Panajachel, Guatemala

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

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

What do I need to know about living in Panajachel?

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

"Be prepared to live a different life style. Life is affordable, help is affordable. Slower pace," explained one expat living in Panajachel, Guatemala.

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How do I meet people in Panajachel?

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When we asked people living in Panajachel about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"There are group of people biking, playing pokers, theatre. Saturday mid day at the center of town big bbq where lots of expats goes. Lots of NGO offering volunteering plans," added another expat in Panajachel.

What is life like in Panajachel?

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When we asked people living in Panajachel what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"People are pretty much having a great time having a good life. Not too many expat with families," commented one expat who made the move to Panajachel.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Panajachel accepting of differences?

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"Locals are very welcoming, lots of businesses are run by expats but locals are slowly picking up. Very tolerant," added another expat who made the move to Panajachel.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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