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Best way to learn Spanish

Best Way to Learn Spanish: Beginners Guide [Immersion, Books, Classes]

Looking for the best way to learn Spanish? This guide will help you learn about the primary ways to learn Spanish, and help you choose the one that's best for you. In this guide, you’ll also get the resources and Spanish basics to learn Spanish for beginners. Author is English-speaking Canadian ...
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Ecuadorian food

Ecuadorian Food: Guide to Ecuador’s Traditional Dishes, Typical Drinks, Fruit…

Curious about what Ecuadorian food is like? You're going to be surprised by the variety of flavors and foods in Ecuador. In this guide, you'll learn about traditional dishes (like cuy and secos), chicha (yes, it actually contains fermented saliva), and drinks, fruits and other typical, local dishes. Ecuadorian Food ...
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Living in Ecuador

Living in Ecuador: All About Life in Ecuador (Cuenca, Salinas, Quito, Loja, etc)

Are you thinking about living in Ecuador? Does it have what you need? And what part of Ecuador will you live in? In this huge guide to our very best Ecuador expat content, you'll learn what it's like to live in Ecuador, the best areas to live in, and how ...
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Cuenca Ecuador

Cuenca Ecuador: The Complete Guide to Living and Traveling in Cuenca

Cuenca Ecuador is a top destination for travelers & expats. Learn all about food, culture, attractions, travel, retirement and living in Cuenca, Ecuador. Cuenca Ecuador: Complete Guide Cuenca Ecuador is located in the Andes mountains at an elevation of 8500 feet. The city is famous for its architecture, climate and ...
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Ecuador expats

32 Ecuador Expats Talk About Living in Ecuador

Thinking about a move to Ecuador? Meet 32 Ecuador expats and learn about what life is like in Ecuador as an expat. Ecuador Expat Journeys While every expat's Ecuador relocation is unique, you can learn a lot from each experience. Each expat interview offers insight into what you can expect ...
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Ecuador weather

What is Ecuador’s Weather? Annual Climate Charts from Across Ecuador

So, what is Ecuador’s weather like? To help you plan your trip, here are all the details on Ecuador’s four climate zones. Ecuador’s weather is quite moderate with just a few exceptions. In this detailed weather chart for Ecuador, you’ll learn the best time to visit the areas you’re interested ...
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maracuya facts

Maracuya: Passion Fruit Guide (Taste, 7 Benefits, How to Eat it)

Maracuya is also called yellow passion fruit. But you may be wondering what it tastes like, if it's good for you, and how to eat it. We'll talk about all of that in this post plus share a great recipe ...
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gopro as a webcam

How to Use GoPro as Webcam (3 Steps) Gear, Settings, Mount

If you're looking for a way to stay in touch with family and friends, this GoPro as webcam hack will help. In this post, you'll learn how to take your current GoPro camera and turn it into a high quality ...
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vegetable ivory

Tagua Nut Guide: South America’s Vegetable Ivory (Vegan, Sustainable)

Tagua nuts are vegan, sustainable faux ivory product grown in South America. Learn about this beautiful jewelry product grown by tagua palms in the Phytelephas genus. If you're wondering what tagua is, how it's used and where it comes from, ...
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where are the Galapagos Islands located

Where are the Galapagos Islands Located? Coordinates, Elevation, Timezone…

The Galapagos Islands are a top destination for nature lovers all over the globe. But where are the Galapagos Islands located? Which country do they belong to and how do you get there? We'll cover this and more in this ...
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ecuador landmarks

15 Ecuador Landmarks to Visit: Historical, Natural, Artisan, Cultural

Ecuador is a place rich in culture. What do you want to see on your trip to Ecuador? We'll give you some ideas on what we think you just have to see! Check out these 15 iconic Ecuador landmarks. This ...
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plantain recipes

10 Plantain Recipes: How to Cook Plantains (Videos, Photos, Recipes…)

Plantains can be eaten as a snack or a side dish and they taste amazing regardless of whether they're green or black. Here are 10 plantain recipes that'll make your mouth water. Learn how to cook (and eat) plantains like ...
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ecuador national parks

Guide to Ecuador’s 11 National Parks (and 25 Reserves & Wildlife Refuges)

Love nature? Then Ecuador belongs at the top of your bucket list. In this post, we'll cover all of Ecuador's national parks, wildlife refuges, and ecological, biological, and geobotanical reserves. These 36 parks and reserves cover every part of the ...
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Yasuni National Park

Guide to Yasuni National Park (13 Things: Ecuador’s Biodiverse Park)

Yasuni National Park is one of the most biodiverse places on earth! Visiting Yasuni is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Ecuador. In this post, we cover 13 things you need to know about visiting Yasuni, including ...
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Best place to live in Ecuador

Best Place to Live in Ecuador? Mountains vs Coast

Are you trying to decide the best place to live in Ecuador? In this post by expat Deborah Hughes, you'll learn about Ecuador's mountains and coast. Deborah and Ash (her daughter) blog at to chronicle their family's life in Ecuador. Full ...
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amazon ecuador

Ecuador Amazon: 8 Things to Know Before Visiting the Amazon Rainforest

Are you thinking about visiting the Ecuador Amazon? In this post, we'll cover 8 things you should know before you visit Ecuador's Amazon Rainforest. You'll learn about yellow fever risk, the climate, accommodations, safety, and more. Many people travel to ...
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Best compact binoculars for birding

9 Best Compact Binoculars for Hikers and Birders (Buyers Guide)

Looking for the best binoculars for your trip? Here are the 9 best compact binoculars for hikers, birders, and adventurers. Our buying guide covers 10 factors to consider before you buy compact binoculars for your adventure. Choose the Best Binoculars for ...
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Swimming at Tortuga Bay Galapagos

Tortuga Bay, Galapagos: 9 Things to Know Before You Visit (Climate, Location, Safety, Map…)

Santa Cruz Island is home to Tortuga Bay, one of the top attractions in the Galapagos Islands. It's the perfect spot for swimming, snorkeling, and seeing some amazing Galapagos wildlife. In this post, I'll share 9 things to know before you ...
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best book to learn spanish

The Best Book to Learn Spanish (Reader’s Choice 2020)

What is the best book to learn Spanish? Choosing the best book can help accelerate your learning process. In this post, you'll read about 11 books for learning Spanish - and which one is our readers top choice in 2020 ...
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living in cuenca ecuador

What’s it Like to Live in Cuenca Ecuador?

What's it like to live in Cuenca Ecuador? That question could have many answers. The response could differ greatly depending on who you ask, where they are from and what mood they are in at the time. Curious about where to ...
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Otavalo tours

Otavalo Tour: 11 Things to Know When Visiting Otavalo Market, Ecuador

In this post, you'll take an Otavalo tour that'll show you the highlights and everything you need to know as you plan your actual trip to the Otavalo Market. One of the top things to do in Ecuador's Andes mountains ...
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ecuador currency

29 Ecuador Currency Facts: USD, Handling Your Money, Sacagawea Coin, History

Ecuador uses the US dollar as its official currency. In this post, you'll learn about Ecuador currency including pesos, francos, Sacagawea coins, and the dollarization in 2000. Plus, we cover how to handle your money in Ecuador, how to avoid ...
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Welcome to GringosAbroad!

bryan and denaHi! We’re Bryan and Dena – and we are the editors of GringosAbroad. What started as a small blog to document our life abroad has grown to become the largest English language blog about Ecuador.

We blog about travel, living, and real estate in Ecuador. While we cover all areas around the country, we have special focus on the city of Cuenca and surrounding regions. We have also produced the ultimate guide to Ecuador beaches and Galapagos animals. To help you get to know more about other areas, we have a special feature of Ecuador expat interviews.

Because Ecuador is a Spanish-speaking country, we had to learn the language. We’ve written a lot about learning Spanish, including the best book (chosen by our readers), realities of total immersion and the books and courses we used to learn Spanish.

Happy travels!

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