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Living & Retiring in Ecuador

Ecuador is a popular relocation country. Although the city of Cuenca tops the list, expats are moving to towns and cities across Ecuador. In this series, learn all about the factors and angles involved in a successful move or retirement to Ecuador.

Learn more about living in Ecuador. and Ecuador travel.

Recent Living in Ecuador Posts:


How do I choose good travel insurance? This is a question we get asked all the time. Which provider is best? How can I get coverage as a resident of Ecuador? Who covers Ecuador? I should note that we are not experts in travel insurance. But I've learned a lot since moving to Ecuador, and ... [Read more]


Many people that move abroad are retired and don't need to work. This works out well when it comes to language learning because they have more time on their hands than people that need to work and take care of their children. We are hearing from more and more families that are looking to move ... [Read more]

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We are very happy to introduce you to our daughters blog: Culture Sponge. It's about travel and life abroad. Drew has been sharing some of her experiences living abroad here on GringosAbroad (in the Kids Abroad Series) and now she has started her own blog! She is excited to share her views about travel and life in Ecuador ... [Read more]


We knew before we moved to Ecuador that we were Gringos. And we have been called Gringos frequently - by store clerks, friends and even strangers on the street. I've gotten so used to it, I describe myself to Ecuadorians as "el Gringo" because its the easiest way to describe who I am. In a ... [Read more]


As we began planning our move abroad, we didn't have much help. At least not from friends and family. Now, that's not to say that they didn't help - but they had never moved abroad before. We were breaking new ground - at least from our perspective. None of our close friends had ever lived ... [Read more]


Last week, a reader wanted to know how we earn our living here. We are in a fairly unique situation compared to most expats - at least those in Cuenca. The majority of expats here are retired. They receive a monthly income from pensions or investments and don't worry too much about their income. When ... [Read more]

A Machete in Ecuador

When we moved to Ecuador, our daughter was 8 years old and, there were a few things that we had to get used to in terms of culture shock that we hadn't anticipated. Every good parent is more paranoid for the safety of their children than for themselves.  With that in mind I would like to ... [Read more]


Despite Ecuador being a Spanish country, we are asked if it's necessary to learn Spanish before moving. The short answer is: "No, you don't have to learn before you move." We didn't and we got by fine. But if you do learn Spanish (even in a basic form) before you move, life will be much easier. And ... [Read more]


This is a guest post that I wrote for National Geographic's Intelligent Traveler Blog for the series: I Heart My City. We were invited by Gio Palatucci to highlight our city on National Geographics Intelligent Traveler Blog. The format is a mad-libs style fill-in-the-blanks. The bold text is what they gave us, and the regular text is ... [Read more]


Bryan, Drew and I really love our life here in Ecuador, but we certainly have had our bad days. Days when we really miss our family and friends, and how relaxing it is to just blend in and "speak easy" in English.  I love the Spanish language, but some days the frustration from not being ... [Read more]

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About Bryan & Dena Haines

We are a Canadian family of 3 living in Ecuador since 2009. We blog about life and travel in Ecuador. If this is your first visit, start here. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

Ecuador Travel Videos

  • Hiking the Andes in Cuenca Ecuador
  • Playing with a Red Fanged Tarantula Near Cuenca Ecuador
  • The Flower Market in Cuenca Ecuador
  • Day Trip to Paute, Azuay (Near Cuenca Ecuador)
  • Beach Malecon in Salinas Ecuador
  • Galapagos Sunrise Timelapse: Dock on Isabela Island
  • Hacienda Uzhupud: A Cultural Ecuador Experience
  • Yunguilla Valley Guesthouse: Santuario Hisbiscus (Ecuador)
  • Ecuador Travel: The Andes Mountains Landscapes
  • Ecuadorian Families Enjoy a Day at Parque La Carolina, Quito
  • Galapagos Sunset Timelapse: Beach on Isabela Island
  • Hiking in the Andes: Ecuador's Cajas National Park
  • The Cuenca Orchidarium: Orchids in Ecuador
  • Filigrana (Filigree) Silver Jewelry In Chordeleg, Ecuador
  • Ecuador Pizza from Scratch in a Wood Oven
  • The Animals of Amaru Zoo in Cuenca Ecuador
  • Ecuadorian Adobe Houses in the Andes
  • We Learn To Milk a Cow with a Traditional Pauteña

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