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Old 03-31-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: new jersey
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What do you all think about Honduras? I didn't get a chance to visit it. Has anyone here been?
there are many amazing beaches, especially in Roatan. Also, be sure to visit Copan
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Saudi Arabia
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Default Underrated - Peru; Overrated - Venezuela

Peru has great food, inexpensive, great diversity, machu pichu, beaches, mountains and less crime than its reputation. Honorable mention - Cuba

Venezuela has terrible crime and is wasting the most oil of anywhere outside of Middle East.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:00 PM
 
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Most overrated: Colombia, never been there, but can't stand most of the pushy Colombians I've met. LOL.
Most underrated: Uruguay, it's "Argentina-lite."
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:53 PM
 
Location: DF
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That's fine that you guys don't like Colombia.... that means the rest of us that feel it's underrated get an unspoiled experience.

Are there security issues? Absolutely, without a doubt. But for those adventurous, Colombia is amazing. That is by far my most favorite south american country. Great food, great music, great parties and nightlife, and BEAUTIFUL women, all the while having a relatively low cost of living (the cartels aren't leaving that much money I imagine), and a population that is welcoming (almost to a fault) of any foreigners... Colombia wins, BIG TIME.

But I won't spend too much time arguing it... if you don't want to believe it, that's just more Colombia for us that love it.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Brasilia
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Overrated Brazil
underrated Brazil.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:18 AM
 
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Smile Medellin, Colombia is # 1

Medellin, Colombia is by far the absolute best overall city in all of South Ametrica. It has everything that you could possibly ever want in a vacation except for ocean beaches and extreme heat and humidity.
The city is very clean and very modern with extremely open, friendly and sociable people. There are lots of sightseeing trips available there both in the city and close by, and the city has modern, upscale shopping malls, historical museums, art gallereis, a metro cable car system up the mountain, and around 35 universities. The city of Medellin is considered to be the 2nd most wealthy city in all of South America. The climate is perfect, never too hot or too cold. You can even drink the water. No bugs, and no earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, typhoons or tsunamis. The city is situated in a valley at about 5,000 feet above sea level and fairly close to the equator so the temperature is constantly around 75F-85F all year round. There are tons of greatv restaurants at very reasonable prices and fantastic, exciting nightlife. The people are the most friendly people you could ever hope to meet.
Colombia is passion and the mountain city of Medellin is like the crown jewel of Colombia. You could compare Medellin to Barcelona, Spain or maybe even Naples, Italy. Medellin is more like a European city than a South American city. They even have gambling casinos. The population is close to 4 million people. The only thing that Medellin does not have are ocean beaches and extreme heat and humidity. Medellin is, for the most part, very safe, especially in the wealthy and upper middle-class areas. MOst of the crime is gang and drug related and usually contained in the poor barrios, just like it is in most major US/North American cities. The biggest risk you have in going to Medellin is never wanting to leave or wanting to go back there as soon as possible. It has a magical effect on you. Medellin is like the Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe) of cities, it just keeps drawing you back loike a magnet.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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Every country which was formerly colonized by Spain is of 3rd world status. Why is that?

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Look at Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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This is one of the more ignorant statements i've seen you make Jtur... Chavez destroyed Venezuela, the people absolutely hate him, and I think if you came into contact with Venezuelans and asked them how it really was they would tell you. With my job, I interact with many different Venezuelans every day, not a single person, I repeat, not 1 has ever said anything good about Chavez. He destroyed the country, it is one of the most dangerous places in South America, even the citizens are afraid to go out. They know how dangerous it is and just how much poverty there really is.


You think they are raising their standards? What world are you living in? I understand you like to make USA look bad in every sense of the way, but you're so far off here that anyone from that country would laugh in your face.
Maybe the Venezuelans that we meet in the US are like the Cubans, those who had money and resent it being taken away from them. I'm not arguing that they have a right to be angry, but that this is only one side of the story, perhaps.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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OK this thread has gotten very ignorant.

First off, the best Latin American county in terms of quality of life for it's people is Cuba, for tourists even better. No crime, zero. But it does lack a lot of renovation because of the embargo. Other than that it's probably the most peaceful. The Cuba that is shown to Americans is OLD Historical Havana. Most of it's problems stem from the collapse of the USSR their only major trading partner. Since then the Cubans have been relying on tourism as a major source of revenue and they've been successful in offsetting the embargo with it and keeping most people fed and housed. It's not the best but they would rather have that than be like next door Haiti.

The worst for crime is Caracas and Rio. Slowly but surely and SADLY Buenos Aires is coming into the fray of worst criminal areas. Argentina has gone really down hill since the early 2000s. It's really really bad. Buenos Aires is still the most European of the Latin American cities, the most unique and the most artistic. It would be Latin America's answer to Paris.

Chile would be Latin America's answer to England/UK. I found the country to be less "Latino" than the other countries which was a bummer. It is a very rigid organized country by comparison to the rest. The cops are militarized and there is little corruption but that is only because the law already favors the wealthy foreigner. Santiago and Chile as a whole is pretty much the most developed Latin American country. It will feel the most at home to Westerners.

Brazil is massively third world. Wow! I have never seen that level of poverty in any Latin American country. The favelas are a crime! Meanwhile the rich in Rio flaunt like you would not believe. While improvements have been made since the last time I visisted thank to the last two Presidents, there is still a lot to be done. Brazil is beautiful but I could not enjoy myself with that level of poverty so close.

Uruguay would come in a close second behind Cuba for the safest Latin American country. That place is literally peace on Earth. It's a mix of Argentina and Brazil. The people are so friendly unlike their Argentine neighbors and it's a paradise. I love Uruguay.

As an American white boy I was the most shocked when I visisted central Mexico and cities like Monterrey. They have California like suburbs full of rich white people who speak Spanish. The whole town was almost rich white and Mexican. I was surprised. And they were proud to be Mexican too. Usually I meet a Mexican American teen and they're almost ashamed to be Mexican but here was a blonde haired blue eyed Mexican repping his flag like it was the best country on gods green earth.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:52 AM
 
Location: DF
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OK this thread has gotten very ignorant.

First off, the best Latin American county in terms of quality of life for it's people is Cuba, for tourists even better. No crime, zero.
No crime at all?! can you provide some statistics to back that up.

Also, can you give us an unbiased source of information confirming the elevated quality of life for Cubans.
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