Best place for Digital Nomad in Latin America?


#1

Hi!

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

Here are the cities I’m considering:

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

The most important things I’m looking for:

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

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

Thanks!
Rose


#2

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 didn’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.


#3

@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?


#4

I loved Miraflores for it’s walkability and safety. I also recommend Cuenca for the same reasons.


#5

Hi Rose!

I am in Medellín 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 wouldn’t say either is too dangerous for a female DN, and if you seek a spiritual community, I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to find anywhere you are in SA!


#6

Hi Rose-

Since you’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 that’s when the Limeño 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.

I’ve been living in Lima on and off since 2015 and I’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 it’s economy have definitely improved and modernized over the past 10+ years, I still feel like it’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. That’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 shouldn’t be hard for you to find/get involved in that community.

Let me know if you have any other questions.


#7

Thank you!!