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El Viejo, Nicaragua: Cost of Living, Healthcare, Local Clubs and Activities, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in El Viejo | Expat Exchange
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El Viejo, Nicaragua

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in El Viejo, Nicaragua: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to El Viejo?

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

"El Viejo is a small city in the Chinandega department of Nicaragua, known for its rich history and cultural heritage. Before moving to El Viejo, expats should be aware that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so it would be beneficial to learn or have a basic understanding of Spanish. The cost of living in El Viejo is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but the average income is also significantly lower. Expats should ensure they have a reliable source of income or sufficient savings before moving. The city is known for its hot tropical climate, with a dry season from November to April and a rainy season from May to October. Expats should be prepared for this weather and pack accordingly. Healthcare facilities in El Viejo may not be as advanced as those in larger cities or in Western countries. Expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical treatment in Nicaragua. Public transportation in El Viejo is limited, so expats may need to consider purchasing a car for convenience. However, traffic can be heavy and driving standards may not be as high as in other countries. El Viejo is a predominantly Catholic city, with many religious festivals and traditions. Expats should respect these traditions and participate where appropriate. While Nicaragua is generally safe, like any other place, it has its share of crime. Expats should take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. Nicaraguan cuisine is a blend of indigenous and Spanish influences, with staples including corn, beans, and rice. Expats should be open to trying new foods and flavors. Finally, it's important to note that while El Viejo offers a slower pace of life, it may not offer the same level of amenities, entertainment, and shopping options as larger cities. Expats should be prepared for a simpler, quieter lifestyle," wrote a member in El Viejo.

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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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