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Moving to Panajachel, Guatemala

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 04, 2023

Summary: Expats move to Panajachel, Guatemala for its stunning natural beauty, its vibrant culture, and its friendly people. The town is situated on the shores of Lake Atitlan, surrounded by three volcanoes, and offers a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Panajachel is also known for its colorful markets, traditional Mayan villages, and its unique cuisine. Additionally, the cost of living is relatively low, making it an attractive destination for those looking to live a more affordable lifestyle.

What do I need to know before moving to Panajachel?

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

"I would advise someone moving to Panajachel, Guatemala to rent first, read the Facebook expats group, read expats' blogs, pack lightly, use a lawyer for any relation with locals and use a translator to understand what's going on when you sign a contract or deal with locals," remarked one expat in Panajachel, Guatemala.

"Expatriates moving to Panajachel should be aware that the city is located in a mountainous region and the climate is generally cool and humid. It is important to be aware of the local customs and culture, as well as the language, as Spanish is the primary language spoken in the area. Expats should also be aware that the cost of living in Panajachel is relatively low, and that the city is a popular tourist destination. Additionally, expats should be aware that the city is relatively safe, but it is important to take precautions when travelling around the area," said one expat in Panajachel.

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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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