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Ataco, El Salvador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Ataco?

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

"Ataco is a small town in the Ahuachapán Department of El Salvador, known for its cool climate, colonial architecture, and vibrant murals. It's part of the country's popular Ruta de las Flores, a trail leading through coffee plantations and flower-filled towns. Before moving to Ataco, expats should know that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or brush up on your Spanish skills. The cost of living in Ataco is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to note that salaries are also generally lower. The town is safe compared to other parts of El Salvador, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions, especially at night. Healthcare facilities in Ataco are basic, so for serious medical conditions, you may need to travel to larger cities. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. Ataco has a slower pace of life, which can be a big change if you're used to living in a bustling city. Public transportation in Ataco is limited to buses and taxis, so having a car can be beneficial, especially if you plan to travel around the country. The local cuisine is a mix of indigenous and Spanish influences, with corn, beans, and rice as staple foods. Ataco has a tropical climate with a wet and dry season. The wet season runs from May to October, while the dry season is from November to April. Finally, it's important to understand and respect the local customs and traditions. Salvadorans are generally warm and friendly, and community is very important," remarked one expat living in Ataco, El Salvador.

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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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