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Hey there, I'll keep it simple. Right now I'm living in the southwest US on small acreage, eventually (sooner rather than later) I would like to uproot to another country, somewhere where I can live off grid and do my own thing with minimal interference, where I can purchase a small piece of land affordably (1.5-3 hectares of undeveloped land is what I want and I don't want to spend more than US$20k) and where my land will be secure, I don't have to worry about it being seized or having to deal with angry locals etc. The sort of life that I want to live, the way that I would like to raise my family, just isn't feasible in America. I'm not looking to have a business or take a local job, just live a sustainable off grid life. I'm especially interested in Argentina and Chile, but also Mexico, where do you recommend?
 
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Since you mention "elsewhere" in Latin América, would you considering Brasil? If so, I can help you with hints on how to avoid buying land that could be sized hier.  We call it "conflito de terra" or land conflict.  It occurs in minor parts of Brasil,  but certainly it does occur.
A few regions hier are infamous for "conflito de terra" but as I said, it  is a minor part of the country.
But first let me know if you're considering Brasil, then I can give you some hints.
 
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Sergio Cunha wrote:Since you mention "elsewhere" in Latin América, would you considering Brasil? If so, I can help you with hints on how to avoid buying land that could be sized hier.  We call it "conflito de terra" or land conflict.  It occurs in minor parts of Brasil,  but certainly it does occur.
A few regions hier are infamous for "conflito de terra" but as I said, it  is a minor part of the country.
But first let me know if you're considering Brasil, then I can give you some hints.



I am definitely interested in Brazil, specifically the south and southeast of the country, thanks in advance for any help you may give.
 
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Hi Markus,
I sent you a PM.
 
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Sergio,
I have similar thoughts, sentiments and aspirations as Markus. Can you share any details as to location(s), price range, and any other relevant information for future purchase? Derej
 
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We have 7 years of experience in Chile and bought land because of the property rights, political stability, network of Americans and potential appreciation. It is an extremely beautiful and clean country, and although has bureaucracy, it is there to protect the foreign buyer and is navigable - much, much easier than Brazil and safer than the other South American countries.

Our problem has been we don't live there yet! We're in the final years of a long career outside of Chile, and have been frustrated trying to find the right people - who want to invest in development and thus have skin in the game - to make ecological and structural improvements to the large property. Plenty of locals (citizens and resident foreigners) are very willing to take money to perform jobs, but no one has been willing to invest even a little money and share the risk of developing a homestead, while we continue working outside of Chile. The large flat "parcela" has Class I acreage and plenty of water and is located in the main growing area, near Talca. We have now subdivided it into 22 lots, but is still bare land with cover crops and soil improvements being the only things done to it for the past 3 years.

We abandoned a mono-cultural hazelnut farm last year after learning that the required chemical applications were intense and included neonicotoids, even though the project was entirely planned, funded and offered very lucrative returns.

We have land to sell, grant, lease-option or share with the right kind of young family looking to homestead, while also bringing skills that will help develop the water, soil, sustainability and infrastructure. Spanish proficiency would be very helpful, as would construction/farming/project management experience. We've been burned once already, and know that finding the right individual is not easy......but this thread was exactly the one I was looking for as I came back here to Permies for the first time in a year..

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If Argentina is still an option I highly recommend visiting Chacra Millalen in El Bolson. Here is a great write up on it: https://gogreentravelgreen.com/volunteering-at-chacra-millalen-the-argentina-organic-farm-experience/

It's been 20 years since I was there, at that time it was one of the best places on Earth.
 
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Hey I'm from Mexico and I think I can help you, that is if Mexico is what you want. Will send you a pm with my info in case you have more questions.
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