As you consider a move abroad, it is so valuable to read real-life, non-commercial experiences of other expats.
It’s one thing to read a travel book; and it is something entirely different to read real experiences of people actually living in Ecuador.
The article is organized into categories of:
- Expats living in Southern Ecuador (Cuenca and Yunguilla)
- Expats living in Northern Ecuador (Quito, Cotacachi and Otavalo)
- Expats living on Ecuador’s Coast
The expats profiled in this piece come from a variety of backgrounds and situations. Young, working families, retired couples and singles. Both long-term relocation and shorter-term sabbaticals.
While most of the expats featured are still living in Ecuador, a few have returned to their home country.
I hope you enjoy this set of expat profiles. You can click on each profile to read more. Most of the expats also have blogs and/or related businesses.
Are you an expat in Ecuador? Share your story here.
Expats Living in Southern Ecuador
While the majority of expats in Southern Ecuador live in Cuenca, there are a number of foreigners living in Yunguilla Valley and Vilcabamba.
Read Gary’s expat profile.
The Scherr family took a two year sabbatical from their lives back in Vail, Colorado.
Since returning home, Matt and Diana have created Radical Family Sabbatical. Their mission is to help: families live extraordinary lives through travel, learning, and entrepreneurship.
The SoYouWantToLiveInEcuador blog is written by two couples from Texas. One couple is already here in Cuenca, the other couple is due to arrive June 1, 2013.
Read the 2 Texas Gals Expat Profile.
Maureen is a single expat who has been visiting Cuenca since 2007. She has been a Spanish teacher back in the States for a number of years.
Maureen doesn’t maintain a blog. Read Maureen’s expat profile.
I guess the list would be incomplete if we didn’t mention our own family.
When we first started our expat profile series, Dena wrote our story. Of course, things have changed for us somewhat since December of 2010 when she wrote it, but generally things remain the same.
More recently, we wrote about why we sold it all and moved to Cuenca, Ecuador.
Expats Living in Northern Ecuador
Jamie and Bo moved their family (two boys aged 4 and 6) to Cotacachi for a year sabbatical. They blogged their family adventure at FindingForeign.com They returned home to Crested Butte, CO in October 2012.
Read the Stambaugh expat profile.
Stewart arrived in Ecuador in September 2011. Both his parents and his wife are Ecuadorian. They made the decision to relocate to Ecuador for a number of reasons: work, schools for their kids and to be closer to family. Connect with Stewart on LinkedIn.
Read Stewart’s expat profile.
Christina and Thomas married in Germany and honeymooned in Ecuador. They liked it so much that they moved here two years later. They have three sons – two born in Ecuador and one in Argentina. They currently run 4Volcanoes, a lodge near Cotacachi and Otavalo.
Christina recently wrote a guest post about owning horses in Ecuador.
Read Christina’s expat profile.
Ben is a single, retired expat living in Quito Ecuador. After traveling for more than 30 years, he decided that Quito was where he wanted to live.
Read Ben’s expat profile.
Jeff has been living in Quito, Ecuador since 2007 with his young family. They have also lived in the US, Nicaragua and South Africa. He was born in Southern California and his wife is Ecuadorian. They own a chocolate business and also do consulting in the cocoa industry.
Read Jeff’s expat profile.
With her husband, Jo has lived in Ecuador since 2008. They run a design agency and a stock photo agency here in Ecuador. Jo was born in the UK and has also lived in Spain and the States. She has traveled around the world.
Read Jo’s expat profile.
Read Liliya’s expat profile.
Expats Living on Ecuador’s Coast
David arrived in Ecuador in 2004 and explored the country by motorcycle, eventually settling in Canoa – a small fishing village in Manabi province.
David runs Day Light Ecuador Touring, a tour company covering Ecuador and Peru. He also maintains a blog on this site.
Read Davids expat profile.
Mark and his family moved to Capaes in Santa Elena, in 2012, to escape the rat race of Silicon Valley and have more time for living. Mark was born in the UK, and lived in California for 20 years, and his wife Nelly is Peruvian.
Their passion is exploring beaches and they have a blog which documents all the beaches in Ecuador.
Read Mark’s expat profile.
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