Live, Work, and Retire in Uruguay

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Live, Work, and Retire in Uruguay


Map of Uruguay After blogging for several years under my name, I decided I enjoy this enough that I want to focus on Uruguay and travel in Latin America.

Uruguay = Tranquility

Which is why I live, work and …..well almost retire….. in Uruguay!

Join me, will you, as I explore Uruguay and the wonderful land with kilometers of beaches, lots of friendly people and unending delicious, fresh food!


  1. Hi,

    My husband & I are thinking of relocating from New York to Uruguay in 2017/2018 timeframe, since we been there before and like the country, people and social policies (LGBT).

    We have read several different blogs, websites on cost of living etc and generally speaking think it was be less expensive than living in Westchester County, NY. Neither of us our into spending money on expensive things (Clothes, Cars, 5 Star type stuff).

    My husband speaks/writes Spanish fluently and I am in the process of learning. My husband works in email marketing, while he develops websites, photo, art as a side business. I work in IT with mobile device management and skills with property management. Though we both are open to working in other types of fields.

    We will have rental income, investments which should help meet the salary requirements which seems to be $1500 USD per month.

    We do have some questions on what the general cost is to hire an attorney to help with the Permanent resident process?

    Then what the avg cost to ship household items? We plan on bring only a couple of pieces of furniture and boxes of small items collected over the past 20 years. Total weight is probably around 800 to 1000 lbs.

    If there was any information you could provide from your experience would be helpful and appreciated.

    • Hello and thanks for contacting me.
      First let me say it turned out to be more expensive here to live than we had originally thought it would be. We’re adjusting! Mostly because we absolutely love it here!!!

      Secondly let me say that for none of the processes we have gone through here do you need an attorney. An attorney is not necessary AT ALL. I’m going to give you the contact information for the person who helped us starting from before we left the states. Her name is Ana Ines and you can see how she works by going to her website which I’ll paste here:

      Her direct email is on that site but I’ll put it here too:
      She is incredible. She is easily less than half the price of paying an attorney (which as I’ve said, you don’t need).
      She got us our “green card” in 2 months flat because she prepares you and has you bring EVERYTHING that you need with you. All the paperwork requirements she spells out clearly. She met us at the airport and got us headed to our rental place where we stayed for a week to recoup from the flights. She helped us every step of the way. She charges by the hour which means you don’t get charged a big fee up front — it’s pay as you go.

      She has a very good customs/shipping contact that lets you know everything you need to have in place before shipping your stuff down here. We did everything so right, and because of the kinds of laws here, nothing was opened at inspections either at the airport where we arrived with a huge quantity of baggage — oversized and extra, nor at the customs at the port. We brought a small size shipment too. However, after getting here we realized how much less we could have brought!
      ha ha ha

      Computers are fine because they work everywhere.
      But it was a huge waste of time to bring small kitchen electric stuff and they all burned out except for our food processor. It has to run on a large converter due to the power of a food processor.

      There is no 110 anywhere in the country. So you will never find a property where the current is 110. Only 220-240.
      Kris and I live here on $2400 a month and wish we had more. You may or may not find work in your field if you need to be working. Kris’s job is all done online plus she’s a painter.

      We find the fresh food is a whole lot cheaper and tastes better. Living in Northern Michigan, for about 9 months out of the year, we had to buy food that was shipped either from California or Mexico. So the food here is great. The meat is grass-fed and the veggies are picked in the early morning and delivered. So it’s one day delivery. Very nice.

      Other things, such as any packaged food — like chips, drinks, or packaged meals, are all pretty much the same price as the States. They have lots of imported items like Mexican food supplies — all canned or prepackaged of course!

      But if you like to eat fresh and if you like grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, free-range-chicken eggs, then you will be very happy here. Kris and I have noticed that things spoil a lot faster here…even in the fridge. Then we began reading the labels in earnest — there are no preservatives in the breads or juices, for example, and the veggies are not put in CO2 cooling rooms. They come straight from the farm with nothing added.

      At first this was very frustrating because I would buy for the whole week and by the time we got to day 4 everything was beginning to spoil. Now we buy every couple of days and our track record is improving. Of course, you just can’t buy more than you can actually eat, because it really won’t make it.

      I don’t know what sizes clothing you wear, but jeans are gosh awful expensive, and larger sizes are very, very difficult to find — at least for women. Kris and are not skinny, but we need sizes 14 – 16 and we have not been able to find them yet. I see people who must be wearing those sizes but I can’t figure out where they buy their clothes! 🙂 Of course we could lose weight and the problem would be solved!! ha ha ha

      However, it’s hard to lose weight here because the food is so incredibly tastey.

      The expats here include Argentines and Brazilians who are extremely lovely and welcoming people, along with the Uruguayans, and then there are the USAers and Canadians — and we usually get together and celebrate a couple of holidays a year.

      They are sooooo kind to those of us learning Spanish. Kris and I are both fluent in Portuguese, and that helps (and hinders sometimes as the languages are so similar yet different).

      Oh — about the shipping — we paid for a part of a container to ship our stuff — it weighed in right around 5000 pounds.
      For everything you pack, you need a running sheet of what’s in each box or barrel. Then on the actual box itself, you give a one – three word label that fits the contents — such as “Kitchen Supplies” “Games & Equipment”, “Linens”

      Then if you actually know the name in Spanish, we took a black marker and in smaller letters (not the official label) wrote the contents name in Spanish so we could keep track. The changed some of the labels on the boxes at the shipping company to fit the description that they thought was better for shipping. Also, if you mark that the value is over $2499, you will have to pay customs fees. They are very expensive. Ana Ines will turn that part over to Sebastian when you are ready to do it. Also you do not need an attorney for that either. Of course our friends used a high priced attorney to do their paperwork and they had to do all the same things Kris and I had to do only I believe they paid a lot more. We had checked in with the group they used and it was a lot more money than we wanted to budget for the service. We paid about half their price and spread out over the time Ana Ines was working with us.

      Especially because one of you speaks Spanish, you are even more assured of not needing an attorney. But we didn’t speak much Spanish and we have sailed through like the breeze. And the more pleasant you can be with the Uruguayans that you meet in the processes, the better service you will get because — funny thing — the people here actually seem to enjoy working in their jobs! I have no idea what that’s all about, but it is refreshing. Not fast (smile), just refreshing!

      Hope this helps. Can’t wait to meet you. Where do you think you will settle? We are in the Punta del Este region. You can also communicate by way of my personal email address if you would like: If you write to this email, I’ll send you some personal comments I didn’t want to post on this public forum.

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