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…
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…
No one is ever going to entirely agree on a “safest cities” list.
First of all, it’s hard to get a read on these things. Official crime statistics simply can’t be trusted in Latin America. I raise my eyebrows in amusement when journalists claim that Mexico City has a lower murder rate than cities like Washington D.C or Boston, erroneously assuming that Mexican law enforcement agencies report murder rates with the same accuracy as American law enforcement agencies. Also, many people in Central and South America don’t bother to report crimes such as robbery (or, in some cases, even murder) because they either don’t trust law enforcement, or they know that law enforcement is so inefficient that the perpetrators are unlikely to ever be caught anyway.
Second, personal experience tends to color perception.
Heredia is a mere 10 km north of the capital, San Jose. It’s a friendly little town. The only reason you would have heard of it is if you ever considered a study abroad option in Costa Rica; almost the only attraction in this town is the University of Costa Rica. The city is a perfect choice to escape the craziness of San Jose, with enough pretty young things to keep you visually stimulated.
*This is a guest post from an American living in Central America
Although Costa Rica is not At the top of the list for places to pick up girls in Central America, I have grown particularly fond of this paradise after moving to Nicaragua and getting acquainted with the talent south of the border on my visa runs. Having to leave the country to get your passport stamped isn’t so bad when you combine it with a mission to find some different pussy. Nothing against Nicaraguan girls – they can be very beautiful. However in Nicaragua there isn’t a huge variety of girls to choose from, just the leftovers that weren’t fortunate enough to make it out of the country.
I’ve compiled a list of what I believe to be the best cities for a tourist to visit in Latin America. The list is based on the criteria outlined on my cities guides, so you’ll want to click on the link to the city to get a thoroughgoing breakdown on the destination to find out why it ranked the way it did.