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5 comments… add one
  • Phil May 16, 2016, 3:12 pm

    I am planning on a trip to Quito/Banos/Tena/Otavalo in early July and I’m having trouble locating info on how to dress, can you help out?

  • David Senechalle Apr 3, 2014, 6:57 pm

    I am building a house in the countryside south of Cuenca, out near La Paz. I am having trouble identifying any internet options at the site, and I would be willing to pay for someone with knowledge of the subject to check out the site and find out what is available.

  • Monica Oct 23, 2013, 5:18 pm

    Hi Bryan and Dena,

    We have been considering relocating with our 2 kids (age 6&8), to increase their experience of the world and learn a new language etc.
    So far I have come up with 2 approaches to digging ourselves out of here (Toronto, Canada) – and perhaps you may have some advice or comment or things to take into consideration; I’m sure you’re both plenty busy but if you have a chance I’d appreciate any thoughts you may have.
    We were thinking of visiting Ecuador for 2-3 months across next summer 2014. However, we are self-employed and cannot take that time off per se – we would need to keep things rolling and for that we require reliable internet connection (preferably high-speed).
    OK – so far I’ve come up with 2 approaches to making this happen:
    a) we attempt to find a house-swap with someone who lives in Cuenca, in a house with internet connection etc – maybe some Canadian Expat would like a summer back in Canada, living in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto
    b) we purchase tickets to Quito, travel to Cuenca, stay in a hotel for a week or two – and during that time – try to find a place to live, to rent, with internet connection etc (and I guess try to rent out our home at this end, find a house-sitter etc)

    I would like to put an option c) which would be to somehow rent a place from here – in Cuenca – and arrive knowing all is set-up. But I gather this may not be an ideal approach (not seeing the place in person for example, or being overly familiar with $rents etc).

    So I’m just throwing this out there, in case you happen to know even some Canadian Expats living in Cuenca who’d like to return to Canada for the summer (or anyone else for that matter) – or if you have any insights into the best combination of options for us to dig ourselves out!

    Thank you for your time, and best wishes – I really enjoy reading your posts.

    • Bryan Haines Oct 31, 2013, 6:49 am

      Sounds like you have some good ideas. I don’t know anyone looking to return to Canada – but you may get responses from your comment.

      The internet here is good. Lots of expats live here on what they earn from renting their house back home.

      All the best on your plans!


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