Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala

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," explained one expat living in .

"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," said another in Antigua.

"Well for starters, I love the people of Panajachel. I fell like I am home there. Life is not expensive. There is lots to do or you can do nothing at all. Lake Atitlan is THE most beautiful lake in the World. All the villages that surround the lake are totally different and fun to visit.. There are 22 different indigenous languages. Travel around the area is very cheap. A car is not necessary. The chicken busses and Tuktuks get you where you need to go on land and the public boats get you across the lake to any village you like for very little cost.( Pana to San Pedro 25 Q - $4. ) It is called the eternal Spring because it never gets over 75F or under 15F. The rain season is tollerable as most the rain comes at the afternoons. You are 2-3 hrs from the airport by shuttle. (aprox $25) Competition for that service allows you to negotiate a better deal. I have used the same service for 6 yrs and they have been very reliable . On time pickup and drop off. Just a note: When going to the city to catch a flight I always go a day before to avoid any delays that can happen between Pana and the airport. I stay a a little hotel where I am again like family and they drop me off for my flight at no cost. When I first started to go to Panajachel I did get annoyed at a few things I saw. After a while I had to realize that It was not my Country and I had to accept the way certain situations are. I would recommend you come to Pana and see for yourself. It may not be everyone's cup of tea. For those of us who live there it is Paradise," explained one expat in Panajachel.

"Lake Atitlan is arguably the most beautiful lake in the world. I love the fact there have been very few (if any) tourists over the past year. I have been able to cycle the roads (and off-road), hike the trails & the 2 volcanoes in my back yard 1 in front. Many Mayan artifacts can still be found such as obsidian blades and pottery. I have been able to explore the local area unimpeded by traffic and without being accosted by hawkers. The climate is perfect here in the mountains. Never too hot and never too cold. No heat or A/C required, just add or subtract clothing or a blanket at night. The rainy season is just as fascinating as the dry season. A fresh wind known as the "Norte" blows clouds away. You can only see a few billion stars at night since there is no extraneous or reflected light here. Culturally, there are a few days per year where the locals celebrate by lighting firecrackers and fireworks in the evening and in the early morning. This can be annoying but you learn to ignore it. Also street dogs are everywhere. Once in a while they will congregate and bark all night. Bring earplugs when you move to Latin America for those rare occasions," explained one member in Lake Atitlan.

"Love, love, love living in Guatemala. The culture is rich, the people are wonderful, and the weather is almost perfect. It is a land of opportunities and its natural resources are wonderful to experience. It is also rich in history. I've always said, "Guatemala has a way of getting ahold of your heart and not letting go" and it gets proven every day when someone who once visited decides to move here," explained one expat living in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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