This post is a bit out-dated but still applies to those looking to take
advantage of the crumbling Argentinian peso to the dollar and be
haggled into buying property at "La Estancia de Cafayate." As a previous
resident and employee in the resort, I've concluded that what was
marketed as a "Libertarian's Paradise" by the Casey Group has been
nothing but a sham and all the blind Casey followers are either kicking
themselves for a stupid investment or rationalizing all that wasted
money as to "how could good old Douggie ever steer us wrong?" At the
last Casey Research Event held in Cafayate, Doug had little to say about
anything except for "You're all a bunch of chimpanzees!" And now he
really does have the last laugh as all of his shares in LEC have been
sold over to the ever corrupt Ramiro family. In just my short time
living there, I can't put into words how sick and terrible this family
really is -- from the aspiring political artist, marriage breaking,
cheating on his American spouse son to the smooth talking politicot of
the Salta Province father. This family effectively chased out any new
businesses in La Estancia and has tried (but failed multiple times) to
monopolize all services within the community.
The town of
Cafayate is very charming though and can be a nice place to spend a week
on your tour of Argentina. The times be a changin' though in the sleepy
town due to all of this gringo-lovin corruption though. All Argentines,
from the quiet villager to the newly arrived Portenos, love to say the
same thing about the town -- safety. Everyone looks out for one another,
including your belongings, and this was something I loved so much in
the town. However, petty theft crimes are climbing now that Cafayate is
on the map as a destination for rich, polo-watching, wine sipping
idiots, the people, or its police, or La Estancia de Cafayate employees
itself are beginning to take advantage.
So to all of you who heard the call and saw the wolf dressed as a sheep in the pasture, cheers to you.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I have absolutely nothing
against anyone making an honest buck, or a million of them for that matter but
I do have a problem with people being lied to or fooled. Even more so, I have a
problem with people being tricked into parting ways with their very hard earned
money. An important part of a well-rounded modern survival mentality is to
learn to identify scams and con artists. I can sleep at night knowing that I
did my best to inform people about what life in Argentina is like and even more
so what life in a poor Argentine inner province like Salta is really like.
Argentina has already fallen
apart, and these last couple years its been even worse than imaginable with the
default, even worse crime and further breakdown of society. Its as if after the
building crumbled, someone went on to salt the earth and pour gasoline all over
the rubble. Today, moving to Argentina is as smart as relocating to Venezuela.
By now, anyone that bothered
to do basic online research about Argentina and this man’s investment would
have found my writings, which are based on overwhelming facts about the
situation in the country and province. If after reading it all you still “invest”
in such a place I just don’t know what to tell you.
But the reason I’m posting
this isn’t to warn more people about this man yet again. Google “exposed” and
this man’s name and you’ll find even more interesting facts. I’m posting this
to warn everyone about the hundreds of people like him, that call themselves “investors”,
“international man of mystery ”, “libertarians”, “Christians”. Especially in
the survival community, I’ve noticed that with rare exceptions, those that
boast about how great Christians they are, with a holier-than-thou attitude and
bible-thumping narrative, they tend to be the worst. With “libertarians”
something similar happens. Some people are true libertarians while others want
to liberate you from your money. Same goes for “international rich big shots”,
self-claimed billionaires that will let you into their inner circle for $99.95.
Folks, these are people that have only one guiding principle which is to make
as much money as possible (no problem with that), anyway they can(here we have
a problem). There are self-claimed survival experts and gurus that do the exact
same thing in USA, simply to make money out of you buying property or land in a
way that suits their own best interest.
I love Americans. Believe me
I do. You’re fantastic, generous people and although there’s bad apples just
like in any other society Americans are the nicest, good hearted people out
there. But in many cases you also trust too much and tend to be naïve, usually
giving people the benefit of the doubt if not just downright trusting complete
strangers. Times are getting tough folks. Con artists and charlatans abound and
there’s more of them every day.Before
parting with your hard earned money do a LOT of research. Read reviews, google
information about the product or person you’re about to trust, may that be
buying a 30 dollar knife in Amazon but even more so when buying a $200.000 retreat
in Argentina or Idaho.
There’s people right now
getting tricked out of their life savings and they don’t even know it. Just
make sure you’re not one of them.
Guys, unless specifically told not to, I'll post the reply here in the blog so everyone can read it. I'll just leave the first name, and remove the last name, email or any other specific information for privacy reasons. Thanks
Leatherman Charge Ti
I love this light. Runs on a single AAA and is capable of big boy lumen output (80 lumens) in a keychain package. Also has low and mid mode for longer runtime.
Single CR123 cell. 6 modes including 180 lumen turbo mode.
General Mode: 9 lumens (35hrs) -> 47 lumens (6.5hrs) -> 94 lumens (2.6hrs) -> SOS
Turbo Mode: 180 lumens (1hrs) -> Strobe
15 days of survival use (2 continuous hours per day on the lowest setting)
Thanks for the Positive Reviews!
Energency gadget... on steroids.
Asus Eee 1005HA
Basic Door/Window Alarm
Both tool and weapon, just the right size
Straight edge makes it easier to sharpen, + tougher tip
By all accounts and reviews I’ve read so far, it truly is “The toughest Tape on the Planet”
I talked about these some time ago in an article, remember someone asked where to get one.
Just found one reasonably priced and with excellent reviews in Amazon.
Emergency blankets. I Have several of these around.
Katadyn water filter
for the kits
and food ...
Got to have water: Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel
Moleskine, the ultimate little black cover notebook :)
Fenix L0D-CE. Perfect keychain light. 80 Lumens in a single AAA
Nice combo. The Soldier is an excellent product.
Sabre Red OC spray
Made in USA
This is the brand I use and always have one in my bag and car. ( same brand used by NYPD)
My wife keeps one in her purse too.
Sabre Red Tear Gas
Sabre Red for ladies
You guys have the coolest stuff up there.:)
Jack Bauer’s bag.:) I’d like to get one of these and try it out.
Fox OC Spray
Don’t have this one but it’s the hottest OC spray out there.
Someone once called it “bottled lava”
Pick your poison people, but do carry OC
1) Even if you carry a gun
2) SPECIALLY if you don’t carry a gun
Classic, and one of the few things I’d call a “must have” I own two of these.
My EDC bag: M1936 Musette Bag
Victorinox I bought recently. Most excellent tool, review coming up soon.
Make that "potable" water
And a more pricey alternative by Tikka
Just added one of these to my EDC bag, mostly for smoke, dust and debris