Exactly. I moved to South America and my experience has been very similar to yours. I don't make as much money as I did back in the States but I spend wayyy less, live a higher quality of life, and although the women aren't perfect, are much much better down here.
I agree. I moved to South America two years ago and during this time have met some genuinely nice people over here. The truth however, is that most people are looking for the quick dollar and won't hesitate to screw you over if given the chance.