Best Cities for Digital Nomads in Latin America (2024)

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edited January 10 in Lifestyle

After a restful festive season, a Merry Christmas, or however you spent the last days of December, let’s welcome 2024 with a Latin twist. Wherever you are today, take a minute to travel with us, and check out the coolest cities in Latin America for digital nomads. Read on, as we travel south of the border and discover the best places to travel in Latin America.

1. Pipa, Brazil

Pipa is a laid back village in the Northeast of Brazil, offering sun, peace and surf to digital nomads and tourists alike. Leave the winter blues behind and bask in Pipa’s subtropical climate, but beware, high season is in January and February. Boasting bountiful restaurants and a thriving nightlife, if you’re looking for a village vibe with decent Wi-Fi, why not try Pipa. Nomad Village Brazil is a nomad hub with spacious lodgings and 150-250 Mbps Wi-Fi.

2. Cartagena, Colombia

If you’re employed by a country outside Colombia, and earn upwards of USD 650 a month, then congratulations, you are eligible to apply for a two year digital nomad visa. Once you’ve got your visa sorted, then put the Caribbean city of Cartagena, renowned for its cuisine and colonial architecture on your map. The historic walled city originated in the 16th century, and the entire city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Cartagena is renowned as being one of the safest Latin American cities, check out Selina Cartagena for a hot, hotel based coworking spot. 

3. Arequipa, Peru

For digital nomads seeking a blend of historic charm and modern comfort, Arequipa may be just what you’re looking for. The second most populated of the Peruvian cities is an upcoming digital nomad hub, with nature on its doorstep. Famed for its Arequipeño cuisine, try the menu del dia (set menu) in any of the family run restaurants dotted throughout Arequipa. They have many great coworking spaces, try Espacio Casa Abierta Coworking for a taste of Arequipa style coworking in one of South America’s most beautiful cities.

4. La Serena, Chile

The second oldest city in Chile, La Serena is known for its long beaches, seafaring past and colonial architecture. Blessed with a cathedral, as well as churches and convents, this is possibly one of the best cities to live in in South America. If you’re curious about the Rapa-Nui, check out the Archaeological Museum of La Serena to see the only Easter Island figurehead that’s been to Europe. For digital nomads who enjoy a glass or two, the Elqui Valley produces pisco (distilled grape based spirit). Pisco promises to quench even the thirstiest of travelers curious to partake in the continent’s liquor. Try Nueva Costanera Cowork if you’re a digital nomad seeking a haven for your innovative soul.

5. Guadalajara, Mexico 

Next in our guide to the best cities in Latin America, let’s visit Guadalajara, a vibrant city in the beating heart of Mexico. The city’s burgeoning tech scene and entrepreneurial spirit combined with history and a rich culture make Guadalajara a digital nomad hub worth visiting. With a low cost of living and year round sunshine, digital nomads who aim to balance exploration and el trabajo (work) are flocking to Guadalajara. To meet the needs of remote workers, coworking spots and cafes are everywhere, Workósfera is a good place to start.  

6. Guayaquil, Ecuador 

Ecuador! If you’re headed to Ecuador, be sure to visit the country’s commercial hub. Since the country launched a two year digital nomad visa scheme, Ecuador has quickly become one of South America’s digital nomad hotspots. Affordable living, friendly locals and high-speed internet access make Guayaquil an attractive choice. What’s more, the country’s second largest city is the port capital of Ecuador and it is a perfect base to explore the pacific beaches and the Galapagos. 

7. Asunción, Paraguay

The capital of Paraguay, known as “the Mother of Cities” is one of the oldest cities in South America. Asunción is another Latin American city where innovative modernity meets the charm of the past. For digital nomads planning to stay longer in Paraguay, recent modernisation of the migration law no longer requires a hefty deposit. Asunción has many landmarks such as the Panteón Nacional de los Héroes, a good starting point to learn about the country’s history.

8. Buenos Aires, Argentina

The capital of Argentina is a cosmopolitan, exciting place where history and modernity intermingle. Wi-Fi is fast and reliable in Buenos Aires and there are many cool coworking spaces for your nomadic work needs. Fans of cafes and baked goods flock to Buenos Aires for the city’s world famous pastries and other gastronomic delights. What’s more, the cost of living in Buenos Aires is remarkably lower than other capitals. Enjoy luxury, Argentinian style and feel the wow factor and rich cultural heritage without breaking the bank.

9. Guatemala City, Guatemala

While Antigua is traditionally the popular spot for digital nomads visiting Guatemala, the capital city, and Cayalá, specifically is a perfect base for your Guatemalan adventure. Let’s leave the past behind and check out Cayalá, a newly built city in Guatemala, where the community is at the center of the design. Residential, commercial and office spaces mingle in Cayalá, this new city may well be the start of a renaissance in global city design. US citizens can enter visa-free for up to 90 days, so what are you waiting for? 

10. Piriápolis, Uruguay

Last, but certainly not least on our journey, is Piriápolis, a largely undiscovered gem of a destination. Quietly talked of by those in the know as a peaceful town on the coast surrounded by natural beauty, Piriápolis has Mediterranean charm and is definitely worth a stay for digital nomads seeking a bit of peace and quiet. Seize the freedom of a digital nomad visa for 6 or 12 months, and experience great Wi-Fi, and the welcoming, laid back Uruguayan spirit. Piriápolis is near some of Uruguay’s highest peaks, including the Cerro Pan de Azúcar, offering stunning panoramas of the coast and surrounding plains. 

The takeaway

We hope that you have enjoyed traveling with us to check out  some of the best cities for digital nomads in Latin America for 2024. Whether you’re seeking the bustling excitement of Guayaquil, in Ecuador, or perhaps the refreshing modernity of Cayalá in Guatemala, Latin America has something for every digital nomad. Wherever you go, make sure you do your research before setting off for Latin America, and don’t forget to sort your visas and insurance, too!

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Edmund is an English copywriter based in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He is a widely published writer and translator with two decades of experience in the field of bridging linguistic and cultural gaps between Chinese and English.

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