Cartago, Colombia

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, retirees and digital nomads love living in Cartago, Colombia. This city of approximately 135,000 is located in southwestern Colombia and enjoys temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s year round. The low cost of living is one of the reasons people move to Cartago. Packing tip: pack light, buy furniture in Colombia.

What do I need to know before moving to Cartago?

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

"Rent first. Get to know the area you are moving to first. Bring only the money you need while here. The money is taxable in the US but not in Solombia if pension of Social Security. Colombia is a heaven," said another expat in Cartago.

"Go for it. Keep your money invested in the USA and take what you need monthly. Rent initially. Great buys for cash. $2000 usa will allow you to live like a king. Body massages $7 for an hour Nails done over one hour $15 dollars Papayas -- $0.40 per pound Mangoes --$0.15 per pound Sirloin steak -- $2 per pound beer -- $0.50 per can Rent - ok place $75/month Rent - nice $150 per month Rent -- very, very nice $250 per month Rent -- Country club type -- swiming pool, everything, view, fantastic- $700-$800," added another person living in Cartago.

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