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Old 05-23-2019, 10:13 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I will be visiting these three places this summer (winter in South America) - San Jose for AP language course and Uruguay for another course. Will also be in Santiago for 3 days in between. Has anyone traveled to all three places and how do they compare in terms of living standards and travel. I have been in Costa Rica a number of times (but not for the past decade) and now it is filled with gringo tourists and wildlife!
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I was in San Jose last week - not that many foreigners in San Jose itself, but many everywhere else. The city felt quite quiet after 10pm...standard of living, it felt like the entire country was about as expensive as anywhere in the United States.

Santiago, I was there many years ago, and it is also a bit sleepy of a city. I can't say about the cost of living, but the city had nice plazas, but I think Valparaiso is the real gem of the area.
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Old 05-24-2019, 07:45 PM
 
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Tiger beer is clueless don't take any advice from him
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Old 05-26-2019, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Montevideo I found drab and dreary, I kept wondering if anybody lived there. I had just spent a week in Salto, which was alive and friendly and welcoming, so maybe I just never found the pulse..


Correct about Valpo/Vina being nicer than Santiago, but Stgo is still a nice, safe, cosmopolitan city, easy to handle, the best capital in Latin America.'


The best I can say about San Jose is it is the nicest capital in Central America, just barely, which says little.
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Old 05-26-2019, 06:08 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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You tube videos make Montevideo look like a nice place along the Atlantic. Hopefully it won't be too cold during theirwinter in July.
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Old 05-29-2019, 04:56 PM
 
Location: The North
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Santiago is in another class compared to the other two. Chepe is just a disorganized mess that doesn't feel like a capital city. Montevideo feels a lot more like a capital but still a bit sleepy, without enough activity in its core.

Santiago is far larger, has the core, has the transit, has the distinct suburbs. Of course there are many differences but it does remind me of Southern California in some ways, especially in climate. More so if Valpo/Vina are considered as part of the area's offerings.
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:46 PM
 
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Santiago and Montevideo are the best cities with lots of things to explore. They both have good vibes. Santiago is more lively and exciting while Montevideo is chilled and has cool vibe.
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