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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 ...
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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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Cuy meal in Ecuador

Cuy in Ecuador: How to Eat Guinea Pig

Cuy is a traditional dish - a delicacy - in Ecuador. And yes, cuy are guinea pigs. In this post, I share my experience visiting a cuy farm and eating fresh roasted cuy. I also share my thoughts on adapting ...
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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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living in cuenca ecuador

What’s it Like to Live in Cuenca Ecuador? 9 Reasons We Chose Cuenca

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. What's it Like ...
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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 ...
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what is Ecuador famous for

What is Ecuador Famous For? 16 Fameworthy People, Places, Foods…

So, what is Ecuador famous for? In this post you'll find out what makes Ecuador famous - the people, places, and things that have put Ecuador on the map. What is Ecuador Famous For? The list of what makes Ecuador ...
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Galapagos Islands animals

19 Galapagos Islands Animals [Travelers Guide] Facts, Photos, Videos…

Planning a trip to the Galapagos? Here are 19 amazing Galapagos Islands animals to watch for on your next trip! This traveler's guide to the animals of the Galapagos will whet your appetite for adventure. For me, one of the ...
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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 ...
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facts about quito ecuador

18 Interesting Facts About Quito Ecuador (Natural, Cultural, Political)

Looking for Quito Ecuador facts? In this post, you'll learn 18 interesting facts about Quito Ecuador. We're going to learn about volcanoes, location, sister cities, airports, seasons, altitude sickness, and a lot more! Read more about the top things to ...
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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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