The Expat Files: Living in Latin America A guide to moving to Latin America, finding work, and settling in.

September 29, 2013  

-Of drugs, gringos and expats: you’d be surprised at the kinds of email questions I get from expat wanabees concerning drugs in Latin America… and here are some choice samples (no not of the drugs, the emails!)  

-Note that if the following were Jeopardy questions I bet 95% of you would blow them:
#1- What South American country leads all others in drug cultivation and processing?” (Nope, its not Colombia)
#2- What Latin country is the number one transit or pass-through conduit for drug shipments worldwide? (Nope its not Mexico)
The answers will surprise you…    
- Here's the plain truth about coca leaves and coca leave chewing in South America: In many countries possession and use of the coca leaf is totally legal. Users say its like a good, long shot of double espresso. And its not just the poor indigenous farmers chewing on the stuff. Its used by cab drivers, hamburger flippers, bank tellers and presidents. In fact Bolivian president Evo Morales chewed a wad on camera along with Oliver Stone and his video crew in a recent movie documentary! (whereas in the states they'd all get the slammer for a move like that!)    
- In Venezuela, smart Latins are making a slick 700 percent on their money by taking advantage of a recent round of truly idiot government currency control laws. A mile-wide loophole has opened that allows that kind of return on US dollars in just one weekend! Imagine a guaranteed return like that without being a crook, getting into the drug business or doing anything that’s technically illegal! I know some adventurous Expats who are on their way to Caracas right now to get a piece of the currency chaos! 
-A word about piranhas and other alleged testicle eaters 
-Pencil in your calendar for this coming January. That’s when my next Expat Wisdom Seminar event is scheduled, “off the gringo tourist trail” of course. Right now I’m still setting up the program and fine tuning the particulars. This time we’ll be starting the adventure on Sunday Jan 19th and ending late Thursday night the 23rd. If you plan on attending please email me at or and I’ll be sure to send you the full details.

“AN EXPAT’S GUIDE TO FIRST-WORLD  HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA”, That’s the name of my long awaited free report. It’s finally finished and will be available for a time at Grab a copy and than compare how 21st century Latin American healthcare stacks up to your Heathcare in the states. Read it and weep! And remember the report is free(at least for now).

 -For all of you curious about how our last Expat Wisdom seminar in June went down…  two of our attendees, Deane and Heather, put together a great 10 min slideshow/audio clip with some very cool visuals. Now you can see what it was like (and what you missed) as we all trucked around with our “boots on the ground” Just go to and click on the “slideshow” link.   
   -Follow the link on the main page at to schedule a private consultation with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
-And while you’re at don’t forget to pick up your free reports! 
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