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Pros and Cons of Living in Guatemala

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 04, 2024

Summary: The pros of living in Guatemala include its rich culture, diverse landscapes, and affordable cost of living. Guatemala is home to a variety of Mayan ruins, colonial cities, and stunning beaches, making it a great destination for travelers and expats alike. Additionally, the country has a low cost of living, making it an attractive option for those looking to stretch their budget. The cons of living in Guatemala include its high crime rate, lack of infrastructure, and limited access to healthcare. Guatemala has one of the highest crime rates in Latin America, and the government has been unable to effectively address the issue. Additionally, the country's infrastructure is lacking, making it difficult to access basic services such as reliable electricity and running water. Finally, access to healthcare is limited, and the quality of care is often subpar.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Guatemala?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Guatemala responded:

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the affordability of living in Guatemala. The cost of living is much lower than in many other countries, making it an attractive destination for those looking to stretch their budget. Additionally, the country is home to a diverse range of cultures and landscapes, from the colonial cities of Antigua and Quetzaltenango to the lush jungles of the Petén. Expats and digital nomads also enjoy the friendly and welcoming nature of the local people, who are often eager to share their culture and customs with visitors. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the infrastructure in Guatemala to be lacking, with unreliable public transportation and limited access to high-speed internet. Additionally, the country has a high crime rate, which can be a deterrent for some," explained one expat living in Guatemala.

"It's a beautiful country with great people and food. There is not good affordable education for children," said one in 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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