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Old 01-02-2013, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Antigua Guatemala - Its safe, beautiful surrounded by amazing landscapes, great coffe and great people.
Granada Nicaragua - same reasons as Antigua.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:36 PM
 
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Well, I know you're sick of hearing it, but there's a reason you keep hearing it:

Rio de Janeiro

I can talk about that place all day long! The sidewalks are IMPECCABLE! They kept the portuguese-styled sidewalks, which gives even the ground this very clean, colorful, historical feel. The city is surrounded by mountains and is essentially pushed to the sea, causing nature to be literally all around you! The lush green mountains, the clear blue sea, and the islands in the distance...And then there's the actual city! Such amazing architecture (though I'm partial: I find Portuguese architecture beautiful!) that uses very light colors, which only highlights how colorful and rich the nature is around you. The city also has so many bairros, each with their own feel. Quiet, colonial Santa Teresa is nothing like Rich, snooty Leblon, which is starkly different from Loud, vibrant Centro...UGH! LOVE RIO

My next favorite would have to be Salvador da Bahia in Brazil as well.

FULL of history, and a distinct one at that. Even the slangs used are markedly different. I can talk about Salvador too, but...I don't wanna get carried away like I did with Rio lol!

Also, I like as well Havana and Buenos Aires. In fact, I plan on learning Spanish just to be able to REALLY get those cities!
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:15 PM
 
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Medellin, Colombia. Perfect weather, beautiful girls, very liberal. Good nightlife. It is a rock and roll city. Beer and marijuana are both super cheap.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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If I had to choose a smaller, more obscure South American city to live in, it would be:
Tarija or Sucre, Bolivia
Mendoza, Argentina,
Merida, Venezuela,
Popayan, Colombia
Salto, Uruguay

They're all friendly, safe, fairly prosperous without losing their traditional Latin American appeal, nice part of the country with good climate.
Good list but why Salto? Sucre gets my vote along with Arequipa, Peru.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:07 AM
 
Location: Lakes by the Bay, FL (for now)
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Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. A city full of life, soul and passion. Incredibly beautiful city, a thriving economy, nice friendly people for the most part, and much better all throughout nowadays than one or two decades ago. Properly amazing place, I just don't move there permanently because it's an incredibly expensive city - especially the price of rentals in the nicer areas of town (in the South Zone / Zona Sul).
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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+1 for Cuzco. If you want to do the Inca Trail to MachuPichu, you'll need a reservation. You can't just show up and hike the trail like in the old days. Most bigger tour companies have web sites where you can book your tour e.g. Amazonas Explorer Adventure Tours

+1 for Cartagena. I love the old city but the beaches aren't really special just mass o menos.

I used to hang out in Banos Ecuador and soak in the hot springs all day but Tungurahua keeps erupting so check to see volcano conditions when planning a trip there:

Ecuador's rumbling Tungurahua volcano spews more hot rock from crater | Fox News
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