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Moving to Guatemala “The Land of Eternal Spring”

Moving to Guatemala a morning scene of a fisherman preparing in the morning with steaming volcano off in the distance on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
From the ancient ruins of Tikal to the beautiful shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala boasts a rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural landscapes. With diverse ecosystems, including rainforests, volcanoes, and serene beaches, Guatemala has something for everyone.
In this guide, we’ll go over the essentials of making your move to Guatemala smooth and successful.

Why Move to Guatemala?

Guatemala offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich culture, and affordable living that makes it an ideal destination for expats looking to start a new chapter in their lives.

  • Affordability – One of the biggest advantages of living in Guatemala is the low cost of living. You’ll find that your money goes a long way here, from housing to groceries.
  • Natural Beauty – Guatemala is blessed with stunning natural landscapes that will leave you in awe. From the lush greenery of the Petén rainforest to the crystal-clear waters of Semuc Champey, there are endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Hike up volcanoes, explore ancient Mayan ruins, or relax on pristine beaches – Guatemala has it all./li>
  • Cultural Heritage – Visit the colorful markets of Chichicastenango, where you can find traditional textiles and handicrafts. Experience the mystical rituals of the Mayan people and witness the unique blend of indigenous traditions with Spanish influences./li>

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Living in Guatemala

The cost of living in Guatemala

One of the most appealing aspects of living in Guatemala is the low cost of living. Whether you’re a retiree looking to stretch your pension or a digital nomad seeking an affordable destination, Guatemala offers a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank.

Housing Costs
Housing costs in Guatemala are significantly lower compared to many other countries. Whether you prefer to rent or buy, you’ll find a range of options to suit your budget. Rental prices vary depending on the location, with larger cities such as Guatemala City and Antigua being more expensive than smaller towns.

Food Costs
Food and groceries in Guatemala are also affordable. Local markets offer fresh produce at reasonable prices, and street food stalls are a great way to sample the local cuisine without spending a fortune. Eating out at restaurants is also relatively inexpensive, especially if you opt for local eateries rather than upscale establishments.

Healthcare and insurance in Guatemala

Guatemala has a mixed healthcare system, with public and private facilities available.
Public healthcare in Guatemala is provided by the Ministry of Health, and although it may be more affordable, the quality of care can vary. Private healthcare facilities, on the other hand, offer a higher standard of care and often cater to expats and tourists.

It is recommended that expats obtain private health insurance to ensure access to quality healthcare services. Many insurance providers offer international health insurance plans covering Guatemala’s medical expenses.

Transportation in Guatemala

Getting around in Guatemala is relatively easy and affordable. The country has a well-developed transportation system that includes buses, taxis, and shuttle services.
Public buses are the most common mode of transportation for both short and long distances. They are inexpensive and operate on fixed routes throughout the country. You can easily travel between cities and towns using the extensive bus network.

Shared taxis, known as “colectivos,” are another popular option for getting around. These taxis follow specific routes and pick up multiple passengers along the way. They are a convenient and cost-effective way to travel within cities and towns.

Finding accommodation in Guatemala

Finding a place to call home in Guatemala is relatively easy, with a wide range of options available for every budget and lifestyle. Whether you prefer a modern apartment in the heart of the city or a cozy house in a tranquil village, there is something for everyone.

For those looking to buy property in Guatemala, working with a reputable real estate agent who can guide you through the process is recommended. Whether you’re interested in a beachfront property in Monterrico or a colonial-style house in Antigua, a knowledgeable agent can help you find your dream home.

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Moving Household Goods to Guatemala

Once you’re ready to move to Guatemala from the US, you’ll need to consider how to transport your household goods. You can transport your goods via ocean freight or air freight.

Shipping via Ocean Freight

Ocean freight is the most cost-effective and popular option for moving household goods to Guatemala. Our most popular service is our shared container service. With a shared container, you only pay for the portion of the shipping container that your goods take up. The rest is shared with others who are also moving to Guatemala. If you need a full container all to yourself, we offer that option as well.

You can use our household goods calculator to get the volume of your move so that you know which service will work best for your move. Schumacher Cargo Logistics is a trusted international moving company with over 40 years of experience. With our expertise, you can rest assured that your belongings will be handled carefully and delivered to your new home in Guatemala.

Major Cargo Ports in Guatemala

When shipping household goods ocean freight to Guatemala, they will arrive at one of the major cargo ports. The three main ports in Guatemala are Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Barrios, and Santo Tomás de Castilla.
Your goods will undergo inspection and clearance. Schumacher Cargo can assist you with the customs clearance process and ensure that all necessary documentation is in order.

Import fees:
Most items you import to Guatemala will be subject to taxes and duties. While these are subject to change without notice, the average import tax rate in Guatemala is 27% (VAT + DAI). You can speak to our Guatemalan moving specialist for the most up-to-date information about import fees and taxes on your household goods.

How Long Does it Take to Move to Guatemala?

The average transit time (meaning time on water) to ship your household goods via ocean freight from the US to Guatemala is 30-60 days *. Be sure to consider the time it will take for your household goods to go from your home to our warehouse. If you choose shared container service, your goods will be shipped once the container is full. It will be important for you to be in Guatemala when your household goods arrive.

*This is just an estimate; other factors, such as the service you choose, weather, or customs, may impact this time. Check with our Guatemala moving specialists to get a quote for your specific shipment and move date.

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Use Schumacher Cargo Logistics for Your Move to Guatemala

Moving to a new country can be daunting, but it can be a smooth and hassle-free experience with the right assistance. Schumacher Cargo Logistics is a trusted international moving company that can help you with your move to Guatemala.

Make your move to Guatemala with peace of mind, knowing your household goods are in capable hands. Contact Schumacher Cargo Logistics today at 1-800-599-0190 or get a free moving quote and start planning your move to the Land of Eternal Spring.

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