3 Digital Nomad Friendly Destinations In Latin America

Wonder where to head next to escape the colder months? Why not consider South America? Enjoy Colombia’s captivating carnivals, Brazil’s secret beaches and Argentina’s pulsating energy.The continent is a land of diverse cultures, cool workplaces and a community unlike any other. 

Here are three of its most remote-friendly destinations you can’t skip.  

Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Buenos Aires is one of the top destinations in the world for digital nomads, especially popular for its local wine, delicious BBQ and fascinating cowboy culture. 

Making friends here is a breeze. The locals are among the most friendly and welcoming people, ever-ready for a game of football or a fun night out! You’ll also find several Facebook groups and expat communities such as the ‘Buenos Aires Expats Community’ and ‘Buenos Aires Expat Hub.’

The nightlife is second to none. Join a local milonga (Milonga Parakultural at Salón Canning being among the most popular), where you can spend an evening with locals, dancing to the country’s famous tango music. El Cabaret, inside Hotel Faena, is known for its captivating cabaret shows, while Museum remains the city’s all-time favourite nightclub.

Palermo, Puerto Madero, Las Cañitas, Recoleta and San Telmo are highly sought-after neighbourhoods for food enthusiasts.  You can try Cadore for its fantastic dulce de leche (a caramelised milk or milk jam, slow-cooked with sugar, baking soda and vanilla), also recommended by the BBC and National Geographic. At El Hornero, you can watch how empanadas are made. While the queues here are long, it’s worth the wait. 

Argentinians are big meat eaters! You’ll find the best asado (a wide variety of BBQ and grills) at Don Julio. If you want to surprise your tastebuds, El Baqueano serves an assortment of exotic meats, including Llama, alligator and river fish. 

Few are aware that Argentina produces wines beyond just Malbec. You can enjoy numerous wine-tasting experiences within Buenos Aires, in popular joints like Pain et Vin and La Cava. However, Gamboa is a hidden gem and the closest winery to the city for a quick day trip by the lake.

Digital nomad visa   

The digital nomad visa for Argentina entails a validity period of 180 days that can be extended for an additional 180 days. 

Upon arrival at the Buenos Aires airport, the Argentinian government also offers a comprehensive benefits package exclusively for digital nomads. This includes a 40% discount on airport transfers, reduced rates on accommodation for your first-night in the city, a SIM card and a SUBE card for public transport. Most tourists are granted 90 days visa-free.

Florianopolis, Brazil 

Affectionately called Floripa, Florianópolis is a haven for surfers, backpackers and adventure junkies. Its saltwater lagoons, lush forests and cascading waterfalls offer a much-needed respite from the daunting winters of Europe. 

While Brazil’s internet speeds may not match those of the West, Florianopolis is an exception. Nestled in Lagoa da Conceição amid the Atlantic Forest, it provides a unique and ideal working environment. Surrounded by over a thousand square meters of green space, it’s a perfect choice for nature lovers.

If you’re in the mood for something offbeat, Choro Xadrez is a hidden gem that happens mid-week on the eastern side of the island, where jazz musicians come together. Unlike regular live music gigs, this event happens inside a small kitchen in Rio Tavares. You can enjoy its vibrant atmosphere while sipping on some refreshing craft beer.

Often overshadowed by more touristy hot spots (including the natural pools of Barra da Lagoa and surfing spots at Campeche), Florianópolis has a treasure trove of lesser-known beaches that are accessible only by foot or via hiking trails. 

Lagoinha do Leste is a large white crescent beach, wedged between two hills and flanked by the Atlantic forest. Recognised as a nature conservation site, it’s home to a stunning range of flora and fauna.   Prainha Barra is a concealed beach with a peaceful ambiance, located a brief stroll from Praia da Barra da Lagoa. You’ll also find a 3.5-kilometer hiking trail leading to Praia Galheta and a hidden natural pool nearby. 

Digital nomad visa    

At present, there isn’t a visa exclusively for digital nomads. Nevertheless, you can still enter and stay in Brazil for up to six months using standard visa options. Generally, most nationalities are granted a 90-day stay, with the possibility of an extension of up to 180 days within a year. 

Medellin, Colombia 

Medellín is nestled in the heart of the Andes Mountains, making it ideal for those looking for a mix of modern comfort and natural beauty. You can go on a scenic hike along Cerro de las tres Cruces and take in grand views of the city. Witness the iconic Barranquilla (the carnival of flowers), while clubs like Perro Negro, Salón Amador, La Octava and El Social offer a taste of its vibrant nightlife. 

The city is a budget-friendly choice compared to its Western counterparts, bursting with a thriving digital nomad scene. There are multiple wellness workshops, business events, crypto meetups, bar crawls, trivia nights, speed dating and music gigs that are hosted throughout the year. Facebook groups, including ‘Digital Nomads Medellín’ are a great way to connect with like-minded people. 

Alternatively, you can check out the myriad of co-working spaces and cafes scattered across the city. La Casa Redonda is a co-working space, frequently hosting rooftop BBQs and potluck dinners. Semilla, is a popular choice for digital nomads and expats that combines workstations with a cafe atmosphere. Meanwhile, Pergamino Cafe is the most renowned co-working cafe, in the heart of Poblado, overlooking Parque Lleras. 

Once an old soap warehouse, Mercado del Rio is the first food market in Colombia with a charm of its own. Boasting co-working spaces and 30 restaurants, it offers an array of cuisines. It’s also a hub for both locals and tourists interested in immersing themselves in Antioquian culture and interacting with new people. For some classic Bandeja paisa, head to Hacienda Origen, and Ajiacos y Mondongos for Mondongo. Mi Arepa La 80 is a hole-in-the-wall, popular among locals with its range of stuffed Arepas.

Medellín is also adopting a bike-friendly culture, with dedicated cycling lanes in specific areas, especially in Laureles for more sustainable efforts. 

Digital nomad visa

Following the pandemic, Colombia introduced the Visa V Nómadas digitales, specifically tailored for digital nomads for two years. Although, it doesn’t permit you to work for any Colombian company. 

Each of those cities in South America imparts its unique vibe, seamlessly connecting work, culture, and leisure, making the continent an attractive playground for digital nomads.

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