In case you’re ok with living at the world’s end, then here’s my short description of the place.
[quote]It’s a cute small city with all the necessary services (shopping, restaurants, healthcare, optical fiber with 10-15mbps to California) and a vibrant community created by hundreds of students from local universities.
There’re a coworking space, small tech meetups, and game jams. You can also take a one hour flight to Santiago for bigger tech events and meetups.
Renting a good house is $600-700 a month, the climate is mild (only rains in winter, no snow). Average lunch is $6-8, we spend about $350 for food and $150 for health insurance for 2 persons. Chile is quite safe in general but here we can walk in night without any worries. The city is trying to be bike-friendly, it just got some bike lanes.
Startup and business visas are too complicated here but you can get a “rentista” visa for any kind of passive foreign income or work visa for a contract with a foreign employer. There’re many expats coming, we know a team from the US building a tech village near the city.
Downsides: you will need to learn Chilean Spanish (though many young people know English, especially developers), there’s smoke pollution in winter in the evenings since wood stoves are used for heating.[/quote]
We’re originally from Russia and travelled a bit before but Chile feels like a great place to settle down.