GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala is a country in Central America, has the continents highest population which causes many of its citizens live in extreme poverty. There is quite a bit of foreign influence on Guatemala’s commodities and media. Despite this influence, the country works hard to maintain its rich Mayan background by celebrating their day of independence from Spain, keeping religious customs and eating traditional foods such as fiambre which is “a salad made from cold cuts, fish and vegetables.”
The exchange rate from the Guatemalan currency Quetzal to the dollar is 0.13712. With these conditions, what is the cost of living in Guatemala, particularly in a city such as Guatemala City?
Per Expatistan, a website that looks at the cost of living in the towns across the globe, the cost of living in a furnished apartment in a “normal” area of Guatemala City, Guatemala is $532. Utilities for that apartment each month is $99. In the more expensive parts of Guatemala City rent each month $1,258 for 900 square feet and $943 for 480 square feet.
People in Guatemala City has a few different options for transportation. The cost of owning a Volkswagen Golf is around $19,033 and each quarter of gas is $0.81. Public transit is also available in the city and a ticket to use it is $17 a month.
Some of Guatemala’s local commodities include clothing, coffee, bananas and metals. Being able to produce many agricultural goods is certainly a plus for the economy and cost of living in Guatemala. The cuisine found in Guatemala is typically a blend of Spanish and local such as stuffed peppers or rice with chicken.
The cost of one pound of chicken breast is $3.36, a dozen eggs cost $2.16 and 16 ounces of local cheese is $4.76. For a typical lunch in Guatemala City, the price is $4.96, and a fast food meal at a restaurant like McDonald’s is $5.83. A can of beer is $1.54, a bottle of Coke gets priced at $2.17 and a good bottle of wine is about $14.
The cost of a typical trip to the doctor in Guatemala City is $28. Standard over the counter medicines such as Tylenol can get obtained for $5.41 and antibiotics prescribed for a week are about $15. Basic grooming necessities like toothpaste ($1.92), toilet paper ($2.48 for four rolls) and deodorant ($4.57) are also accessible to those living in Guatemala City.
Being a major city in Guatemala, Guatemala City must offer different forms of entertainment for its citizens. The artwork in Guatemala gets typically influenced by the country’s Mayan culture. For two people movie tickets are $11, eating dinner at a local restaurant is $20 and watching a theatrical performance is $28. Guatemalans can obtain a gym membership for $65 and have a cocktail at a club for $6.
The cost of living in Guatemala is indeed affected by foreign influence and what the country can produce for themselves. With the interest of tourism and the ever changing demands of the world, the cost of living in Guatemala will evolve with it in cities like Guatemala City.
– Mackenzie Fielder