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Pros and Cons of Living in Guatemala

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Guatemala. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Guatemala

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What are the pros and cons of living in Guatemala?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Guatemala responded:

"It's a beautiful country with great people and food. There is not good affordable education for children," added another expat in Guatemala.

"The weather is great year round. The city is very affordable, though more expensive then other places in the country. Being a tourist attraction the variety of restaurants is great and there are many other activities available for all," explained one expat living in Antigua.

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What do expats in Guatemala appreciate most about the local culture?

"The people's willingness to SMILE. Old people who are still active and friendly. The busy cultural norm of walking. The noise of vehicles can be annoying to me as its constant... from morning until night....," said another person in Quetzaltenango.

"The connection to the world of nature, the closeness and importance of family, the spirituality of every day life," remarked another expat in San Juan La Laguna.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"The chronic noise of vehicles... grinding gears, horns and just general loudness not of the people but the blaring speakers and vehicles....non stop chaos.....! Arrgh! The other challenge in Guatemala is finding a decent WIFI signal. Not common like up in USA or Canada...at all," explained one expat.

"The most challenging has been the language barrier. Although I'm getting better at the language I still have a long way to go. Another challenge is the double price standard for foreigners. I'm not a tourist, I live here but still am charged double or higher for many goods and services. There is also an attitude among the locals that there's something wrong with a single woman living alone. It does get a bit tiresome explaining that I'm single because I want to be. And no, I'm really not interested in meeting your brother, cousin, neighbor, etc," said another person in San Juan La Laguna.

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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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