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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala: Cost of Living, Healthcare, Local Clubs and Activities, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Lake Atitlan | Expat Exchange
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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 08, 2023

Summary: People often describe Lake Atitlan, Guatemala as a stunningly beautiful place with a unique culture and a vibrant atmosphere. Expats love the laid-back lifestyle, the stunning views, and the friendly locals. The weather in Lake Atitlan is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is typically around $400 to $600 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $500 to $800 per month. The approximate population of Lake Atitlan is around 50,000 people.

What do I need to know about living in Lake Atitlan?

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

"When considering retiring in Lake Atitlan, it is important to know that the area is quite secluded and mountainous, providing a great deal of peace and quiet. It is necessary to obtain a resident visa if you plan to stay in Guatemala for more than 90 days. The cost of living in Lake Atitlan is relatively low, as are property taxes. However, healthcare and other necessary services such as banking and postal services will require going to other towns in the area. It is important to be aware of the different Mayan languages spoken in the area, as well as the culture and traditions of the local people. The weather can be quite extreme, with hot summers and colder, wetter winters. Lastly, retirement in Lake Atitlan provides an opportunity to explore the beautiful natural environment and engage in hobbies like bird watching and trekking," remarked one expat living in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

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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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SJB Global is a top-rated financial advisory firm specializing in expat financial advice worldwide, offering retirement planning & tax-efficient solutions with a regressive fee model.
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SJB Global is a top-rated financial advisory firm specializing in expat financial advice worldwide, offering retirement planning & tax-efficient solutions with a regressive fee model.
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