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.
Expats talk about some of the biggest challenges they've faced living in Latin America. Whether you're moving to Panama City or Punta del Este, this article is a must read to help you prepare (hint: you'll be much happier if you learn the language) and adjust your expectations (realities: the roads are rough, the pace of life is slower and bureaucracy is unavoidable). Despite all of the challenges, the list of what expats like about life in Latin America far exceeds the challenges.
Expats are very forthcoming about the pros and cons of living in Guatemala. Pros include the spring-like weather, the low cost of living and the lifestyle. Cons include limited access to quality healthcare (especially outside of Guatemala City), gringo pricing, crime and the reality that the rainy season can be depressing.
From lower cost of living to affordable healthcare and beachfront living, expats discuss the top reasons they moved to Central America.
Expats in Guatemala have a variety of healthcare options available to them. Understanding what is available is a critical part of preparing to move there. Advice about proximity of care and prescription medications in Guatemala is also provided by expats living there.
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.
A French expat who went to Panajachel, Guatemala on vacation loved the climate and locals so much he ended up staying. He advises other newcomers to rent first, pack lightly, use a lawyer and translator when signing contracts and leave your prejudices behind.
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.
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.
An expat from France offers some quick insights into what it's like to live in Santa Cruz La Laguna, 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:
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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 Moving 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:
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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:
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.
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Submit a Having a Baby 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:
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:
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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.
10 Tips for Living in Guatemala
Expats in Guatemala offers tips about living in Guatemala. They discuss where to live in Guatemala, the locals and their culture, crime problems, cost of living and more.