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Private 1:1 (50-min)

(17 customer reviews)

$349.00 + VAT


A private fifty-minute consultation with Karen A Higgs, —an internationally-recognised expert on Uruguay— regarding your unique situation and needs.

This is for you when you:

  • want insights regarding your specific circumstances
  • want to save time and money
  • need on-the-ground advice
  • could use some great local contacts
  • are considering Uruguay full or part-time.

Prior to the meeting, you will complete a questionnaire regarding yourself, your expectations and your

How does the consultation work?

Your private consultation takes place on the video platform of your choice (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime). Prior to the meeting, you will complete a questionnaire (we recommend over a good glass of South American red) regarding yourself, your expectations and your lifestyle.

Your opportunity to have private one-on-one time with Karen A Higgs, author, Guru’Guay founder and Uruguay’s foremost English-language expert.

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.

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17 reviews for Private 1:1 (50-min)

  1. Deirdre (verified owner)

    Karen is a treasure! Her knowledge is invaluable, her love of Uruguay is infectious, and her passion for the work she does shines through! As my family plans to visit and potentially move to Uruguay, Karen’s insights helped us gain more clarity about these decisions in a very short amount of time. Her pre-meeting questionnaire helped us focus and prepare for the meeting but it was evident that Karen had done her homework based on what we wrote to ensure she provided the most current and helpful information. She was straightforward in talking about budget/finances and language and the feasibility of relocating to Uruguay successfully. We also appreciate the referrals and resources she emailed to us after the meeting. I highly recommend this service and believe it’s a worthy investment in your travel or moving plans!

  2. Marina (verified owner)

    My fiance’ and I were fortunate to meet Karen as we researched various aspects of moving to and living in Uruguay. Initially, we spent a lot of time on the internet reading about the country, its culture, climate and other important topics, but we were having a hard time pulling all of the diverse information together. Karen helped us tremendously by providing context as well as opening up her rolodex for professional contacts. Her help and assistance were invaluable!

    • The Guru of Guru’Guay

      Marina, it makes so much sense that you were having a hard time pulling all of the diverse information together. It was a pleasure to assist you and I look forward to your next steps. Thank you so much for taking the time to send a review. Very best wishes — Karen

  3. Herman Boyd

    Our consultation with Karen exceeded our expectations. The pre-consultation questionnaire and the conversations enabled us to clearly articulate our desires and expectations as we consider an extended stay and a potential relocation to Uruguay. She was very effective in assessing and calibrating our readiness for relocation as well as how we would live going forward. The consultation felt very personalized and tailored to align with our needs.

    In addition to her books and blogs, Karen’s preparations and insights were valuable in outlining how we could integrate into the country, culture and communities. She inquired and shared the availability of resources to connected to our interests, activities, and hobbies.

    I highly recommend consulting with Karen for expert insights and/or if considering a move to Uruguay. Along with a wealth of knowledge, she is engaging, personable, attentive, and very easy to talk with. (5-stars)

    • The Guru of Guru’Guay

      Herman, thank you so much for your kind words. They sent a little chill down my spine 🙂 The consultation was such a pleasure and I’m so excited that you anticipated a follow-up session or two as your refine your ideas and plans. As mentioned, whenever you’re ready for next steps, I’m ready to gather those Afro-Uruguayan contacts and more. — Greetings from Montevideo, Karen

  4. Anne-Marie and Peter

    It’s been two years since our consultation with you. We would like to thank you for putting us in touch with the financial reality that a move to Uruguay would be. After we had talked to you it hit us like a speeding train how unprepared we were/still are. It was both an incredibly disappointing anti-climax and yet also a good dose of reality at the same time.

    At the time we believed that was it for our dreams of retiring to Uruguay so, we switched our endeavours to other parts. In 2019 we spent a month in Mexico south of Guadalajara. There are many expats there – mainly Americans and Canadians – but a few Europeans as well. It was a great getaway but we also discovered that it wasn’t for us, on many levels. However, it has spurred us on to make further plans, savings and pension projections for our future retirement. Over the past two years since we spoke we’ve been researching retirement options in Mexico, Portugal and France but our research has brought us full circle back to Uruguay as being the most favourable on many levels. So much so that we believe it may be possible to revisit our hopes of retiring there in 5-7 years time.

    With that in mind we hope to visit Montevideo and the Atlantic coast in your winter of 2022.

    In hindsight we are really grateful to the consultation we had with you. Your pertinent questions about pensions were the reality check we needed.

    • The Guru of Guru’Guay

      Dear Anne-Marie and Peter, this is so fantastic to read. And I’m really looking forward to the new session you’d like to set up later this year in preparation for your 2022 visit. I remember our session in 2018 very well. Uruguay is not an ideal place for everyone, particularly people who are at the stage of life when they still need to make an income to support themselves. It did feel like I was dashing your dreams somewhat, but of course you were paying to get unvarnished, realistic advice. I’m so happy that things are coming full circle. You have worked very hard for this! — Karen

  5. John W

    I have played golf all my life and now spend a great deal of time in both Uruguay and the United States. I was interested in playing golf in Uruguay on a regular basis and joining a club but did not know how to go about that. I contacted Karen Higgs to determine if that was possible. Karen was able to identify the right people at the golf club I was interested in and was able to put me on track to becoming a member. The golf club is beautiful and being able to play golf regularly in Uruguay will make my time here much more enjoyable. I would not have been able to enjoy this without Karen’s contacts and assistance.

  6. William G

    I am an FAA instrument rated pilot and spend a great deal of time in both Uruguay and the United States. I was interested in flying in Uruguay and contacted Karen Higgs to determine if that was possible. Karen was able to identify two flight schools with English speaking instructors who have been able to put me on track to obtaining flying privileges in Uruguay. I discovered, to my surprise, that there is a vibrant and enjoyable general aviation community in Uruguay and flying here is a great experience. I would not have been able to enjoy this without Karen’s contacts and assistance.

  7. Barry Blackburn

    Karen consulted with me on a potential move to Montevideo. The questions she asked prior to our talking on the telephone indicated the level of understanding she hoped to achieve prior to our conversation, and it was evident during the call. She was extremely well prepared, had far more relevant information than I expected, anticipated some of my questions, and answered all of the others thoroughly and thoughtfully. All the while, she was friendly, personable, and a pleasure to talk with.

    Her preparation, combined with her extensive knowledge of Montevideo, made the hour phone conversation productive, informative and enjoyable. She was able to provide specific information that I would never have found anywhere else, and it was essential that I have those answers to questions prior to continuing my relocation plans. I highly recommend working with Karen should you find yourself considering a move to Uruguay for a short or long term. I’m planning my next trip there, armed with the information I need to make a thorough assessment, thanks to Karen.

  8. Nick Olcott

    We visited Montevideo with an eye toward a six-month stay next year. We couldn’t have had a better source of information that Karen. We had the full-day in situ consultation, and it was invaluable. After interviewing us very thoughtfully about what sort of place we might like to live, Karen gave us an extensive and detailed tour of various neighborhoods she thought might suit us. She is incredibly knowledgable about what each part of town offers in terms of available housing and local resources (restaurants, bars, music venues, grocery stores). This is very important in Montevideo. Many wonderful places hide behind rather plain facades. Karen steered us toward cultural events we never would have found on our own. She knows the city like a native, and she can tell you what living there is really like. If you’re considering a move or an extended stay in Montevideo, you couldn’t do better than to consult Karen.

  9. Javier Frank

    I grew up in Montevideo but have been living abroad for the last twelve years of my life. A period in which the city, country and myself went through a whole deal of changes. To boot, I got married and had two kids while in the US so the prospect of moving “back” to Uruguay seemed pretty daunting. The questions I had for Karen spanned the whole gamut from trivial -which from the thousand new restaurants are actually worth a visit?- to some issues I was literally working through on therapy.

    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 even if you know the town pretty well, like myself.

  10. Danielle Gold

    My husband and I are planning to move to Uruguay and buy a home there. I read Karen’s books and decided to do a half-day consultancy with her during which we would visit some Montevideo neighborhoods and talk about life in the city. We were trying to decide if we would prefer a home in the city or on the coast, and wanted to know more about life in Montevideo. I wound up having an online one-hour consultation with Karen instead, as I postponed my trip due to the Coronavirus situation.

    Karen is very easy to talk with. She’s engaging, informative, and helpful. She’s a good listener and wanted to focus on providing information and insights that would help us make a successful transition to Uruguay. She connected me with a friend of hers who works at the university I’ll be working at, and suggested people who my husband might like to connect with in his field.

    Karen is a great resource person for all things Uruguay, and particularly Montevideo. She has an extensive network, a long-standing relationship with the city, and has traveled the country. Besides being knowledgeable, she’s also very nice, making the consultation valuable and enjoyable. 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.

  11. Caitlin

    My husband and I have been/still are considering moving to Uruguay from the United States. We spoke with her and arranged a half day consult with Karen and then went to Argentina and Uruguay in the fall of 2018 for our honeymoon. We stayed in Karen’s guesthouse Casa Sarandi (which was fantastic and charming btw, would stay again in a heartbeat), and did a half day relocation consultation with her on our first day in Uruguay. Let me tell you, it’s worth the money. If you are planning on moving to another country, which is going to cost you anyway, isn’t it worth it to spend a little money on researching what you might be getting into? 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? She’s honest and realistic, she won’t sugar coat things to “sell” you on Uruguay. She’s doesn’t want you to move there and be unhappy because you had unrealistic expectations.

    She asks you lots of questions about yourself in order to gauge what is most important for you to know and if Uruguay really will be a good fit for you. She will talk to you about jobs, housing, food, money, life…etc. Additionally, if you are visiting Uruguay and are planning on meeting up with her, I HIGHLY recommend doing it on your very first day. Moving to Uruguay aside, our honeymoon time there was exponentially better having had her guidance up front.

    For instance, if you were to research your heart out online, as I did, you will feel like the food in Uruguay (except for steak), is ho hum, that you literally can’t get vegetables anywhere, and there is basically no such thing as a vegetarian or vegan restaurant. This was a bit of a worry for me moving there. I’m not a vegan but I like my veggies and am working towards it. You will also think that all restaurant and customer service sucks. But Karen dispelled those myths and showed us where you can in fact get veggies aplenty, and having made this into her living, she knows exactly which restaurants, cultural spaces, and services will benefit you the most and offer the best service. It really added that extra spark of awesome to our trip and allowed us to avoid unnecessary frustrations. It was totally worth it, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

    We only did a half day with and even that was so valuable. Do a full day if you can, but if not, know that a half day is also incredibly informative and you will walk away with a much greater understanding of Uruguay than if you had just showed up and checked it out on your own. Our visit with her opened doors for us we would never have known about. If you are thinking about moving to Uruguay, this is 100% worth it.

  12. Allie

    My husband and I did a consult with Karen, and we’re both really happy we did! We’re planning to spend a year in Uruguay and are considering a permanent move in the future. We had a slew of questions about everything from neighborhoods to housing to health insurance to bringing our pets to Uruguay. Karen not only answered our questions but gave us important details we never would have learned elsewhere. For example, I’ve spent hours researching the idea of trying to bring our car to Uruguay, and Karen was able to share important info that saved me a lot more research time, along with some possible costly mistakes. I highly recommend talking with Karen if you need expert Uruguay advice or are considering a move.

  13. Alison Howard

    I had relied on Karen’s fabulous Guru’guay blog and both of her travel books to prepare for my first visit to Uruguay, so when I began thinking about moving there some day, I knew she would be the person to help me navigate not only the logistics but also the fundamental questions of whether and where a move would be right for me.

    The thoughtful questions she raised and the discussion they provoked in my consultation with her were invaluable in helping me figure out the best path to get there. Her enthusiasm for the country, its people, music, art and literature, insight into how she and other immigrants have made Uruguay their home and realism about the process to get there are inspiring me as I hope to make the move, part-time at first, from the United States some time in the future. 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.

  14. Rick Shain

    Karen Higgs is a scintillating combination of someone with inexhaustible local knowledge and unfathomable wisdom. She is a delightful individual who is a wonderful listener. 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.

  15. Colleen and Brad Seehafer

    We had a great consultation with Karen! In addition to her connections and her ability to give fantastic references, it’s refreshing to speak with her and to get a better sense as to if we are “moving” in the right direction. After our discussion, we are going to to continue to proceed with our plans and it’s reassuring to know that we have an invaluable contact in Karen. We would highly recommend her services!

  16. Tracy Jones

    I’m a world-traveling English teacher who has long thought about making a move to South America. Through my initial research, I found Uruguay to be appealing for loads of reasons—mostly because it’s the best kept secret on the continent. However, I couldn’t find a lot of current or comprehensive information about the ESL industry and was a bit stumped as to what, if any, opportunities might await me in Uruguay. I came across Karen’s blog and started reading some of the fantastic articles about traveling and living in Uruguay. I jumped at the chance to chat with Karen and get some perspective from someone “on the ground.” Our consultation was very informative. It gave me a chance to ask questions specific to my situation and about particular concerns I had. Karen was full of knowledge and gave me some great feedback. She also pointed me in the direction of additional resources. She was lovely to talk to and gave me a bit more peace of mind about the possibility of relocating. I was thrilled to visit Uruguay just a few months after the consultation and fell completely in love. Between Karen’s consultation and my own research in country, I have a much clearer picture of what future possibilities await me Uruguay. Thank you, Karen!

  17. Kees Westerweele

    We are a family looking to relocate from the country we currently live in. We have three children we would like to give the opportunity to grow up in the best possible environment with good education. If anyone of us gets sick we would like to have a good system of healthcare. And we would like to feel safe in our own country. We looked into a lot of options (Europe, Caribbean, etc.) and after reading information about Uruguay we got interested in this country.

    Before we became in contact with Karen we had already read a lot on the internet about Uruguay. Some of the ideas we had were being confirmed during the consultation and that is satisfying. We made contact with one of the contacts Karen advised us and exchanged some useful information. 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.
    We found that one hour was time enough to stay “focused”. The only surprise was that time passed very quickly.
    Without any doubt Karen’s knowledge of Uruguay and skills to communicate with people are highly developed. Her very professional way of working gave us a good feeling about this consultation.
    We have planned a holiday to “feel and experience” Uruguay before making further plans for the “big step” which relocation will be. We live in a country that needs a Visa to enter Uruguay. Karen helped us with the process of application and we got the Visa without any problem.
    We would definitely recommend Karen to anyone else interested in relocating to Uruguay.

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