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Moving to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jun 10, 2023

Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and unique opportunities for adventure. The lake is surrounded by three volcanoes and is home to a variety of traditional Mayan villages, each with its own distinct character. Expats can enjoy a slower pace of life, explore the local markets, and take part in outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, and swimming. The area also offers a variety of cultural activities, including traditional music and dance performances, as well as festivals and celebrations. With its stunning scenery, friendly locals, and diverse culture, Lake Atitlan is an ideal destination for expats looking for a new home.

What do I need to know before moving to Lake Atitlan?

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

"Lake Atitlan is located in the southwestern highlands of Guatemala. The climate in the area is temperate with warm days and cool nights. The lake itself is surrounded by three volcanoes, making for breathtaking views. The local Mayan population is made up of several different linguistic and cultural groups, creating a mix of different cultures to explore. The cost of living is relatively low, with groceries and household items costing less than in North American cities. The local currency is the Guatemala Quetzal. The area's infrastructure is modern and reliable, but there are still some rural areas that depend on traditional ways of life. Crime is low; however, there are some areas that are best avoided. It's also important to understand the local customs and respect the traditional values of the local population. Finally, Lake Attilan is a popular destination for tourists, so be prepared to encounter visitors from around the world during your stay," said one expat in Lake Atitlan.

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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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