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Moving to Metapan, El Salvador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 06, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Metapan?

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

"Expats moving to Metapan should be aware that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so learning the language or having a basic understanding would be beneficial. The cost of living in Metapan is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but salaries are also generally lower. The city is known for its beautiful natural surroundings, including mountains, forests, and waterfalls, so outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do. However, it's important to note that El Salvador has a tropical climate, with a wet and a dry season, which may take some adjustment. Healthcare facilities in Metapan are not as advanced as in larger cities, so expats with specific medical needs may need to travel for treatment. It's also recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. Safety can be a concern in El Salvador, and while Metapan is generally safer than some larger cities, it's still important to take precautions, such as avoiding certain areas at night and not displaying signs of wealth. Public transportation is available but may not be as reliable or comfortable as expats are used to. Many expats choose to drive, but should be aware that road conditions can be poor and traffic laws are not always strictly enforced. The cuisine in Metapan is a mix of indigenous and Spanish influences, with staples including corn, beans, and tropical fruits. Finally, it's important to note that while El Salvador uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency, banking and financial services may not be as straightforward as in other countries. It's recommended to consult with a financial advisor or someone familiar with the local system before making any major financial decisions," said one expat who made the move to Metapan.

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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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