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Moving to San Ignacio, El Salvador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Moving to San Ignacio, El Salvador: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to San Ignacio.

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What do I need to know before moving to San Ignacio?

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

"San Ignacio, is a small town located in the mountainous region of the country, known for its cool climate and beautiful landscapes. Before moving there, expats should know that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so learning the language or having a basic understanding would be beneficial. The cost of living in San Ignacio is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's essential to understand that wages are also significantly lower. The town is safe compared to other parts of El Salvador, but like any place, it's important to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings. Healthcare facilities in San Ignacio are basic, and for serious medical conditions, you may need to travel to the capital, San Salvador. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. Public transportation is available but may not be as reliable or comfortable as what expats may be used to. Owning a car can be beneficial, but be prepared for mountainous and sometimes challenging driving conditions. The cuisine in San Ignacio is a mix of local and international food, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. It's important to note that the water in El Salvador is not safe to drink from the tap, so bottled or filtered water should be used. San Ignacio has a slower pace of life, which can be a significant change for those used to living in a bustling city. The town is close to several natural attractions, including hiking trails and coffee plantations, which can provide recreational activities. Lastly, it's crucial to understand the local customs and traditions, as Salvadorans are known for their warm hospitality and strong sense of community. Building relationships with locals can greatly enhance your experience living in San Ignacio," remarked one expat who made the move to San Ignacio.

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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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