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. 

Image source: breakaway.surfretreat_

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.

Image source: wikipedia.org

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. 

Image source: twoblondevagabonds

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.

Image source: romsandino

Museo del Folclore

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

Image source: spicyphotographer

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. 

Image source: vegansaurios

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.

Image source: jdodsonian

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.

Image source: karlacajina_

 

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.

Image source: many_park

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.

Image source: lana_dj

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.

Image source: dietdropouts

 

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

Image source: La Oficina Cusco Coworking Facebook

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 

Image source: GenUp Coworking Facebook

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

Image source: Ayni Center Website

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 

Image source: Genba Coworking Cusco Facebook

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

Image source: Cappuccino Cafe Cusco Facebook

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

Image source: Siete & Siete Restocafé Facebook

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:

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 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 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 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!

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.

Image source: patagoniachile

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.

Image source: laura_villagranhildebrandt

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.

Image source: wen_wen_jiang

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.

Image source: errante_travel

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. 

Image source: osobuco_

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.

Image source: yuki_tsukada

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.

Image source: dailyhivemapped

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. 

Image source: cata_etcheverry

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. 

Image source: jorgeeestyle

A la Olla restaurant

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

Image source: alaolla_restorant

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. 

Image source: holamoyra

Where to stay in São Paulo

Where to stay in Sao Paulo

Where to stay in São Paulo, the city of drizzle and street carnivals

Long overshadowed by its sister city Rio De Janeiro, the city of São Paulo slowly overtook the spotlight to become the megacity it is today. One of Brazil’s most vibrant cities, it is known for its crazy weather, mixed culture, commitment to art, and diverse architecture. It also happens to be the most populated city on the South American continent. You could spend weeks exploring it, and you’ll still have plenty left to see and do.

With a city this large, it’s difficult to decide where to stay in São Paulo. To help you out, we will list the best areas and give you reasons why to pick them. Here are some top areas to consider:

  1. Centro Histórico
  2. Republica
  3. Bela Vista

We made our picks after careful consideration, based on the following factors:

  • The overall vibe of the neighborhood
  • Fun things to do and see
  • How connected the area is
  • Accommodation options
  • Safety

Where to stay in São Paulo

Best for first-timers Centro Histórico The historical center of the city with plenty of sightseeing options
Best for the nightlife Republica The most vibrant part of the city packed with clubs and bars
Best long term Bela Vista A peaceful neighborhood with all the amenities you could wish for

São Paulo transportation system

São Paulo metro map. Photo credit: Wikimedia

There are several ways you can get around São Paulo:

  1. Metro: There is a total of 15 subway and suburban railway lines run through São Paulo and connect pretty much all the important districts. São Paulo metro is fast and reliable since it plays a major part in the city’s tourist economy and connects many business sectors.
  2. Bus: Buses are plenty throughout the city, and they are frequent and reliable since the majority of citizens commute with them to work. They’re good for short distance hopping and are color-coded for the areas they pass through, making them easy to memorize.
  3. Taxi: Taxis are relatively cheap and reliable. A usual starting fee is around 4.5 reals ($1), and the price of one kilometer is about the same. Just make sure the driver uses a taximeter to avoid any unwanted “tourist taxes”.
  4. Uber: As in most modern cities, rental car services, such as Uber, are present in São Paulo. Although not necessarily cheaper than a regular taxi, they still provide the comfort and safety that attract customers to these types of services.
  5. Helicopter: Here’s a transportation method unique to São Paulo. The city has the largest fleet of helicopters in the world. The Voom service, for example, is similar to Uber and other vehicle renting services, charging passengers based on the distance traveled and weight carried. Although it’s obviously more expensive than ground transport, it’s worth checking out, if at least once for the experience. 
  6. Biking: The city has constructed over 400km (250 miles) of bicycle routes to battle its high traffic. Make use of them for short distance traveling to avoid getting stuck.

Where to stay for first-timers in São Paulo — Centro Histórico

There is no better place to start your journey through São Paulo than where it all originated from. Centro Histórico (city center) is the city’s core that brings all the pieces together. It’s a diverse combination of economic prosperity and cultural development. The district has plenty to offer for everyone.

What to see and do in Centro Histórico?

São Paulo Cathedral

The land upon which the cathedral stands has been a place of worship since early settlements in the then village of São Paulo. Construction began in 1913 under the guidance of Duarte Leopoldo e Silva, the first archbishop of São Paulo. The project was handed to German architect Maximilian Emil Hehl, who was renowned for his architectural work in Brazil.

This Neo-Gothic style megachurch stands at 111 meters (364 feet) tall and serves as a reminder of the city’s European roots and the strong spirituality among Brazilian people.

Photo credit: assembleiasp

Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

There’s no better place to experience the Brazilian taste and smell (literally) than the Marketplace of São Paulo. This legendary marketplace consists of two floors, the first floor being the shopping area and the second a restaurant. The stands are full of homegrown fruits and vegetables, coffee, spices, meat, and similar delicacies ready to intrigue your taste buds.

Although the historic building the market is housed in was built for the purpose it serves, looking at its architectural style, it reminds of elements typically found in cathedrals, such as large stained windows, pillars, tall ceiling, and a dome.

Photo credit: lubelingieri

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

Ancient Greek and Roman picture galleries called pinacothecas served as inspiration for the São Paulo Pinacoteca. It was founded in 1905 and established as a state museum in 1911.

Focused mainly on Brazilian art pieces from the 19th century, the museum also houses a department of European works. Most notably, you will see the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, who inspired many Brazilian artists. The part of Pinacoteca devoted to his art is considered to be one of the most important art displays in Brazil.

Photo credit: lariduarteoficial

Where to stay for the nightlife in São Paulo — Republica

Republica is the area located around the Praça da República (Republic Park) and the metro station of the same name. You will find it right next to the historic city center.

Its large concentration of skyscrapers is broken by the parks and historic buildings that can be found in the area. This modern neighborhood offers plenty of things to do throughout the day and well into the night, and isn’t shy of its cultural significance either.

What to see and do in Republica

Theatro Municipal de São Paulo

The municipal theater of São Paulo was built in 1911 as a tribute to the city’s increasing presence and importance on the international stage. Architecture connoisseurs will recognize its Renaissance style and notice that its designers took inspiration from the Paris Opera House.

Home to the São Paulo Symphonic Orchestra and the city’s official ballet ensemble, its stage was graced by both the local and internationally acclaimed actors, orchestras, and opera singers.

Photo credit: theatromunicipal

Museu do Futebol

Brazilians are world-famous for their passion for football (soccer). The sport plays one of the largest cultural roles in the country. Located in the area of Estádio do Pacaembu, the most important stadium in the region of São Paulo is a museum dedicated to that passion. 

The exhibits are just as much dedicated to the players and their amazing achievements as they are to the fans without whom none of it would be possible.

One of the most beloved exhibits is the World Cup Room (Sala das Copas do Mundo) which hosts modern displays of each World Cup, from its inception in 1930 to the present day.

Photo credit: museudofutebol

Love Story Club

Known as “the house of all houses” and one of the best nightlife venues in São Paulo, Love Story Club has achieved world-famous status in the world of EDM (electronic dance music). The parties hosted in the club are known for lasting up to ten hours straight, usually starting before midnight and ending around 9 a.m. the next day. This makes the club absolutely unmissable. Whether you’ve just started your night or looking for a killer after-party, you’re bound to love this club.

In 2002, the legendary British duo Layo & Bushwacka created a song called “Love Story” to celebrate their time in São Paulo and the club.

Photo credit: Love Story

Where to stay long term in São Paulo — Bela Vista

The district of Bela Vista is the ideal location to base yourself long term for many reasons. It’s close to the city’s historic center, well-connected with public transportation, and has plenty of entertainment options to offer. What makes it ideal for living is that you can find everything you may need within the neighborhood, which makes it completely independent from other areas. Schools, shopping centers, hospitals, and similar necessities are within walking distance, and it’s a generally safe area.

What to see and do in Bela Vista?

Ibirapuera Park

Just a few blocks from Bela Vista you will find the Ibirapuera — the most visited park in South America, averaging jaw-dropping 40,000 visitors per day. While the park itself offers plenty of escape from the concrete jungle with its lakes and greenery, the real gems inside it are the many cultural and historical monuments. They include, but are not limited to:

  • São Paulo Modern Arts Museum (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo)
  • Ibirapuera Auditorium
  • Afro-Brazilian Museum (Museu Afro Brasil)
  • Japanese Pavilion (Pavilhao Japones)

Photo credit: paulosilva087

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

The São Paulo Museum of Art is located on Paulista Avenue, one of the most recognizable streets in the city. The building was designed by Lina Bo Bardi, a famous Brazilian-Italian architect. In her effort to conserve as much of the public space as possible, she created a design that elevated the building above ground using four pillars.

Although the museum itself is a private non-profit, its founders went to great lengths to secure the best collection available. Because of their efforts, the museum now holds a priceless collection of recognizable European art, considered the finest one south of the equator.

Photo credit: masp

Some of the notable artists and paintings include, but are not limited to:

  • Portrait of a Young Man with a Golden Chain; Rembrandt, 1635
  • Portrait of Suzanne Bloch; Picasso, 1904
  • The resurrection of Christ; Raffaello, 1502
  • Virgin and Child with the Infant St. John the Baptist; Botticelli, 1490
  • The Student; Van Gogh, 1888

Livraria Cultura National Assembly

Just down the street from the Museum of Art sits the largest bookstore in all of South America: Livraria Cultura Conjunto Nacional. It is part of the Livraria Cultura bookstore chain and located in a renovated movie theater space inside the Conjunto Nacional building.

The incredible selection of books is tourist-friendly, as most of them can have the English edition as well. Apart from books, the store also houses music records, trading cards, board games, and more. It is also home to plenty of cultural events from the world of literature.

Photo credit: livraria_cultura

Where to stay in Guadalajara

Where to stay in Guadalajara, the land of tequila and mariachi

With origins as far back as 1531, the second-largest city of Mexico is a standing example of central-American tradition meeting modern metropolis expectations, creating a melting pot of culture and technology. The city of Guadalajara is also part of IEEE’s “Smart Cities”, a program dedicated to uniting major cities into research and development of smart technological solutions in fields such as energy, communication, health, etc.

This article will help you choose where to stay in Guadalajara.


The Guadalajara metropolitan area comprises of the city center and seven other municipalities:

  1. Zapopan
  2. Tlaquepaque
  3. Tonalá
  4. Tlajomulco de Zuñiga
  5. El Salto
  6. Ixtlahuacán de Los Membrillos
  7. Juanacatlán

With this in mind, here are our recommended areas to stay in Guadalajara:

Center Guadalajara (Centro) Best for first-timers
Zapopan Best for modern nightlife visits
Tlaquepaque Best for artistic/bohemian crowd

Public transportation, getting around Guadalajara

If you chose any of the locations we’ve listed, the most important things should be within walking distance from you. Alternatively, here are four ways you can get around Guadalajara:

  1. Bus
  2. Taxi
  3. Uber
  4. Subway

Bus

Guadalajara has a total of 178 bus lines and the majority passes through the city center. Luckily, the Moovit app can help you understand their routes easily. A standard bus ticket will cost between 6 and 10 Pesos ($0.45-0.80)

Taxi

Although taxies in Guadalajara are safe for tourists to use, they can be pretty inconvenient. The prices vary heavily depending on where you’re being picked up, where you’re going and the time of year. The average starting fee is around 30 Pesos ($1.6) and the price of one kilometer is usually around 10 Pesos ($0.55), although some taxies will try to bargain with tourists to get a better price. A half-an-hour ride within city areas should not cost you more than 150 Pesos ($8). The price is increased by up to 40% for outer city areas and 15% for the night tariff.

Uber

UberX is available and safe to use. Travelers that enjoy the comfort and convenience of using Uber can rest assured, it provides the same types of advantages compared to taxis, as you’d expect from the service.

Subway

There are two main subway lines operating in Guadalajara. A regular ticket should cost around 7 pesos ($ 0.40). Here’s a map of the stations, green representing one train line and blue the other.

Source: Wikipedia

Where to stay for first-timers – Centro (Guadalajara city Center)

The city center is a good location to set up base, with lots of things to see and do in the area, and with easy access to the rest of Guadalajara.

Pros

Cons

  • Plenty of things to see and do
  • Central location (obviously)
  • Entertainment at all price ranges
  • Some key activities in Guadalajara are away from the center

What to see and do in Centro Guadalajara?

Cathedral de Guadalajara

The first official city cathedral was a small church built all the way back in 1541. However, in May of 1574, the building caught fire and was severely damaged.
During this time, King Felipe II already commissioned Spanish architect Martin Casillas to build a new cathedral.
It was finally completed in February 1618 and looked mostly the same as it does today.
In 1849, an earthquake shook the region and damaged the cathedral, its towers beyond repair. Reconstruction started shortly after, and the new structures were completed in 1854, after which Pope Pius XII elevated Catedral de Guadalajara to the rank of Minor Basilica.

San Juan de Dios Market

This is the largest indoor marketplace in Latin America, covering a total of 40 000 square meters. The market has 3 levels, all of which have different purposes.

  • The first floor has typical marketplace goods such as fresh groceries, sweets, drinks, as well as crafted goods and souvenirs
  • The second floor if full of food stalls and restaurants, where both locals and tourists alike come to enjoy cheap, authentic Mexican dishes.
  • The third floor is, dedicated to imported goods and modern technology

Many of the vendors are willing to bargain for their price, so don’t be afraid to look around for better prices on the same or similar items.

Source: Instagram @haoshan.j

Where to stay in Central Guadalajara

Affordable price range: One Guadalajara Centro Historico – a colorful, furnished apartment in the center area.

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: Victoria Apartment Zona Centro – outstanding for the price and amenities it provides

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range: Mariott – lux hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay for the nightlife experience – Avenida Chapultepec

People looking for the full-on Mexican nightlife experience, while still being in the heart of the city, should look at areas surrounding Avenida Chapultepec (Obrera/Americana). Located just south-west of the Centro area, this modern neighborhood has plenty of places to go and spend your hard-earned cash, especially at night.

Pros Cons
  • An infinite number of activities, both in the area and nearby
  • Youthful, upbeat area
  • Central location
  • Can get overcrowded, especially on the weekends

What to see and do at Avenida Chapultepec

Chapultepec Salsero

This is a live dance event where people come on Chapultepec Avenue, between Lerdo de Tejada and La Paz. The event takes place every Monday from 6:30 pm. For the first hour, people get to learn Salsa and Bachata, then from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the street dance event takes place. Everyone can participate and it’s completely free, it’s all about coming together to enjoy the evening.

Source: Facebook @Chapultepec Salsero

Walk down the Avenue

The avenue is the heart of this area, with plenty of bars, restaurants, clubs, and street food to choose from. Walking down the avenue and absorbing the culture can be an attraction in itself, but wait until you see it lit-up at night.

Source: Instagram @biancah.photo

Jose Cuervo Express

All aboard the Tequila train. Hop on the Jose Cuervo to learn about the origins and production of the world-famous drink. The train leaves from Guadalajara for the town of Tequila, after which the drink was named. Depending on the type of pass you buy, on the train, you’ll be offered different drinks and snacks to enjoy while you travel. At the destination, visitors will be offered a tour of the La Rojeña distillery, which started producing Tequila over 250 years ago. The landscape and the industrial facilities of Tequila are Unesco World Heritage sites.

Source: Facebook @Jose Cuervo Express

Where to stay in Avenida Chapultepec, our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Cool & Comfy Hostel – modern, colorful loft in a great location

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: Art-Filled Loft – vintage-looking living interior mixed with a modern kitchen and bathroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range:  Suites Parioli – gorgeous hotel

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay, artistic/bohemian edition – Centro Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque is an area famous for its art, particularly its colorful pottery. The Centro and surrounding areas of San Francisco and De Santiago are great neighborhoods for your base location in Tlaquepaque. Just don’t get it confused with central Guadalajara, this is a separate municipality.

Pros Cons
  • Vibrant and colorful area
  • Plenty of activities and things to see
  • The architecture reminds of past times
  • A bit secluded, but not too far

What to see and do in Tlaquepaque?

Calle Independencia

Historically blocks of homes for the wealthy colonials, the houses, and area around them have been transformed into one of the favorite districts both for locals and tourists. The area is full of shops, cafes, art exhibits, it’s very colorful and full of greenery, making it a great escape from modern metropolis life. Make sure to buy some art as a souvenir and support local artistry.

Museo Regional de la Cerámica (National Ceramics Museum)

Opened in 1954 and serves as one of the two museums dedicated to preserving ceramics and similar crafted art from the area, but winder Mexico as well. The second museum was named after Pantaleon Panduro. Born on July 26th, 1847 in Tlaquepaque, he was a self-taught clay sculptor famous for his lifelike human figurines. The museum houses winning pieces of Mexicos’ annual nation-wide ceramics competition from the past three decades. Once you’re done with the National Ceramics Museum, head on over to the Pantaleon Panduro exhibit.

Source: Facebook @Francisco Gutierrez Llamas

El Jardín Hidalgo

Named after Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, who was a Roman-catholic priest and leader of the Mexican war of Independence. In the middle of the square, there is a giant statue of Miguel. Along with his statue, notably, there are two churches nearby:

  • El Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Solitude)
  • Parroquia de San Pedro (Parish of Saint Peter)
Source: Instagram @pmcandrew4

Where to stay in Centro Tlaquepaque

Affordable price range: Hostel Hospedarte Centro – like the name says, charming apartment and good location

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: Casa Carmen Tlaquepaque Centro – nicely furnished, great location

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range: Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel

Where to Stay in Mexico City

Where to Stay in Mexico City – the largest city in the Western hemisphere 

The largest city in North America, the second-most populous city in the world, and the capital of Mexico, Mexico City is also the oldest city in the Americas. Founded in 1325, this city was the capital of the Aztec Empire. Furthermore, during the colonial period, Mexico City served as the capital of New Spain. This city didn’t gain independence until 16th September of 1810. To honor this important milestone in Mexican history, the city hosts numerous exciting and interesting festivities. 

Moreover, Mexico City has the largest number of palaces in the Americas and several archeological sites. Together with authentic colonial architecture and some of the Aztecan ruins, they testify to the immense cultural and historical heritage of this global metropolis. That is why it comes as an utter surprise to discover that this incredible destination is, in fact, a hidden gem of this part of the world. The large majority of tourists who visit Mexico City are usually domestic travelers while the international ones pass out on the opportunity of engaging in a truly unique experience. 

In case you decide to visit this marvelous city, owing to everything Mexico City has to offer, you may become overwhelmed with deciding where to stay in this gigantic city. There is no need to worry, as we have prepared a detailed guide with the best areas of the city.

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Mexico City

As Mexican capital and the largest city in North America, Mexico City is divided into 16 boroughs or ‘’alcadias’’ for easier and more efficient functioning. These boroughs are further divided into countless neighborhoods or ‘’colonias’’. People of Mexico City select the area to live in based on their income and social status.

On the other hand, tourists decide to stay in neighborhoods that will allow them to explore the city easily and enjoy its major landmarks. It is important to add that due to the enormous proportions of Mexico City, it is quite impossible to visit all its cultural and historical landmarks during one visit. To put it simply, Mexico City will enchant you and leave you wanting more. 

To help you with your quest of finding the ideal place to stay in this splendid city, our top neighborhoods are the following ones:

  1. Reforma
  2. La Condesa
  3. Roma Norte
  4. Coyoacán
  5. Centro Historico 

When combined with the majority of activities and attractions they have to offer to its visitors, it looks like this:

Neighborhood

Ideal for:

Why?

Reforma

First-timers

This area contains the majority of historical landmarks of the city

La Condesa

Nightlife

It has an incredible vibe fueled by numerous restaurants, clubs, and bars

Centro Historico

On a budget

Affordable accommodations with some historical landmarks

Coyoacán

Bohemians and ex-pats

Museums, cobblestone streets, colonial architecture

Roma Norte

Long-term stay

The ideal mixture of culture and tradition

Where to stay in Mexico for the first time – Reforma

When they say Reforma, the locals usually mean the area surrounding the most famous avenue in Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma, which runs between Alameda Central and Chapultepec. This area contains the majority of the cultural and historical values of this metropolis. That is why it is the most suitable area for staying in Mexico City if you are visiting for the first time.

Apart from these landmarks, it also has numerous business and office buildings, shops, and restaurants which makes it a very trendy place as well. Due to its attractions, it is one of the most congested districts in the city. 

Image source: paseodelareforma

Things to see and do in Reforma

The area surrounding the Paseo de la Reforma contains numerous museums, parks, lakes, castles, and iconic monuments. Check out what we have selected as musts in Reforma: 

  • Chapultepec
  • Castillo de Chapultepec
  • Anthropology Museum
  • Diana the Huntress Fountain
  • Angel of Independence

Chapultepec

Chapultepec is one of the largest parks in Mexico City. It provides a piece of nature and a relaxing oasis in the middle of the bustling city. This park also contains a Zoo, two artificial lakes, and a castle. The Monument of Young Heroes (Monumento a Los Niños Héroes) is located at the entrance of the park, as the remainder of the war between Mexicans and Americans. 

Image source: matth_fln

Image source: es_mexico_

Castillo de Chapultepec

This castle is found in the Chapultepec park and through history, it served several purposes. From being an imperial palace, presidential residence, observatory, to what it is today, the National Museum of History. 

Image source: aysaraelisa

Anthropology Museum

Museo Nacional de Antropología is the largest museum in Mexico City. It contains some of the most remarkable archeological and anthropological artifacts from several historical periods. 

Image source: poeirasluis

Diana the Huntress Fountain

Fuente de la Diana Cazadora is one of the most impressive fountains dedicated to Diana, the Roman goddess, or Artemis, the Greek counterpart. 

Image source: chimbo

Angel of Independence

El Ángel or Monumento a la Independencia is the most prominent landmark of Mexico City. Both used for celebrations and protests, this sculpture symbolizes Mexico’s fight for independence and ultimate victory. 

Image source: lucke_andolini_corleone

Where to stay in Mexico City for nightlife – La Condesa

For eclectic nightlife go to La Condesa. It actually consists of three smaller neighborhoods such as Condesa, Condesa-Hipodrómo and Hipódromo, but the locals here don’t separate them and refer to this area simply as La Condesa. This whole area is a great mixture of urban and bohemian. 

With numerous shops, boutiques, refined restaurants serving both local and international food, and bars on the one hand and art galleries, museums, colonial buildings, authentic street markets on the other, La Condesa successfully and stylistically merges the traditional with the modern. If you are interested in its more urban side than feel free to wander along Avenida Insurgentes which will show you the modern buildings and cafes as well as some of the most picturesque parks of Mexico City. 

Things to see and do in La Condesa

As the nightlife hub of Mexico City, La Condesa offers plenty of options when it comes to bars, pubs, taverns, restaurants, and shops while during the day you can relax in some of the nearby parks or check out some of the finest buildings in Art Deco style. We recommend: 

  • Tacos Gus
  • La Xampa
  • El Plaza
  • Azul Condesa
  • Huset

Tacos Gus

If you are looking for a unique local food experience, don’t miss a chance to try some of the best tacos in the whole of Mexico! Gus, the owner, offers countless different items to choose from and prepares the taco of your choice on the spot with love. 

Image source: coluhenry

La Xampa

For a place with great food, even better drinks, and lovely live performances by local artists, visit La Xampa, as it is one of the most popular restaurants in town. 

Image source: foodandpleasure_