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I may be offered a job in Guatemala City for a year and I'd like to get a sense of how much it costs for a single person with a "middle class" lifestyle to live there (eg. rent - perhaps a shared apartment with one other person or to live alone, food expenses for cooking & restaurants, going out, public transportation, gym, etc)? Also, I would move there with my cat (anybody with experience bringing an animal?) Any information would be greatly appreciated!
You likely should check some expat websites. Always good to talk to people that have already done what you are about to do. There are several of those, that you can log in and ask some questions. Check it out. Here is a start.
There are more. Just Google Guatemala Expats, - and start planning.....d:o)
Your costs will mainly depends on where you plan to be living. Some safe and rich areas are located quite out of town (Carretera a El Salvador is a fashionable area for wealthy people, but is away from bars, restaurants and other night activities).... So first of all do you know where your will be (which Zona?). According to that you may be able to seek around for accomodation, and calculate how much you could spend in gym/restaurants/transportation, etc.
I used to live normally with 5500 Quetzales (quite a good income regarding Guatemalan standards), living in Zona 15; I was sharing an appartment, we payed 1.400 Quetzales each one.
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