Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala

First Edition, September 2009
Pages: 440

Price: $19.95 USD
ISBN: 9781598802078

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781598805222

Al Argueta first traveled to Guatemala at the age of three—and has been hooked ever since. He has spent much of his life traveling and relocating, and has lived for a year in Guatemala. This experience, along with numerous other month-long stays in Guatemala, has provided Al with the insight and know-how on making the move to this increasingly-popular Central America locale. In Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala, he provides his tips and advice in an accessible and straightforward manner—making the moving and transition process easy for businesspeople, students, teachers, retirees, and professionals.

Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala is packed with essential information and must-have details on setting up daily life, including obtaining visas, arranging finances, gaining employment, choosing schools, and finding health care. This relocation guide also includes practical advice on how to rent or buy a home for a variety of needs and budgets. With extensive color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps, Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala will help you find your bearings as you settle into your new home and life abroad.

What’s inside Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala

Here’s what author Al Argueta loves about Guatemala:
  • The air smells like an earthy mix of flowers, dirt, rain, and coffee beans.
  • There’s color everywhere, from pastel-colored homes to the vibrant wardrobes of its indigenous inhabitants.
  • I can spend the day in what feels like Los Angeles or 17th-century Spain, depending on my whims.
  • It’s really hard to beat the weather in Antigua, Guatemala City, or Lake Atitlán.
  • There are rainforests, with Mayan ruins as an added bonus.
  • Good, strong coffee is locally grown.
  • You can find state-of-the-art dental care at affordable prices.
  • There are black-sand beaches and 33 volcanoes.
  • It’s still kind of exotic because few people know Guatemala exists, or they just have no idea how beautiful it is.

Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala.

At the age of three, Al Argueta first traveled to Guatemala with his father. He was utterly captivated by the country’s landscape and its Mayan inhabitants. He would later live in Guatemala for two years, allowing him to formally learn Spanish and to experience Guatemala’s culture firsthand. During summers in high school and college, Al would take a month off and travel to Guatemala to explore its jungles, Mayan ruins, and villages.

In college, Al majored in journalism and Latin American studies, managing to squeeze in two study-abroad programs in Manchester and Maastricht. He also traveled through much of Europe. After college, he interned with Costa Rica’s Tico Times, getting his first exposure to travel writing and photography, in addition to covering then-President Bill Clinton’s visit to Guatemala. Al worked briefly for a newspaper in the Virgin Islands before moving on to photography school in Hawaii. He also taught English to college students in Thailand for a time, continuing to satiate the travel bug that bit him years back.

Al now lives in Austin, Texas, where he’s managed to stay put in one place for an unprecedented three years. In addition to writing, he does freelance travel photography for clients that have included US Airways, Caribbean Travel & Life, Condé Nast Traveler, Outside’s GO, and Continental. Guatemala is still his favorite place to photograph. His website is