Uruguay: A Place To Raise A Family

“We are a family of five, and I’m wondering if Uruguay would be a good choice for us and a good place to raise a family?”

— Joe A., United States

Friend and Uruguay Correspondent David James responds:

“I have lived in Latin America for 14 years…in Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua, and now Uruguay. In my opinion, Uruguay is the absolute best country in Latin America in terms of political and economic stability. It is one of the 20 safest countries in the world. The infrastructure is remarkably developed. And the country boasts a fantastic education system.

“I have a 2-year-old son, and I cannot imagine a better place to raise him.”


“My wife and I are going to Ecuador this January to see if we would like to retire there. Perhaps we would make a dip down to Uruguay as well. Our mind is on Ecuador, but I must say I am tickled by Uruguay. I certainly would appreciate any further information you could provide.”

— Claude, Canada

Again, David James replies:

“You’re right in thinking that it could make sense to follow your trip to Ecuador with a few days in Uruguay. You could fly from Ecuador to either Lima or Santiago and then on to Montevideo direct.

“I lived in Ecuador for six years and love both countries. There are many differences between the two, but the primary benefit of Uruguay over Ecuador, both for living and for investing, is that Ecuador is a Third World country…and Uruguay is not. Uruguay is known as the Switzerland of South America, and it lives up to that reputation.

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