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Anyone have thoughts on Buenos Aires vs Medellรญn for first time solo traveling in South America? (Or any general thoughts on hostels vs hotels/airbnb for just winging the trip)
Well, what's important to you?
I'd say ease of planning & finding fun stuff to do either on my own or with a group. Ideally looking for something warm with water activities too, but really just looking for somewhere to explore where I can wing-it and not put too much planning into it haha.

Not sure if one has more "must see" places and is easier to navigate alone.
As someone who spent a month in BA, I can say that it's warm, at least during the summer months. But it is not a beach-y place. As much as it borders a large river, the water activities are on top of the water and not in it.
I'm glad I stumbled on this thread. I was looking at Selinas for Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and Medellin. Does anyone have any recommendations on alternative coliving/coworking spaces?
๐Ÿ›ฌ ljfctdbtymel just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Nassau,The Bahamas, #latin-america
Hi, I plan a 6 month trip through central america. I want to stay at beach places where I can relax for 2-3 weeks and move one. Like Kho Tao in Thailand. I just need my MacBook for work. I wonder what size/range of a backpack should I look for ๐Ÿ˜œ ? Thx
I think you'll get 30 different answers on this but some thing to consider, are you flying around or buses? (Aka does it need to fit on domestic small planes). How much equipment for work are you traveling with? What are you packing? (Bulky electronic or just clothing).
yeah thought so ๐Ÿ™ˆ I searched here on slack and found recommendations for 10l , 40l packs and higher. I wondered if there is at least a minimum size I should look at. just clothing and macbook + charger
Personally, I prefer to keep at 38l for universal carry on plus a day bag.
keep in mind that rainy season is starting in CA so take a few sweaters, jeans
I will be transiting through Panama on my way to Quito this Saturday. Do I need to fill in a health declaration or anything else (apart from being vaccinated) for both countries?
Not sure about Panama but I had to fill a short health form when I entered Ecuador
Hi guys, did anyone travel to Argentina recently ? I'd like to know if i need any paper/vaccin/covid insurance to enter the country. Thanks !
beck2mo
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Hi guys!

We're traveling around Asia with my girlfriend because we're checking the countries where we could live and of course Asia (especially Thailand) is a nice option but we were thinking of Latin America as well.

Can anyone recommend any country where we could feel really safe? I hear opposite opinions and I'm a little bit confused. I don't want a place where I would be worried about my girlfriend going alone for a bike in the evening. Is it even possible to feel safe on a similar level as for example in Thailand?
I'm curious about the same. A few months into staying in Colombia my appraisal is it the situation in the whole country can be confusing and contradicting. figuring it out just seems like part of the experience of getting to know Latin America more deeply. I donโ€™t think I could conscience telling you to come here if youโ€™re looking for straightforward.
oxyc2mo
i'd say no, there's nothing similar to thailand in terms of satefy here. you always need to be aware and think about safety (took me a good year before i got used to it, coming from asia and middle east). lots of places you can go on a bike ride without worrying but you'll still need to be aware of your surroundings. always. it comes natural after a while.

i'd say some places in uruguay are pretty safe, but then those places have burglaries when you're on vacation :D unless you live in a gated community. pretty safe here means less violent crime, less bars on windows basically.

if you want to live without having to consider safety in your daily life, this is probably not the continent for you. personally i got used to it and don't mind it anymore (been in south america 6 years now though) :)
Thereโ€™s pockets of safety in most major cities as long as you stay in a particular area but you should always keep your guard up.
oxyc2mo
exactly, unlike many places in asia and middle east where you can just get away with almost anything and never have to worry
As someone who has spent significant time on both continents nope, SEA is leaps and bounds ahead in terms of safety. Sure, shit happens everywhere (our group was robbed two times in one night in Bali, for example) but it's still not even close. I literally hear or read about a gun/knife robbery here in Medellin every week (still feels super safe, though). In my two years as an expat in Kuala Lumpur I didn't experience anything remotely like that.

Doesn't take away from the fact that LatAm is an amazing region with incredible people. Nevertheless, I personally wouldn't be able to live here long-term because I don't want to consistently feel like that my guard needs to be up..
if you want similar safety, the balkans are also an option
Guys, one thing you have to consider is that in Eastern Europe and Asia you have much lower inequality.

In other words, in Latin America inequality is much greater, which means 2 things in practice.

1 - If you are willing to "spend a little" you can live like a rich person having all the best,3 swiming pools, better security, better landscapes, better malls.

2 - if you want to save money then you will have big problems with security.

because "inequality" is very hard to compare latin america as a whole with the balkans.
ufmcgwhc Balkans - It's cold there in our winter :slightly_smiling_face:. Polish people here ๐Ÿ˜„ .
wwjvpbymc true. but even in the other places you mentioned it gets a bit too hot and humid and rainy at times.
qiokmrzrw I wouldn't say that's true, though. Both Malaysia and Thailand feel quite similar to countries like Colombia when it comes to wealth distribution. The Asian culture and thus laws, especially around guns and how to prosecute criminals, are just much stricter than in LatAm..
oxyc2mo
mjdmduzvk to me the difference is to be safe by being in a rich neighborhood in latam you need to live in a bubble, drive everywhere and STILL need to know places to avoid and look over your shoulder whenever you exit your bubble. In most of asia you can just be a complete idiot and get away with everything, at most you get pick pocketed.
oxyc2mo
love latam though and most people are nice and look out for you. or even warn you when youโ€™re being stupid. itโ€™s just that in so many places of the world thatโ€™s not even needed xD
mtucfo I agree with you, except for this "bubble" concept, especially in large countries, sometimes these bubbles are entire cities or states.

So for me, speaking of Latin America, I believe that each city or state has to be evaluated in a specific way, because many times it is as if they were completely different countries, generalizing is difficult, it would be like saying that Europe is just like that, the Switzerland is very different from Georgia.

Walking like you said "you can be a complete idiot and get away with everything" to me is being irresponsible with your wife, your passport and personal items like computers.

We all travel and we have to research to know which are the points of interest and which are the dangerous places, local laws, religious customs.

I say this because they tried to rob me several times in paris, rome, bangkok, las vegas that when it's not the police trying to take money from you like in cancun.

All these places are amazing, but for people in good locations and with resources.

So, if you go to Patagonia in Argentina or Chile in the cities of the mountains it is almost impossible for you to have problems.
hllscjankpyv I agree that culture and more government repression help some places to be safer than others, as well as inequality, if everyone is simple and has the basics, there is less violence than in places like LATAM where someone easily earns 40x more than someone else who don't have the basics of the basics as food.
oxyc2mo
to me arriving in south america was a difficult transition after a few years in asia and middle east where safety was never a factor in any decision i made. lost my belonging twice before i accepted i need to factor in safety.
not a big deal but its a mental load and i dislike that i have to question peoples intentions instead of just assuming they're kind.

patagonia is generally safe yes but as an example, how you act around the outskirts of Rio Gallegos is for sure different from how you would need to act in similar transit towns in SEA or middle east
opsxqm unfortunately you have to study the cities and neighborhoods and really pay attention to the places you go.

On the other hand, it forces you to really get to know the geography and culture of the place and I usually find that fun.

The good thing is, if you earn in dollars or euros, you can live for months in beautiful and safe places at the cost of a lot of research.
I agree with myejtc U02JLPTQQAC. Iโ€™m Brazilian and lived/visited Asia 3,4 years, if we talk about general safety, we just canโ€™t compare with Latin America (South America). Itโ€™s just another world, that is why I love there, of course there are exceptions as gwepfefhp said but stillโ€ฆ
```I like to travel as light as possible. Usually I will bring a carry-on size luggage and a 22L day pack the Osprey Talon 22, and would not want to go any smaller. If I were to be going as minimal as possible, I would bring only the backpack.
Fits macbook, change of pants, a few underwear, a few socks, a couple shorts/bathing suits, a long sleeve shirt, a couple short sleeve shirts, rain poncho, your misc other items, and not much more.
So I'd say the minimum you want is a 20L backpack. ```
๐Ÿ›ฌ sxnimntqw just arrived in ๐Ÿ Bridgetown,Barbados, #latin-america
thanks all, super helpful โœŒ๏ธ
jxpuibwux Iโ€™d highly recommend Medellin, plenty of things to do in groups or solo
Howdy folks. Anyone in Antigua Guatemala that might want to meet up?
Thank you guys ๐Ÿ™‚ :heart:. So I need to find "my place" somewhere in Asia.
vwsuzpiyx Hi, Im from Buenos Aires, let me know if I can help with something. I cannot say about Medellin, never been there. Now a days is getting colder. You can travel on you own here.
Hey! Iโ€™m thinking of going to Buenos Aires, Argentina in the fall however Nomad list says the internet is bad. Has anyone here been?
phn2mo
Maybe try #argentina ๐Ÿ‘€
I was in BA in Feb-Mar and there is no problem with the Internet that I am aware of. Plus it's a great city, very cheap for Nomads, great food, great wine, great people, great community. I will go back.
Thank you very much^^
tom2mo
the internet in BA is ok, and yes it is a great city for nomads!
Hey all! I'll be staying in Medellin starting June. I've been hearing the crime has been increasing alot there lately. Anyone there can share their personal experience?
heard similar.. random but my insurance adjuster reported robbery at gun point
then again i heard the same before going to Costa Rica and besides a guy that almost pulled a knife on me (i was ready to make it the worst day of his life), it was fine
Yeah I figured. Latin America you just have to be careful in general
Damn costa rica is next on my list too ๐Ÿ˜‚
I just went to Costa Rica for 6 weeks and in general felt pretty safe! Just ofc at night be cautious & learn some Spanish.
๐Ÿ›ฌ pyyncbhjkye just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป San Salvador,El Salvador, #latin-america
๐Ÿ›ฌ pnwyrhxrvfeb just arrived in Placencia,Belize, #latin-america
๐Ÿ›ฌ lbyywvbf just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป San Salvador,El Salvador, #latin-america
Going to be in San Juan, PR from 6/4 to 7/15, looking for people to go scuba diving with
My first apartment in BA had 50 mbps download and was very reliable for wfh. I believe I could have asked the landlord to upgrade the speed for a very small fee like say $10 usd. In my second apartment Iโ€™m plugged directly into the router with an ethernet cable and get 300 mbps download, so my experience is the internet has been great. Honestly I think that Nomadlist is incorrect for many things. Also beware that a good apartment in the nomad heavy area of Palermo the typical price is $1,000 per month and more on Airbnb. I see people online say housing is around $500 a month and from my experience thatโ€™s not true for temporary accommodations.
Palermo is very expensive. I had a nice, clean, safe (security at the door downstair) apartment near the subway station in Recoleta (including internet) for US$500 per month in February and March. Note that you need to do a little bit or work/search to find the gems.
๐Ÿ›ฌ xcxhhdaqvvs just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป San Salvador,El Salvador, #latin-america
Does anyone have any tips on finding a reliable internet connection in Latin American countries? I've thought about something like Solis as a backup, but not sure how much that would actually help
While traveling, I use Google Fi with a Pixel phone (5g)
Yeah, I have a Pixel as well and have looked into that, but you can't use the hotspot internationally IIRC
Depends on your plan. I have used international hot spots before!

Also just an FYI unlimited data in latin american countries can be anywhere from 4-15 dollars a month. Only in USA is it a scam. You could get an additional sim card everywhere you go. Shops / people on the street sell them
Be careful with Fi as roaming completely expires 100% after 3 months. I really like it but wish it could be extended
Has anyone here been to Mompiche, Ecuador?

Interested in how the overall experience was and if the internet is reliable
has anybody been to Peru recently? I can't figure out covid vaccine/test requirements for entering the country and flying within
phn29d
Canโ€™t post links, but:
```As of April 1, persons 18 and older who reside in Peru are required to show proof of three doses of COVID-19 vaccine to enter the country. All travelers, regardless of residency, aged 12 and older must show proof of two doses. Children under the age of 12 must be asymptomatic, and any passenger unable to show proof of vaccination must provide a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 48 hours of boarding an inbound flight.```
Not sure about local flights but seeing the rules here in Lima, I would imagine youโ€™d need to show a certificate for flying inside Peru as well, but not sure on that

Maybe somebody in #peru can help you
be aware of that if you want to go into supermarkets you need the 3 vaccines also. But there a little corner stores where you can buy food and they donโ€™t check the vaccines
really? for restaurants and museums as well?
phn28d
Yeh, itโ€™s vax card in museum, supermarkets and Starbucks. But I think most of the restaurants donโ€™t care either ๐Ÿค”
hey all - I'm traveling to el salvador next week for some surfing - pretty clueless on the place just know it's a cheap flight from mexico, and has nice beaches. Would love some tips if anyone has any
Laureles.
Ah sorry, I just saw this. But no, nothing.
3k a month? Enjoy that penthouse for youself
Def Laureles over Poblado imo
anyone been to suriname and can tell me how doable internet work might be? i only have 2 or so calls a month and the rest of my work i just need to be able to load google docs and websites
also general thoughts on it would be great
๐Ÿ›ฌ akltgadmyvjqyzor just arrived in Ambergris Caye,Belize, #latin-america
I'll be in salvador too, if we cross paths would be happy to meet up!
๐Ÿ›ฌ qvvtiobzduwpuazbb just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป San Salvador,El Salvador, #latin-america
Sorry if this isn't the right channel but
1. Jamaica - last post was from Nov 2021
2. There is no carribbean channel (I think there should be)
I'm visiting Jamaica in December and can't find an answer on whether Uber is available or what transport is like from Montego Bay airport to Negril. Someone mentioned $120 for taxi from airport to Negril so I'm trying to find alternatives. If anyone can provide me insight that would be greatly appreciated.
๐Ÿ›ฌ zhnmuprqjecvudlhn just arrived in Santa Ana,El Salvador, #latin-america
๐Ÿ›ฌ dvbfmetdddrl just arrived in ๐Ÿ– Port of Spain,Trinidad and Tobago, #latin-america
Hey Justin, I'm from El Salvador
How's it going
it's going well and you?
hey xkmqgjoazbkkjdjmj sorry i missed ya, i was just staying in tunco for a few days and was surfing everyday basically it was a short trip for me
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Guanacaste in Costa Rica! Specific location/beach would depend on what youโ€™re looking for.
+1 to Guanacaste, Costa Rica
San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua if you're looking for a cheaper option
Hi all. I am trying to escape from the turmoil in Ecuador (spent 23 hours trapped on the side of a rural highway on Sunday and Monday due to the blockades).

What stable beaches do you recommend in Central or South America? Must have alright wifi
I love Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Wifi isnโ€™t the best but between a local sim and wifi at my accommodations, it was doable. The sunsets and food more than made up for it though!
Definitely next on my list ๐Ÿ˜Š thank you!! Im thinking Costa Rica is nice stable place to get to from Ecuador too
Does anyone know any cloud gaming platform available in latin america? In europe I use Shadow.tech but itโ€™s not available in South America, neither is Nvidia GeForce now ๐Ÿ˜ž
Latam Network infrastructure is not prepared for that yet, I used to play with sky(something) canโ€™t remember the name rn, in Spain it worked ok, in Colombia and Argentina it was unplayable due the latency (it was a couple of years ago tho)

a good alternative could be game pass (it includes origin pass), download and play
๐Ÿ›ฌ ovitpyvls just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Nassau,The Bahamas, #latin-america
Get a SIM card right away at the airport with internet. Usually small shops have some.
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