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Tequisquiapan, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

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

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What do I need to know about living in Tequisquiapan?

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

"I would say, "Brother, you will not find a more excellent choice for a place to retire here in Mexico". Sure, there are more exciting places with nightclubs, wild bars with loud music and perhaps an ocean to frolic in, but with that comes a lot of undesireable "junk". The weekdays here are very quiet and relaxing, while the weekends are fun filled due to tourists and special functions designed by the Presidencia municipal. The elevation here is about 6,000 feet, which means we do not get hot. Most days are in the 75-80 degree range, though it can get a little chilly at night during the winter. I enjoy a second floor two bedroom apartment right across from the main town plaza. I keep the balcony doors open at all times and revere in the almost constant breeze that keeps my place cool, night & day. Rent? Under $300 US per month. Try and beat that in the US," explained one expat living in Tequisquiapan.

How do I meet people in Tequisquiapan?

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

"Meeting people in this relatively is not a problem; there are no clubs to join as far as I know. Simply not necessary," remarked another expat in Tequisquiapan.

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Will I be able to find a job in Tequisquiapan?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Tequisquiapan, they reponded:

"There is no industry in Tequis other than tourism. Job & career opportunities are virtually non-existant. A few english speaking expats make a very modest income teaching English in one of several schools here in town," said another expat in Tequisquiapan.

What is life like in Tequisquiapan?

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

"Tequis is a small, colonial town that caters to weekend tourists, mostly from Mexico City and surrounding environs. Many of them own weekend homes here and come to get away from the hub-bub of big city life. Local denizens are very family oriented and making a living is just a normal part of everyday life. No big corporate presence here, just small businesses and many restaurants. Tons of small specialty shops," said another person in Tequisquiapan.

What do expats in Tequisquiapan appreciate most about the local culture?

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"I appreciate the "family unit" the most. It mirrors the way things must have been with early migration to the U.S. during and after WWII. I love the ingenuity of the Mexican people. I enjoy seeing their appreciation when you show enthusiam for a job well done. I love that the women cook everything from scratch....little if any pre-cooked foods. Most of all, I truly enjoy the simplicity of life. I find I have a smile on my face most of the time. No Drama (except for the novelas)! Life is good," explained one expat.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"A delightful challenge is to let go of the "pressue cooker" lifestyle which I lived while climbing the ladder of success. The language, until I learn more, is still slightly a challenge. And, since I really enjoy knowing what's going on in the country in which I live, I really find it challenging that I don't understand the politics of the county. Lastly, I find it very difficult to find other expats to socialize with. Where are you all hiding?," remarked another in Tequisquiapan.

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

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"The population here is at least 90% native Mexican, with a small cadre of Americans, Canadians, British, French, Germans & Austrians. The people are very open to anyone who chooses to relocate here. There is no discrimination as far as I can tell. As an American, I feel I am treated just the same as the locals. Even the police are very accepting and never chase after the dreaded "MORDITA" like they do in bigger cities, ie; Mexico City," remarked another expat in Tequisquiapan.

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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