There are a lot of reasons that we're drawn to Uruguay.. One, it's a first world country, but most people seem to have an impression that it's an impoverished place. We like that it's totally off of most peoples radar.
*There is a very European feel to it
*They have a stable government
*The cost of living is about 1/2 of the USA, although it is more in Uruguay than some other South American countries.
*There is good, affordable health care there
*The education system is good, if we decided to stay there long term our kids could go to college.
*The climate is very moderate, similar to Southern Cali.
*Most of the country is farm land, and they have very stable, high quality, non-erroded soil and growing conditions. Basically, the country can support all it's own people with it's own land.
*There is a lot of affordable beach-front property.
*There is low governmental regulation, so we can go there and build any type of house/farm we want.
*It's fairly easy to get citizenship there, you just need to be able to prove income.