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Pereira, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 08, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Pereira, Colombia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Pereira?

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

"Pereira is a popular retirement destination for expats due to its pleasant climate, affordable cost of living, and friendly locals. Before retiring in Pereira, it's important to understand the local culture, language, and customs. Spanish is the official language, so learning it would be beneficial for daily life and interactions. Healthcare in Pereira is of a high standard, with many hospitals and clinics offering excellent medical services. However, it's advisable to have a comprehensive health insurance plan that covers medical emergencies and routine check-ups. The cost of living in Pereira is relatively low compared to many Western countries. However, it's important to have a clear understanding of your financial situation and ensure you have enough savings or a steady income to support your lifestyle. Safety is a concern in some parts of Colombia, but Pereira is generally considered safe. It's still important to take standard precautions, such as avoiding certain areas at night and not displaying wealth openly. Colombia has a residency program for retirees, which requires proof of a monthly income from a pension or social security. It's advisable to consult with a local attorney or immigration expert to understand the legal requirements for retiring in Colombia. Colombian cuisine is diverse and delicious, but it may take some time for your stomach to adjust. It's recommended to drink bottled water and eat at reputable restaurants to avoid any potential health issues. Finally, it's important to remember that while Pereira offers a slower pace of life, it's still a bustling city with traffic and noise. If you're looking for a quiet retirement, you may want to consider the smaller towns and villages surrounding Pereira," explained one expat living in Pereira, Colombia.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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