8 Best Cities to Live in South America

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When it comes to the best places to live in the world, we increasingly hear the names of different cities in South America.

It is a fact that the world is changing dynamically, and the South American continent, as a result of improving business environment and improving quality of education, follows the global trend very fast and adaptively, and the results are already available.

1. Florianópolis, Brazil

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View to Florianopolis, Brazil by Paulo Batista

Florianópolis is considered the best city to live in Brazil, and according to the Telegraph, this is one of the twenty best places in the world to invest in property.

The city is beautiful, peaceful and safe, neither too large nor too small, and in addition is located at one of the richest and most developed states of Brazil – Santa Catarina.

The urban environment is clean and healthy, and the city enjoys a very high level of infrastructure.

Furthermore, Florianópolis is considered one of the ten best places in the world to start your own business.

There are too many reasons to fall in love with Florianopolis.

It is not too expensive, but if you are a well-off person, then the South American Monaco – the resort town Jurere Internacional – is located just a few minutes drive from Florianópolis.

2. Medellin, Colombia

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Night view to Medellin, Colombia by *MAGNUZ*

Over the last two decades the Colombian city of Medellin has experienced such a great transformation that it is practically unrecognizable for those who haven’t visited the city since the early 90es of the 20th century.

In fact, most of them just can not believe their eyes observing the transformation! Today the city is one of the best places to live in South America.

Furthermore, in 2012, the Wall Street Journal declared Medellin the most innovative city of the year from among 200 other cities from all over the world.

The main reason for this global recognition of Medellin is the fact that the city is a world leader in innovation, and practically, it is the city in the world that has experienced the greatest improvement of its urban environment and living conditions over the last years.

3. Curitiba, Brazil

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Curitiba, Brazil by Alan Franco

Curitiba is the capital of the state of Parana and is a city that is extremely proud of its excellent infrastructure.

In this respect, Curitiba ranks among the best in the world and is often compared to some of the most modern cities on the planet such as Frankfurt, Vienna and Amsterdam.

Known for its well-developed urban environment, Curitiba embodies the progress and great economic development of Brazil.

According to data from 2008, Curitiba is one the 10 cities in the world that offer the best example of a sustainable development. Curitiba is considered to be the second best city to live in Brazil.

4. Montevideo, Uruguay

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Montevideo skyline by Vince Alongi

Uruguay is considered the most progressive country not only in the South but throughout Latin America.

In recent years, the quality of life is often compared even with countries such as Canada, and in terms of freedom and democracy Uruguay has already achieved a great progress.

The residents of Montevideo have many reasons to be proud. In 2015, the capital of Uruguay was declared the city with the highest human development index in Latin America.

Furthermore, Montevideo is a city with a very intense social life, numerous entertainment options and excellent restaurants.

5. Santiago de Chile, Chile

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Santiago de Chile by Robert Cutts

The capital of Chile is among the most attractive cities to live in South America.

The city is large, modern, liberal, offers excellent opportunities for personal and professional development, but it is also a great place to have fun.

According to Mercer, Santiago ranks third in South America when it comes to quality of life.

Other advantages of the city are the mild Mediterranean climate as well as its picturesque location between the coast and the mountain range of the Andes.

But what distinguishes Santiago de Chile from most cities in the world is the fact that the city is one of top 5 best places in the world to start your own business, which in turn is the best foundation for a good quality of life.

6. Blumenau, Brazil

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Blumenau, Brazil by stephenbuel

Although it is much smaller than most of the other cities in the list, Blumenau is one of the names you need to remember if you are looking for a good place to live in South America.

The city in southern Brazil is clean and quiet, with good climate, safe and prosperous. Founded by German settlers in the 19th century, today the city of Blumenau is one of the most prosperous on the continent.

In addition, it is located at the heart of one of the richest Brazilian states – Santa Catarina. Blumenau has many advantages, and its beautiful scenery and proximity to the ocean are some of them.

The city is famous also for its unique regional culture based on the mixing of typical Brazilian customs and traditions with those of the German settlers.

Today Blumenau is considered one of the places with the highest quality of life on the continent. This is largely due to the fact that the city is a center of the so-called Brazilian Silicon Valley.

7. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires, Argentina by Jesus Alexander Reyes Sánchez

Buenos Aires is a city that offers an exclusive atmosphere, rich culture, beautiful architecture, nice climate and excellent business opportunities.

The Human Development Index places the city as one of the most developed on the continent. Also, according to an article of the Telegraph, Buenos Aires deserves to be named one of the best places to live the world.

Of course, the city is far from being perfect, and it actually has many problems, including overcrowding, pollution, traffic and many others.

Despite its problems, however, Buenos Aires offers great opportunities that very few other cities in South America offer to their residents.

8. Vina del Mar, Chile

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Viña del Mar, Chile by Leandro Kibisz

Vina del Mar is an extremely charming resort town, which is located on the Chilean Pacific coast. The city has superb beaches and fantastic landscapes.

It enjoys a wonderful Mediterranean climate, and the coastline of the town resembles the resorts in the Canary Islands. The city is safe and at the same time is very exciting and interesting.

According to many, it is considered the best place to live on the Pacific coast of South America. It is also the second best place to live in the country after Santiago.

Sometimes they call Vina del Mar “The Chilean Saint Tropez”, as the city attracts the rich and famous from the entire region of South America.