My peruvian wife and I were considering moving back to Peru. The keyword here is 'were'.
Yesterday we found out from our Peruvian lawyer (a greedy and untrustworthy individual asking for absurd amounts ofmoney!) that there's some sort of capture order against my wife now, because the lawyer, taking our money and saying he'll take care of it, didn't take care of things.
When I got engaged to my wife over three years ago in Tarapoto, her psychotic ex boyfriend found out and got jealous. He tried to wedge us apart by drumming up a bunch Of spurious legal accusations one after the other. Literally I endured three separate legal proceedings in 2014, having to appear in court and face this sick individual who was friends with certain lawyers and fiscales. One by one the courts threw out his unfounded legal demands, but he kept grasping at other legal avenues to try and **** us off.
My wife and I decided to just get out of there, so we petitioned the U.S. embassy in Lima, letting them know of this psychotic individual haunting us. In a special consular filing, the Embassy granted my wife a CR-1 permanent resident visa, and we flew to the USA where we have been living since Nov 2014.
Last year it surfaced that my wife's ex was bribing his buddies in the local fiscalia to dig out a three year old case, "denuncia calimniosa" where my wife was coerced to withdraw her denouncement of breaking and entering/attempted rape from the local comisaria. He kept bugging her to withdraw the denouncement, drafted a statement to the effect, then coerced her to sign it.
Now he's gotten his buddies in the fiscalia to dig up this case and the Fiscalia now has a case against my wife, for which she obviously has not been present, due to trying to have some peace and semblance of a normal life in the USA. She actually is now just a couple months away from being a US citizen.
Our plan was to save up some money, and build a sustainable homestead near Moyobamba, and even go visit my wife's family this coming April, but we're just remembering how the people are in that part of the world. It's not just my wife's ex, it's the toxic culture. I remember what other expats were telling me and even what other Peruvians told me about their own people.
If you're successful, people will envy you, and try to cut you down at the knees. They'll rob you, do black magic against you, sue you, and the authorities are so inept/corrupt that you have basically zero recourse except to get out and let the savages tear themselves to pieces so to speak.
I'm really curious how some of you wealthy gringos have weathered that crime ridden hole especially if you have outward signs of wealth like lots of land with animals, a decent car, a nice house, white skin, etc. Let's face it you're targets!
Also what would you say are more expat friendly countries in Latin America? Ecuador? Costa Rica? Maybe Panama? Why is that?