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Best place for Digital Nomad in Latin America?


by @rose_davis | 2yr  | 7 comments

Hi!

I am planning to move to Latin America for 3-4 months (Oct-January). Iโ€™ve narrowed down 6 different places that I want to visit before committing to settling down, but Iโ€™d love to get some community input.

Here are the cities Iโ€™m considering:

  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Medellin, Columbia
  • Cartagena, Columbia
  • Antigua, Guatemala
  • San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

The most important things Iโ€™m looking for:

  • Fast/easily accessible internet
  • Easy to meet other nomads/make friends in general
  • Safe for women
  • Some sort of spiritual community (Iโ€™m also a yoga teacher)
  • Easily walkable city

Anyone have any experience with these places and can give some insight? Iโ€™m also completely open to other recommendations.

Thanks!
Rose

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@natelpiper | 2yr

Hi Rose-

Since youโ€™ll already be close by in Ecuador/Colombia, I would recommend you Lima, Peru as well. Especially considering your time frame of (Oct-January), because thatโ€™s when the Limeรฑo summer starts (Dec/Jan) and that is the best time to experience Lima. Not only does it have the perfect summer weather, but the vibes here are just better here in general in the summertime.

Iโ€™ve been living in Lima on and off since 2015 and Iโ€™ve primarily been just here and in the U.S since late 2017. During the first few years I experienced other LatAm countries as well, such as Colombia, Mexico and the D.R, but ultimately I kept wanting to come back to Lima.

For me my reasons were severalfold:

  • Good value for cost of living. I can pretty much live the same life I lived in the U.S for 35-50% less expense. Have said that, prices have been rising pretty significantly the past year or so.

  • Miraflores and Barranco are two of my favorite neighborhoods in all of Latin America. Generally walkable or a Uber ride of less than $2-5 within the neighborhood. Good rental options with internet, co-working spaces, restaurants, nightlife, coffee shops, and arts/culture. Miraflores is overall safer and has better infrastructure than Barranco does, but Barranco has more of an authentic cultural feel to it.

  • Peruvian girlfriend haha

I think what I said above checks off most of what you are looking for. While this perspective is coming from a man and not a woman, I do think Peru is considerably safer for women than in Colombia. While Colombian society and itโ€™s economy have definitely improved and modernized over the past 10+ years, I still feel like itโ€™s a place that is more prone to violence than Peru is. This is just going off of my experience and what I hear from friends who live there. Thatโ€™s not to say Peru is a perfect place without problems, but the threat of violence and crime undoubtedly seems greater in Colombia. That goes for Medellin and Bogota, not just the high crime cities like Cali.

Also, Yoga is popular here in Lima so it shouldnโ€™t be hard for you to find/get involved in that community.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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@rose_davis | 2yr

Thank you!!

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@fabiomarastoni | 10mo

Hi Rose, how did your travel go? Anything interesting to share? :pray:t3:

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@kaleiwhite | 2yr

Hi Rose!

I am in Medellรญn right now and love it! I have worked out of Selina in El Poblado as well and like it. I also visited La Casa Redonda in Laureles. Both great spots! I have not felt unsafe here at all. Weather is great, the sights are beautiful! There are parrots outside my window every morning. There are plenty of nomads and friendly people here, some I met online and at language exchannges, coworks, salsa classes, tours, etc.

I managed to get a lay of the city here pretty fast, walking is easy, there are just many hills.

As far as other cities, I have been to Buenos Aires and Montevideo, both in the southern cone of SA. I wrote about my experiences in both places in this post. I wouldnโ€™t say either is too dangerous for a female DN, and if you seek a spiritual community, Iโ€™m sure it wouldnโ€™t be hard to find anywhere you are in SA!

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@laura_and_dan | 2yr

I loved Miraflores for itโ€™s walkability and safety. I also recommend Cuenca for the same reasons.

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@purmasc | 2yr

I spent a month as a digital nomad in Medellin a few months ago and it was fantastic! Selina coworking in El Poblado is great, but is only somewhat safe for women and I didnโ€™t find much of a spiritual community while I was there - granted, I wasnt looking at the time. I wouldnt recommend longer than one month in Colombia.

Is Peru on your list? I really enjoyed Miraflores, and it checks off all of the boxes on your list.

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@rose_davis | 2yr

@momentofclairty - Thank you! I spent a brief day in Miraflores when I was returning to the states from a short trip to Machu Picchu. What did you like most about it? Where would you recommend living there?

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Hello digital nomad!

I dream of being an independent digital nomad. But it feels very elusive & unattainable with my success rate. In full disclosure, whilst I have dreamed about making money online since high school; I have not earned a single cent making money online. $0, nada, zilch!! On the contrary, I have spent a lot of time & money on books, podcasts. Even though I have spent a lot of time reading/listening to others, I do not have anything to show for it!

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Hello everyone! Iโ€™m new here and probably this is a very newbie question, but it doesnโ€™t leave my head.

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in India by @ankitdas123 | 12mo 11 months ago | 56 comments

I have seen a lot of posts from different people across the world, but not even a single post from someone in India, who has been a nomad, either living within the country or traveling to another one.

Would definitely love to hear stories from such people. We are a couple traveling as social nomads who are trying to bridge the gap between the rural and urban societies in India. We have started out very humble and do not have much resources, so looking out for help from the community.

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by @gaelm | 1yr 1 year ago | 15 comments

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in Bari, Italy by @mitch_dina | 1yr 1 year ago | 7 comments

Greetings!
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