Merida- The Expat Hotspot in Mexico

Bogged down by the demands of the modern rat race, Kimi was like many of us. A hard-working woman with two young kids she barely spent much time with because she worked soo hard to provide. 

Fast forward to 16 years later, and she is now a thriving entrepreneur living in Merida, Mexico. Now, she not only has time to spend with her family but is also running a successful chiropractic office and even has time to give back to her community through a local foundation she helps run.

But it wasn’t all roses and peaches when she first moved to Mexico. Kimi made mistakes, and she learned from a lot of them. 

On the other hand, John was raised in Mexico by American parents. But after taking some time away from Mexico to return to the States, John came back with a new appreciation and outlook on why Mexican life is so special. 

Together, they share their advice and tips on why Merida is a growing hotspot for foreigners. And the mistakes they see newcomers make all the time. In this video, they share their advice and tips to help you watch from home and be one step ahead if you’re planning to move.

Watch the full interview here. 

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Merida Relocation Tours

If you are interested in moving to Merida and don’t know where to start, you’re not alone! This is one of the main reasons we have recommended private relocation tour guides.

Our private relocation tour guides are locals who can show you what living in your desired city is like. They will provide transportation and share their extensive knowledge. That way, you get to sit back and relax while you learn.

Check out our tours page here.

Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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  1. Grace Morrell says

    Hi Mariana
    Thinking about moving to San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, but my husband has heart problems. Is there a good hospital near by?

    • Mariana Lange says

      “Good” is relative. There is a private hospital in town that has a cardiologist on site. However, whether or not they are great I don’t really know because I haven’t personally met anyone who has been treated there.
      I did visit this hospital in person, and can tell you it is very clean, more modern than the public hospital in town, with private rooms, and the staff was very professional.
      This is their website

      Every small town (such as San Cristobal de Las Casas) will have a basic private hospital. That is why a lot of people with greater pre-existing conditions move to larger cities where they can ensure they will have great care. Just my two cents.
      It is not a bad hospital by any means. But “good” is relative
      Hope this helps

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