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About living in Uruguay

Karen A Higgs, author, Guru’Guay founder and Uruguay’s foremost English-language expert has advised film makers, journalists from the New York Times and others, book authors, and thousands of travelers and expats. And for more than a decade, she has made introductions for hundreds of clients which have added significantly to their experience in Uruguay. It’s important to note that the number of expats living in Uruguay is very small (around 30,000 but there are no official figures), consequently there are no deep expat networks such as you’d find in countries like Mexico or Spain.

It’s all about local contacts

Like most places in the world and especially in Uruguay, the best experiences and services come by word of mouth. After over two decades in Uruguay and thanks to her ground-breaking work bringing Uruguay to an international audience, Karen has hundreds of trusted contacts in a broad range of fields to share with you.

Why consult about moving to Uruguay?

Uruguay is not a good fit for everyone. No place is perfect, right? And an advantage for one person is a pitfall for another. You’ll receive first-hand, realistic insights tailored to your specific circumstances.

Why consult with Karen A Higgs?

Karen is the creator of Guru’Guay, the most popular English-language website on Uruguay. She has lived in Uruguay since 2000.  Her Guru’Guay guidebooks to Uruguay and Montevideo have been recognised by the Uruguay Ministry of Tourism and the Government of Montevideo as an essential reference for both travellers and expats. Karen is frequently invited to talk about Uruguay as a travel and lifestyle destination by international media—including the New York Times, the BBC and National Geographic–and on the world’s most listened to travel podcasts. The Uruguayan public has also fallen in love with Guru’Guay and Karen appears regularly in the national press.

Karen is British and studied in the UK and the US. She lived in the US, Costa Rica, Argentina and Spain before settling on Uruguay.

What our clients say

We visited Montevideo with an eye toward a six-month stay. We had the full-day in situ (VIP) consultation, and it was invaluable.
Nick

USA

I grew up in Montevideo but have been living abroad for the last twelve years. Karen took my case to heart, asked the right questions and provided actionable suggestions and advice to help me find my place in my own hometown. I would recommend anyone considering moving to this country to talk to Karen beforehand.
Javier

Uruguay/NYC

In general, the consultation made us more confident about the ways we should or could go before the important decision for my family and me.
Kees

Netherlands

There is no better source for information on Uruguay in any language. Perhaps even more importantly, she will tell you honestly whether Uruguay is the right fit for you. I consider the money I spent on my consultation with her to be money well spent – and a bargain to boot.
Rick

USA

Let me tell you, it’s worth the money. And who better to learn from than a person who has been through this experience herself and built a career on helping others do the same?
Caitlin

USA

The thoughtful questions she raised and the discussion they provoked in my consultation with her were invaluable. The amazing contacts she made for me have opened doors that I never would have known about, much less be able to open. I couldn’t imagine getting closer to my dream without Karen’s help.
Allison

USA

I recommend working with Karen if you’re considering a move to Uruguay and want to fast track your learning curve about expat life, professional opportunities, local culture, etc.
Daniella

Bahamas

Karen provided specific information that I would never have found anywhere else. It was essential that I have those answers prior to continuing my relocation plans.
Barry

USA

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