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Uruguay seems to be in my soul...I just need to convince my family

Hi all.
I am a mom of 3 in Vancouver, Canada and for some reason Uruguay resonates with me.  I was looking at a property around Santa Lucia
Canelones  and wondered what it would be like to uproot my family to a rural existence there.

Basically I feel that we need to escape from the life here to something completely different.  I am tired of it all being about work and surviving. I want to give more to my children.

We are both in social media and marketing but have the idea of doing something completely different for our family.

An exBrazilian co worker of my husband says Uruguay is more dangerous than Brazil, the reason he moved.  Thoughts?

Could we survive down there? 
How is it  for bringing pets there? 

Am I totally crazy?

Hello CrunchyCarpets.

Welcome to Expat.com! :)

In meantime, do not hesitate to read the other threads on the Uruguay forum.

You can read this thread on Formalities to bring your pet in Uruguay.

Thank you,
Aurélie

uruguay is safer than brazil for sure! you just have to be careful like any other cities in the world. you may get mugged on the street and things like that, but no kidnapping like other countries in south america.
im from uruguay but I don't live there anymore. i never had any problem there. they tried to robbed me once on the street, but i kept walking and nothing happened (it was the middle of the day). i left uruguay 7 years ago and i know things have changed. i read crazy stories in the newspaper, but newspapers always make the stories bigger to sell. my family doesnt seem to be scared of living in uruguay.
as from moving to a rural area i cant tell you much. and I have no info to give you about your jobs also. but if you have any questions you can contact me and i'll try to answer them :)

Uruguay is significantly safer than say Rio, but again, depends on the neighborhood.

I have some farms by Libertad (search it on google).  Nice little town and only one bus ride from the capital.  It is in the Dept of San Jose.  The Dept of Canelones is, in general, much poorer.  I would encourage you to live closer to the capital and in a less poor area, though I am unsure of Santa Lucia itself.  I can tell you that you can get good land there for less than in San Jose or some other areas along the coast, but land prices have been going up everywhere down there.  If you have the funds to get into 'industrial ag farming' of crops like wheat and soy, I can help you get started.  Plan on at least $10k USD per hectare (2.47 ac) to acquire land, plus maybe 20% of what you buy as 'seed capital' to start planting etc.  You would not want to start with anything less than say 25 hectares to make it make any sense.

As to what to do, well, Uruguay is primarily an agricultural country once you leave the capital.  If you have an interest in wine you can do that, or I can line you up to buy a blueberry farm if you want.  Or kiwi's, olives, oranges, etc etc.

I believe Uruguay could use a good lower end restaurant that caters to food of a more spicy nature, since food overall there tends to be rather bland.

If your spanish is good, you could open a small business somewhere in the capital, as that is pretty much all businesses -- small business.  I imagine a good bakery with a variety of good tasting breads would do very well.

read this post as well about my 'free house' if the other guy does not want it and you do...

http://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.ph … 04#1063134

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