What's to keep someone from rolling in and just taking what you have? As an outsider, why would the law side with you? What ghts will you truly be afforded? The friends I've had from Central America said it's a fairly corrupt place.
Why a lot of the wealthy try to leave Colombia. A lot of crime. Shootings are common, robberies (cellphones are big targets now). If you have a nice new truck or Benz, you might as well bulletproof it. You can basically do what you want and pay assassins to take people out for virtually nothing. That doesn't even begin to describe a gringo trying to do business down there. They'll rob you blind and give you a smile while doing it.
At the airport in Barranquilla the customs agents were basically taking shite from every passenger. They told one woman to give them her new DVDs, one for each of their friends. They also charged people exorbitant fines for no reason at all. This never happened to me in about 20 trips there, but they can do what they want when they want.
I remember being in a taxi in Panama. The driver made an illegal turn and there were about 8 undercover cops standing on the corner. They pulled him over and we sat there for 90 minutes as they kept trying to get him to pay them off. No ticket or anything, they just wanted cash.
As for the guy asking about speaking Spanish, it would be foolish to live in Latin America and not speak it.
This post was edited on 11/18 at 10:00 pm