A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)



Are you concerned about real estate in Ecuador? You have probably heard that the prices are going up. An article earlier this week in one of Cuenca's papers agreed with that. But it isn't as bad as it sounds. While some blogs have said that prices are going up by $100's of dollars, this just isn't ... [Read more]

Howare Johnson Guayaquil room

When we travel to Guayaquil we stay at the Howard Johnson. The Howard Johnson is a nice hotel. The lobby is bright and clean. I always like the beautiful flower arrangement on the table in front of the main doors. The restaurant serves a large buffet breakfast each morning and they have room service. The ... [Read more]


Earlier this month we were invited to stay at Hacienda Uzhupud in Paute. Our family stayed for two nights and three days. It is located just outside of Cuenca, Ecuador. Check out the trip from Cuenca to Paute. One of the first things I noticed when we arrived at Uzhupud was how good the air ... [Read more]

Room with a view, Yunguilla Valley

Franziska and Dan Pederson invited us to stay at their guesthouse, the Santuario Hibiscus in the Yunguilla Valley. Earlier this month, we visited for 2 nights. Visit their website or join them on Facebook or Twitter. Reader visitor reviews on TripAdvisor. We recently spent the weekend at the Santuario Hibiscus in the Yunguilla Valley. We ... [Read more]


This is a guest post by an American expat living in Cuenca since 2007.  From time to time I run across articles on certain web sites that advertise Cuenca, Ecuador as a: "Top 10 retirement destination where a couple can live on as little as $600.00 per month." However, some expats suffer sticker shock when ... [Read more]


This is a guest post by an American expat living in Cuenca since 2007. Update (October 8, 2012): Here is a link to Ecuador's Tenancy Act / Ley de Inquilinato Ecuador. It is in Spanish and in pdf format. To find more references, just google "ecuador ley de inquilinato". A reader suggested that the content of this post ... [Read more]


This is a guest post by Franziska & Dan Pederson. They run a guesthouse in the Yunguilla Valley, about an hour south of Cuenca.    Although rather small, Ecuador has one of the highest biological diversity in the world. The main reasons for that are its tropical location on the equator, the high Andes mountain range ... [Read more]


Can you recommend a real estate agent in Salinas? We want to build a complete listing of all the agents and agencies in Salinas Ecuador. One of our popular posts is one from last year where we covered a couple great real estate deals in Salinas. Learn more about Ecuador real estate. Perfect! You can submit ... [Read more]


We frequently get asked about lodging in Cuenca, and we don't have lots of experience with hotels here. But we have stayed at the Villa Nova Inn and we thought it was very nice. When we arrived we were a little surprised to find out that the staff spoke English.  That was a little treat ... [Read more]


Can you recommend a real estate agent in Cuenca? We want to build a complete listing of all the agents and agencies in Cuenca Ecuador. We are frequently asked about real estate here in Cuenca. But we don't know many agents - because we haven't used one before. What we are looking for, is a ... [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

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