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Salento, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Salento, 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 Salento?

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

"Salento is a small town in the coffee region, known for its beautiful landscapes, coffee plantations, and slow-paced lifestyle, making it an attractive place for expats to retire. Before retiring in Salento, it's important to understand that while the cost of living is relatively low, the standard of living may not be as high as in Western countries. Healthcare in Colombia is generally good, but it's advisable to have a comprehensive health insurance plan as private healthcare can be expensive. Spanish is the official language in Colombia, so learning the language will make daily life easier and more enjoyable. The climate in Salento is mild and pleasant throughout the year, but it can get quite chilly at night due to its high altitude. Colombia has a reputation for crime, but Salento is generally safe. However, it's always important to take standard precautions and stay aware of your surroundings. Colombian cuisine is diverse and delicious, but it may take some time for your stomach to adjust to the local food. Public transportation in Salento is limited, so you may need to rely on taxis or consider buying a car. Colombia has a slower pace of life, which can be a big adjustment for those used to a fast-paced Western lifestyle. Colombia's visa and residency requirements can be complex, so it's advisable to consult with an immigration lawyer or expert before making any decisions. Finally, it's important to remember that while Salento is a beautiful place, it's also a small town with a slower pace of life, which may not suit everyone's retirement plans," wrote one member in Salento.

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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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