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The Podcast: Talking about the Guatemala Covid Response with Nestor Quixtan

The fourth episode of the podcast where we speak to Nestor Quixtan, who needs no introduction to regular readers. He’s our “Man in Guatemala”, the guy we turn to for insight from that country. Today, we talk about Guatemala and its COVID response over the past year.

You might know this already by now, but we’ve jumped on the bandwagon and started a podcast.

The idea is to talk to interesting people in Central America doing interesting stuff, whether they’re a local, an expat, or a visitor.

In our fourth episode, we chat to Nestor Quixtan, a Canadian-Guatemalan teacher, economist, and writer in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Nestor is one of our key Guatemala contributors and we find his insight into life in Guatemala interesting and invaluable. He’s a keen observer of Guatemalan politics and society.

This episode is different from the previous ones about expats “doing cool stuff in Central America”. 

In this episode, Nestor and I talk about the past year in Guatemala and how the pandemic has affected the country on a social and economic basis. We talk vaccine politics in Guatemala and look at how Guatemala’s COVID response compares to other Central and Latin American countries.

This podcast is a little bit more “under the hood of politics” than previous recordings we’ve made. We believe, though, that it’s interesting listening for anyone interested in life or travel to Guatemala or Central America. Hope you enjoy.

We meant to cover a lot of bases, but ended up talking about how Guatemala’s government has dealt with the pandemic for over an hour. It’s a “niche” conversation for sure, but an important and interesting one nonetheless. 

Please wear headphones for this, as Nestor’s audio isn’t good.                         

I’m not saying that to pass the blame onto Nestor – the fault is mine alone for doing an hour-long podcast without checking the audio in advance. I’m still an amateur at this.

It’s fine with headphones, but without them, not so much. We apologize for this – we’re still learning as we go and will improve next time we promise. If you can power through with headphones on, you’ll find Nestor’s insight both informative and interesting. 

Please find the podcast at the top of this page (in video format) and again below (in audio format).

It’s also available on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsAnchorBreakerPocket Casts, and RadioPublic. Feel free to follow us on any of these platforms.


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James Dyde is the editor of He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.

James Dyde

James Dyde

James Dyde is a British immigrant to Costa Rica and the editor of this website. He has lived in Central America since 2000 and retains a deep love for the region. He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.