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What do people like (and dislike) about Lake Atitlan?

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When we asked expats and global nomads what they like and dislike about living in Lake Atitlan, they replied...

"Lake Atitlan is arguably the most beautiful lake in the world. I love the fact there have been very few (if any) tourists over the past year. I have been able to cycle the roads (and off-road), hike the trails & the 2 volcanoes in my back yard 1 in front. Many Mayan artifacts can still be found such as obsidian blades and pottery. I have been able to explore the local area unimpeded by traffic and without being accosted by hawkers. The climate is perfect here in the mountains. Never too hot and never too cold. No heat or A/C required, just add or subtract clothing or a blanket at night. The rainy season is just as fascinating as the dry season. A fresh wind known as the "Norte" blows clouds away. You can only see a few billion stars at night since there is no extraneous or reflected light here. Culturally, there are a few days per year where the locals celebrate by lighting firecrackers and fireworks in the evening and in the early morning. This can be annoying but you learn to ignore it. Also street dogs are everywhere. Once in a while they will congregate and bark all night. Bring earplugs when you move to Latin America for those rare occasions," said a member in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

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"Expats and digital nomads living in Lake Atitlan, often like the stunning natural beauty of the area, with its picturesque lake surrounded by volcanoes and lush green hills. They appreciate the affordable cost of living, which allows them to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank. The climate is also a major draw, with its pleasant, spring-like temperatures year-round. The laid-back, relaxed atmosphere of the towns around the lake is another aspect that appeals to expats and digital nomads. They enjoy the rich cultural experiences offered by the indigenous Mayan communities, as well as the opportunity to learn Spanish through immersion. The availability of outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, and swimming, is also a plus for those who enjoy an active lifestyle. However, there are also some aspects of living in Lake Atitlan that expats and digital nomads may dislike. One common complaint is the unreliable internet connection, which can be a significant challenge for those who rely on it for work. The infrastructure in the area can also be lacking, with poor road conditions and limited access to public transportation. Another downside is the limited availability of certain goods and services, which may require trips to larger cities like Guatemala City or Antigua. Some expats and digital nomads may also feel isolated due to the remote location and the language barrier, especially if they do not speak Spanish fluently. Lastly, safety concerns can be an issue, as petty crime and theft can be a problem in some areas around the lake. It is essential for expats and digital nomads to take precautions and be aware of their surroundings to ensure their safety while living in Lake Atitlan," remarked another expat who made the move to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

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