Most Livable Country: Colombia, Brazil, or Argentina?

My master plan was to live in Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina for six months each, and then evaluate which was best to live in for extended periods of time. Here are the total lengths of time I stayed in each country during my last trip:

Colombia: Six months
Brazil: Five and a half months
Argentina: One and a half months

I left Brazil a little early because of when my monthly lease in Rio ended (I didn’t have the will to mill around in hostels for two weeks).

Argentina was a different story. You know those medical experiments that end early because one condition far outperformed another? If I remember correctly they did this with an HIV study in Africa where they tested if circumcision led to lower infection rates. It proved to be such a strong benefit that they ended the experiment early to tell the uncut guys to immediately get cut. Well that’s why I left Argentina so soon—the little data I had in my hands told me that it wasn’t a place that would have brought me more happiness than Colombia or Brazil.

That said, here is my evaluation of what it’s like to live in all three countries, along with my declaration of the best.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Colombia: While there is a police presence, you can go all day without seeing a single squad car. Sometimes you only see cops on dinky motorcycles that look like dirt bikes. There is no heavy hand of the law here.

Brazil: Maybe only a decade behind the U.S. in terms of the Big Brother factor. The police are heavily armed, well financed (from an equipment standpoint), and make frequent stops. There are speed cameras and sobriety checkpoints. You don’t go long without seeing a cop car on the street. While the laws are more lax than in the U.S., Brazil is not a good place to openly fuck around. Even though Western media loves to portray favelas as lawless, police are generally on top of their shit outside of them.

Argentina: Police are positioned in street corners within rich areas of big cities. They don’t seem particularly well-trained or competent, probably because the country has been spared from narco-wars. It’s unlikely you’ll be bothered here.

Advantage: Argentina

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Colombia: Local buses are run by private companies. While cheap, the lines are confusing and the buses old and very uncomfortable. The routes are not always logical and transfers are commonly needed. Medellin’s metro line though is clean, safe, and very reliable, but often crowded. The one good thing about the buses is that they come very frequently and you can flag them down anywhere along the route.

Brazil: Buses here are slow, lumbering beasts, the big versions you see in American cities. They come often and are reliable but you generally have to walk to a designated stop instead of being able to stick your hand out wherever you please. They aren’t that cheap, starting at about 2.20 R$ for a single trip.

Argentina: They have big buses like in Brazil but are almost impossible to use without insider knowledge because of nondescript signage. In Argentina you’ll only see something like “H7,” while in the other countries they’ll be a placard detailing a dozen or so stops.

Advantage: Colombia

SUPERMARKET FOOD

Colombia: It’s hard to find lemons or lunch meats in the bird family. Most sell peanut butter at inflated rates. Boneless chicken breast is usually frozen.

Brazil: Doubly hard to find lemons, and even common vegetables like broccoli and zucchini can be MIA. Peanut butter is astronomically priced. Great selection of fruits, cheeses, and lunch meats. Boneless chicken breast is usually frozen.

Argentina: Lemons are everywhere! But limes are incredibly hard to find, as is peanut butter. Poor selection of cheese, lunch meat, and fruits, but excellent choice of wines. Boneless chicken breast is refrigerated and of good quality, though much more expensive than their famed red meat.

Advantage: Brazil

RESTAURANT FOOD

Colombia: Not much selection in local fare except for dirty diners, but you’ll find many decent fusion restaurants in tourist centers, usually run by expats. I still don’t know what typifies Colombian cuisine besides stews, arepas, and fried snacks.

Brazil: Beans, rice, and meat seem to be the Brazilian staple. Local restaurants have fixed plates that will serve bland but filling meals of rice, beans, potatoes, and meat. There is more of a food tradition with dishes like feijoada and moqueca, but convenience foods like pizza and fried bread snacks are beginning to fatten the population. Upmarket restaurants put interesting spins on typical foods.

Argentina: Great value for breakfast and lunch, especially the latter where for $5 or $6 you get a tasty three-course meal with beverage. While restaurant service here is the worst, you’ll find far more creative fare with more European influence than in Brazil and Colombia. Argentina is also a better pick for the foodie who is impressed by plate presentation.

Advantage: Argentina

WOMEN

Colombia: The hardest part of getting laid in Colombia is dealing with the language barrier (you won’t meet too many girls who speak English), but if you’re conversational in Spanish and approach during the day you shouldn’t have too many issues banging cute girls. Flakiness will be your main problem.

Brazil: Brazil has proven to be a country of streaks for me and my gringo friends. You’ll bang three girls in a couple weeks then get nothing for a while. Otherwise the country is very gringo friendly and you’ll find tons of girls who speak English. The okay girls are quite easy to get in bed, but the cuter ones take more work. Towards the end of my time in Brazil I was getting sick of all the mediocre girls throwing themselves on me and having to seemingly rely on luck and the numbers game to get anywhere with the quality ones.

Argentina: These girls have a reputation for being difficult and I find that to be the case. Not only will you work your ass off to get laid, it won’t be with one of the hotties that you went there for in the first place. My second trip to Argentina I gave up on the women and found myself a Brazilian girl.

Advantage: Brazil

NIGHTLIFE

Colombia: Tables and chairs. People prefer to sit down everywhere, even in clubs, but on the plus side nightlife is concentrated in the cities so it’s easy to stumble on a variety of places that have electronic, rock, pop, or local music. Bars are a total bust in meeting people. Clubs have decent value in terms of cover charges and drinks.

Brazil: Much more Western in that people mingle. While typical bars offer tables for socializing among friends, you can find bars where there is standing and movement. Some cities have nightlife centered in specific areas, but others like Rio can be quite spread out and hard to get around. Cover charges for the high-end clubs can be astronomical.

Argentina: It has the typical bars with tables, which people start going to around midnight, and then a progressive club scene with rotating DJs develops after 2am. The nightlife is agreeable for younger kids with energy to stay up all night and dance, but for older guys over 30 it can be quite annoying to go out so late to deal with girls who aren’t even drinking anyway. A positive is that the value is very good, and you won’t pay much for cover charges and drinks.

Advantage: Brazil

COFFEE SHOPS

Colombia: There is a cafe culture with the Juan Valdez shops where you can sit with your latte and laptop for an hour or two. Ironically one of the best cafes I’ve been to in Medellin was the McCafe.

Brazil: Brazilians love their cafezinho (espresso shot), but they don’t linger. Since all coffee shops have waiters, they don’t expect you to sit down and write the next greatest American novel. For that you need to go to the mall and find a Starbucks, which is prohibitively expensive (10 R$ for a caramel frapp).

Argentina: Hands down the best coffee shop scene. Big cities have tons of pleasant cafes with wireless internet and delicious sweets. There is a lingering culture here so feel free to camp out for a couple hours.

Advantage: Argentina

SAFETY

Colombia: Safer than I was led to believe. I never had issues walking around at night even in shady areas. It’s a shame that the stereotype of the country being a warzone persists, but in a way this is good because it keeps out a lot of gringos who visit Costa Rica or Panama instead.

Brazil: Most dangerous of the three. While I’ve never been robbed in Brazil, I keep hearing stories that tell me my Brazilian-like appearance probably helped keep me safe (though don’t think Brazilians don’t get robbed). Brazil is very unforgiving for gringos who don’t have a lot of travel experience, though the most common “robbery” is getting severely overcharged by a taxi driver. I have to dedicate more energy here to staying safe than I would like.

Argentina: I’ve never heard a gringo getting mugged here—only petty theft in bus stations. Many times in Cordoba it didn’t feel like I was in South America at all.

Advantage: Argentina

FRIENDLINESS OF THE LOCALS

Colombia: Very friendly. They are much more intrigued that you’re a gringo and will always ask about where you’re from and why you’re in their country. They’re almost thankful that you’re visiting Colombia.

Brazil: It depends. I’ve met some incredibly rude and cold Brazilians, and I’ve met some who welcomed me into their home without even wondering if I could be a ax murderer or not. I would say Brazilian people are friendlier than Americans, but their friendliness is overhyped by quite a bit. A better term to describe them is warm—within a short time you’ll feel quite at ease, like you’ve known them forever.

Argentina: Outside of clubs Argentines are friendlier than Brazil, believe it or not. Even though Brazil has a more open culture to gringos, it seemed easier to make superficial friendships in Argentina with random people. I accumulated more phone numbers of both guys and girls one month in Argentina than six months in Brazil. A lot of guys though initially mistake the friendliness of Argentine women to be that they’re easy. They learn eventually.

Advantage: Undecided

TAXIS

Colombia: Taxi drivers are usually honest, and are great to practice Spanish with. All I had to do is ask “How are you today/tonight?” and we’d get into a long conversation. Towards the end of my time here I had pretty tight taxicab game, rarely getting ripped off.

Brazil: Taxis here are the worst. It’s very rare that a taxi driver, no matter how nice to me on the surface, will not try to scam me. I’ve had to argue with so many that I dreaded taking a Brazilian cab—I began taking buses everywhere instead, even late at night. While getting ripped off rarely means more than a $5 difference, it was the principality of it.

Argentina: Mostly honest, though less friendly than the Colombians.

Advantage: Colombia

MUSIC

Colombia: You got three main choices here: salsa, reggaeton, and vallenato, all of which are danceable, in addition to your normal house clubs. Plus you got Juanes, Colombia’s Michael Jackson, and Shakira, Colombia’s Shania Twain. Rock is also popular.

Brazil: Brazil has a very rich musical culture. Each state has their own flavor of music and you can live here for years until you know them all. From traditional samba to pagode and forro (I need more triangle!) to the newfangled tecno brega, music is an important part of how Brazilians connect with each other and pass the time, but most of the music is hard to dance to for the average gringo. Expensive clubs usually have Western music (fun fact: the song “Forever Young” is huge in Brazil).

Argentina: Reggaeton is slowly making its way here in addition to mainstays like cuarteto, cumbia, rock, and house. Argentines are pretty crazy about house music, but unfortunately they have very little idea how to dance to it.

Advantage: Colombia

CELL PHONE SERVICE

Colombia: Expensive and mostly reliable, though some text messages remain in the ether for hours until delivered. You have a lot of options on the street to make cheap calls from minuto celular vendors.

Brazil: Crazy expensive at more than 50 cents a minute if calling another cell phone from your own. Your only other option is Skype as they don’t have phone vendors on the street like in Colombia. Text messages sometimes get temporarily lost here too.

Argentina: About the same as Colombia, but no minuto celular vendors.

Advantage: Colombia

LANGUAGE CLASSES

Colombia: Group classes can be found at reasonable prices, from $5-10 an hour.

Brazil: Expensive as balls. Prices starts at $20 an hour for group classes if you include “enrollment” and “material” fees. I eventually found a private tutor for $35 an hour that I used for two hours a week, but I couldn’t help but feel raped. Everyone I met reminded me that I was indeed getting raped. Unfortunately Portuguese is harder to learn on your own because of a dearth of self-study materials.

Argentina: The cheapest, which is why so many gringos come here to study Spanish. You can find freelance private tutors starting at $6 an hour.

Advantage: Argentina

VALUE

Colombia: Great value that is slowly diminishing as both the economy (and peso) get stronger.

Brazil: While I was in Brazil I felt like I was paying American prices. Besides grocery store food there is very little value to be found. It was rare that I felt like I was getting a good deal on something.

Argentina: Super great value that will only get better as the peso crashes and burns due to continued government incompetence. They say the Argentine government is so corrupt because their ancestors are Italian.

Advantage: Argentina

VIBE

Colombia: Colombia is full of good-natured, curious people who want to learn about foreigners while showing the best of what their culture has to offer. While Colombians don’t go nuts like Brazilians, they’re a sensual people who are fun to pass the time with. Edgy city life keeps you engaged and interested.

Brazil: Brazilians are constantly in celebratory moods, and it seems like there is always some type of street party or event that makes for a good excuse to start drinking early in the day. There are lots of nightlife choices and daytime activities, and the locals are always ready to party and meet others. The sexual atmosphere is very favorable to visitors of both sexes.

Argentina: You’re not going to have much fun here unless you get into a social circle or have some sort of university class or job where you can make easy friends. Argentines are diehard conformists and always worried about what other people think of them, so there is not much in way of personal flair or spontaneous excitement. But once you get to know some cool people, you’ll have a good time and maybe bang a cutie or two.

Advantage: Brazil

There is no debate in my mind that the overall winner is Brazil. While it doesn’t outperform Colombia and Argentina in all categories, and is also frighteningly expensive, it’s the one place in South America that I must return to. It’s also the best option for the single man. While Colombia is a fine choice as well, I think it’s worth saving up your money for a Brazilian adventure that I guarantee will be the first of many.

While I’ve tried my best to explain Brazil’s charm in previous writings, it’s something you have to experience yourself to understand why fans like me love it so much. I remember something a man told me many years ago: “There are two types of men—those who haven’t been to Brazil, and those who are trying to go back.” Not a week goes by that I don’t fantasize about what my third visit to the country will be like.

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    nice post, can’t wait for the Colombia book to be released.

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  • Stone

    Good summary. So what’s next – Brasil again, or perhaps EE? Lots more countries there to compare, you know… if you have to spend 6 months in each, we’ll enjoy many years of quality blogging.
    Hit me up if you do visit.

  • http://marqueecity.com Dakota

    Great review. I’d really like to hear a comparison of Brazil to Cuba from anyone who’s been to both.

  • CG

    Very interesting, excellent post…

  • Hydrogonian

    A great and useful post. A dense amount of information that guys will really appreciate.

  • http://www.thegmanifesto.com The G Manifesto

    Great data sheet.

    I thought that the grinds in Colombia were excellent.

    Then again, I was eating at the same places as Gabriel García Márquez, so my experience could have been skewed.

    - MPM

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  • Carl Sagan

    Nice little review.

    Looking forward to the new book

  • Hydrogonian

    Dakota:

    I haven’t been to Cuba, but I hear its enormously expensive, and at the same time almost third world for the most part. Or at least lower tier second world. Thats not saying that you cant have fun there.

  • nathan

    One of these days I’ll get the balls to quit my job and do an extended tour of Brazil

  • therealdeal

    My uncle travelled all over the big cities in latin america on a sabbatical, he told me that brazil is a whole different ballgame on a much larger scale…he said if it wasnt for the crime and economic situation at that time (early 2000) he would move there in a heartbeat!

    btw your comment here:If I remember correctly they did this with an HIV study in Africa where they tested if circumcision led to lower infection rates.

    is NOT true. the studies where unconclusive and even if removing more than a third of your MOST SENSITIVE AND SENSUAL penile skin gave you a tiny boost, it aint worth it cuz you have to use condoms too.

    check out this highly informative site.

    http://circumcisionandhiv.com/

    circumcizing babies without their consent is mutilation in my opinion.

  • speakeasy

    “There are two types of men—those who haven’t been to Brazil, and those who are trying to go back.”

    Truer words have never been spoken. It’s been a year and I still have a bad case of the saudades. Not a day goes by where I don’t wish I was sitting on the beach in Ipanema.

  • http://weddingspeechestoasts.com/funny-wedding-speech Wedding Toast

    Hey Roosh – just curious why did you choose to write Bang Colombia and not Bang Brazil?

    Do you think that there is more demand for a Colombia book?

  • Tony Snow

    Good breakdown of information. Reading your blog has really influenced me into deciding to travel to Brazil. How late do buses run in Brazil? How much is it for a monthly bus pass in Brazil? I think the Escobar era of narco terror has given Colombia a bad reputation and has scared off a lot of gringos from traveling to the country.

  • http://therookiedc.wordpress.com/ The Rookie

    As for safety, I found Colombia to be far more safe than Costa Rica.

    Argentina seems like a place to go when you’re old and married and want to experience cliche culture stuff.

    Brazil if you’re horny.

    The Rookie’s last blog post: Is My Babyface Costing Me Notches?.

  • Boss

    “Brazil: Taxis here are the worst. It’s very rare that a taxi driver, no matter how nice to me on the surface, will not try to scam me. I’ve had to argue with so many that I dreaded taking a Brazilian cab—I began taking buses everywhere instead, even late at night. While getting ripped off rarely means more than a $5 difference, it was the principality of it.”

    Principality is the wrong word, should be just principal. Edit.

  • Cliff Arroyo

    “should be just principal. Edit.”

    principle, even

  • http://vincentignatius.wordpress.com Vincent Ignatius

    Very useful.

    As a Spanish speaker, I’ll add that the Spanish you learn in Colombia will be more comprehensible and preferred across the Hispanic world than the Spanish you learn in Argentina.

    As for friendliness, it seems that the entire Western hemisphere is more friendly than Europe.

    Of the foreign places that I’ve visited, Tel Aviv is the only one that I would want to fully integrate myself into.

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  • http://www.artbyjoel.com jkc

    thanks for providing us with the awareness of the cost and/or availability of mankind’s 2 most important food staples – lemons and peanut butter.

  • http://therookiedc.wordpress.com/ The Rookie

    @ therealdeal: no one under 18 can consent. definition of being a minor.

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  • Roosh

    1, 7: Book will be out on Tuesday

    12: Two reasons. First is more adjustments need to be made in Colombia than Brazil. You can go to Brazil with default Western game and still do alright. Second is I already wrote 1000s of words on Brazilian women. Check out the Brazil category:

    http://www.rooshv.com/category/travel/south-america/brazil

    I can always package that later, but don’t see the need right now.

  • Carlos

    I think it would be preferable to speak about cities instead of countries. Medellín and Bogotá are quite different, at least in my experience.

  • Vincent Ignatius

    thanks for providing us with the awareness of the cost and/or availability of mankind’s 2 most important food staples – lemons and peanut butter.

    I was laughing every time I saw this. I pictured Roosh eating peanut butter and lemon sandwiches.

  • Lika

    >>Not a week goes by that I don’t fantasize about what my third visit to the country will be like.

    Yeah but you wouldn’t know where to go… Your heart lies in Rio (like a lot of us) but your head tells you to go elsewhere… but where ? You still have to find the place. I remain convinced it would be São Paulo in your case… :)

    I’m pretty sure also that after this time in Brazil, a lot of stuff about Medellin girls would bother you more compared to the Brazilian spirit. (at least it’s my case)

    >>I’d really like to hear a comparison of Brazil to Cuba from anyone who’s been to both

    Brazil is well described by Roosh. I was in Cuba in 2000, when the population could still mingle with foreigners much more freely than nowadays. The lodging was already quite expensive (Private “guest houses” owners pay a lot of taxes).

    Food is terrible. Service is rude like most people are (Caribbean coast people). People don’t go out at night in clubs except jineteras (prostitutes). They go to “matinées” during the afternoon on the weekend where no tourist “usually” goes.

    Back then, everybody was hitchhiking so it was easy to rent a car for a few days (but quite expensive) and drive around like a madmen collecting a lot of phone numbers from nice non-pro girls (no cellulars at that time) ^^

    Girls are very sexual and sensual and of course they dance salsa very well.
    I had a great time there, much better than in Colombia where girls are way too flaky, conservative and hypocrite to my taste.

    I don’t know how Cuba is these days but I don’t think it’s great because I heard it has become very dangerous for girls to be seen with foreigners (serious jail sentences). In 2000, girls would go to jail sometimes because of prostitution accusations or such but it wasn’t serious until the third time if I remember well.

  • Roosh

    “I pictured Roosh eating peanut butter and lemon sandwiches.”

    I didn’t realize how important lemons and peanut butter was to my life until I didn’t have them.

  • Anonymous

    What about STD factors in these countries? surely that has to come into the equation….

  • Dt

    Hey Roosh! How did you find it living in Rio for the summer months? Did it get too hot for you at all?

  • gringoed

    Very nice summary. Agree with everything.

  • Roosh

    “What about STD factors in these countries? surely that has to come into the equationâ�¦.”

    Surely it does not. As long as you wrap it up, don’t fuck prostitutes, and don’t troll for pussy in the favelas, you’ll be straight.

    26: Yeah it was hot as balls, especially since I didn’t have a/c. But you adjust… just don’t expect to be very productive.

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    You based your entire supermarket review on the availability and price of peanut butter and lemons?

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  • sloopJohn

    ‘What about STD factors in these countries? surely that has to come into the equation….’

    The HIV rate in both Brazil and Colombia is about .6 (of one percent), about the same as the US. In Argentina it is slightly lower, about .5.

    Roosh’s advice is correct, especially about wrapping it up.

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    You should start planning a Roosh 2014 World Cup trip for your fans. That would be a hell of a good time!

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    Hey that’s a good idea about a World Cup trip! I wonder, though, if it would be a logistical nightmare, or some other variation of a “pain in the ass” regarding accommodation, tickets for games, etc…

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    Better off going before hand…the price of accom will be astronomical. During Xmas/NYE and Carnival is the same…Think US prices for terrible accomodation

  • Big Snot

    Anyone else thing Roosh’s book should be called Bargain Bang or Climbing BrokeBang Mountain? I appreciate the value of game, but if you just throw a little bit of money around its exponentially easier to bang hotter girls with less effort. Its a cost, but you’re paying for convenience, looks and ease of mind.

  • Roosh

    “a little bit of money around its exponentially easier to bang hotter girls with less effort”

    I don’t agree with this at all. How can you explain that modern game was born in the richest country in the world, where there are neverending pools of dudes with good clothes and expensive cars trying to buy girls drinks in the club?

    Modern game was invented BECAUSE throwing money around doesn’t provide a good ROI. Though in poorer countries it may. It’s almost meaningless here without status to back it up.

  • Michael Jones

    Big Snot

    Roosh’ problem with banging girls that have class and aren’t chubby fives, is not limited strictly to a cash issue.
    Granted cash would help him.
    But to get legitimately attractive women, he would have to spend time in the gym, and stop being so neurotic and needy.

    Also, most high status women don’t want someone who is a dilettante. Going form place to place with only a superficial exposure to each culture, and no real roots, is not something that people find attractive.

  • Lika

    “Also, most high status women don’t want someone who is a dilettante. Going form place to place with only a superficial exposure to each culture, and no real roots, is not something that people find attractive.”

    Well for me, it seems better than no exposure at all, although Many girls don’t give a shit about culture

  • roissy

    all right, that’s it. brazil is on my travel short list.

  • Jordan

    I can’t wait for the Colombia Book.

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  • http://alpharivelino.wordpress.com/ Rivelino

    “There are two types of men—those who haven’t been to Brazil, and those who are trying to go back.”

    Killer quote. Even Roissy is convinced.

    Rivelino’s last blog post: Confidence is the lack of insecurity.

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  • Peso

    Question:”â��What about STD factors in these countries? surely that has to come into the equation�.â��

    Answer from Roosh:”Surely it does not. As long as you wrap it up, donâ��t fuck prostitutes, and donâ��t troll for pussy in the favelas, youâ��ll be straight.”

    Respectfully Roosh — today’s sexually active women in Brazil or anywhere else are just as much a risk as banging a whore. Maybe slightly less, but I stress the slightly.

    The problem is that condoms are not 100% effective. When I get a chick turned on her vagina gets fired up and she becomes a gusher skank. I’m talking of a lot of fuck juice coming from her box and even with a condom my privates are covered in whatever vaginal excretion is in her. I just consider myself very lucky that no chick i was with had an STD, or if she did at least an STD that was dormant during my fucking.

    I know a guy who contracted herpes (nasty shit you carry around like luggage for the rest of your life) and another guy who got an infection that made is balls balloon up like a bull’s and they had to cut open his nut sack and drain the shit that was in there. He’s lucky he still has his testicles and can still fuck.

    I do not mean to be so explicit but one has to take into account the risks of fucking around to the extreme.

  • Roosh

    Peso: And you think city white girls in the U.S. isn’t like banging a whore either? Honestly Brazilian girls I’ve dated have been much more insistent on condom use than American girls. And if you look at the numbers the HIV rates are the same. I feel that my odds of getting something in the U.S. is greater than in Brazil.

    But you’re right, condoms are not 100% effective. Therefore you should not have sex anymore.

  • Peso

    Roosh: “Peso: And you think city white girls in the U.S. isn’t like banging a whore either? ”

    Please note I stated “Today’s sexually active women in Brazil or anywhere else are just as much a risk”

    It’s the world we live in, man.

    Also you stated “But you’re right, condoms are not 100% effective. Therefore you should not have sex anymore.”

    C’mon Roosh, I’m not trying to put you on the defensive. Just seems that chicks i am with turn into a river when I get their privates fired up. I guess I would like to encourage anyone to look at what are safe sex techniques and there are plenty beyond grinding and dry humping.

    Your adventures are interesting and would not want to see the day come where an entry from you is entitled “Ouch, my herpes is killing me”

  • Roosh

    No worries Peso. I thought you were another hater. Carry on :)

  • http://xpdrivers.com/modem/_1_11.cfm Jaydee

    WOW!
    you go lots of time to do that!

    Personally I would also love to go to those places especially Brasil… I heard many good stories about it.

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  • Brasileiro

    You have a very superficial idea of Brazil

    he’s just not sexy women, sex and samba not, we will discover more right guys
    despite having many good women lol

  • Luiza

    I hate to Argentina. parents is a horrible, dirty, and the people are so boring and feel pretty, principalmento football ¬ ¬ ‘.
    I love Brazil. is a beautiful country, people are nice and friendly. The food is the best I’ve ever tasted in my entire life. The climate is very good, warm. The beaches are beautiful … so very beautiful. I want to live there! <33333333

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    argentina vai cagar no matoo

  • Luis

    You should not learn Argentinian Spanish, is the worst Spanish in the Hispanic world.

    I would really like you to make a review like that for Mexico, I mean, 110million people country, the bridge between North America and Latin America and a loooot of different types of girls.

  • Anonymous

    Roosh are you thinking about making a Bang Brazil or should I just get the Colombia one?

  • Roosh

    Unfortunately Bang Brazil is not in the works.

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  • dave

    god, i read the comments on argentina and i think i am reading about spain. same same same…especially the south where i live. super hot girls but hard to crack. very close minded, very into their lifelong cliques, very much concerned about what others think, usually not well travelled, dont speak english or any other languages, dont care about anyplace else in the world because they think this is paradise…i wish i had known this before. now i am here 12 yrs!!!!! for business…so its hard to leave….but im miserable. i travel every chance i get to other places in europe and never have problems banging foreign chicks…spain…fun for a week or so,,,but to live here, its a different story…

  • Rafael V

    Hey Dave,

    I live in Seville (Spain). I’m a native and I agree with you. But, maybe you’re trying to bang the wrong (read: most difficult) ones. Try with 6′s (or even 7′s) and AVOID trying to pick up at discos at the weekend (I’ve never seen some who succeeded at this).

    IMO, daygame works better around here (works for me and most of my colleages).

    Good luck!

  • Isaac

    I’ve never had a problem with woman in brazil, then again I’ve been told I’m very good looking. Maybe your going for the woman who are out of your league. Stick to the 6′s and 7′s.

    PS. I appreciate how you make it seem like all of south America is supposed to be full of prostitutes and woman with no dignity. Your Amazing for that. -__-.

  • Salvatore

    I´m from Argentina and of course I speak Spanish fluently and I speak enough Portuguese to get along in Brazil. Of the three named countries I would prefer Brazil in spite of being Argentinian. Living in Argentina is a bit like living in Spain(I lived in Malaga for 3 years), people(women in particular, too) are very much alike.

    Well, today I live in Berlin/Germany.

  • Jimmy

    I just don’t get why someone would want to ditch American white women, some of the best on the planet, to be with the dirty and ignorant mestizos and mulattoes of Latin America.

  • Belen

    Well I’ve been to all three countries and must say I liked Argentina the best. Of course maybe that’s because I’m a girl … it seems that a big part of the reason why you didn’t like Argentina is because it was too hard to get laid. Maybe I’m falsely calling sour grapes here, but for someone who doesn’t visit a country with the main purpose of hooking up, I think Buenos Aires trumps Sao Paolo and Rio….

  • dave

    totally agreed belen. b aires is a cool city for the other stuff and def trumps sao paolo,,,rio is hard to say because its also a cool city and has a beach, but we are talking about pussy here and argentina girls are a complete wot, waste of time. maybe if they relaxed more and fucked more and sucked some cock, they would actually smile more and actually get a personality,,,who knows…

  • Dolfoyo

    Roosh,
    Maybe I missed it somewhere and I’m curious, but how did u maintain traveling for so long…? Did you work in those places or from your savings?

    Also, what do you think about other Latin America countries… what have you heard or recommend in addition to these 3 discussed..? Perhaps like Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Uraguay, Paraguay? Any thoughts?

    Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Just wanted to point out. Lemons are generally hard to find in grocery stores in any tropical area simply because there is little market for them. Locals all tend to grow lemon trees in thier yards because the citrus smell keeps local pests(cats, monkeys, rats,whatevers local, most mammalian pests hate lemons for some reason ) out of thier gardens cheap. You can still get lemons, you just have to ask someone and they will happily pick a few off thier own trees.

  • Jean

    I am from Canada (Quebec) and I visited the three countries compared here:

    Brazil to be honest I found it to be a bit overrated especially on the women category, their friendliness came across as very superficial and the music absolutely blowed! The women were too easy for me, all it takes is for a man to be blonde and a gringo and you got yourself a huge number of Brazilians trying to be your friends which is a turn off because they are not really liking you for who you are, plus the most dangerous place in all of South America.

    Argentina was nice but it’s a bit boring and yes, very stuck in old cliques and too worried about what others though of them, I think it’s an ok place if you’re older and married but as a young man, nah.

    Colombia, less dangerous than I imagined, the women if you avoid the streetwalkes you can still get good pussy from the normal ones, what I like in comparison with Brazil is that colombians seemed less impressed by the gringo factor than Brazilians, so it was a bit of a challenge for me when it came to score pussy, which turned out to be fun in return.

    From the Three I must admit I liked Colombia more…. I found myself being a Colombian gringo (you know, there is always a Brazil type gringo, an Argentinian type gringo, and a Colombian type gringo) well for me…. I think I am a colombia type gringo.

    peru was nice as a country but girls are for the most very very ugly, sorry.

    WOMEN: outta the three

    Argentina: the prettiest faces, the less sexy bodies, the most difficult.

    Brazil: The nicest bodies, the ugliest faces, the easier ones to lay in bed.

    Colombia: prettier faces than in brazill, sexier bodies than in Argentina, a bit flaky.

    ADVANTAGE FOR ME: Colombia… a good balance between face and body, except for the flakiness I enjoyed it the most.

  • Sascha from Germany

    From south america I enjoyed the most best first, worst last:

    1. Colombia: less dangerous than what people claim, very hot girls, don’t care much about other’s opinions.

    2. brazil: nice but very very dangerous, be careful, some hot girls but other brazilian women are very ugly, people are very friendly but the weather is too hot for my taste.

    3. Venezuela: i went there before Chavez, it was very similar to Colombia, it almost feel at times as if you never left Colombia.

    4. Costa rica: very beautiful, but very small and can be a bit boring.

    5. Argentina: it was nice for cultural activities and so but it was boring after a while, especially because of the people.

    6. Peru: beautiful for history and landscapes, great food, minus the conservative culture and the uglier people in south america.

    7. ecuador: mini version of peru

    8. chile: boring, I left and don’t plan to go back ever!

    9. uruguay: was ok but for a day or two and then head north to brazil or to argentina.

    I never made it to paraguay or the guyanas.

  • Sascha from Germany

    for the one who made the comment about white American women being the best, compared to mulattos and mettis of latin america.

    If you like irritating, often overweight, bitchy, psychotic, princess complexed, high maintenance, difficult, feminist, spoiled, lazy women then American women are for you my friend!

  • Ione

    Hi Roosh,
    I found this article quite interesting. You impressed me with your opinions. I am Brazilian and I have been living abroad for 5 years now, and somehow you touched my nationalism. I agree with you in every bit, and I must say that you seem to know Brazil very well. What I would suggest you though is to explore other cities, like Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, and any city in the Northeastern Brazil. You’ll see a Brazil different from the one you already know, and I hope it will impress you in a good way.

    Cheers!

  • kirk

    yo! You just chossed the wrong city to visit in colombia! next time if youc ome, you should visit barranquilla and you-ll see what life is about

  • Anonymous

    this is excellent information, although obviously it is subjective. As far as South America is concerned I’ve only been to Rio. These type of forums are excellent for the guy like myself who hasn’t had the opportunity to visit other places in S.A. I’ve been many places in the world, but is it ever enough? From the readings though I think Columbia sounds great! t.s.

  • Anonymous

    @Sascha from Germany

    Peru is not all filled with ugly women. Peruvian women breasts are the biggest in all South America

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EqcvUUPKo&feature=channel_video_title BRAZILIAN

    It depend. If you want to go to have sex easily, Brazil, for sure, is the best. Argentina is also a good country, is beatiful and has like a european style. Colombia is a shit poor country where people just make a loto o money selling cocain. Most of the population in Colombia are poor.

    As a brazilian, I woud say thar Brazil is a pig sty. This is sad, I know. But is the true. My country is very dirty. People in Brazil throw gabage on the flor. They don’t care if the country is getting dirty. Plus, we have a lot of corruption here. The corruption here is not small, is very big, like the corruption is some shit countries in Africa. Just to give an little exemple, the brazilian polititians are the most expensive in the would. We habe to work 5 months just to pay tax. And what we have? Nothing. Public hospital are in ruins. Sick people go to the public hospital and die in the hallways. Public education is horrible. Our govenment don’t give a shit to education in Brazil, so they don’t send enought money to schools. Public transportation is also shit.

    But for tourists Brazil can be good. You guys can go to the beach and see beatiful brazilians asses and drink caipirinha. But, be carreful in some beaches, because the water is like diarrea.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EqcvUUPKo&feature=channel_video_title BRAZILIAN

    The canadian guy above said the true. Brazilian people are false (not everybody, of course). They try to be friendly but you can notice that this is very superficial. Another thing is that brazilian girls are easily, but they will be easily with some specific nacionalities. If an american, canadian, australian, and swiss (or other guys from west of Europe) came to Brazil, they can get brazilians girls very easily. Its because they are guys from rich countries going to a poor country. Is like when a guy who live in a very nice neighborhood goes to a fucking gettho. That guy will be like a prince there.

    But if a guy from Paraguay go to Brazil, the brazilian girs will give him a shit. Why? Because he comes from a shit country.

    One more important think is that the guy has to be white and blond to get brazilians girls, like the canadian dude said. But be careful guys!!Some brazilian girls just want to get married with a foreign man just to get the fuck out of Brazil. These brazilians girls are called “Marias passaporte”. Don’t be stupids guys!!Open eyes always!

  • yourfuckingmother

    I think this guy Brazilian has got so much penis in his ass and for sure his mother was a marias passaporte

  • Pay attention jack!

    Brasil is a very large and rich country! we have petroleum,gold,diamonds,big factorys,big citys,aeronautic industry,good food,wonderfull beaches,nice and honest persons,but… we have favelas,corruption,drugs,ugly faces( yes! My god! there are same girls…),but… our girls have a nice ass, hot pussy,brunett color,wonderfull body.I like them!Our girls, the most of them, don’t have fat ass and monster tits like some “sexy” girls that I saw in USA and some Europe countries.In these countries I saw some beautyfull girls faces, but I have a big dificult to find sexy butts!Finaly,mister BRAZILIAN,stop to say shit about our country!(fica falando merda pra caralho!O bom turista e bem vindo! o turista merda comedor de puta rampeira tem mais que se fuder mesmo).

  • sofia

    very interesting your comments about meat!!! I belive Argentina has very good meat,i’ll say the best in south america, and not telling for me,im south american telling for people of all over the world,dont confuse people with that haha

  • easteuropean

    Nice review.Good comments…I haven’t changed though my choice of visiting Colombia.Everyone is telling me back home that Colombia is dangerous but Im just not scarred.Got a few friends there,mainly females(with some of them I’m corresponding for over 4 years now).I dreamed of finding my wife there.I am east european and my country is the only one with latin background in this east part of Europe,so its normal to be atracted to South America…Ill let you guys guess which country is all about.Been well travelled and next year Im planning to see Colombia for 3 weeks…Thank you to the author for posting these impressions about all three countries…Colombia I am coming:)

  • A Guy From São Paulo-BRAZIL

    You were just in Rio, and I have to say that there’s not Brazil at all, just a little part of it. You must to know São Paulo, which is way better than Rio! Is almost another culture, you’ll see. We have better girls, we don’t have bombs exploding all the time and anywhere, and is the richiest city in South America.

  • Bruna

    I think i know this “Roosh”, who likes to talk so many shit about Brazil! How are you? Earning a lot of money from this?

    Chears!

  • Anonymous
  • Alexander

    DISGUSTING, THIS MAN THINKS WITH HIS BALLS RATHER THAN WITH HIS BRAIN. WHAT ABOUT HIGHGENE? POBERTY? QUALITY OF LIFE? LITTER ON THE STREETS? I AGREE THAT BRAZILIANS ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE, I MET VERY GOOD FRIENDS THERE AND ENJOYED WITH THEM, BUT DEEPER SOCIAL MATTERS AFFECT THE QUALITY OF LIFE THERE. THIS IS A TYPICAL GRINGO TRYING TO BANG LOCAL GIRLS.

  • DusterBiz

    I suspect you are not that good looking or experienced at all, since you rate your sex as hits.. and this affects a lot your review.
    1- The best sex I had was on an Amtrak at Cleveland… the station closed after we arrived and 2 girls invited me to have fun in the outside. I hate Ohio, but I loved those babes.. Good fcking comes from the unexpected or the experience..

    2- Holes are rather equal in structure… but …. ambience is another thing. For example, Medellin is a warm city with plenty of hot money and cold girls well equipped by surgeons with body parts from heaven… that just want something from you… this is the opposite to Bogota, a cold conservative city with hot skinnies or fatties, who need to expand their apetite at nite, but the common no pizzaz gringo has a $0 value, and will get nothing but small perritas…so a guy like you could be in that category.

    In Buenos Aires, the Patio Bullrich, the Hipodromo, or even a DOT or Jumbo are great places to get a beautiful 27-40 señora, BUT for that you need style, which is hard to learn if you are less than a $300k-MBA from the States. No sneakers and a $200 will impress them.

    Regarding Brazil, my experience is just quite different depending on the place of the city you are in. Nice bodies and faces experienced @ Sao Paulo s Sky Bar, but very different from hot “OS BACANAS”.

    I am sorry you must be a little blind or you may have very poor hunting skills, as far as VIctoria Secret and us know, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Flavia De Oliveira, Raquel Zimmermann etc., etc. , are meat and bones brazilians, so maybe in a decade or so, hitting in latin america could be a chance for you… he he!

  • Jay

    Been to all but Colombia but from what ive HEARD, it is the most livable.

    Adored Argentina and would and tried to relocate there.

    Brazil… carnaval, violence, tourists.. not my scene

  • Cris

    Nice topic. But regarding Brazilian women, you need to learn how to reconize a hooker. The typical meadium class woman in Rio, learned with their fathers when they were a child: Don´t speak with gringos, they just want to fuck you. and once we grow up, they just don´t speak with gringos so easily.

  • Fred

    Hi Roosh

    Have you ever considering visiting Mexico and having a go here with the women. I think here is very similar to Argentina although I don’t know that country, given your experience I think you should hit here soon, Guadalajara and Mexico are the 2 most important cities here, you might want to try it out in the near future.

  • PapiGringo

    How would you guys (or Roosh) rate women in Paraguay compared to their two big neighbours Argentina and Brazil?

    I can only speak for Paraguay and in my experience women are (similar to Colombian) not that impressed by Gringos, and additionally they are somewhat shy or probably even ignorant, can somebody confirm?

    Well too bad hadnt rly any success so far here..

  • kirk

    Cuba is a dump, no one washes their hands and i mean no one, food is horrible, women are ok but nothing like the rest of latin america, gays everywhere, women are dirty and well its just a dump and i can not believe anyone goes back. I was there for 2 months and I will never go back.

  • http://www.adventureunderwear.com Nigel Clifford

    This is such a good summary man, great post!

  • Gerardo

    “Argentina: These girls have a reputation for being difficult and I find that to be the case. Not only will you work your ass off to get laid, it won’t be with one of the hotties that you went there for in the first place. My second trip to Argentina I gave up on the women and found myself a Brazilian girl.”

    Well you promote yourself as the ultimate game expert but you’re definitely not. It’s easy to play game with readily approachable women; the real challenge is to get anywhere with the unapproachable ones. We Argentinians have to take on that challenge each Saturday, and learn a couple things in the process that could well find their way into a “Bang” book.

    On my very first day in São Paulo the first thing I did was to get out of the hotel and cross Avenida Paulista. Before I got to the other side of the street I had already arranged a date with a cute dentist. That was not because I have superb looks or am a magician with words. It was because after crashing into one hundred walls before ever getting laid Argentinian guys acquire a gymnastics of courting that comes in very handy with foreign girls.

    Brazilian girls were frustratingly easy. After that I traveled to the US and was almost shocked to notice that when I looked straight into the eyes of female pedestrians some of them would smile back — unthinkable in Argentina. American girls also proved too easy and not much of a challenge.

    So I would say that while your skills may be amazing by US standards, they’re below average in Argentina. That’s why you didn’t get laid with the girls you wanted.

  • carlos

    gerardo, you can’t deny the truths expressed by roosh.. argentine women are stuck up and conservative in general, not just with foreigners.. argentine males have the same problem.. you may be very skilled but yet get laid very little, at least by american or european standards.. in argentina, single men frequent brothels on a regular basis, even the good-looking/skilled ones.. that should be an indicator of how bad things are there..

  • Karel

    If you like challenges so much why don’t you try to bang women in Saudi Arabia, North Korea or Chechnya? The challenge would be of course not only how to get laid but also how not to get killed by the brothers and cousins of the girl or get punished by the police.

  • santi

    Colombian shit??? hahahahahhaah
    Most colombians are poor ??? hahahahhahaha …. see if you can find more argentinians than colombians now studying in the US. Colombians have been migrated and some of the richest people in Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina and Chile are colombians. I am Colombian I study in the US, you find here more PhDs, MSs and undergrad students than any other fucking south american country.

  • santi

    Last, fucking idiot, FIRST learn how to write in English before you call shit another country. YOU HAVE TOO MANY FUCKING ERRORS STUPID, IGNORANT BRAZILIAN… HABE???? WHAT THE FUCK ¡¡¡¡ … Anyway, you will never get a Colombian girl,…, Colombian girls always look for at least some of politeness and intelligence

  • Stef

    I like your stuff a lot man but how can you rip on capitalism in some of your posts? You reap the benefits of many Americans buying your E-books, and you’re paid well for that. That’s capitalism. Benefiting from the free market.

  • Cherry bloom

    Jean why are you so judgmental towards Brazilian women? You’re an average, ugly, fat typical Canadian, so why are you picky? It’s amussing that you think that we throw ourselves to you when we don;t even find Caucasian men attractive. Brazilians are humble people we like to have fun and invite anybody from different countries to enjoy our culture.And for saying that we don;t have great faces?You’re just an ugly, typical average man who wants to date attractive women who are way out of your league. You’re an average so what makes you think you can judge women by theri apperances if you’re not cute whatsoever? Be happy at least a Brazilian girl wants to be with you because a Brazilian American will turn you down that quick.

  • Colombia=Shit hole

    Hey, calm down bitch. You call people ignorant, but you are acting here like ignorant. Looks like a histerical fag screaming. Thats pathetic and funny. So if colombian girl like intelligence and politenesse, they don´t like you for sure. ahahahahaha!

  • esolesek

    Do Argentine women have sex a lot once they are married, or do they keep being cold? It’s one thing for a girl to hold off until she likes a gut a lot (good) but not if they’re trained by their culture to think sex is a distasteful necessity (bad).

    I still think European women win the prize for sex, because they have the least guilt. American women will fuck, but then they will have headtrips over it, like they did something wrong. Northern European women see it as a function. It’s awesome.

  • esolesek

    I suggest going into rural parts of Turkey. Also, try some rural areas of the christian Deep South. I tried to bang/just get some down time with a girl in a suburb of Istanbul once, and I got escorted to the ferry by about 30 dudes who knew her brother. They were polite and all, but it was my time to hit the road.

  • esolesek

    I have to say, you guys are convincing me to stay in North AMerica and Europe. Latin America sounds like a nightmare.

  • esolesek

    Guys can bitch about feminism, but there are a lot of feminists who will give you head a lot faster than some stupid rural christian idiot. Dudes need to wake up. Feminists will get nasty with you on three dates. Some of these dumb religious beotches, you won’t get any after two months, and then they might cry afterwrads. Believe me, I tried.

    That said, everyone needs to lay off the tattoos – disgusting!

  • esolesek

    My personal opinion on this topic is that religious catholics in general are messed up in the head because they will let themselves get ‘bad’ but then they will feel guilty about it. Plus their friends will judge. Latin America must have atheists, but to me it’s like a culture of ungrown children, kind of like muslims as well.

    There’s a reason why the West progressed out of having its life run by religion.
    I say your best chances while you’re young are with germans, scandinavians, even the swiss, and if you knock one up, that kid will grow up pretty wealthy.
    French women practically expect you to run around on them, although they may do the same. I rate the English lower. They have a pathetic class system that is impenetrable and not worth bothering. London is a great place to meet a foreigner though, if you can stand the money you waste being there. Again, not worth it, though the UK countryside is gorgeous and very well-tended.

    The parts of this planet that are modern and civilized are reducing by the year. It’s too bad. Plus not knowing Spanish is a major downer in a spanish-speaking culture. They don’t see the need to speak English for you, like more modern countries do. Even in Spain this holds true. I like hispanic music, food, art, culture etc, but trying to invade if for pussy to me seems like mission muy stupido.

    You’d be much better hooking up with a Danish chick and flying her to one of these exotic places, and then guarding her. Go to the South Pacific, or somewhere hispanic/catholic culture doesn’t rule. It really is a horrible mindset, when you come down to it. THere are reasons Protestants broke off from it. It’s an obsolete bloodcult that thrives on no birth control and ignorance. Look how nonse of these countries are really progressing. And the GARBAGE!

    I think Roosh’s comments on Western women are weird. I’ve always gotten laid far more by white women, and I’m half mediterranean, although he looks more ethnic/arab than I do. Still, I look enough to scare off some racist blondes, but then others want to taste the semi-dark. Of course, I don’t pull like a tall black man can. Still, I would take his comments with a grain of salt. Feminist women are a lot better (and their families) than Spanish or Italian girls who don’t really sport fuck foreigners, and have brothers that will cocblock you til the cows come home. I just think the problem is catholicism, though a sinning catholic girl can go nuts, but I prefer someone with sense.