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View Poll Results: Favorite Latin American mega city?
Lima 1 4.76%
Sao Paulo 5 23.81%
Mexico City 9 42.86%
Rio De Janeiro 4 19.05%
Bogota 2 9.52%
Voters: 21. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-24-2018, 10:13 PM
 
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Which mega Latin American city do you like the best?
Some Criteria to consider
1. Downtown
2. Livability
3. Walkability
4. Safety
5. Scenery
6. Culture
7. Food
8. Nighlife
9. Climate
10. Where would you want to visit?
11. Where would you want to live?
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Old 07-24-2018, 11:59 PM
 
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I wouldn't call Bogota a megacity, it's only 1/3 the size of SP or Mx city and about the size of Nagoya, Japan or Chicago. Lima not quite to megacity status yet either.

One that's not included in the poll is Buenos Aires which can be considered a megacity.
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Old 07-25-2018, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Miami, The Magic City
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If you include Zona Sul, though not “downtown” but certainly included as part of the city metrics, definitely Rio as it combines ocean/beach with urban.
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Old 07-25-2018, 09:38 AM
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Of the cities in the poll, for me its between Mexico City and Bogota. I probably incline a little bit more towards Mexico City, mainly because it takes a shorter flight to get there vs Bogota. lol

The concept of “downtown” is really an American thing. Despite most Hispanic cities have an area called ‘Centro,’ the reality is that major cities are policentric. You will find many ‘downtowns’ in a single major city, often times each socioeconomic class has its own ‘downtowns.’

With that said, when I’m in a Latin American city I always stick to the upper middle class/upper class areas + the historic/colonial district if it has been well maintained. Taking this into accoun, I prefer Bogota for its modern ‘downtowns’ which are very elegant. Mexico City’s top neighborhoods are elegant too, but not like Bogota’s. I will say, in defense of Mexico City, that its extremely luxurious Avenida Masaryk has not equivalent in Latin America and on its own deserves a special mention. Simply strolling down this avenue is a majestic experience.

When it comes to the historic district, even though both cities colonial core are very Spanish and very beautiful, the Spaniards that designed and built colonial Mexico City included a lot more indigenous aspects into the Spanish architecture, in the process creating a colonial look thay is uniquely Mexican. Dare I say it, Mexico City’s colonial core appeals more than Bogota’s, IMO. I’m also flabbergasted by Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral. There are no words to describe the majestic impression this gigantic cathedral has on visitors, regardless how many times you visit it.
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:47 AM
 
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I should have elaborated more on Rio...I could easily live in Leblon. Upscale area, livable, walkable, very good restaurants, good enough nightlife, fairly safe, decent /good shopping/malls, beach access, close to other neighborhoods (Ipanema, Lagoa, Jardim Botanico, Gavea, Sao Conrado, etc etc).
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Old 07-26-2018, 07:08 AM
 
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I voted for Mexico City, because overall it has the most economic opportunities for people from other Latin american countries, i.e. Argentina, Brazil, etc, and US/Canada. Has sophisticated districts such as Polanco and Santa Fe and it is close to US & Canada, and direct flight away from major cities in Asia & Europe. Negatives are the threats of earthquake.

Second for me would be Lima Peru. I could see myself living in Miraflores or Barranco. Mild winters and job/business opportunities for people with the right background and education. Trades with Asia has been growing rapidly.
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Old 07-26-2018, 07:39 AM
 
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Mexico city for me. Lima second.
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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I would replace Bogata with Buenos Aires.
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Old 07-26-2018, 04:47 PM
 
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I would replace Bogata with Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires definitely belongs to this list, but would still keep Bogota.

One major Latin American mega city not included here is Miami! Yes, it is in the US, but it is the "capital" of the whole Latin America & Caribbean. Telemundo is headquartered here, so is Citi Latin America.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFnOV5mnm64


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8jI2uEi5l8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gixDs7-OQS4

If Miami were to be included in this list, it would be my first choice, followed by Mexico City and Lima.
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Old 07-26-2018, 08:10 PM
 
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Miami would be my last choice.
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