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

August 11, 2017  
#1- “Castiga Maya or Mayan Punishment” is the label given to a punishment vetted out by indigenous people in Central America when they feel its time to take the law into their own hands and physically punish someone. This is done only after the locals have repeatedly called the local police on some bad guy/gal in the pueblo but to no effect. These incidents are reported in the Latin news and first-world media as “lynchings” though are NOT real mob lynchings as depicted in John Wayne movies. In Latin America “lynchings” are painful but rarely fatal and altogether different than one might imagine. Here's the scoop.

#2- Latins, even the so called “educated classes”, are very poorly educated  in the heath, nutrition and healthcare sciences. More likely they just don’t have the curiosity to care much about it. That’s probably why a Latin person (unless he’s an entitled child of the wealthy and been to university in the states) has most probably never heard of GMO’s, glyphosate, high fructose corn syrup, or even the vaccine/autism link. Previously it would not have mattered much when theor diets were quite natural and organic but now that cheap fast food has arrived in a big way Latins are becoming addicted just like most are in the USA.

#3-Have you heard of the Tortilla Wars?
There’s a subtle ongoing battle waging between the traditional, natural corn (maiz) tortilla product- made 3 times a day in tiny mom and pop shops - versus the more modern, convenient and corporately processed, preservative laden, wheat (harina) tortillas that have a proven shelf life of weeks (just like Wonder-bread). Here’s the scoop on how all of this started and why we must keep a close eye on how it plays out.

#4- Johnny Mueller’s next Latin American “Expat Insider Seminar” will take place Saturday, January 6th  through Thursday, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and get the info and signup details by sending an email to

#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at

#6- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#7- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at

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