The most popular hubs for digital nomads – people who work online and travel – tend to be in Southeast Asia, in cities like Chiang Mai (Thailand), Ubud (Indonesia) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).
But there are many cities in Latin America that are also great places to base oneself as a remote worker. Here are the top six cities to keep on your radar.
Medellin in Colombia is perhaps the most flocked to city in Latin America for digital nomads. It is very cheap to live and work remotely there. You are surrounded by the mountains, and near to the colourful town of Guatape.
Some excellent coworking spaces include Coecoworking, Work&Go Medellin, Global Express, AtomHouse, Coworking CoWfe, Siembra Coworking and The Office Coworking.
This coastal city in Colombia may be more appealing to you than Medellin, especially if you’d rather be close to the beach. Also, it’s even more affordable to live there than in Medellin.
According to Nomad List, the price to live there as a digital nomad (staying short-term) is just over £600 a month, while for an expat staying there longer, accommodation and food will cost you £520 a month.
Although Argentina (and Buenos Aires especially) is on the pricier side when it comes to digital nomad hubs in South America, it is still a popular destination. You can indulge in Argentinian culture and enjoy the many sights of the city and the nightlife.
You’re also right next to Uruguay, as well as a cheap flight away from incredible nature, such as Patagonia further south and the weird and wonderful mountainous landscapes of Northwest Argentina.
Coworking spaces worth checking out include StartupM3, TEAMWORKS, Bambu Coworking, Freedom, Indie Coworking and MANAWA COWORKING.
Antigua in Guatemala gets a 5/5 score on Nomad List. And what’s great about living in Guatemala is that you can do and see so much. You can check out Tikal, a major archaeological site of the Mayan civilisation, Semuc Champey (a beautiful series of tiered limestone pools) and Lake Atitlan (which is surrounded by three volcanoes).
Popular coworking spaces in Antigua include Serendipity Lab and Impact Hub Antigua.
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It’s situated near Tulum, which tourists like to visit for its Mayan ruins, as well as its white-sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise water. Playa del Carmen isn’t far from Cancun, but it’s not so much of a party city.
Being based in Playa del Carmen also means you can explore the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula, including colonial towns such as Valladolid, which is surrounded by many cenotes (sinkholes or natural wells) and is near one of the seven natural wonders of the world – the archaeological site of Chichen Itza.
Coworking spaces include Nest Coworking, COWORK IN, Work Zone Coworking and Altus Business & Coworking.
If you’re more of a big city person, then Mexico City is a worthy choice. It’s a very affordable city and is packed with famous museums and galleries. You can watch Mexican wrestling, check out the city’s street art or go on a day trip to the ancient Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan.
There are many coworking spaces, including WE-CO, PUBLICO, El 3er Espacio, The Pool, Spacioss Coworking and Tu-Coworking.
Of course, one of the general benefits of living and working in a Latin American city is that you can learn or improve your Spanish. Knowing a second language is extremely useful, and it could keep you ahead of the competition for any future roles you apply for.