Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Relocating to South America: Uruguay

I get several emails regarding Uruguay and other countries, people wondering what I would recommend them.
Well, Uruguay sure is a good alternative.
Tom (an American that is currently located in Bs As) told me the other day on an email that Uruguay has the highest gun ownership ratio in all Latin America.
I didn’t know that fact but its not much of a surprise: Uruguay is a wonderful alternative for people that want to relocate.
Argentina is bigger, has a Buenos Aires which is a larger metropolis with more cultural activity and nightlife but Uruguay has always been a place for the elite.

Punta del Este, Uruguay

Much safer than Argentina, Uruguay has always been a fiscal paradise were people keep their money safe.
During the 2001, entire CIT trucks left from Argentina and headed to Uruguay, full of dollars.
Uruguay is much smaller, not as heavily populated, and by far better organized than Argentina. It enjoys far less poverty and better education, and both translate into safer, less violent streets.
Sure, anyone wondering about Uruguay, that’s where I’d go if for some reason I wanted to relocate to South America. Argentina is close enough in case you want to look around, so is Brazil. It’s a nice strategic spot with a solid government, compared to the neighboring countries.
Hope that answered some of the questions.
Take care.



Anonymous said...


Would you please compare Equador to Uruguay. I have been interested in both these countries.

I enjoyed your book. Great piece of work.

FerFAL said...

Hi, havent been to Ecuador and I'm sure its a beautiful place, but as for safety and solid government there's no comparison, Uruguay is much better.
Ecuador would still be a 3rd world country while Uruguay has improved a lot and has much better conditions, not a 3rd world country.
My advice is not to just look for the cheapest conversion currency, look for a good country as well. Sometimes cheap ends up being pretty darn expensive.


Urban Dweller said...

I got this from the Internet:

"I have copied the following directly from my book, "The Southron's Guide to Living in Uruguay":

Self defense and weapons you can own
There are self defense devices and weapons you can legally own, and some you can even legally carry here in Uruguay. Pepper spray and stun guns can be purchased by anyone and carried legally on your person and in your car.
Shotguns, rifles up to 6.5mm, all revolvers, and semiautomatic pistols up to 9mm, can be owned and kept in your home. They can also be transported in the trunk (boot) of your car, so long as you have the ownership papers. They can be used for hunting in legal hunting areas.
To purchase a legal gun you must have a cedula. But the process takes some time. You will need “Certificado de Buena Conducta” (police letter) which you will take with you to the gun shop. The gun shop will arrange a short training course for you and an examination to make sure you are not crazy as a loon.
At some point thereafter you will get your gun.


Uruguay is world famous for its wing hunting; dove, duck, pigeon, and perdiz (similar to quail). Available year-round, dove hunting is considered high volume and encouraged because of the damage done by doves to local crops. Dove hunting takes place in most of the interior and western Uruguay. Duck hunting, a relatively new sport, is primarily done in the marshy areas in the department of Rocha. This area is unspoiled and not hunted often. The pastureland of western Uruguay is considered the best perdiz hunting in the world although Rocha also has decent perdiz hunting. The limit for perdiz is 10/day. Western Uruguay also has some great pigeon hunting which is considered high volume as well.
There are also several ‘safari’ or big game hunting options in Uruguay. Big game in Uruguay includes Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Axis Deer, Mouflon, Giant Wild Boar and Feral Goat. The hunting season generally lasts all year with the exception of breeding seasons. Most big game hunting is done on private ranches with guides. We have been told that hunting the dangerous giant wild boar is made as easy as possible on many farms because of overpopulation.
It is legal to bring hunting firearms into the country, but there are forms and applications which must be completed prior to arrival. A letter must be sent to three different places; Aduana (customs), Policía Aérea (air police) and S.M.A (Service of Weaponry and Supplies). The letter must state: Itinerary (date of arrival, days of hunting and where, and departure information); Names (names and passport numbers of the gun holders arriving); Guns (model and serial numbers for the guns being brought into the country); Responsible Party (designate a person responsible for the trip and the people). The letter should be sent at least two weeks before the arrival of the group. There is a Firearm License fee of US$200. For rules and regulations regarding departure and return information to your home airport please check with your airline and local authorities.
There is also a target shooting facility at Parque Batlle, for those who prefer to shoot at paper images of Osama and his friends."

There are several martial arts schools here--several owned by the Moonies.

I hope this helps."

Don Williams said...

1) Some basic sources that I have found useful in getting the "Big Picture" of parts of the world are:
a) Goode's World Atlas (has lots of info on each country -- economy, military spending, agriculture, industry, mineral deposits,etc.)

b)How to Make War (James Dunnigan) -covers military power (land, sea, air ) of nations of the world

c) CIA Factbook (short overviews of each nation)

2) Based on the above, it looks to me like Argentina is over 10 times as powerful as Uruguay -- greatly outranks Uruguay on every measure: population, GDP, military power, energy production etc.

3) Argentina is a modern industrial power like the USA -- although some of her billionaires have been selling parts of Argentina off to foreigners. As has been happening here in the USA.

But Uruguay is largely agricultural,even though about 92 percent of her population live in cities (mostly Montevideo). She produces very little electrical power, has no significant mineral ore , petroleum or uranium deposits, and only a little steel production. She largely produces sheep, rice, and fruit.

3) IN other words, a nation tailored made for hippie pacifists.

Which is good --because it looks to me as if you guys in Argentina can make Uruguay into your bitch anytime you want. :)

4) Well, unless Uruguay can convince big brother Brazil to intervene and protect her.

But since Uruguay communications with the outside world have to go through Buenos Aires (and the fiber optic oceanic cables that come ashore on the Argentina coast near General Madariaga), I don't see how she can call for help unless you let her. heh heh


Don Williams said...

PS The CIA World Factbook is available online here: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2102.html

It occurred to me why Argentina will NOT invade Uruguay:

If that happened, your billionaires would have to move their money up to Paraguay -- and they don't want the inconvenience.

Those Uruguay banking secrecy laws are good for something.

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed at how small a nation Uruguay is only 3.3 million total population.

I would also recommend Chile and Colombia at least the good parts. They are no doubt more expensive but are very much the most advanced countries in Latin America.

FerFAL said...

You're right about Chile, but dude, not Colombia.
Its the capital of drugs and kidnappings.


Anonymous said...

Sorry, late to the discussion:

I think "perdiz" is partridge in English.

"Y vivieron felices y comieron perdices" (They lived happily ever after).