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Moving to Guatemala

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 09, 2024

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to Guatemala for its low cost of living, beautiful scenery, and friendly people. People can find a place to live in Guatemala by searching online for rental properties, or by asking around in the local community. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Guatemala are Antigua, Quetzaltenango, and Lake Atitlan.

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What do I need to know before moving to Guatemala?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Guatemala, they said:

"Expats should be aware that Guatemala is a Spanish-speaking country, so it is important to learn some basic Spanish before moving there. It is also important to research the local culture and customs to ensure a smooth transition. Expats should also be aware that the cost of living in Guatemala is generally lower than in other countries, so it is important to budget accordingly. Additionally, expats should be aware that the healthcare system in Guatemala is not as advanced as in other countries, so it is important to have adequate health insurance coverage. Finally, expats should be aware that the crime rate in Guatemala is higher than in other countries, so it is important to take necessary safety precautions," remarked one expat who made the move to Guatemala.

"Find a home that is closer to town that way you will have electricity, water, etc... Make sure you are close to a bus route," explained one expat living in Salama, Guatemala.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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