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Product Details

  • Series: Living Abroad
  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598802070
  • ASIN: B005SNM88Q
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Argueta gives thorough background information on the country's history, social climate, economy, people, culture, customs and etiquette. The book is divided into two long chapters: daily living and prime living locations. It describes types of residency (temporary, pensioner, permanent), housing considerations, health and safety, employment and finances, travel and transportation, and the best places to live. The resource section, which includes listings of governmental organizations and primary and secondary schools, is also quite thorough. --Chicago Tribune, February, 21, 2010

Did you ever think of just picking up and moving to another country? The travel book publisher Moon has expanded its "Living Abroad" series. New volumes describe living in Panama, South Korea, Guatemala, China and Spain. More than 5.25 million nongovernmental U.S. citizens live abroad, according to the Association of Americans Resident Overseas. While meant for expats, the books also come in handy for tourists who might be spending a few weeks or months in a country as part of study abroad or extended tour. You never know when you'll be back. --Detroit Free Press, February 28, 2010

The content of "Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala" is presented in an easily readable format and covers all the important aspects of daily life in Guatemala. In the introductory chapters, the author goes into detail about Guatemala's unique culture, history and social dynamics, and writes that "those seeking an extension of Costa Rica or even Mexico will most likely be disappointed." Guatemala has a unique culture and history that is very different from other countries in the region. Al Argueta explains that many of Guatemala's contemporary problems--such as rising violence and social inequalities--are rooted in the 30-year civil war that devastated the small nation. He also covers important issues that need to be addressed before settling abroad, such as "Planning Your Fact-finding Trip" and "Making the Move," which provide important information about the logistics of relocating to Guatemala. The author also pays close attentions to important facts and laws regarding residency in Guatemala, as well as the practical details relating to buying property, opening a business, and retiring in Guatemala. The section on "Daily Life" also covers the details of moving to Guatemala, such as housing, language and education, health and safety, employment, finances, and communications. The section on "Prime Living Locations" provides an introduction to the culture, infrastructure, climate, etc. of the most popular destinations for expatriates, such as Guatemala City, Antigua, Quetzaltenango, Lake Atitlán, and several attractive rural regions. The "Resources" section includes useful contact information for banks, government offices and embassies, education, housing, health, communications, employment resources, transportation, prime living locations, etc. "Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala" is one of the latest titles in a series of guidebooks about living abroad in countries worldwide. For anyone interested in relocating to Guatemala, the book serves as a well-researched and practical companion that provides all the information and resources you need to make a successful move. --Transitions Abroad, July 2010

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Erich Mopsmeister on July 9, 2010
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I was hoping, when I bought this book, to find it full of specific information and very real inside secrets and advice. Instead, I found the book to contain very little that you can't get from a couple of travel guides. I say this as someone who has not only thought about moving to Guatemala but who also went there in 2009 to check it out. I did more research and brought home far more specific info from my 10 day trip than this book contains. The author goes to great pain to avoid prices. How can you write a book advising people about moving to a foreign country without sharing extensive information about prices and the cost of living??? The other really serious failing of the book is that it has nothng related to "budget" living options. Guatemala is a very poor and subsequently very cheap place to visit and live. This book makes the assumption that the reader is moving to Guatemala to enjoy a private pool, luxury home and house servants. Some of us think it would be nice to live simply and economically. If you are such a person I am afraid I have to say don't buy this book unless it's used and cheap. If on the other hand, if your motives for moving to one of the most amazing countries in our hemisphere is to live the life of The Ugly American....buy it! Buy "Lonely Planet" & "Rough Guide" for Guatemala instead to get a much better idea of both the country and the local economy/cost of living.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bucky on January 22, 2011
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We relied extensively on this book in planning our move to Guatemala a year ago. It's packed with details on the country's history, culture, food, housing, security situation, etc., and also explains how to get done the "paperwork" you'll need in a country known for its often complicated bureaucratic procedures. It really helped us orient ourselves to Guatemala and figure out our options for living here. Since settling in here, we've also used the book as a handy travel guide. Argueta's done an admirable job of providing a comprehensive overview of places to go, things to do, and recommendations for accommodations and restaurants while you're exploring this gorgeous country and its widely varied geography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Byers on February 16, 2013
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This book is largely a cut-and-paste of the author's Moon travel guide to Guatemala..... Kind of a cynical repackaging with some random added paragraphs, a new title, and new cover. If you can get it for $1.99 used -- it may be worth the investment.
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Al Argueta is a friend of mine, and a real nice person. I bought it for that reason.
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By Manuel Dominguez on January 29, 2015
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Excellent book, with practical advises.
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More About the Author

I'd like to take this opportunity to reach out to my readers, as I am currently updating the 5th edition of Moon Guatemala (I can't believe this is my 4th time working on this! Where does the time go?).

For this next edition, my goal is to provide curated content gleaned from my frequent visits over the past 9 years since taking on this title. This includes providing a sampling of places I believe will be around for the long haul.

The new edition is full color because we think you'll agree that a country like Guatemala is best experienced in color. It's also 150 pages shorter. We've trimmed the fat and made some big improvements. It's the only Guatemala guidebook with color photographs taken by a professional photographer in real time while traveling around the country. It's also written by a Guatemalan-American with unique insights that can only be gleaned from a singular, fully bi-cultural viewpoint. It really is a labor of love.

Likewise, the entire Moon Travel Guides series has undergone a re-design. The cover photo now occupies the entirety of the front cover, for example. We hope you'll like the new look, feel, and content of this fully updated guidebook!

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