Where to Stay in Aguas Calientes

Where to stay in Aguas Calientes, the doorway to Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes is a small village on the Urubamba river, located in the Cusco region of Peru, South America. The village is mainly known as the tourist resting point upon visiting Machu Picchu. Besides the ancient monuments, the area has plenty of other natural beauty and resources to offer.

Source: Instagram @simply.angella 

How to get to Aguas Calientes

Getting to the village can be achieved in two ways:

  1. By direct train from the city of Cusco or village of Ollantaytambo
  2. By bus to Hidroelectrica, and then on foot or by train to the village

Best areas to stay in Aguas Calientes

The village is small, and wherever you choose to stay, everything you might want to visit should be a maximum of 15 minutes away. The town only has 4,500 residents, but thousands of tourists that come to sightsee are there every day. Here are our favorite neighborhoods:

  • Machu Picchu Station
  • Ave Pachacutec
  • Estación Peru Rail a Hidroeléctrica

Here’s a quick breakdown of why these locations are the best.

Where to stay in Aguas Calientes
Best area for first-timers Machu Picchu Station
Best area to stay on a budget Ave Pachacutec
Best for long-term stay Estación Peru Rail a Hidroeléctrica

Best area for first-timers—Machu Picchu Station

Machu Picchu Station is your likeliest point of entry to the village, as it’s done by railway from Cusco. This is where most visitors decide to stay in. The central area around the station is the most developed for tourists since it has the highest circulation of them. It’s also home to plenty of inner-village attractions like the Cancha Football stadium, and there are plenty of shops and restaurants around the area. As the most developed tourist area, it’s the ideal place for first-time visitors.

Best area to stay on a budget—Ave Pachacutec

Ave Pachacutec is a large street connecting a mostly residential area. It is full of local and family-owned businesses, so the prices for food, accommodation, and basic souvenirs may be lower than in the more touristy parts of the city. This makes it the best location if you’re traveling on a budget. The area is also quieter and less crowded with tourists than the rest of the village.

Best area for long-term stay—Estacion Peru Rail a Hidroeléctrica

If you’re entering the village of Aguas Calientes from Hidroelectrica either by foot or train, this is the area you’re going to end up in first. It is close, as well as connected by road, to the most important monuments that everyone comes to see, such as Machu Picchu, Phutuq K’usi, Chávez Ballon Archeological Museum, etc. It’s also the closest area to the two village’s hospitals and the police station if either is necessary. This, along with its location near major tourist attractions, makes it best for a long-term stay.

What to see and do in the village of Aguas Calientes

The village itself is so small that splitting things to do into areas doesn’t make sense. Everything is within walking distance, so here’s a list of 10 attractions nearby. They are in no particular order, so pick and choose what to see and do as you’d like.

Machu Picchu

If you’ve decided to visit this charming village, there’s a 99% chance Machu Picchu is the #1 reason. Machu Picchu is an ancient settlement of the people known as Inca. The remains of the city are located on the mountain of the same name, at an astounding 2,430m (7,970 ft) above sea level. The city is known as one of the New Seven Wonders of The World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the main reason for tourists to visit Peru and especially Aguas Calientes. Getting to the ancient site can be done in two ways:

  • By bus that runs from the local town, takes about 30 minutes
  • By walking from the village, about a 2-hour hike

Those who are physically capable of making the hike are highly recommended to do so, as the scenery and open-air are much better enjoyed that way. Plus, you get to make stops for some epic views and photographs.

Source: Pixabay

Mercado Artesanal

Mercado Artesanal is a cool marketplace in the center of the Aguas Calientes. The stands are full of mostly handcrafted items, such as statues, bags, clothing, and more. There are also things like tea, spices, and coffee, although not much food. It’s the ideal place to get a bunch of souvenirs from your Machu Picchu trip. Be prepared to bargain, as similar items may vary in price from shop to shop. Other smaller gift shops around the area are also known for housing the same items at lesser prices, so keep that in mind if you don’t mind waiting.

Source: Instagram @miranda_cairn

Inca Trail

What is known as the classic Inca Trail is a set of dirt roads (hiking tracks) that connect most of the ancient Inca sites around the area. Machu Picchu is the most famous, but far from the only monument left by the Incas. Just exploring the dense forests and hilltops in the area is an activity in itself. However, most places are only reachable by foot and recommended to those who can withstand multiple hours of walking through uneven fields. Most sites are a long walking distance away from the village, which is why many tourists go in groups and set up camp to spend the night. If you’re not in the mood for sleeping in a tent, ask for bus tours or bike rides to the locations.

Source: Inca Trail Peru

Patallacta

When translated, the name Patallacta means “Settlement on a platform”. What remains of this ancient village leaves plenty of evidence of it being used for religious and ceremonial purposes. The remains of shrines, temples, and tombs can be found all around the area. Getting to the location from Aguas Calientes may prove difficult on foot unless you’re willing to camp out or settle nearby. If you want to avoid tiring hikes, ask around for sightseeing tours.

Source: Instagram @catalin_mrs

Inca Bridge

Fearless hikers looking for a thrill should look just south of Aguas Calientes for the Inca Bridge. The trail leading to the area gets narrower as you come closer to the middle. Eventually, you end up walking on a less than a meter wide trail on the hillside. It’s definitely not recommended for people who are afraid of heights, as even experienced climbers are left feeling uneasy. Remember, just don’t look down, and you’ll be fine! Those willing to take this road will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world.

Source: Instagram @amandagooge

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is a small village settlement next to an ancient Inca settlement. It served as a royal estate to emperor Pachacuti, who is credited for leading the largest expansion of the Inca empire through his conquests. During the early invasions of the Spanish conquistadores, Ollantaytambo was used as a stronghold and housed the native people’s resistance. Many tourists going to Aguas Calientes will come through Ollantaytambo by train. In case you chose another path, use the same train to visit Ollantaytambo instead. Explore the village to find some local food and souvenirs, then head over to the terraces for a view of the area.

Source: Instagram @renatojaneri

Dead Woman’s Pass

Behind the noticeably sinister name is a rather normal sight to be seen, so to speak. This passageway between two mountain peaks along the Inca Trails got its name because it resembles a typical female body shape when observed from above. The pass is the highest hiking point along the trail, standing at 4,200m (13,780 ft). That’s almost twice as high as Machu Picchu itself! It is a must-see place on all Inca Trails sightseeing tours. Still, it’s a bit far from Aguas Calientes to cover in a single day’s hike, so you will have to settle for camping out or resting at nearby resorts.

Source: Instagram @anitaawu

Putucusi 

Putucusi (Phutuq K’usi) is a mountain peak just west of Aguas Calientes. Getting there takes little time, but it’s not nearly as easy to reach as some of the other mountain peaks. This one is an adventurer’s dream. The pathway leading to it is extremely harsh, and there are no beaten paths to follow. Most of the time, you’ll find yourself walking through the forest.

Eventually, once the mountain gets too steep, the only way up is by wooden ladders and ropes that are set up by the locals. No, that is not a joke. This is a seriously risky path for inexperienced climbers and those with low stamina. However, those who make it to the top are rewarded with a 360-degree view of the mountain surroundings. From the top, you will see Machu Picchu as well as the river valley. Those brave enough to climb it will literally find themselves in the clouds. Going up!

Source: Instagram @sweetspottravels

Temple of the Moon

The name itself holds no intrinsic meaning to the Incas. It was given more or less randomly by modern explorers. Although the exact usage of the temple is unknown, it is speculated that it was used for ceremonial purposes. A giant rock carving in the center of the cave is guessed to be a throne. The remains of the site are located inside a narrow, open-face cave. Evidence around the archeological site suggests it could have been used as a place of worship, a royal residence, or even a tomb. Most likely, it served multiple purposes over time.

Source: Martin St-Amant – Wikipedia – CC-BY-SA-3.0

Los Jardines de Mandor

When translated into English, the name of this site means Mandor gardens. This nature preserve is located about an hour’s walk from Aguas Calientes and can only be accessed by foot for a reason. The land is privately owned, meaning you’ll have to pay to get access to it. There is a reception office along the way. However, by paying to visit the reserve, you aren’t just filling someone’s pockets. The family that lives in and maintains the area has been doing so for three generations and can even be considered single-handedly responsible for the preservation and development of the surrounding flora and fauna. Along the way, you’ll be able to observe many species of plants and animals living peacefully in the gardens. At the end of the hike, you’ll be greeted by a waterfall.

Source: Instagram @jardinesdemandor

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Sao Paulo

Eight best (and one worst) coworking spaces in Sao Paulo

Latin America is always worth a visit. Every single country in this part of the world boasts incredible history, rich culture, and breathtaking art and landscapes.

Brazil, though, takes everything to the next level. The beauty and the atmosphere of the country are undeniably attractive. Sao Paulo, in its different parts, perfectly encapsulates the spirit and the grandeur of the country.

With many distractions in Sao Paulo, it isn’t so easy to stay focused. For digital nomads, this problem is even worse. Their ability to travel and experience other cultures directly depends on their ability to work even when the surroundings are so attractive.

So, how to get any job done in Sao Paulo? Here’s an easy answer—find a functional coworking space to keep you grounded. A productive and motivating environment will help you keep your head in the game, and finish your daily tasks much faster and more efficiently.

There are about 120 coworking spaces in Sao Paulo, though. How do you pick the best one? Don’t worry; we’ve narrowed it down for you. Here are our top picks for a coworking space in Sao Paulo.

oWork is our favorite place to cowork in Sao Paulo

Source: oWork.space

Our favorite coworking space in Sao Paulo is located in Cidade Vargas, close to the zoo and the botanical garden. Sao Paulo Expo is nearby as well, which is convenient when you need to shop.

oWork is a co-living space, as well. The combination of co-living and coworking space is a great way to save time because you don’t have to commute.

If you’re a digital nomad, you know how important it is to have a reliable connection. The glitches in the web coverage affect the focus, cause frustration, and slow down the work. oWork provides excellent Wi-Fi to keep you productive and motivated.

They also provide standing desks, bean bags, and ergonomic chairs. The seating options ensure you’ll be comfortable because wiggling on an uncomfortable chair breaks your concentration and wastes your energy. Standing desks help you keep working even when you can’t bear to sit down for another moment, but you don’t want a break just yet. Bean bags are great if you like working while almost-laying down.

The community in oWork is nothing short of amazing. The people are optimistic, hardworking, and always willing to help. oWork organizes workshops, events, and community lunches and drinks to help the members make friends and help them develop in their field and skills.

There is printing equipment you can use if you need it. If you don’t feel like bringing our laptop with you, you can use one of the available PCs.

There are phone booths and personal lockers you can use. The kitchen is at your disposal if you want to prepare a snack or heat up a meal, but you can also buy snacks onsite.

Coffee is free, but there is an onsite cafe if you crave something more elaborate than a simple cup of coffee. If you can’t start your day properly without an extra-large caramel Mochaccino, you can breathe a sigh of relief because you have everything you need here.

When you need a break, you can chill out in the lounge area, or you can grab another nomad and play ping pong!

Basics
Pricing
  • Per hour: BRL 29
  • Per day: BRL 99
  • Per week: BRL 199
  • Per month: BRL 699
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving Yes

Seven coworking spaces in Sao Paulo we also loved

It takes all sorts to build a world, and not everybody likes the same things. If oWork doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, don’t despair; there are plenty of other options. Here are seven more coworking spaces in Sao Paulo that we enjoyed.

  1. Colab
  2. Blocktime
  3. Pixels
  4. Josefin
  5. Sharing E.C.
  6. Wit.Working
  7. Mako Coworking

CoLab

Source:  CoLab

Located in Pinheiros, CoLab is less than 200m from Butanta and Fradique Coutinho subways. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood, in case snack food and plain coffee don’t work for you.

The atmosphere is conducive to work, and the crowd is helpful and optimistic. There is excellent Wi-Fi, which can help you get some work done efficiently, and CoLab provides ergonomic chairs and standing desks, so there are options for those who don’t enjoy sitting down too much. You can use the printing equipment.

There is a pretty outdoor terrace where you can go to chill out, and coffee is free. The space is wheelchair accessible, which is great.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 60
Per month BRL 650

Blocktime

Source: Blocktime Coworking

Blocktime is one block away from the Sumare subway station, in Pinheiros. They provide excellent internet connection and ergonomic chairs, which makes working there stress-free and comfortable. There are no standing desks, though, so you might want to take a few short breaks to stretch and walk around.

The community there is cheerful and happy to help with everything you need.  Blocktime organizes workshops and events, and it hosts TEDx events. The members often meet for drinks and stay in touch.

If you need extra equipment, you can use printers, projectors, and microphones that are available in Blocktime. There are Skype rooms if you need some privacy and personal lockers if you don’t like dragging your stuff around. You can use the kitchen for brewing some coffee or whipping up a quick snack.

The place is cat and dog-friendly, so you and your four-legged monster don’t have to be apart longer than you want. When you get tired, you can grab a cup of coffee, or you can find some other nomads and organize a karaoke contest!

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per hour BRL 15
Per day BRL 60
Per month BRL 500

Pixels

Source: Pixels

Set up in the district of Moema, Pixels is close to Bike Sampa bicycle station and many bus stops.

They offer high-speed Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’d be able to do your work and finish it on time. There are ergonomic chairs and bean bags, so you can choose your seating option according to your preference. There is even a hammock if you like to be a bit more comfortable while you work.

You can use the printer, scanner, and personal lockers. There is a kitchen at your disposal in case you need a snack or a cup of coffee. Coffee is free and unlimited.

When you need a break, you can browse through their little library or simply chill out in their great lounge area.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 79
Per week BRL 349
Per month BRL 799

Josefin

Source: Josefin Coworking

Josefin has two locations:

  • Garden
  • Villa Mariana

The place is comfortable to work at because they provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi, as well as ergonomic chairs and standing desks. It’s great for all of you who don’t want your time at work to take a toll on your back.

If you and your pet suffer from separation anxiety, worry not—Josefin is cat and dog-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your four-legged pal all alone in a room somewhere while you work. There is a library for the times when you need a break and entertainment. There is also an impressive outdoor terrace, so you don’t have to stay inside during your breaks.

The community is fantastic and very cheerful. Josefin organizes many events to keep its members together and help them develop their talents and skills and improve their knowledge.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 80
Per month BRL 900

Sharing E.C.

Source:  Coworker.com

Located in Pinheiros, Sharing E.C. is surrounded by different restaurants, pastry shops, and other food options, which is great for the picky eaters who can’t live on sandwiches.

There is a kitchen with a fridge and a microwave, though, so you can always bring your own lunch and heat it when you want. There is also free coffee and at least eight flavors of tea. The lounge area is large and comfortable, so you can recharge our batteries when you take a break.

Wi-Fi is lightning fast, and there is backup internet as well, so you can rest assured that you won’t be left offline in a critical moment. They provide ergonomic chairs, which are very comfy, but they’re the only seating option. You might want to take frequent breaks to preserve your back. The space is well-lit, even during the hours when there’s little natural light. The interior is cluster-free, and the whole place makes it easy to focus and get some work done.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per month BRL 499

Wit.Working

Source: Wit.Working

Wit.Working is located in Sao Jose do Rio Preto. It is a coworking and a co-living space, which can be a great time-saver since you don’t have to travel to and from the workspace.

They provide high-speed Wi-Fi, which should make your work a bit less stressful, and standing desks and ergonomic chairs, which should help you retain the health of your back.

You can use their printing equipment, and there is a kitchen, too, if you’re feeling peckish and want a quick bite. Coffee is free, and you can buy alcohol if you wish.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per hour BRL 10
Per day BRL 60
Per week BRL 255

Mako Coworking

Source: Coworker.com

Mako Coworking is located in Vila Mariana, within walking distance from the Museum of contemporary art and the Afro Brazil Museum.

They provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi, and there are cables as well if you need your connection to be rock-solid. The internet is functional enough for virtually anything you might need, from reading a blog post to uploading a video or video conferencing.

There are printing equipment and a kitchen you can use if you want to. The lounge area is comfy enough to take a rest, have some coffee, and recharge before going back to work. Coffee is free.

The staff is friendly and helpful, and Meko organizes events for its members once a month.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 899

Honorable mentions

If you need more choice, here are some other fantastic coworking options in Sao Paulo.

  1. Osmose
  2. Terracota
  3. Work Lounge
  4. Serotonina Lab
  5. OpportunityWork
  6. Coletivo 47
  7. Trampolim
  8. Office&Co.
  9. Go Up
  10. Urban Cowork
  11. BUCC Workspaces
  12. Smart Place
  13. Eureka
  14. Salamandra
  15. 2Work
  16. Garden Coworking
  17. E.C. Coworking
  18. Organico Creative Coworking
  19. CoPro Coworking
  20. We Work

Pro tip

Many of these coworking spaces don’t offer standing desks. If you like a coworking space, but would also like to be able to stand up when you get too tired of sitting, you might want to consider getting a travel stand desk. It’s a much lighter option, and it’s a breeze to set up. It might be a good idea if you tend to suffer from back pains, and it’s definitely much healthier than just sitting down all the time. Here’s an added plus: you can set it up in your room when you’re feeling too lazy to go out!

Regus is our least favorite space to cowork in Sao Paulo

Source: Regus

In our opinion, Regus is the least enjoyable coworking space in Sao Paulo. Of course, it holds over 30 locations in the area, so it may seem highly convenient. You’d think that, once you get the membership, you’d be able to use all the premises, depending on which one suits your needs at the given moment.

So why didn’t we like it? There are several reasons, but the main problems with Regus are:

  • Poorly trained staff
  • Unclear pricing system
  • No community

Regus has a high staff turnover, which is always a red flag. The people who work there are, for the most part, inexperienced and untrained, which means that they usually don’t even know the system they’re supposed to work in. They’ll be unsure of which benefits you get with each package, and sometimes they won’t know if a membership is valid outside of their original location or not. Regus is a big company, so its workers tend to be cold and detached—completely the opposite of what you’d expect in a regular coworking place.

The problem with pricing is far more severe than the thing with the staff.  Every location has a different set of prices they charge for their services, and you can only get them on request. In the age of the internet, this practice is terribly frustrating, and it may even seem untrustworthy. If that wasn’t enough, here’s more—you never know what you’re paying for. Regus simply lacks a reliable pricing system, which means that you are always unsure of what you’re paying for. Obviously, you’ll get a seat and a desk, but all the other benefits, including coffee, are up for debate. In one of their offices, it will be included in the price; in the other, it’ll be charged extra

It gets even worse. It makes sense that the membership will allow you to use all of their locations. In practice, you don’t know which locations—if any—you’d be able to use. You may very well be restricted to your original offices, in which case the essential benefit of Regus—the convenience—will be completely wasted.

Since Regus is an office rental service and coworking is not its main area of business, it’s not really all that nomad-friendly. It doesn’t attract the startup crowd, so there is zero community to talk about. You may make a friend or two if you’re really outgoing and friendly, but don’t expect the atmosphere you’d get in a regular coworking space.

All in all, Regus is fine if you’re a company representative who needs offices for its staff. If you’re a digital, though, you’ll probably want to find something else. If Regus is the most convenient for you, make sure you do your homework and check what is included in the price before you pay it.

Basics
Pricing
  • On request
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Ensenada

Two awesome coworking spaces and 7 alternatives in Ensenada, Mexico!

Ensenada, Mexico, is a true hidden gem among travel destinations that many people are still unaware of. Some may know it as the fishing and navy center of Baja California, but this place also has some wild surfing and windsurfing spots! There are also super exciting whale-watching excursions that will make memories that will last you a lifetime! Most notably, this town is a gateway for Baja California’s renowned wine country.

Those who discover this city always enjoy coming back, and many even take up coworking here, too. We loved that idea and decided to explore the options for remote working in Ensenada. 

Ensenada has stable internet connectivity, but for the time being, only two dedicated coworking spaces operate in the area. Fortunately, there are also several appropriate hotels and cafes that are laptop-friendly. We listed them in this article, but let’s start with the coworking hubs:

  1. Hub Center Ensenada
  2. Ensenada Business Center

Hub Center Ensenada is the most popular coworking space in this wine country paradise!

Source: Yelp

Hub Center Ensenada is one of the most frequented coworking spots in this coastal town. It has everything you may need—hot and dedicated coworking desks, meeting and conference rooms, event rooms, an on-site cafe, a virtual office service, and a lounge room. The Wi-Fi signal is stable, and there is also parking on the premises.

The coworking space was designed to meet various needs, from entrepreneurs needing to solidify their businesses to freelancers looking for a place to promote their work output. 

All of their rooms are equipped with the tech you may need for your business, so all you need to do is take your laptop with you. The lounge room can be used for relaxation but also as an office for life coaches and therapists. The private offices can hold up to eight people, meeting rooms have 12 seats, and the event space can host 50. 

Hub Center Ensenada strives to promote the sharing of ideas and deepen the connections among their members. They organize frequent member events and offer different programs. There is an Incubator program called Startup Baja and the CODEV Hacker/School, where attendees can learn new software skills. They also partnered up with Google for Startups to bring more value to their members.

Basics
Pricing
  • Private office: $200 an hour +IVA
  • Lounge office: $100 an hour +IVA
  • Meeting room: $200 an hour +IVA
  • Event room: $300 an hour +IVA
  • Virtual office: $2,000 a month +IVA
  • Furnished office: $4,000 a month +IVA
  • Coworking: $1,500 a month +IVA
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday—Friday: 9 am–7 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am–2 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • 24-hour member access: Yes
Address Av. Rayon 294 Col. Obrera 

Ensenada

22830 Baja California

Mexico

Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desk Yes
Conference Room Yes
Private Office Yes
Event room Yes
Phone booth / Skype room No
Coliving No

Ensenada Business Center is an equally exquisite coworking spot!

Source: Ensenada Business Center

Ensenada Business Center is located at the heart of the town, in the midst of its business district. Their offices are surrounded by banks, malls, and other companies. 

At the very doorstep, you will be greeted by a bilingual receptionist, which is a rarity and a most welcome benefit in Latin speaking countries. The interior has a modern, attractive design and comfortable, ergonomic furniture. You will have coworking hot desks, meeting rooms, and an executive space at your disposal. Another benefit is the spacious waiting room, where your clients or event attendees can wait comfortably. 

The premises are covered by HD camera security, so you won’t need to worry about keeping an eye on your belongings at all times. The place also organizes different events and courses to promote networking opportunities to their members. 

Basics
Pricing
  • Private office: $350 an hour
  • Meeting room: $450 an hour
  • Event room: $600 an hour
  • 50% discount Mon–Wed from 10 am to 4 pm for private offices and meeting rooms
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday—Friday: 9 am–7 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am–2 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Calle Cuarta #341

Ensenada

Baja California

Mexico

Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desk No
Conference Room Yes
Private Office Yes
Event room Yes
Phone booth / Skype room No
Coliving No

There are more places you can work from in Ensenada! Take a look at their coworking-friendly cafes and hotels!

Although Ensenada has only two dedicated coworking spaces that can offer you all the services you can think of, you can still explore alternative spots to work from. If you don’t want to set up a virtual office and have no need for event and conference rooms, then a solid cafe or a comfy hotel lounge would work equally well for you!

All you need to make sure of is that the place you choose has a decent internet connection and that it is not too loud. And we mustn’t forget that the coffee that is served at the spot has to comply with high-quality standards!

With that said, we have several suggestions for you. Some of the places we feel might be worth considering for remote work in Ensenada are:

  1. Barra D’ Café
  2. Café La Churreria
  3. Café con Leche
  4. Estación 1 Por la Hormiga
  5. Café Arábiga

Barra D’ Café

Source: Yelp

Barra D’ Café is one of the most popular coffee shops in Ensenada. Given that its main business is coffee, tea, and other hot drinks, it is never as crowded as other pubs and cafes can get. So, it can make for a perfectly suitable work spot. What makes things even better is that they have private parking spots and accept credit cards.

They are known for serving freshly roasted coffee—the roaster they use is displayed on site. Not only will you enjoy the most aromatic sips in this place, but you’ll also be surrounded by the mesmerizing scent throughout your stay.

The tables are spacious and can fit all your work gear, and there are also plenty of pillows for added lumbar support. Still, you may need to aim for a spot near a power plug!

Address  Av. Miramar 666

Col. Centro

22800 Ensenada, Baja California

Mexico

Working hours
  • Monday—Friday: 7 am–7 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am–7 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am–2 pm
Wi-Fi  Free 

Café La Churreria

Source: Yelp

Café La Churreria is another enchanting coffee shop in Ensenada. Although it does get busier than our previous mention in the afternoons, you shouldn’t get distracted in the mornings here. 

They are known for serving the most various coffee flavors in Ensenada. Some of the most popular are espressos enriched with chocolate, cajeta, strawberry, caramel, or sweetened condensed milk (a big thing in Mexico, apparently!). You can pay with your credit card and order takeout.

The tables are tall and spacious, and the staff is exceptionally hospitable. However, the chairs are wooden and sturdy, so you may not want to stay here until the afternoon anyway.

Address  Av. Riveroll 122

Col. Centro

22800 Ensenada, Baja California

Mexico

Working hours
  • Monday—Friday: 10 am–10 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am–10 pm
  • Sunday: 1 pm–9 pm
Wi-Fi  Free 

Café con Leche

Source: Yelp 

Café con Leche is a quaint-looking cafe in Ensenada. It offers delicious coffee but also the softest pastry in town. There are a cozy indoor area and an upstairs terrace reminiscent of a treehouse. The prices are super affordable, as well.

The place has a reputation for being the perfect spot to unwind after a long workday. So that is when you can expect it to be the busiest. Either visit it earlier and enjoy the peace and quiet or join later to mingle with the locals.

Address  Av. Gastelum 789

Col. Centro

22800 Carlos Pacheco 3

Ensenada, Baja California

Mexico

Working hours
  • Monday—Friday: 8 am–11 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am–11 pm
  • Sunday: 3 pm–11 pm
Wi-Fi  Free

Estación 1 Por la Hormiga

Source: Yelp

Estación 1 Por la Hormiga is a bright, welcoming cafe and bar where you can enjoy great, affordable coffee and delicious, fresh meals. It is clean, comfortable, and the service is flawless.

We loved the tall tables that can be used as standing desks to work from. There is no need to take our travel ones with us in that case. Apart from the indoor area, you can set up shop in the shaded, breezy outdoor patio as well. The tables out there are even more spacious in case you are bringing more stuff with you.

Address  Carretera Ensenada-Tecate Km 103

22890 Ensenada, Baja California

Mexico

Working hours
  • Monday—Friday: 6.30 am–7 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am–5 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am–3 pm
Wi-Fi  Free 

Café Arábiga

Source: Yelp

Café Arábiga is another cozy and tranquil coffee shop in Ensenada. The atmosphere there is reported to be so relaxing that you may not want to leave. Fortunately, the coffee is strong and uplifting.

There is an indoor lounge with soft, cushioned chairs and spacious tables. There is also an indoor atrium at the back if you want to take in some fresh air and soak up some sun while you work. 

Address  Calle Segunda 1010

22800 Ensenada, Baja California

Mexico

Working hours
  • Monday—Friday: 8 am–11 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am–11 pm
  • Sunday: 4 pm–11 pm
Wi-Fi  Free 

In case cafes are not your cup of tea, we suggest you give one of the hotels in Ensenada a go. Many of them have quite comfortable lounges with free Wi-Fi that you can have access to even if you are not staying there. Feel free to ask around, but for our present purposes, here are two that we can recommend:

  1. Hotel Cortez
  2. Estero Beach Hotel & Resort

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Guatemala

6 best (and one unusual) coworking spaces in Guatemala

Guatemala, a Central American gem south of Mexico, has a centuries-old culture and beautiful landscapes. It is an ethnically diverse country, where you can hear Spanish mixing with various Mayan dialects on the streets. The archeological wonders of Guatemala, such as the famous Tikal monuments, are the primary tourist attraction in the country, together with lush nature and colonial architecture. 

If you’re seeking a beautiful retreat from urban life but still have to continue to work, you should consider Guatemala. The country is warming up to digital nomads and other remote workers. You can now find cozy coworking spaces in its two most famous cities: Guatemala City and Antigua. There is also a quirky space in a town west of the capital for the eco-conscious among you.

Best coworking spaces in Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is the best place for digital nomads in Guatemala. It’s a small city nestled between three large volcanoes. The place is known as the best-preserved Spanish colonial city. Its cobalt streets and mesmerizing colorful buildings are sure to enchant you. The fact that it’s protected as a world heritage site by UNESCO can tell you a lot about its rich history and beauty.

If you’re visiting Antigua for the first time, check out this digital nomad’s experience:

Antigua has only a handful of dedicated coworking spaces. After you’re done exploring the city and ready to get some work done, you can head to one of the following two:

  1. Impact Hub
  2. Selina

Impact Hub is the number one coworking space in Antigua (and the whole of Guatemala)

Source: impacthubantigua

Only a couple of blocks away from the Central Park in Antigua, Impact Hub is a digital nomad’s paradise. It’s nestled inside a huge colonial house and offers indoor and outdoor coworking options. Impact Hub is a global coworking network with over 80 spaces around the world. It’s generally well-loved by the community of remote workers on the go. This place is no exception as it combines the multicultural hub vibe of the global coworking chain with local history and charm.

The place abounds in natural light, especially if you decide to work outdoors. There are two outdoor options:

  • A spacious courtyard
  • A roof terrace

The courtyard is filled with greenery and offers numerous seating options. You can even choose to recline in a hanging wicker seat. The terrace boasts the most wonderful view—you can see a volcano towering over old rooftops. This scene will make you tranquil and ready to get some work done. If you want to sit indoors, there’s an open area as well as several private offices to rent.

Impact Hub is known to have the best Wi-Fi in Antigua, so if you need a reliable Internet connection, head straight here. There is free coffee and tea, as well as free drinking water and a fully stocked kitchen. The community that gathers here is friendly. It can get pretty social as they organize Friday get-togethers and monthly networking events. 

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day – 80 GTQ
  • Per week – 400 GTQ
  • Per month – 800 GTQ
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

Selina

Source: Selina (Antigua) Facebook

The Selina coworking space is placed inside the Selina hostel north of the famous baroque church, La Merced. This place is part of another international network, but it’s not limited to coworking spaces. They are just one thing Selina offers aside from: 

  • Accommodation
  • Places to connect and share experiences
  • Various activities for the community, etc. 

Selina advertises itself as a lifestyle platform.

This place offers an open-plan area, where you can choose between dedicated and hot desks. There are also tiny private phone booths where you can make a call without being disturbed by your fellow coworkers. They seem to value transparency here, so if you need a conference room for your team, and there is one, note that it’s separated by glass walls from the open space. 

It’s not the most brightly lit space, but they made up for it by filling it with many different colors. The chairs come in blue, green, yellow, purple—you name it! A large mural in bright colors adorns one wall. It’s a picture of a modern-looking young girl who oversees the hardworking crowd. You can help yourself to free tea and coffee, and you’ll also have access to the hostel bar and restaurant. When you get tired from all the work, ask around and find some company to join you at the pool table. 

One of the coolest things about Selina is the fact that it’s completely free to use on Mondays! On regular days, price plans start from as cheap as 50 GTQ. Another amazing thing about it is that it opens early and closes late in the evening every day.

What we don’t like about Selina

Selina is a hip place, but there are two things they could work to improve—the space could use more natural light, and not all chairs are ergonomic.

Best coworking spaces in Guatemala City

Guatemala City, whose official name is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción and the affectionate one Guate, is the capital of Guatemala. Even though it’s the capital, tourists avoided it up until recently due to its bad reputation involving gangs and violence. Times are a-changin’ for this chaotic city, and some of its zones, such as Zona 1 and Zona 4, are becoming increasingly tourist-friendly. 

If you’re traveling to Guate for the first time, check out this nomad’s impression of the city:

Another indicator of the city’s opening up to the world is the emergence of numerous coworking spaces. There are more of these spaces than in Antigua, but they’re also more expensive.

Here are our top picks in Guatemala City:

  1. Serendipity Lab
  2. Chamba
  3. Cowork Guatemala
  4. OffiRent

Serendipity Lab in Zona 14

Source: Serendipity Lab Facebook

Serendipity Lab is in the heart of the capital in its upscale Zona 14. It’s inside a shopping mall known as Plaza la Noria. This can come in handy if you need to spend a day there without losing time in traffic. No need to leave the mall as La Noria hosts a bunch of international and local cuisine restaurants where you can grab a bite. There’s even a gym if you need to relieve stress and loosen up.

Serendipity Lab is mostly a large open area surrounded by huge windows that let in a lot of natural light. There are plenty of seating options, and you can choose from hot or dedicated desks. If you prefer to stand while you work, standing desks are also available. If you need to get together with your team, you can also rent a cozy meeting room.

When you feel like you need a break, you can get some free coffee and head to the lounge area fitted with comfy couches and armchairs. If you’d rather socialize a bit, find a person in a similar mood and enjoy the ping pong table together. Feeling like hitting that gym in the mall but don’t know what to do with all your stuff? No worries—there are personal lockers available at Serendipity Lab.

The price per day is 99 GTQ. If you want a dedicated desk, you can only get it for a whole month for 1,800 GTQ. The space is open every day, so you don’t have to find another place if you want to keep working on weekends.

Chamba in Zona 4

Source: Chamba Facebook

Chamba is a coworking space in Zona 4, surrounded by a variety of cafes and restaurants that are within steps from it. Chamba offers:

  • A large open plan area
  • Meeting rooms
  • A relaxation zone
  • A shared kitchen

This is a pretty flexible space when it comes to the arrangement of desks. Both chairs and desks are on wheels, and you can easily rearrange them to suit your preferences. This comes in especially handy when there are seminars and workshops going on at Chamba. The space is modern and creatively decorated with plant walls opposing plain brick walls, carpeted and smooth floors, and plenty of light and color. 

The whole place gives off a relaxed vibe. People eat at their desks if they want to, and no one bothers them. In fact, there’s even a regular Wednesday event there called Eat and Learn. These are conferences that happen during lunchtime when you are encouraged to fill your stomach as they fill your head with useful information.

The relaxation zone is especially loungey. You can recline in one of their yellow bean bags or play ping pong. Guatemala seems to love ping pong.

For all of you who can’t decide between Antigua and Guate, here’s something cool—if you pay a monthly membership for Chamba, you can also use Impact Hub in Antigua (and the other way around). Two for the price of one! The monthly price here is 995 GTQ. These two places decided to make a pact and help out those workers who have some business in both cities (or just want to enjoy them both).

What we don’t like about Chamba

Chamba is a super comfy space, but don’t go there if you need perfect Wi-Fi. Theirs can be unstable at times. Another disadvantage of this place is that it isn’t open on weekends.

Cowork Guatemala in Zona 10

Source: Cowork Guatemala Facebook

Cowork Guatemala is a sleek and modern, but also tucked in and comfy, coworking space. It’s in Zona 10 of Guatemala, known as the business district of the city. It’s certainly one of the fancier parts of the capital. The space is inside the Edificio Interamericas World Financial Center building, on the ground floor. Cowork is perfectly in sync with the building’s business look.

This place welcomes all the business people on the go—entrepreneurs, small companies willing to share their workspace and ideas, freelancers, etc. People also come here to share their projects with others, so you may be able to find a business partner as well.

You can choose to sit in the open workspace or rent a private meeting room for your team. There are various chair and desk options—from small round tables and plastic chairs to standing desks and office chairs. Some of these may be better suited for cafes, but the place is usually not crowded, so you can take your pick. You can also go to the lounge area and recline on a wide leather couch.

Free coffee and water are at your disposal, and you can use the shared kitchen. The place is stocked with all the technical equipment. You can print, copy, or scan whatever you need, and even use their PCs.

The daily price is 150 GTQ, and it goes up to 1,450 GTQ per month. Cowork is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What we don’t like about Cowork Guatemala

As we’ve mentioned, some of the chairs could be replaced by proper office chairs.

OffiRent in Zona 4

Source: OffiRent Facebook

OffiRent is yet another coworking space located in a busy mall. This mall is in Zona 4, and it features mostly clothes, electronics, and houseware stores, but there are also some fast food places. As the name itself reveals, these are offices for rent. OffiRent is a decent solution if you’re staying in this area for a bit longer as you can’t rent it per day, only per whole month.

The place is clean and spacious with wide desks. Privacy and personal space are valued here, and there are desk dividers everywhere except in the meeting room. You can use the kitchen and help yourself to free coffee and water.

They often organize networking events for their members to help them bond and grow together professionally. The space is best suited for entrepreneurs. The price for a month is 1,099 GTQ.

What we don’t like about OffiRent

There are a couple of things OffiRent could work to improve. These include:

  1. Light—The desk dividers could be in brighter colors or semitransparent. They are too dark and massive and can make your workstation grim.
  2. Bland decor—The space could use some colors or decoration to make it more inviting.
  3. Working hours—It is closed on weekends and open only until 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

JungleLab is the most unusual coworking space in Guatemala

Source: BrainHive

JungleLab is a project by a business planning and startup consultancy from London known as BrainHive Consulting. It’s situated at Lake Atitlan in a small town called Panajachel. The town is well connected with Antigua and Guate and not too far away. This digital nomad retreat is only minutes away from the town center and at the edge of a jungle. If you choose this place, you’ll be surrounded by nature but still close to everything you might need. 

This is an eco-space, built entirely from natural and recycled materials, so it’s a bit rough around the edges. If you’re a creature of comfort, this is not the place for you. Even though it’s a nature retreat, it’s still a serious coworking space with sound technical equipment and great Wi-Fi. 

It’s a perfect combo of rustic and digital, with pilas (Guatemalan washbasins) for washing your clothes but also an advanced virtual reality system at your disposal. If you find this place exciting but are worried about uncomfortable, makeshift ergonomics, you could bring a portable travel stand desk, attach it to any surface, and work standing up.

JungleLab is also a coliving space, which can house up to six people comfortably. Even more can fit if necessary. The best thing about this place is the community. People who come here are laid-back and sociable, so if you’re an adventurous extrovert, this might be the right space for you.

You should know that Panajachel has an open community of digital nomads called CoCoHub. They are regulars at JungleLab. If you want to stay in Panajachel while in Guatemala, you can easily contact them for info about the best accommodation in town or anything else that might interest you. 

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day – 20 USD
  • Per week – 80 USD
  • Per month – 300 USD
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

We hope you find the right place to set your workstation in Guatemala among these seven picks. There is certainly something for everyone. Just make sure to have an open mind and relax!

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Mexico City

9 best (and one worst) coworking spaces in Mexico City

A trip to Mexico is always a great idea and an unforgettable experience. The culture, the art, and the nature of this beautiful country are worth your time and enthusiasm. If it’s your first time in Mexico, you’ll probably hit the capital first. There are so many things to do and sights to see, so if you need to work while you’re staying there, you might feel like you’re missing out.

The life of a digital nomad is fantastic, but it does have its bad days. In a place such as Mexico City, where there are so many distractions, how can you keep your focus on your work?

One of the ways to keep your head in the game is to find a coworking space that motivates you and helps you stay organized and productive. The environment can affect your ability to concentrate to a high degree, so functional coworking spaces make it much less challenging to work.

In the capital of Mexico, though, there are about 120 coworking spaces. How do you choose one that’s suitable to your needs and preferences? Don’t worry; we got you covered. Here are nine best—and one worst—coworking spaces in Mexico City.

U-Co Roma coworking space is our favorite in Mexico City

Source: U-Co

Located in the heart of the Roma part of the city, U-Co Roma combines beauty and convenience. It is both a coworking and a co-living space. In a big city like Mexico City, this is a definite advantage, because you don’t have to waste any time getting from your accommodation to your workplace.

With its gorgeous murals and charming interior, U-Co is incredibly pretty. For many people, the visual aspect of a workplace can make or break their concentration. If you’re among them, there’s nothing to worry about—the space is elegant and appealing without feeling over-the-top. There is no cluster, and it’s clean enough to pass any inspection. The neat freak in you will be satisfied, and you’ll be able to focus on your work.

If there is one thing that every digital nomad needs above all else, that’s a good internet connection. In U-Co, Wi-Fi is super-fast. You can rest assured that you’ll be able to work without a glitch. There are ergonomic chairs, but no standing desks.

If you’re at all invested in preserving the environment, you’ll love U-Co. The co-living space provides shampoo, conditioner, and soap in little refillable bottles, so there’s not much waste there, which is more than awesome. If you’re going green, this is the place to be.

The community is great, as well. Digital nomads comprise most of the crowd that gathers there, so you’ll have plenty of like-minded people to hang out with. Marco—the owner—is devoted to his business and the people who stay in U-Co, and he’s also super friendly and helpful.

There is a kitchen you can use, and it’s probably the area in which most of the new friendships are made. Coffee and tea are tasty, free, and unlimited.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: MXN 150
  • Per week: MXN 840
  • Per month: MXN 2,500
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 11 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am – 11 pm
  • Sunday: 7 am – 11 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving Yes

These eight coworking spaces in Mexico City are fantastic as well

If U-Co is not to your liking, worry not—there are many other options. Here are eight other awesome coworking spaces in Mexico City.

  1. Publico
  2. El 3er espacio
  3. CoLabora
  4. IOS Offices
  5. Selina
  6. Coffice
  7. Homework
  8. P3

Publico

Source: Publico Trabajo

You can find Publico in no less than five of the city’s barrios:

  • San Miguel Chapultepec
  • Lomas de Chapultepec
  • Polanco
  • Condesa
  • Juárez

All of their offices are different, and each has a distinctive charm, but they’re all equally pretty. In each one, you will have access to a high-speed internet connection, so you can work without any worries. All locations offer ergonomic chairs, as well as alternative forms of seating, such as couches, benches, and so on. There are no standing desks, though.

Three of the locations—the ones in Condesa, Lomas de Chapultepec, and San Miguel Chapultepec—host TEDx events, so you can use an opportunity to look for discounts if you’re interested, and if you’re a member of the community.

All locations are dog-friendly, and some are cat-friendly as well, which is great for all of you who can’t bear to be apart from your furry monster.

They provide printing equipment and free coffee in all locations.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day MXN 260
Per month MXN 5,500

El 3er espacio

Source: El 3er espacio

Located right next to Mexico Park and established in 2011, El 3er espacio is the first coworking space in the city. 

There is high-speed Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to get too stressed out because of the bad connection. They provide ergonomic chairs, but no standing desks or bean bags, which limits your options a little bit.

The fact that they have existed for nine years now means that El 3er espacio can boast a great community. There are plenty of events and workshops, and the members can stay in touch via their own Facebook group. If you need any help or just want to make new friends, this is a place for you.

You can use their printing equipment, projectors, and Chromecast. There are personal lockers members can use, and a kitchen is at your disposal. When you need to relax, you can just go to the cute lounge area and chat with people. Tea and coffee are tasty and free.

The location is excellent, and the atmosphere is even better, so try to check out this coworking space when you get to Mexico City.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per month MXN 2,365

Colabora

Source: Coworker.com

Colabora is happily situated in Condesa, within walking distance from Castillo de Chapultepec.

It provides fast Wi-Fi, which is great, but there are no ergonomic chairs or standing desks, which can be a bit of a problem. If you need to work for long hours, you’re more likely than not to end up with a stiff neck.

On the bright side, the community is fantastic. People don’t try to stick their nose into your business, but they are always kind and helpful when you need them. If you want to avoid bromads, Colabora is the place for you.

Coffee is free, and there is a library to browse through when you’re on a break. If you like longer breaks, take advantage of the great location and walk to the castle. The exercise and the sheer beauty of the palace and the grounds are bound to inspire you and make you more productive.

Open hours
  • Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Friday: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day MXN 199
Per month MXN 2,500

IOS Offices

Source: Coworker.com

IOS Offices holds exactly 20 locations in Mexico City. They are all set up in business parts of the city, and you can find them in:

  • Santa Fe
  • Insurgentes Sur
  • Paseo de la Reforma
  • Palmas
  • Polanco
  • Lomas de Chapultepec
  • Condesa

All locations are well-equipped. They provide an excellent internet connection, so you can work peacefully. There are ergonomic chairs in every location, and standing desks can be found in some, but not all, of their offices.

Some offices—CAPITAL REFORMA, for example—host TEDx events, which can be fun and informative. If you’re an IOS member, you’re likely to get a discount, so why pass up the chance?

They offer Skype rooms, personal lockers, and a kitchen you can use. There are free beer and free coffee. If you’re in the mood for something fancier, don’t worry—most locations have an onsite café as well.

Some locations have fun little pastimes such as ping pong tables, and all of them have incredibly relaxing lounge areas for taking a break from all the hard work you’ve been doing.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day MXN 330
Per month MXN 2,200

Selina

Source: Coworker.com

Because it’s a co-living as well as a coworking space, Selina is highly convenient for cities as gargantuan as the capital of Mexico. If you live and work at the same place, you won’t have to waste time in traffic, so you’ll have more time to look around when you’re done working.

Selina is also a TEDx event host, so if TED talks are your cup of tea, the convenience increases even more.

They provide high-speed Wi-Fi, ergonomic chairs, and bean bags, so you have everything you need to work peacefully and comfortably. There are many other things to help you work, some of which are:

  • Printing equipment
  • Phone booths
  • Skype rooms
  • Projectors

Selina is pet-friendly, so you don’t have to be apart from your best buddy (or the creature that plagues your nightmares, destroys your property, and awakens your inner Hulk, but you can’t help loving it—you know, your cat). Pets can help you stay productive, and more importantly, they can help you relax when you need to. There’s a pool table to help you unwind, too.

Coffee is free, but there are also an onsite restaurant and a café, in case you need more than a sandwich and a cup of plain coffee.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day MXN 260
Per week MXN 930
Per month MXN 2,760

Coffice

Source: Coffice

Coffice is conveniently located in the center of the city. It is a pretty coworking space with great coffee and good food. Coffee and snacks are free, but you need to pay for any real meals you crave. There is plenty of choice, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, and halal menus. You also need to pay for alcoholic beverages.

They provide super-fast and reliable Wi-Fi, so you can work without interruptions and frustrations caused by a bad connection. There are some ergonomic chairs, but most of them are standard coffee shop chairs. Luckily, they offer standing desks, so there are options.

There are Skype rooms, which is excellent if you need privacy. You can use personal lockers if you don’t like carrying all your stuff around.

There are a yoga studio and a meditation room, and the place is dog-friendly, so you can relax and stretch or play with your four-legged pal when you need a break.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per hour MXN 35
Per day MXN 180

Homework

Source: Homeworkmx

Homework has three locations in Mexico City:

  • Revolution
  • Terrace
  • Chapultepec

It is an incredibly cheerful coworking space. The community is great, and everybody is happy to make friends, chat, and help—and still, the atmosphere stays productive and conducive to hard work. Instead of distracting others, the members encourage each other to stay focused and motivated.

Homework provides an excellent internet connection, and there are ergonomic chairs and standing desks. The place is comfortable to work at, and the color schemes tend to boost your mood and optimism.

There are Skype rooms for those who need privacy and personal lockers for those who don’t want to think about their stuff while they’re working.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Price Per day MXN 290
Per month MXN 2,900

P3

Source: Coworker.com

P3 is a great coworking space that would’ve made the top of our list if it wasn’t so inconveniently located on the outskirts of the city. They do offer free parking, so if you’re driving, the location doesn’t have to be a problem for you.

It provides super-speed Wi-Fi, so there’s no way you’ll have any problems in that regard while you work. There are plenty of seating options, including ergonomic chairs, bean bags, and standing desks.

The place is dog-friendly, it has a great lounge area, and coffee is free. You can use Skype rooms and personal lockers, and there is a kitchen at your disposal.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day MXN 3,000

Pro tip

Many of these coworking spaces offer a minimal range of seating options. In order to be productive, you need to be comfortable, so it’s always best to choose the coworking space that offers the seating option you like the best. 

Still, if the only downside to a coworking space is the lack of seating options, that’s easily fixed—you can get a travel stand desk. They’re much lighter than the regular ones, and you can set them up in no time. A travel stand desk gives you the option of standing up once you start feeling stiff and stretching a bit without having to stop working. It keeps your back in good shape, so if you don’t like sitting down for too long, you should give it a go.

Regus is our least favorite coworking space in Mexico City

Source: Regus

We thought that Regus is the least enjoyable coworking space in Mexico City. Admittedly, as it has about 20 locations around the city, it may seem quite convenient. It stands to reason that, once you’ve paid for the membership, you’ll be able to work in all of them.

So why is it our least favorite? The main issues with Regus are:

  • High staff turnover
  • Non-transparent pricing
  • Non-existent community

It seems like every time we visit, a few members of the staff are new. This may not be a problem in itself, especially if you don’t particularly enjoy chatting or don’t tend to form a connection with the staff. Still, it means that the people who work there are always in a kind or training phase. This can make your experience there anything from slightly unpleasant to downright abysmal.

The issue with pricing is a far more severe one, though. In every location, they have a different set of prices for their services, and they’re only available on request. This practice is already annoying and makes them seem untrustworthy, but there’s more—you may pay for the full membership and yet not get access to all the locations. So what’s the point of membership then? Even though the pricing is not transparent, one thing is—Regus is one of the more expensive coworking spaces on this list. Before you part with your pesos, make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.

A community doesn’t exist in Regus. If you’re an outgoing, friendly sort of person, you might make a friend or two, but don’t count on the great nomad atmosphere in Regus.

Basics
Pricing
  • On request
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

 

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Mexico

8 best and one worst coworking spaces in Mexico

If you’re reading this, that might be because you’re itching to hit the road, and your next destination is Mexico. The rich history, fascinating culture, breathtaking art and architecture, unique natural landscape, and delicious food all combine into what will become one of the unforgettable experiences in your life.

There are so many things to do and sights to see. It’s a vast country—how will you choose where to stay? If you’re a digital nomad, you know you have to plan carefully, because you’ll be spending the following few months in the place you choose, and you need to make sure it suits your needs.

Of the major problems you’ll need to face, though, is the ease with which you’ll forget about your work. When we are in a beautiful new place, it’s easy to let go of our worries and our strife and only think about the attractions (and distractions!) of the environment.

It’s okay to relax if you’re taking a vacation, of course. It’s less okay when your lifestyle depends on your ability to keep your head in the game and keep on working even when you rather wouldn’t.

Don’t worry—there’s a simple solution for that. A practical, motivating coworking space is the answer to all your prayers. The best coworking spaces are organized in a way that helps you stay productive and optimistic. They help you focus, remain efficient for longer, and, ultimately, finish your tasks sooner, so you can roam around and discover all the beauties of the destination you’ve chosen.

Coworking spaces have been popping around like mushrooms lately, and it might be a bit of a challenge to pick the best among the many options. To land you a helping hand, we’ve compiled a list of the best coworking spaces in Mexico.

Nest Coworking is our favorite place to cowork in Mexico

Source: Nest Coworking

In a country this big, it’s incredibly difficult to single out a coworking we loved most—but Nest Coworking made the cut eventually.

This coworking space is located in Playa del Carmen, a few minutes’ walk from the beach. The proximity to the beach means that, as soon as you’re done with your work for the day, you can take your towel with you and run off to enjoy the beauties of the sea and the sand. The smell of the sea reaches the coworking spaces, which works wonders to help you relax and focus on your work. To make things even more convenient, this place is a co-living space as well, which is a real time-saver if you don’t want to commute.

Nest is visually stunning. The colors fit perfectly with the space, you can see the palm trees from the windows, and there is plenty of natural light. The beauty of it all inspires and keeps optimism in the coworking space at high levels.

The visual impression is just one part of the total atmosphere—the other part is the people who frequent the place. The community there is great—the people are cheerful and happy to help, so the general mood is productive and uplifting. Nest organizes many events to help its members connect and develop their ideas and skills. TEDx events are held there regularly, and members can get discounts if they’re interested in attending.

Wi-Fi is fast and reliable, which is extremely important for everybody whose job requires a steady flow of data.

There are ergonomic chairs, so the place is quite comfortable. If you prefer a bit more space to wiggle, you can use the standing desks, which are an excellent option for your back. For those of you who are a bit more laid back—there are bean bags and couches, so you can literally lay back.

You can use the personal locker and the kitchen. They offer free coffee, which is awesome for all of us who are caffeine junkies and can’t seem to function without it.

Nest is dog-friendly (but not cat-friendly), so you can bring your furry monster to help you work if you want.

When you need a break, you can take your dog for a walk, or you can grab a cup of coffee and chill out on the beautiful terrace or the patio. There is a swimming pool also, so you can take a quick dip—it would be great for you back after all the hard work you’ve done!

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: MXN 330
  • Per week: MXN 1,650
  • Per month: MXN 5,500
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving Yes

These are the places we also loved

If you don’t like Nest for any reason, it’s fine. As the Latin proverb goes—in matters of taste, there can be no disputes—so here are some other coworking spaces in Mexico you might enjoy.

  1. Technology HUB
  2. Workósfera
  3. YO.KOworking
  4. Nstro.Lab Cowork
  5. Creativa Coworking Morelia
  6. Nevermind
  7. Revo300
  8. El 3er espacio

Technology HUB

Source: Technology HUB

Technology HUB is a coworking space in Ciudad Juarez. It provides excellent Wi-Fi, which is extremely important for everybody who makes a living by doing anything through the internet.

The space is comfy, as well. If you’re a more traditional cookie, you’ll appreciate ergonomic chairs. If you don’t want to sit down for too long, there are standing desks you can use. Bean bags and hammocks are there to give you the option to work while lazing around, however impossible it sounds. The space adapts to your needs, and you can be comfortable no matter your preferences.

The community is fantastic there. Everybody is helpful and chatty, and you can always just talk to people when you’re taking a break. Technology HUB organizes different workshops, events, and programs for its members. It also hosts TEDx events, and the community members can attend them at discounted prices.

The space offers plenty of extra equipment, including:

  • Sound and video recording equipment
  • AR and VR equipment
  • Printers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Projectors
  • Microphones
  • Greenscreen
  • 3D Printer
  • Dual / single monitors

There is a podcasting room, as well. You can use the kitchen if you want, and coffee and tea are free. There is also an onsite cafe.

When you want to tune out, there is a whole bunch of stuff you can do. There is a ping pong table, pool table, foosball table, and a mini-golf course. You can just take a cup of coffee and chill, or you can look around the gallery.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day MXN 330
Per month MXN 2,500

Workosfera

Source: Workosfera

As one of the best in Puebla, Workosfera is an astonishingly beautiful coworking space. Both interior and exterior are beautiful and inspired, and the yard is one of the most relaxing places you’ll find.

Workosfera is a co-living place as well, which is very convenient. The open hours are long enough, but if you stay in their accommodation or pay monthly access, you can access the workspace 24/7.

They provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi, ergonomic chairs, and standing desks. There are personal lockers, and you can use their kitchen to make a snack or a full-blown meal if you’ can tap into your inner Gordon Ramsey. Coffee is free, but there is an onsite cafe if you’d prefer a fancy frappuccino instead of a regular old coffee.

When you need a break, there is a ping pong table you can use, and other friendly nomads to play with. You can bring your dog too, because why should it stay in the comfy room while you’re trying to earn for the both of you?

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 11 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am – 11 pm
  • Sunday: 7 am – 11 pm
Price Per day MXN 150
Per month MXN 1,200

Nstro.Lab Cowork

Source: Nstro.Lab

Nstro.Lab Cowork is situated in Monterrey. They provide high-speed Wi-Fi and ergonomic chairs. The place is wheelchair accessible.

Nstro.Lab nourishes its community and organizes many programs, events, and workshops for its members, who often meet for drinks and meals. The space hosts TEDx events, and the members who are interested can get a discount.

They offer some extra equipment you might need, such as printing equipment and projectors. You can use personal lockers, and there is a kitchen if you want to make something when you’re feeling peckish. Tea, coffee, and snacks are free.

When you want to take a break and take your mind off work, there is a small library you can take a look at and see if there is anything you like. You can play ping pong or board games with other nomads, or just grab a beer and relax. The place is cat and dog-friendly.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day MXN 100
Per month MXN 1,500

Creativa Coworking Morelia

Source: Creativa Coworking

Creativa Coworking is located in Morelia. They provide excellent Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to lose your mind while waiting for something to load. There are ergonomic chairs and standing desks, so you have an option to continue working even when you can’t bear sitting down for another minute.

There is some extra equipment, including printing equipment and 3D printers. Creativa hosts TEDx events, so you might get a discount if you are a member and you want to attend.

You can use personal lockers and the kitchen, and there are Skype rooms at your disposal, in case you need privacy. This is great for online teaching and similar jobs.

A crucial benefit to this coworking space is that they offer childcare. Parents among digital nomads often have a problem with finding a reliable place to take their children to while they work, and Creativa has thought of that. It’s much more convenient to have childcare at your workplace, isn’t it?

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per week MXN 550
Per month MXN 1,500

Nevermind

Source: Nevermind

In spite of the passive-aggressive name, Nevermind is one of the most cheerful and productive coworking spaces in Guadalajara. It is surrounded by many cafés and restaurants, which comes in handy when you want to eat something other than snack food during work hours.

The internet is absolutely amazing. There are network cables at every desk, which ensures fantastic speed with an average of about 200 Mbps for download and 143 Mbps for upload. There is Wi-Fi as well, and it’s pretty fast too. The reliable internet means that you won’t need to get frustrated with a slow connection or inability to upload an important document.

Sadly, there aren’t any standing desks, but their ergonomic chairs are excellent and provide good support for your back. If you’d still prefer to avoid sitting all day long, here’s a pro tip—you can get a travel stand desk you can take anywhere with you because they are much lighter than the regular standing desks.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 2:30 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day MXN 150
Per month MXN 2,500

Revo300

Source: Startup Hidalgo

Revo300 is a coworking and co-living space located in Pachuca.

They provide fast Wi-Fi and incredibly comfortable ergonomic chairs. There are no standing desks in this coworking space, which is a bummer, but there is a lot of additional equipment, including printers, microphones, projectors, greenscreens, monitors, and so on.

Revo300 takes good care of its community, and there are many benefits to being a member. Some of those are:

  • Community App
  • Incubator and accelerator programs
  • Facebook group for members
  • Slack channel for members
  • Events and workshops
  • Community lunches and drinks

They offer free beer, snacks, and coffee, which you can take with you to the lounge area when you want to take a break and relax. There is an onsite cafe as well, with many more options—but for that, you have to pay extra.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day MXN 300
Per month MXN 1,300

El 3er espacio

Source: El 3er espacio

Located in Mexico City, El 3er espacio is one of the first established coworking spaces in the entire country. 

It provides high-speed Wi-Fi, so you can avoid the slow connection-related stress. There are ergonomic chairs, which is awesome, but no standing desks or bean bags, which is not so much.

El 3er espacio has a great community built over the years. It organizes a plethora of events and workshops, and the members have their own Facebook group to stay in touch. Everybody is friendly and happy to help if needed.

They provide printing equipment, projectors, and Chromecast. There are personal lockers at your disposal, as well as a kitchen. Tea and coffee are free, and there is a cute lounge area to take a break and relax.

The great location combined with an even better atmosphere make this coworking space one of the best in the entire country, so give it a go when you’re next in Mexico City!

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per month MXN 2,365

Regus is our least favorite space to cowork in Mexico

Source: Regus

Regus is our least favorite coworking space in Mexico. With over 30 locations throughout the country, it is one of the most widespread coworking/office rental companies. Wherever you go in Mexico, chances are you’ll stumble upon a Regus or two. 

So why do we dislike it? The crucial reasons are:

  • Detached staff
  • Unclear pricing
  • Lack of community

The staff is usually polite, but that’s all you can expect of them. There is no helpfulness or interaction you typically expect from a coworking space host. They won’t go out of their way to help you solve a problem, and they are not interested in your complaints, should you have some.

The more severe issue is the utter lack of transparency when it comes to pricing. Each location has a different set of prices, and they’re only available on request. It’s already frustrating (this is the 21st century for the love of the internet), but it gets even worse—even if you get the membership, you won’t be able to access all the locations.

To make matters even worse, there is no sense of community whatsoever. You are not likely to meet new people and make new friends.

Basics
Pricing
  • On request
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

 

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Oaxaca

Six best and one worst coworking spaces in Oaxaca

A trip to Mexico sounds like an exotic adventure. The ruins left behind by ancient civilizations, nature, and culture all combine into a unique experience worth going through.

You’re probably planning on visiting Mexico City and possibly Guadalajara. If you’re a bit of an adventurer and want to walk the path less trodden, you might decide to pay a visit to Oaxaca as well. Great choice. From the beautiful ethnobotanical garden filled with indigenous plants to Pueblos Mancomunados, which persevere despite the changing times, Oaxaca oozes the genuine Mexican spirit and traditions from every square meter. The ruins you can see there would be worth visiting even if there was nothing else to attract you.

With so many fascinating things around you, it’s easy to lose sight of your daily life and responsibilities. It can be especially tough if you’re a digital nomad, and you have to work. Because staying focused in spite of the distractions can come as a bit of a challenge, it might be a good idea to come up with a strategy to keep you productive.

For many people, the best way to keep their head in the game is to find a coworking space that boosts their motivation. In an organized environment, it’s much easier to keep an organized mind. The chances are that your focus and productivity will hit their peaks if you move your laptop from your bed to a desk and surround yourself with fewer distractions.

Choosing the best coworking space can be a bit difficult, though, especially if you’re visiting the place for the first time. To make your life a bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best coworking spaces in Oaxaca and everything you need to know about them.

enConjunto is our favorite coworking space in Oaxaca

Source: enConjunto

Located in the Union area, enConjunto is not exactly in the center of the city. Still, it is five minutes away from public transport, and they offer free parking, as well as car share. There are also bike parking and bike storage, and even plug-ins for electric cars and a Tesla charging station.

enConjunto is a coworking and a co-living space. This is a fantastic thing because it can save you a lot of time. Who wants to commute anyway? If you can just walk downstairs from your room and start working, it makes everything much easier and much less of a chore.

The internet speed is excellent, and the connection is stable and reliable. For all of you who get a bit nervous every time the connection slows down, this is great news. If you do a job that demands good internet—online teaching, for example⁠—you can rest assured that there won’t be any hiccups in this regard.

The space is incredibly comfortable, as well. It has ergonomic chairs, but there are also standing desks for those of you who get leg muscle cramps easily, or for those who simply don’t want to sit for a long time. If you like to be extra comfortable, there are bean bags and even hammocks. They even provide Bosu ball chairs, if that’s more in accordance with your preferences. No matter what you like, you’ll be comfortable in enConjunto—comfort at this workplace is second only to productivity.

enConjunto boasts a large and tight-knit community. They have a Facebook group, a Slack channel, and a community app to stay in touch. They organize workshops and events to boost the skills and knowledge of their members. The space offers mentorship, accelerator, and incubator programs. The members often have lunches and drinks together, and they even have a sports team. It is a great pleasure to cowork in a wonderful environment such as this one, and the community spirit in enConjunto is another of its many perks.

When it comes to the extra equipment, you’ll find that they provide everything you may possibly need. Their offer includes:

  • Photo studio
  • Computers (PCs and Macs)
  • Screen printer
  • Drone
  • Projectors
  • AR and VR Equipment
  • 3D printer
  • Greenscreen
  • Chromecast
  • Sound and video recording equipment
  • Apple TV
  • Printers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Dual / Single Monitors
  • Recording studio
  • Professional lighting equipment
  • Microphones

There are podcasting rooms, Skype rooms, and phone booths, so you can have some privacy if you need it to do your job. You can use the kitchen, the showers, and the personal lockers onsite.

If you have a kid who’s traveling with you, you don’t have to worry about them—enConjuncto provides childcare services as well. This is swell for all the working moms and dads or nomad parents since they don’t have to research childcare options separately and think about dropping off and picking up their child from another location. 

When you need a break, there are so many fun things to do. There is a yoga studio if you want to stretch those muscles that are doomed to one position for hours every day. There are a nap room and a meditation room if you’d like to just chill out a bit and clear your head. If you’re a sports enthusiast, there is a swimming pool, a volleyball court, a ping pong table, a mini-golf course, and a gym. If you’re not too sporty, but you’d still like to move it move it, there is a trampoline, and you can always do a karaoke show complete with your awesome dance moves. There are board games, arcade games, darts, and many options for co-playing, not just coworking. You can just grab a book from the library, or check out the gallery.

The place is pet-friendly, so your furry pall doesn’t have to miss you too terribly. Coffee, wine, and beer are included in the price.

All in all, enConjuncto provides plenty of benefits, so make sure you check it out when you’re in need of a coworking place in Oaxaca.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: MXN 150
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving Yes

These coworking spaces are great too

It takes all sorts to build the world, and not everybody appreciates the same things. If you don’t like enConjunctio, here are some other excellent options!

  1. Selina
  2. Convivio
  3. StartUp Mexico campus Oaxaca
  4. Impact Hub Oaxaca
  5. Centro de Imaginacion

Selina

Source: coworker.com

Located in the city center, Selina is a few minutes’ walk from some of the main attractions, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and Zocalo Oaxaca.

It’s a breathtakingly beautiful coworking space. The interior is dominated by the woodwork, and there are many murals around, including one of Einstein. The colors, the furniture, and the plants all fit together in flawless harmony. If you do a creative job or if you’re an artistic soul, you’ll appreciate Selina. It is truly inspiring, and it puts you in a great mood and makes you feel motivated and productive.

The Wi-Fi is great, so that’s one fewer thing to worry about. They offer ergonomic chairs and standing desks. While the range of seating options is not as wide as in enConjuncto, you still have some choice.

There is printing equipment you can use, and there are phone booths and a kitchen at your disposal.

The lounge is charming and pleasant, and you can just chill out with a cup of free coffee or tea when you need a break.

Selina is also a hotel, and a really comfy one at that. If you stay at the hotel and work at the coworking space it provides, you can save a little time on commuting.

Open hours Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday: closed

Sunday: closed

Price Per hour MXN 65
Per day MXN 285
Per week MXN 1,300
Per month MXN 2,200

Convivio

Source: Convivio

Convivio provides great internet and comfy seating. While the chairs are not ergonomic, there are standing desks and bean bags, which gives you options to choose from.

They also offer extra equipment you can use, including projectors, microphones, and printing equipment. If you need privacy or need to attend a video conference or a virtual class, there are Skype rooms you can use.

The community here is cheerful and helpful. The members have their own Facebook group and a Slack channel, so they can stay in touch and exchange ideas. They often meet for lunches and drinks. Convivio organizes many events and workshops, and it hosts TedX events as well. If you’re interested, as a member you can get a discount for those.

When you can’t deal with work anymore and need a break or a distraction, you can take a look at the gallery or grab a novel from the library. The place is pet-friendly, so you can bring your four-legged monster to keep you company and boost your inspiration.

Snacks, tea, and coffee are free. There is also an onsite restaurant, and it’s pretty good. They offer plenty of choice for different diet regimens, including Paleo, vegan, and gluten-free menus. This is super useful because you don’t have to go far if you crave a bit more than a regular old sandwich.

All in all, it’s a pleasant coworking space in the heart of the city, with an awesome community and good food, so it wouldn’t hurt to check it out.

Open hours Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm

Saturday: closed

Sunday: closed

Price Per day MXN 200
Per month MXN 1750

Startup Mexico campus Oaxaca

Source: coworker.com

Startup Mexico is another pretty coworking space in the center of the city. It provides an excellent internet connection, which should save you some headaches. There are comfy seating options, including ergonomic chairs and standing desks.

They appreciate and take care of their community. The members have access to certain benefits, such as:

  • Slack channel for members
  • Community lunches and drinks
  • Pitching events
  • Facebook group for members
  • Toastmasters
  • Events and workshops
  • Mentorship programs
  • Accelerator programs
  • Incubator programs

This is a co-living space as well, and living and working at the same place can be a real time-saver.

There is plenty of equipment you can use if you need to, including printers, projectors, microphones, and even a drone. There are photo and recording studios, as well as sound and video recording equipment.  Whatever your job requires, you’re likely to find here.

There is an onsite restaurant with vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, and halal menus. They offer free tea and coffee, but there is an onsite cafe as wellbecause who doesn’t crave an extra-large Mochaccino from time to time?

The place is wheelchair accessible. You can bring your dog to work with you, but if you’re a cat owner—no such luck, cats are not allowed. They offer car share options and bike storage, which is helpful if you’re looking for ways to travel around the city that don’t include public transport.

Open hours Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm

Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm

Sunday: closed

Price Per day MXN 100
Per week MXN 400

Impact Hub Oaxaca

Source: Impact Hub

Located in the center of the city, Impact Hub is close to just about anything you might need or want to see. They offer high-speed Wi-Fi and ergonomic chairs, but no standing desks. The options are a bit limited, so if you don’t care for sitting all day long, you can always get a travel stand desk and bring it with you. They’re an affordable option that’s easy to carry around for situations such as this one— working from an otherwise perfectly respectable coworking space without a standing desk.

The space provides printing equipment if you need it. There are personal lockers you can use, and a functional kitchen for the days when you feel inspired.

Coffee is free, and you can take it with you to the pretty little lounge space when you want to rest for a while. The place is pet-friendly, so it’s a great option for all of us who can’t bear the separation for half a day.

Open hours Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm

Saturday: closed

Sunday: closed

Price Per day MXN 100
Per week MXN 400
Per month MXN 1,500

Centro de Imaginacion

Source: coworker.com

Centro de Imaginacion is located in the Northern part of the city, but it is only a five minutes’ walk from public transport. It provides fast and reliable Wi-Fi, and the seating options include ergonomic chairs and standing desks, which is great for your back.

There are plenty of workshops, events, and programs they organize for their members. They put an emphasis on life-long learning and help their members discover and develop their interests and talents. They offer printing and video recording equipment. There is a podcasting room, as well.

When you want to take a break, you can go to the yoga studio or meditation room to chill out. If you need a power nap, there’s a nap room too! They provide board games, which are always fun to play in a community like this one, and there is a library and an art gallery to check out if you’re in the mood for some art. 

Centro de Imaginacion is wheelchair accessible. There is free coffee, tea, and snacks. In case your coffee craving demands a barista, there is coffee for purchase as well.

Open hours Monday – Friday: 9 am – 9 pm

Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm

Sunday: closed

Price Per day MXN 100
Per week MXN 500
Per month MXN 1,500

e2 Office Center is our least favorite coworking space in Oaxaca

Source: e2 Office Center

It’s not that the e2 Office Center is absolutely dreadful. It’s really not—it’s just our least favorite coworking space in Oaxaca.

They provide high-speed Wi-Fi, ergonomic chairs, and printing equipment. There is free coffee and a kitchen you are welcome to.

What we dislike about this space is the lack of comfort and content.

The chairs that they offer are comfy enough, but it’s tough to work in one position for several hours. The atmosphere is not greatly conducive to work either, as they don’t try to nurture their community.

There is absolutely nothing to do during a break. You can grab a cup of coffee and sit in the lounge, but unless you want to spend your breaks staring at your phone, you’ll have to get out to find something interesting to do. It’s always more difficult to go back to work once you’ve physically left the building, and it breaks your focus and motivation.

These are not serious issues. You can bring your travel stand desk to allow you a bit more freedom or take a book to work to take your mind off work when you need it to. Still, if there are so many places that can provide everything you need, why waste your time on the one that can’t?

Basics
Pricing
  • Per month: MXN 1,000 and up
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving No

 

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Cusco

15 coworking spaces in Cusco to visit (and one to skip)

Cusco is the seventh-largest city in Peru, situated at a high elevation in the Andes. The city isn’t big and you can mostly move around on foot if you don’t mind the steep streets. The best time to stay in Cusco is during the winter months (June–September), when there are fewer rain showers and the temperature is pleasant. If you’re a first-time traveler to Cusco, check out this vlog:

There aren’t many coworking spaces in Cusco, but the available ones offer private offices and comfortable chairs. Cafés and restaurants are also popular among digital nomads and expats, with somewhat reliable internet and great coffee. Here are our top picks of coworking spaces.

Selina CoWork Cusco is our favorite place to cowork in Cusco

Image source: Selina CoWork Cusco Website

Selina CoWork Cusco is on Plaza de Armas in the historical center of Cusco, where everything is close by. Artful décor and the fast internet make this coworking place stand out from all others in the city.

We spent hours here in comfortable chairs, enjoying free freshly brewed coffee. The kitchen with a small lounge area found downstairs is great for meeting other coworkers. There are two phone booths you don’t have to book ahead, equipped with standing desks. Keep in mind they’re not soundproofed well, so others may hear your conversation if you speak too loud. 

The food at Selina’s restaurant is 15% off for members of the coworking space. You can also participate in all activities available at the Selina hostel, like on-site yoga. Bringing your dog or cat to work is also an option since the space is pet-friendly. All this and the 24/7 opening hours make Selina CoWork a fantastic choice for remote work.  

Basics
Pricing
  • $9 per day
  • $45 per week
  • $140 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving Yes

La Oficina Cusco Coworking is our least favorite place to cowork in Cusco

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La Oficina Cusco Coworking is located in the Marcavalle neighborhood, almost an hour away from the city center.

The first thing we didn’t like are the seats at the hot desks being too close to one another, so others can see what you are working on. You can solve this by paying for a private office, but it is available only at a pricey monthly rate. Ergonomic chairs are not available to everyone, and if you pay for a hot desk, you won’t be getting one. We always carry our travel stand desk with us, so that wasn’t a big issue, but it would be annoying otherwise. 

With all this in mind, La Oficina Cusco Coworking is better for companies than for individuals. It may be a good venue for events, meetings, and workshops, but it’s far from a good place to cowork. 

Basics
Pricing
  • $26 per day
  • $66 per week
  • $235 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 9 am–7 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am–1 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Five coworking spaces in Cusco we also like

If our top pick is not your cup of tea, check out some of these places:  

  1. GenUp Coworking
  2. Ayni Center
  3. Genba Coworking Cusco
  4. Cappuccino Cafe Cusco
  5. Siete & Siete Restocafé

GenUp Coworking 

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GenUp Coworking is five minutes away from the Paradero Magisterio bus station in the Magisterial neighborhood of Cusco. This coworking space may be on the smallish side, but the owners made sure this two-story business is well furnished.

The moment you walk into this coworking space, you feel like you belong there. We came early to check the conference room and see if it will be alright for the meeting later that day. They gave us everything we needed and even offered to prepare snacks for the meeting, free of charge. 

You’d think that private offices are more comfortable than designated desks, but here it’s the other way around. The office they showed us had four glass tables and chairs with lousy back support. Fortunately, the upstairs area offers hot desks with ergonomic chairs. The space also has personal lockers for storing your things, so you can play foosball or have free coffee on the balcony without worrying about your belongings.

Ayni Center

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Ayni Center is in the quiet Santa Mónica neighborhood surrounded by restaurants and cafés. This space offers three plans—daily, weekly, and monthly—all with different perks. The most expensive one will get you a personal locker, conference room, and access to their coworking network.

Modern design and lodge-like décor in the main room make the place cozy and inspiring for work. Chairs at the hot desks may not be ergonomic, but they will keep you comfortable for a couple of hours. If you need consulting services about your projects, Ayni Center offers legal, tax, and risk management advice—for a fee, of course. The internet is fast, and we didn’t have any problems, even when the space was packed. We heard Ayni organizes yoga classes for the members, but there weren’t any when we were there.       

Genba Coworking Cusco 

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Genba Coworking Cusco is located in the neighborhood of Santa Mónica. A great thing about this place is that it offers fast internet and comfortable setting. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Spanish since the staff knows English and will always be there to help.

Genba is quite spacious, with lots of room and comfortable chairs, even at hot desks. We decided to try a semi-private office concept, somewhat similar to a cubicle, and we liked it. A large bookshelf serves as the barrier between two desks, although it doesn’t stop the noise from annoying you. We were disappointed that two people can’t use one semi-office for practical reasons, so one of us rented a hot desk. If you are not meeting with clients, having a seat at the hot desk is enough to get the work done, and cheaper.

Cappuccino Cafe Cusco

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Cappuccino Cafe Cusco is in the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main city square, and offers one of the best views over the city. Unfortunately, there are only three tables on the balcony. If you want to work overlooking the cathedral, you should come here early to beat the crowd.

The cafe is not as comfortable as devoted coworking spaces, but the chairs are decent, so you can work for a couple of hours without getting sore. The coffee is better than the internet and worth the trouble. They also serve a variety of teas and food, so it is a nice place to have brunch.     

Siete & Siete Restocafé

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Siete & Siete Restocafé is located in San Blas, one of the steeper neighborhoods in Cusco. The most impressive thing about this coffee shop is the Wi-Fi. It’s by far one of the fastest in Cusco. 

The greatest downside of this place is the fact that it is not comfortable enough. The tables are too close to each other, and it gets noisier as the day unfolds. The staff is friendly, but don’t hog the table with one drink if you plan to stay longer. Our advice is to try something from their seven-of-everything menu, like one of seven coffees or pastries.       

Other interesting coworking spaces in Cusco:

Where to Stay in Nicaragua

Where to stay in Nicaragua—the land of volcanoes 

A multiethnic and multicultural country, the Republic of Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. It neighbors Honduras to the northwest and Costa Rica to the south. The largest city is Managua, and it is also the capital. Nicaragua has a lot to offer to its visitors due to its rich history, culture, and tradition. These factors, along with its amazing nature and environment, have led to the rise of popularity amongst visitors and tourists. 

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Best cities to stay in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is rich with amazing architecture, stunning landmarks, and breathtaking, inspiring nature. The cities presented below were chosen based on:

  1. Landmarks
  2. Sights
  3. Beauty
  4. Convenience 

These are our picks for top cities to stay in, while in Nicaragua:

  1. Masaya
  2. León
  3. Managua
  4. Granada
Where to stay in Nicaragua
Masaya Known as the cradle of Nicaraguan culture, Masaya is a city filled with markets, shops with arts and crafts, as well as street art.
León León is the second-largest city in Nicaragua, and the home to plenty of monuments, churches, landmarks, as well as several well-known Nicaraguan poets.
Managua The capital has plenty of beautiful sights and places to visit, as well as being the home to a large number of immigrants and expats. Great for people looking for a new place to live. 
Granada Picturesque and beautiful, Granada has a number of historical sites to offer to visitors who are on a budget.
Managua As the capital city, Managua has more than enough fun clubs, bars, and pubs to offer to all night owls and nightlife enthusiasts. 

Transportation in Nicaragua

Most of the larger cities in Nicaragua have a system of public transportation, usually in the form of buses. Taxis are also widely present, as well as rent-a-car places.

Buses are the most affordable way to get around town or between cities. You can find information about the route the bus takes at the bus stop. There are several types of buses, depending on the frequency of stops, distance, vehicle, and passengers.

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Taxis can be found pretty much anywhere, especially in the capital. Nicaraguan taxis are a bit different from your typical taxis, in the sense that there aren’t any meters. So, the first thing that you have to do when you enter a taxi is to negotiate the price. Also, a registered taxi vehicle should have a number painted on it—if you don’t see a number, do not enter.

Where to stay in Nicaragua for art and culture—Masaya

Frequently referred to as the City of Flowers, Masaya is the hub of tradition, art, and culture of Nicaragua. Besides being the place to visit if you are interested in art and culture, Masaya has an impressive cuisine, amazing landmarks, and incredible natural environments— namely the Apoyo Lake and Masaya Volcano.

Things to see and do in Masaya

Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Visit the famous markets
  • Head out to Jueves de Verbena
  • Visit Museo del Folclore

Arts and crafts markets

There are three popular markets in Masaya, namely Old Craft Market, Masaya Crafts Market, and Main Market. They sell all kinds of crafts and creations from the locals. Explore and shop around these colorful and vibrant markets. 

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Jueves de Verbena

Jueves de Verbena is an event that occurs every Thursday, and it takes place at the Old Craft Market. It features music and traditional Nicaraguan dance, as well as delicious local food.

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Museo del Folclore

Museo del Folclore is an exquisite museum dedicated to the extensive history, culture, tradition, and of course, folklore of Nicaragua.

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Where to stay in Nicaragua for the first time—León

León is the place to be if you are visiting Nicaragua for the first time. It is home to marvelous architectural structures, historical landmarks, a cathedral, and an astonishing number of churches. You can also see the ruins of the original León city that has been proclaimed as a World Heritage Site.

Things to see and do in León

Here are some ideas for places to visit:

  • Visit León Viejo
  • Visit The Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary
  • Visit Casa Salud DeBayle

León Viejo

The ruins of the old city serve as a record of the first European settlements in the New World. It was rediscovered in 1967, and the most impressive thing about this ancient ruin is that it remained unaltered for the entirety of the time it was undiscovered. Today, there are people who work hard to preserve this remarkable site. 

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The Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary

Also known as León Cathedral, this cathedral is an imposing and incredible building that has significant historical value not just for León, but also for Nicaragua. Built in the Baroque and Neoclassical style, this cathedral serves as a final resting place for several prominent Nicaraguan figures, including Luis H. DeBayle, Rubén Darío, and Alfonso Cortés, to name but a few.

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Casa Salud DeBayle

Casa Salud DeBayle is a museum dedicated to the first doctor in Central America, Luis H. DeBayle. He opened the first private clinic and provided free medical care to those who couldn’t afford it.

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Where to stay in Nicaragua long term—Managua

Managua has become quite popular among foreigners for its attractive and relatively affordable cost of living. Managua is the heart of the economy, education, and nightlife, as well as an amazing place with a number of fabulous sites to visit and explore. Managua is well connected to other cities and areas in Nicaragua. The city of Managua is also the only one to have an international airport in the country. 

Things to see and do in Managua

These are some of our suggestions for things to do while staying in Managua:

  • Hang out at the Montelimar Beach
  • Have a drink at Next Club Managua
  • Have lunch at Cocina de Dona Haydee

Montelimar Beach

Relax and unwind at this great beach with white sand.

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Next Club Managua

If you’re looking for a good party, head straight to Next Club Managua—a club with an inviting atmosphere that plays trendy music and serves tasty drinks.

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Cocina de Doña Haydee

A highly rated restaurant that serves traditional local Nicaraguan food, Cocina de Doña Haydee is a must-visit place for any foodie out there.

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Where to Stay in Patagonia

Where to stay in Patagonia — an explorer’s heaven

Choosing where to stay in Patagonia depends on your budget, vibe, and interests. Patagonia is a region of South America shared by Chile and Argentina. Around 10% of the region falls under the jurisdiction of Chile, and the remaining 90% belong to Argentina. Patagonia is a huge area that isn’t densely populated, and it has some of the most diverse and incredible fauna and flora. Thanks to these factors, Patagonia has been able to preserve its natural beauty and keep it pristine and unspoiled. Over the years, Patagonia has become somewhat of a paradise for adventurers and explorers who seek excitement and thrills.

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Best places to explore in Patagonia, Chile

In the Chilean part of Patagonia, there are five regions: Aysén, Araucanía, Los Lagos Region, Los Ríos Region, and Magallanes. Each of these regions is further subdivided into administrative areas, towns, cities, municipalities, etc.

About the regions
Aysén This region is home to a number of glaciers, lakes, fjords, rainforests, and icefields. Aysén is one of the least populated regions in Patagonia, ideal for people who like to explore nature and dislike large gatherings and crowds.
Araucanía The homeland of the indigenous Mapuche people, it is filled with many national parks and national reserves. There is also a large number of unspoiled forests. In Araucanía, you can find the largest city of Patagonia—Temuco.
Los Lagos Region Bordered by Los Ríos Region and Aysén, to the north and south respectively, and by the Pacific on the west and Argentina on the east, Los Lagos Region is home to the wild environment and several protected areas. The protected areas include nine parks and two national monuments.
Los Ríos Region Los Ríos Region is divided into two provinces: Valdivia and Ranco Province. Its economy relies mostly on tourism, manufacturing, and forestry. 
Magallanes Magallanes is the largest and southernmost of all the regions. Some of the more prominent and well-known landscapes and attractions include Cape Horn, Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego, and Torres del Paine. A large portion of the land is uninhabitable. The majority of the population that lives in this region is situated in the capital, Punta Arenas.

How to get around Patagonia

The best way to see and explore Patagonia and all it has to offer is by car. By renting a car, you have the liberty and independence to travel across Patagonia at your own pace. On a side note, there are some areas where there aren’t that many gas stations, so you should keep that in mind when traveling.

Where to stay in Patagonia for the first time—Magallanes

Patagonia as a whole is ideal for travelers who love the great outdoors and who enjoy exploring nature. However, a starting point is necessary, and our pick is Magallanes. This region can offer something to everybody.

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Things to see and do in Magallanes

These are some of our suggestions for places to visit during your stay in Magallanes.

  • Visit The Penguins Natural Monument
  • Learn at museum Nao Victoria
  • Explore Pali-Aike National Park

Los Pingüinos Natural Monument

This monument is a popular tourist destination that is typically open to people from October to March. It is home to the Magellanic penguin, as well as other species such as sea lions, dolphin gulls, common gulls, imperial shags, and South American fur seals. It’s open from 2 pm to 7 pm.

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Museo Nao Victoria

The museum is primarily dedicated to Ferdinand Magellan and Nao Victoria (or simply, Victoria)— the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the globe. Located in Punta Arenas, the capital of the Magallanes region, it offers its visitors a great history lesson and an opportunity to explore the replica of the ship. You can also find replicas of tools used during that time, as well as documentation and books.

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Pali-Aike National Park

The landscapes of this park include volcanoes, forests, and caves. It is full of different kinds of plants and animals, some of which are native only to this region. According to the local people, this is where the devil resides. 

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Where to stay in Patagonia for explorers—Aysén

Aysén is an explorer’s paradise. This region is gaining popularity among explorers because of its alluring and breathtaking natural beauty. Here, you can see the magical Marble Caves, the San Rafael Glacier, the Northern Patagonian Ice Field, Cerro Castillo, and so much more.

Things to see and do in Aysén

Here are some suggestions for places to explore.

  • Visit Queulat National Park
  • Explore the blue and beautiful Marble Caves
  • Visit Cerro Castillo

Queulat National Park

In this stunning park, you can witness the amazing hanging glacier under which a waterfall trickles down. You can also walk through the park and see its impressive animals and plants.

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Marble Caves

Kind of mystical and magical with its blue crystals and waters, the Marble Caves truly are a wonder of nature. This awe-inspiring sight is most definitely worth visiting.

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Cerro Castillo

Find a guide and explore the wildlife this mountain has to offer. There is also the option to set up a tent here and camp. 

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Where to stay in Patagonia long term—Araucanía

Araucanía is our pick for a place to stay for a longer period of time. Its largest and most populous city is Temuco. Some other large cities worth visiting are Angol and Villarrica. We picked this region because it offers expats the opportunity to work and find a job. There is also a large number of immigrants from all over the world.

Things to see and do in Araucanía

Here are some ideas for things to do during your stay in Araucanía.

  • Relax at Caburgua Lake
  • Dine at A la Olla 
  • Shop at Vivo Outlet Mall

Caburgua Lake

Have a fun and relaxing day at Caburgua Lake. The sights and views are a feast for the eyes. 

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A la Olla restaurant

Dine at this restaurant with a gorgeous setting, and you’ll enjoy every single bite.

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Vivo Outlet Mall

If you’re a bit of a shopaholic, you’ll love Vivo Outlet—a shopping center that has all the trendy shops, along with a food court and a cinema. 

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