Antigua, a small city surrounded by volcanoes in the south of Guatemala might not be the obvious choice for a digital nomad. But this doesn’t mean the city has nothing to offer. In fact, Antigua is a bit of a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
The city is extremely well-preserved and hosts many UNESCO landmarks, together with the vibrant and warm culture of Guatemalan people, very low prices, mouth-watering food, and extensive green and human-intact surroundings; Antigua is a great and unique choice for digital nomads looking for their next destination.
Whether you already are a digital nomad or you have just found your first remote job on our website, I’ll walk you through what you need to know about this marvelous city.
What’s So Good About Antigua Guatemala?
Antigua is already a popular touristic spot within Guatemala. Holding the title of UNESCO World Heritage site has increased the tourism in the area, but the actual beauty of the city lays in the fact that time there seems to have stopped. The smell of rich Guatemalan coffee, pastel-colored houses, and cobblestones streets guarded by three volcanoes… You get the idea. There’s no doubt why people who visit the city fall in love with the lifestyle that it brings.
Here are some reasons why Antigua might be worth checking out:
Laid-back lifestyle. If a slow and relaxed life is your thing, I’m pretty sure you’ll find your spot in here.
Local’s friendliness. Guatemalan people are extremely open and warm. There is not such a thing as too much conversation on a Saturday afternoon.
Learn Spanish. Antigua is a popular spot to learn the language with several language schools such as the Antigueña Spanish Academy where you can learn the world’s second-most spoken language in a natural and fun way.
Cost Living. Prices are very affordable; from accommodation to food, living here is a great choice to take care of that budget. More on this below.
If you’re a digital nomad, you probably need to bear a lot of expenses that you wouldn’t have to in your home country. This is when finding a budget-friendly place becomes a top priority. Lucky for you, Antigua Guatemala is a very inexpensive city to live in. Here are some numbers to help you get a better idea:
Cost of living for a nomad – $1,000-$1,224 / month
One-bedroom apartment in the center – $321 / month
Dinner – $3.86
Coworking – $103 / month
Beer – $1.29
Coffee – $1.93
The Visa Situation
Good news! Guatemala offers an “income visa” program for visitors with a regular income coming from abroad. This means that you can be earning money from anywhere and reside legally in Guatemala as longs as you can prove a monthly income of at least $1,000.
You can find more information on this here, though we highly recommend seeking advice from a professional immigration lawyer.
The Safety Situation
Guatemala isn’t known to be the safest country in Latin America. The so-called “common crime” is present in many areas of the country, especially in the capital city and other regions. However, Antigua has been for years one of the safest cities in Guatemala due to its large dependency on tourism which puts pressure on the local government to make tourists and expats feel safe.
If you’re familiar with Latin America you probably know the importance of having common sense and knowing which areas are considered dangerous. All in all, tourists are not a target of crimes, but we recommend keeping in touch with locals to avoid putting yourself in any kind of danger.
Pros and Cons
To wrap it all up like a nice tamale, here are the pros and cons of living in Antigua Guatemala as a digital nomad.
The cost of living.
The food and culture.
The small and walkable size of the city.
The views of nature and surroundings.
The safety (as compared to other cities in Latin America).
The internet speed can be quite slow.
The poverty within the country.
Freedom of speech is weak.
Can be quite hostile towards the LGBTQ+ community.
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