In Latin America

My latest of many money-making schemes has been in the world of e-commerce.

I started playing around with it during my last trip to Peru. Appeared the country was ripe for it. Its economy was growing rapidly, and I certainly noticed people with disposal income in Lima, but there was a lack of cool things to buy – many of the big chain American stores that I saw in Mexico that offered impossibly cheap goods hadn’t made their way down, and I knew that import laws were pretty lax compared to countries like Argentina or Ecuador, and manufacturing costs were lower than countries like Chile or Brazil…

How NOT To Get Scopolamined in South America

I’d like to talk a bit about how to avoid getting Scopolamined (or, drugged in general) in South America.

Anyone who’s travelled down here knows that folks will try to take advantage of you. And, when it comes to scopolamine, women are the main culprits.

So, we’ll focus mostly on women today (what’s new, eh?)…

What Happens If You Overstay Your Visa In Colombia?

Overstaying a tourist visa in Colombia is a common occurrence. It isn’t surprising – Colombia is an easy country to fall in love with after all!

But what happens exactly if you violate the terms of your visa? Will you be locked-up? Deported? Fined? Prohibited from entering the country ever again?

Here’s the latest information.

Barranquilla for Nomads

Barranquilla, Colombia – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Barranquilla, Colombia. Known as the birthplace of Shakira and Sofia Vergara. It’s located in the north of the country, and is the fourth-largest ci.ty after Cali, Medellin and Bogota. The carnival of Barranquilla is one of the most famous in the country

What Does It Cost To Live In Major Latin American Cities?

Hello again!

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!

What Does It Cost To Fly Between Major Latin American Cities?

Toward the end of my first jaunt around Latin America, my money started to run out.

I’ll admit it: I planned poorly.

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.