If you are interested in South America, keep reading about the best places to retire in Guatemala. You may be thinking of retirement and you don’t know where to go? Do you love sunshine, fantastic meals and good drinks? If yes, you need to just pack your luggage, put your sunglasses and sun lotion into your bag and go to Guatemala! Insider Monkey recently published an article in which we can find lots of interesting facts about his topic.
Although Guatemala has a violent past with military coups, civil war and long periods of instability, in the recent times, it has seen a significant economic growth and development. Still, the country struggles with poverty, high crime rates, and overall political instability.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three places from their list as usual. IT’s really worth checking the oroginal article as you can find not only beatuful images but videos as well!
At first let’s see Lake Atitlan. Surrounding the lake are numerous smaller towns and villages that are homes to many expats. If you want a taste of Mayan culture and traditional lifestyle, this is probably your best pick. The area around the lake also goes by the name “The Land of Eternal Spring” due to pleasant weather all year long. You can find much-needed calm here for an affordable price while being surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes Guatemala has to offer. The second place to see is Guatemala City. You’ll be near everything that you require for modern life, and the country’s only international Airport that has flights to the United States is situated here. Still, the crime is a huge issue, with the city having one of the biggest rates of homicides in the country. The city is divided into zones, and according to the opinions by many forum users, you would be best in Zones 1, 9 and 10. These zones are considered the safest and have the most attractions to offer. At last, but not least we are mentioning San Marcos la Laguna. Now we return to Lake Atitlan. Just like San Lucas Toliman, San Marcos la Laguna doesn’t have a hospital, and according to our research, the nearest medical facilities are in Panajachel (an hour and 40 minutes away) and Santiago Atitlan (an hour away). Everything here is dedicated to relaxation since there are several meditation, yoga and massage centers in the village.
For any further interesting information read Insider Monkey’s article about 10 best places to retire in Guatemala.