Expat Guide to Living in Guatemala

Whether you're already living in Guatemala or preparing to move to Guatemala, our Expat Guide to Living in Guatemala offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Guatemala. For answers to specific questions, visit our Guatemala Forum to talk with expats in Guatemala.

Moving to Guatemala: 7 Things to Know Before You Move to Guatemala

Expats that move to Guatemala do so to enjoy a beautiful country where the cost of living can be dramatically different than the rest of the world. However, it's important to understand all of the details of living in Guatemala before moving there.

Expat Guatemala: The 5 Best Places to Live in Guatemala

Expats share their favorite places to live in Guatemala - from Antigua to Lake Atitlan to Xela and more.

Expat Guatemala: It's Always Springtime in Antigua!

Expats in Antigua, Guatemala enjoy the year-round spring-like weather, low cost of living and wide variety of activities. Antigua is located about 45 minutes from Guatemala City, which gives residents access to the international airport, modern hospitals and medical practices and much more.

5 Great Places to Retire in Central America

Central America is an increasingly popular retirement destination. Retirees love it's proximity to the United States, lower cost of living, beautiful cities, amazing beaches, healthy lifestyle and friendly people.

Culture Shock in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

An expat living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala talks about the culture shock she experienced when she moved to Guatemala. Her biggest challenges was getting used to cold showers! She advised newcomers to be friendly, interact with locals even if you only speak a little Spanish, speak more quietly and be gracious.

Culture Shock in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala

An expat in Guatemala shares her story about the impact of a relocation to San Juan La Laguna. Read this informative report to learn about her experiences and and what one can expect from a move to Guatemala.

Living in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala

An expat from France offers some quick insights into what it's like to live in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala.

Living in Panajachel, Guatemala

If you're moving to Panajachel, be prepared to live a different life style. Life is affordable, help is affordable. Slower pace.

More Culture Shock Reports for Guatemala

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Guatemala handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Guatemala:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

More Living in Guatemala Reports

What are people's priorities in Guatemala - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Guatemala:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Guatemala Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Guatemala? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Guatemala? Below are some of the responses from expats in Guatemala:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Guatemala

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Guatemala. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Guatemala:
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Dream vs. Reality of Living in Guatemala Reports

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Guatemala. If you are already living in Guatemala, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Guatemala:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Guatemala by taking our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby in Guatemala Reports

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Guatemala? Below are some of the reports from expats in Guatemala:
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working in Guatemala Reports

What's it like to find a job in Guatemala? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Guatemala? Below are some of the reports from expats in Guatemala:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
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