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Ecuador Expat: Stewart Perez Living in Cumbaya (Quito)

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This is part of our Ecuador Expats Series.

Ecuador Expat Life: Stewart Perez, Cumbaya Ecuador

The Expat: Stewart Perez

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Where are you currently living?

We live in Cumbayá, Pichincha Province, Ecuador. Cumbayá is a rural parish of Quito, located in the Sierra region of Ecuador.

We’ve been living in this area since September of 2011.

What’s Your Story?

My name is Stewart Perez and I’m married with 2 young children and our dog, Lucky. I’m an architect from the States. I was born in Los Angeles, California.

I lived in California most of my life until I moved to Florida in the summer of 1999.

When and where did you get the idea of living in Ecuador?

Originally I didn’t want to move out of the States, but I was having trouble finding work. I had worked for Hilton Worldwide before as a Regional Director of Design and Construction for a few years until the end of 2009 when the effects of 2008 hit.

My wife and I decided to move last year for a few reasons. One was the lack of opportunities in Florida in my field. The 2nd major reason was the wonderful school we found for the kids in Ecuador.

Family was another reason. Both my parents and my wife are Ecuadorian. Right now I have dual citizenship so I’m a Gringo / Ecuatoriano. In our journey I resisted change.

Although we got dual status for the kids at the Ecuadorian Embassy in Miami before leaving, (my wife previously obtained USA citizenship a few years ago) I wanted to test the waters. I arrived in Ecuador with a Gringo passport as a tourist (good for 90 days).

We changed this to a business visa with the help of a lawyer after 2 months which expires this month. After a few months living here and seeing how well the kids have adapted, I decided yes and started the process of getting Ecuadorian citizenship through my birthright.

My work status changed to construction manager due to personal contacts and the fact that there is so much construction now in Ecuador.

How’s your Spanish?

I consider myself born and raised Gringo from USA although my parents always spoke Spanish and English in the home.

After marriage my Spanish improved, and I used this professionally in work as well. Before arriving in Ecuador my Spanish was fluent.

Knowing (reading, writing and speaking) a second language is very important. South Florida has a diverse Spanish culture and I found knowing this language very useful.

In Ecuador it’s indispensable. Many people know English in Ecuador because it’s taught in many schools, but like any other language if you don’t practice and use it, you lose it.

Cuenca perhaps doesn’t need so much Spanish because it’s a smaller city compared to Quito, and there are many Gringo retirees there. Here in Quito, Gringos are hard to find.

There are places where they frequent like certain universities or bike riding on the Chaquinan Trail near Quito, but otherwise I don’t hear much English spoken in this area.

Here’s the best way to learn Spanish.

What do you do?

I’ve always worked in Construction mostly in architecture firms in the States. My last job there I became more of an owner’s rep. by representing an International Hotel chain and dealing with franchisees, architects, contractors and engineers and verifying their projects were up to Hilton standards.

Here in Ecuador I have a project working for a general contractor on a project for I.E.S.S. (Instituto Ecuatoriano de Seguridad Social) as a construction manager.

How do you find the cost of living in Ecuador?

Comparing with cost of living in the States overall the cost is lower here. In certain things, like groceries, it’s maybe 30% lower. Fresh fruits are abundant at many street corners (10 Tangerines for $1).

If it’s imported, the cost will be higher than in the States because of the import tax. Some items have been taken off the shelves because the tax was too high. My kids Aunt Jemima Maple Syrup is one victim.

Other things like gasoline definitely cheaper. Rent also but not much.  Schools also again but not much. We put the kids in a Catholic school so that’s why. Insurance for cars and medical we found almost the same price, but we’re looking for cheaper now.

What do you love about Ecuador?

The Mountains we love. Florida is Flat but it has the beaches and oceans. I thought living in Cumbaya we would miss the beach, but it’s only a 6 hour bus ride away or a 1 hour plane ride away.

The traffic is terrible. Many people live in the valleys like Cumbaya, Tumbaco, San Rafael and work in Quito like me. The highways are not bad overall but totally insufficient. They’re building more highways so hopefully this will improve.

About housing for Gringos I think Cuenca will be your best option. It’s the 3rd largest city in Ecuador so really it has everything and much lower costs than Quito or Guayaquil. Many Gringos also buy condos in Salinas (beach town).

If you move here I strongly recommend using a broker (mover from Ecuador). We used INSA through a contact in Miami. Email me if you want more info. Without them Lucky (our 120 lbs. Labrador) wouldn’t have made it through customs.

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78 comments… add one
  • Michael Erdman Jan 11, 2019, 9:08 pm

    Stewart – Very nice story, I will be moving to Ecuador in July and could use the name of the agent you used. thanks

  • Russell Eaton Dec 23, 2018, 11:43 am

    Thanks for an interesting story by Stewart Perez. I’m British (born in London) but have lived in both Ecuador and UK at different times of my life, and am now settled in Quito. Although I am completely bilingual, I am nevertheless always viewed as a ‘gringo’ in Ecuador, and of course my name gives me away. I would like to move to Cumbayá so am thinking about it.

  • Sarah Apr 3, 2016, 2:09 am

    Hi Stewart, I am an undergraduate in the US working on a thesis project about expatriates in South American cities, including Quito, and I would love if you could answer a few quick questions for me. Or anyone out there really who has lived/lives in Quito, your help would be amazing!

    Answers to any or all of these questions would be greatly appreciated:
    What neighborhood do you live in?
    Why did you choose to live there?
    In your impression, what types of people live there?
    What areas do you feel like most expats live in?
    Do you interact with mainly other expatriates or do you have many Ecuadorian friends? Was it difficult to make friends outside the expatriate community?
    Do you speak Spanish?
    Do you work, and if so what do you do?

  • Stewart Mar 26, 2016, 1:04 am

    Hello All,

    I have a request to all expats living in the metropolitan area of Cuenca, Ecuador.

    A good friend that has a dog that got lost yesterday in the northern part of Cuenca.

    As I do not see how to add a pic to this blog please see my link and the latest post:

    Hopefully someone will find her, Misicata. A White lab with dark nose & eyes and

    returns her to her owner.

    Best wishes.

  • James Schuh Dec 27, 2015, 9:41 am

    We are seeking Ex Pats in Quito as we are visiting soon, 3 adults, and two teenage children. We need to find lodging near Plaza Grande in south Quito for last week of January and first week of February. Can you help?
    Thank you for your kindness,

    • Stewart Jan 5, 2016, 10:19 pm

      Hello James,

      Saludos. Visiting Plaza Grande is one thing. Spending 2 weeks lodging closeby
      really to be honest is not very safe. There are many brand hotels in Quito.

      Two that are off Av. Francisco de Orellana & Av. Amazonas are JW Marriott
      and Holiday Inn Express which are a taxi ride to Plaza Grande for a few dollars.
      However in 2 weeks you’ll spend $2k to $3k just in lodging.

      A couple of small hotels in the Mariscal area where other expats have stayed
      and they gave positive comments are Travelers Inn and Reina Victoria Hotel.
      Travelers is friendly with just a few rooms for around $20 per night. Address
      is La Pinta St. E4-435 & Av. Amazonas.
      Reina Victoria Hotel is about $80 per night located at Av. Amazonas N12-44
      & Veintimilla.
      Mariscal really has many many hotels. Not all are great, but if you search on
      the web “hotels in La Mariscal Quito” you’ll find almost 100 hotels. I only know
      about people who have stayed at the 2 above.

      Again take a taxi from the hotel to Plaza Grande. Better not to wear jewelry or
      anything too fancy in El Centro. There are a lot of beautiful churches, but there
      are pick pockets as well.

      I would like to meet you and your family those 2 weeks, but I may be traveling then.
      Send me an email at to coordinate.

      Best regards,


  • Diana Scott Oct 18, 2015, 8:31 pm

    Hello Stewart,

    My name is Diana. My husband Marcelo Araujo (he is Ecuadorian) and myself live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We own a house in Tumbaco. We are wishing to sell our property but are having great difficulty finding a real estate agent in Ecuador. We would prefer an English speaking real estate agent I will be the one communicating and my Spanish is not fluent
    If you could recommend a reputable real estate agent, it would be most appreciated. We have been trying for a long time to find someone, and it has become very frustrating. There are a few Ecuadorian real estate websites, and emails have been sent to them, but there has been no response. Also, I have tried to telephone the listed numbers on these websites, but I can not seem to connect. Is there a special code for a cell phone when dialing Ecuador?
    If you could help with this problem, we would be most grateful to you. We cannot tell you how refreshing it is to have found an English speaking person in Ecuador. We will not lose your website, and are delighted to know we now have a connection to combat the language barrier. If you wish to provide a telephone number, that would also be appreciated. Bless you and thank you. Diana and Marcelo

    • Stewart Oct 19, 2015, 10:10 pm

      Dear Diana,

      To call from Canada to Ecuador to a cell phone I googled this and found a site that said to input
      011 593 and 9 numbers for the cell phone . This is old information. Yes you dial 011 then 593 (Ecuador
      country code) but cell phone numbers are now 10 digits. Most start with 09 and the rest.

      Regarding a real estate agent that at least writes english, send me an email to to respond with a person for you.

      Best regards,


      • Kathy Jun 11, 2016, 11:36 am

        Dear Stuart,
        My daughter and I have relocated from Los Angeles,
        My situation is very similar to your. I am Ecuadorian but have been living in Ca for over 20 years. We both have double nationalities. It has been hard finding groups of friends that have English speaking kids. My daughter is 11 and would like to find friends her age that speak English. We live in tumbaco.
        I would greatly appreciate if you can give me some tips in how to get in contact with English speaking families so we can feel more at home here in Ecuador.
        Thank you so much for your website. I find it very helpful.
        Best regards,

        • Stewart Jun 12, 2016, 8:34 am

          Dear Kathy,

          Saludos. You are right. We are much alike. Maybe we can meet sometime. In the meantime I have a few tips. For your daughter if she are not in school yet try to get her into Jose Engling school in Tumbaco. That is where we have our kids and it’s been really good for them. Ok it’s Catholic and it definitely helps if you are Christian at least, but it’s not necessary.

          I have even atheist friends and family members and we get along great so I’m not trying to convert just this school is very family oriented and the teachers in general (apart from teaching well) are warm and caring and welcoming and my kids have made great friends there. There are other great private schools in the area too.

          For you there is also Internations which is an international social group. I’m a member and I went to one of their get togethers. It’s very nice. Lots of gringos and latins. A good mix, but mostly for singles. You’ll make friends there. Check out

          Hope this helps and let me know how it goes here. Best regards.

    • Peppa May 20, 2016, 3:03 pm

      Dear Diana Scott!
      I’ve just red about your situation selling a house in Tumbaco. Did you sell your house already? We are also in a process to sell our house and at this moment.
      I would like to ask you if you’d consider to rent your house? We are looking to rent a house in Cumbaya or in Tumbaco near Ruta Viva.

      Thank you!

  • Peppa Sep 12, 2015, 9:02 am

    Hi Stewart!

    We are living in Cumbaya now.
    We have difficulties to find English speaking playmates/play groups for our little ones (18 months and 4y.o).
    We go to the playgrounds, tried distribute the flyers, adds and s.o.
    We’ve tried to check into Colegio Menor /British School for afternoon extracurricular activities, nobody offers it.

    Do you have some suggestion, where/how to meet English speaking families, who have small children and big needs to maintain English for their children?

    Thank you very much for any suggestion.

    Btw, I’ve opened a playgroup for English speaking children in our house and would welcome anybody, who has interest to have an English speaking playmate.


    • Stewart Sep 15, 2015, 11:20 pm

      Hola Peppa,

      I will ask around for you. Our kids are older. We have a couple of english speaking friends, but their kids are older too. I´ll let you know. It´s hard sometimes for us too, but trips back to the USA seems to help. It´s like the youngest has a switch. It doesn´t switch back to english full time until she´s back.

      • Peppa Sep 18, 2015, 11:14 am

        thank you for your replay.
        I’ve initiated an English speaking daycare close to Colegio Aleman (Cumbaya, Calla Alfonso Lamina).
        I would be very thankful if you’d spread the word about it and/or give me more suggestions where I could advertise my daycare.

        Thank you for your help and any suggestion 😉 !

        • Stewart Sep 19, 2015, 8:53 am

          Dear Peppa,

          Saludos. Send me an email with the information on your daycare so I can forward this to interested parties. If you can send me your phone or email that would help.

          Have you tried advertising at Universidad San Francisco de Quito? Email your information to my email: to forward to my contact there.



    • Kathy Jun 11, 2016, 11:17 am

      Hello Peppa,
      My daughter and I relocated from California and we are finding it difficult to find English speaking play groups for her. It be nice to connect with you and other parents to start a group. I think is a great idea setting up play group for the children. That was a brillant idea of yours.
      Please send me your email address so we can get in touch.

      • Peppa Jan 15, 2017, 4:49 pm

        Hello Kathy,
        how are you doing? Are you still living in Tumbaco? Did you find your ways to interract in English there?
        We found a nice Saturday market on Via La Ceramica in Tumbaco, where many expats meet each other to have a cup of coffee and to chat. There are some families speaking English with their teens, two little girls from U.S, some french, dutch, russian speaking families and a majority speaking German. We are quite often in that market. The coffee and cakes are great, the locals sell their veggies, honey, fresh fish, german beer etc. It is worth to check that place if you look for the social connections 🙂

  • Stewart Sep 8, 2015, 2:20 pm

    Quito Metro Update.

    Hello All, I wanted to share a radio program I heard last night with information about the Quito Metro Line.
    On radio 89.7 they interviewed the Engineer Mauricio Anderson in charge of the Metro Line construction in Quito. Some interesting information was shared.

    First, financing for the $1,800 million plus cost of construction has been finalized largely throught the efforts of the current mayor, Mauricio Rodas. He has promise letters from various organizations to get it moving.

    Second, they expect a contract will be signed to give final governmental approvals by november. With this the bidding can start for contracts on the construction of the line. A clarification here, some of the train stations have already been under construction and are quite advanced. There are a total of 17 stations along 22+ kilometers of line.

    Third, the cost of riding on the Metro is anticipated to cost 45 cents. If one takes buses, trolley and metro in some combination, the total cost is expected to be 75 cents. A credit card type system will be implemented for ease of transactions. This credit card system should be working before the line is completed.

    Lastly, concern was raised about a station at the Plaza de San Francisco in the historic dictrict and damage from construction vibration to historical buildings. The latest technology will apparently be used with anti-vibration equipment as was used in other metro construction in historical centers in Europe. They don’t anticipate any damage.

    Hope you find this info. helpful and best regards.

  • Stewart Aug 18, 2015, 10:28 pm

    Volcano Action and some Inaction.

    Hello All. I wish I could attach photos. Views from Cumbaya and Quito of the Cotopaxi volcano have really
    been spectacular. This morning I was pretty nervous thinking about how similar Cotopaxi is to Mt. St. Helen’s
    and what happened there. A friend (another expat) on facebook said geophysics institute said no magma expected!

    I guess that’s hearsay but being 24 miles from Cotopaxi I was thinking about all that ash that could fall and the animals . . . My friend’s news calmed me down.

    Some Inaction. This is getting (Ecuadorians) people upset. The roads throughout Quito and around Cumbaya (suburb of Quito) are in bad shape. The last mayor was voted out not so much because people loved the new mayor,
    but because of the old mayor’s (Augusto Barrera) inaction in providing services and dishing out high taxes. The new mayor (Mauricio Rodas) has lowered taxes and provided internet in a lot of public places, but he ran his campaign onthe slogan that Quitenians can live better.

    Until next time.

  • Haki Jun 29, 2015, 6:08 pm

    Hi Stewart! Thank you for sharing. We appreciate all the information you have on Quito. We are a family of 4, we have 2 boys ages 6 & 8. We’re hoping to return to Ecuador early next year to live for 1 year with the goal of learning Spanish. We would like to live in Quito because we feel it offers better education for our boys, but would like a neighborhood similar to Cuenca. How is Cumbaya? Is it a walkable neighborhood with restaurants and cafes? How is the cost of living (i.e., rentals, food) in Cumbaya? We’re not planning on purchasing a car. How far & how long does it take to go form Cumbaya to Quito or vice versa? Any information you are able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Aloha, Haki.

    • Stewart Jul 4, 2015, 6:37 pm

      Saludos Haki!

      Glad to help. Really there are alternatives to Cumbaya as it is expensive in general. It´s a suburb of Quito in a valley with warmer climate. Just right I think. Another valley is “Valle de los Chillos” that´s about 15 minutes south of Quito, a bit cooler and more humid than Cumbaya, but definitely less expensive rentwise.

      Cumbaya is organized around a small town with a park plaza smaller than that of Cuenca´s main plaza. There are plenty of restaurants, a few bars, a church, bakery around this park and also the Chaquiñan trail just a couple blocks up Francisco de Orellana street that´s popular for walking, biking,hiking, etc.

      There is so much in Cumbaya that I could devote a blog just for it and another one just for Quito.

      Regarding spanish, check out Universidad San Francisco Quito by googling usfq then don´t click but click the “translate this page”. They are close to downtown Cumbaya and are adjacent the main traffic circle at Ave. Interoceanica and Diego de Robles street that is like another more modern town center. Entrance is off this street. They have an international student exchange program called Institute of Foreign Languages ILE that could probably help with spanish classes for adults. For the kids there are several private schools where english and spanish are taught together.

      Regarding a car better not to buy or rent one until you get your bearings. At the Cumbaya plaza there are plenty of taxis that can take you up to Quito. Taxis are better than buses although there are plenty of these as well. By taxi it´s about a 20 minute drive to Quito. By bus probably double. You can double both if there is heavy traffic.

      Haki it´s best if you ask Bryan to email me your email address to get you more details and contacts. There´s other information as well I think you should have but this space is limited.

      Best regards.

  • Stewart Mar 18, 2015, 10:10 am

    Dear Future Expats,

    It´s time for another update on living in Ecuador. This is just my perspective, but some people have
    asked me so here is the latest with us in and around Quito.

    Some have asked,”How has living in Ecuador changed for you and the family since your move in 2011?

    I can tell you some things are better, like a new airport with great facilities and a future Wyndham hotel
    close-by. Also the main highways are finally complete (Ruta Viva to the south and Ruta Collas to the north),
    but some things are worse.

    First, the price of oil plunging mostly because of USA increased production has and is about to really hurt
    small producers like Ecuador. Oil production in areas like Yasuni National Park have or are coming to a stop
    because the type of oil there is not easily produced. There´s a high cost to that production and with the
    selling price very low now it´s really not worth starting up. Environmentalists would say great and I agree.

    How is this affecting living standards? It´s just starting to affect the average citizen and expats. There is a new law
    that has passed that will significantly raise taxes on imports from pharmaceuticals to luxury items like jewelry to
    primary materials like steel and iron for construction. There are different tax rates for different sectors, but they
    will take effect very soon. Some prices like for tires have already gone up.

    How will the people respond? Not well I believe. Tomorrow there is a march in Quito against these government
    changes and other government decisions. For example, why would the government spend $3 million on a 30 second
    Superbowl tourism advertisement, when there are obligations in the country not being met?

    Why was this law passed? I think the idea is to increase taxes to get more money to fund government projects.
    Unfortunately, I see it as a damper on an already slowing economy. Ecuador has gone through a boom and now
    things are getting worse. For example, the BIESS (Bank of I.E.S.S. – Instituto Ecautoriano de Seguro Social) project
    I work on has not been paid for months by the BIESS. The simple reason? They have no money, or they choose to
    spend the money on government pet projects while other obligations are left floundering.

    What can one do? Right now I´m looking to work in the private sector on small projects, but the pay is also smaller,
    but it beats not getting paid at all. We are also considering returning to USA, but we are trying to make it here 1st.

    There´s still some time for the government to change their policies to use Chinese loans towards current obligations. Hopefully they change.

    Best regards.

  • Stewart Feb 1, 2015, 6:12 pm

    Hello All,

    Here’s an update on our living in Ecuador. The family is doing great with many activities from the kids school and otherwise. Weekends are generally full with invitations.

    One sad note is that Lucky passed away in December. He got very sick all of a sudden, but his health had been suffering for some time also. A surprise result is that we got a canary who just showed up at our house.

    He kept hanging around so we captured him and made it our little pet. He must have been someone’s house pet, but after a week with no inquiries we decided to keep him. He has taken away some of the sadness from Lucky’s passing.

    Best regards,


  • Eric Oct 24, 2014, 12:59 am

    I am single and just turned 50 and i have been seriously looking at early retirement. If I retire now, my monthly pension would be $2300 per month (significantly more if I can work for 4 more yrs). My social security which I think i can start collecting in 10 yrs @60 would be about $1500 more per month. I have about $200k in stocks/iras and $100k in probable home sale equity. From what I read, I should have more than enough to live very well in Cuenca. I am planning on submitting paperwork for a Visa. I plan on spending some time in Cuenca in March of next year and hope to meet some ex-pats there and pick their brains. My biggest concerns are being absolutely sure that money will not be an issue, how to get one of my two dogs there. I have a small dog and a large bulldog. I am also concerned about how to ship some of my belongings. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Stewart Oct 25, 2014, 11:43 pm

      Hello Eric,

      Sounds like you’re in good shape money-wise specifically for Cuenca. For Quito you could still get by being 1 person and a dog. The bulldog may be an issue. Regarding shipping belongings and your pet(s) my best advise is to see my response to “Audi” here on January 17, 2014.

      Another tip is to make the trip as you will be doing in March and see for yourself what Cuenca city life is like. If you find it too slow maybe being a youngerish expat then check out Quito or Guayaquil. In general Quito is safer with a better climate, but you still have to be careful especially on crowded buses.

      Good Luck!

  • joanna Aug 21, 2014, 11:04 am

    Hi and thanks so much for sharing your Ecuador experiences!

    My nephew and his girlfriend are Canadians teaching at Alberto Einstein in Quito. They have been there for 1 year now. Both really enjoy their life in Quito.

    They adopted a dog there last fall and now, with different living arrangements, they are finding that their dog has some separation anxiety. Are there any doggy day care like places in Quito?

    Also, they are possibly relocating to Europe or Asia next school year and I will be taking their dog. Can they not travel with her in cargo on their flight? She is approx 60lbs.


    • Stewart Aug 21, 2014, 2:22 pm

      Hi Joanna,

      I have a friend with a dog training, walking company in Quito. I´ll get you his info. What´s your email?

      Regarding the plane trip with their dog, it´s best to contact the airline carrier they plan to fly for details.
      Most likely yes their dog can go on the same flight in cargo.

      Best regards.

  • Lynda Gueits Jul 8, 2014, 11:05 pm

    Hi Stewart,
    great info you have here. My husband and I are in the process of moving to Ecuador in the next month with our 4 kids who are 4, 6, 6, and 14. The kids are not well-versed in spanish, especially our high schooler so we know that we’ll be placing them in a private school. My question to you is, are there any good private schools in the valley that are affordable? By that I mean not $500-$700 monthly for tuition? What do tuition normally run for private schools not advertised online such as christian schools? Thank you for any information you can provide.

    • Stewart Jul 12, 2014, 8:38 am

      Hello Lynda,

      Here’s a list of private schools in the area. The one my kids attend, Jose Engling costs us
      $920 per month for both children total. It’s a 10 month curriculum. I don’t know about
      the others. Also see a blog link with other Quito schools info.

      Jose Engling
      Terra Nova
      Colegio Aleman
      Colegio Menor
      Cotopaxi Academy
      Liceo International: rated 1st
      Colegio San Martin CDE
      British School
      Alliance Academy
      Colegio Americano
      Colegio Einstein
      Shakespeare school
      Colegio Marie-Clarac

      Good Luck!

    • Stewart Jul 13, 2014, 8:02 am

      Dear Linda,

      Here is more information on another school from the list, Colegio Menor. We have very good friend with their 2 boys attending this school located in the heart of Cumbaya. It’s not religious. Tuition costs them $1,200 / mo for both. I assumed your range of $500 – $700 / mo tuition if for each child? If you’re thinking for all 4 I’m not sure how to help.

      Anyways, a couple of good things about Colegio Menor are all class subjects are in english except spanish class and for your 14 year old there’s an additional social studies class (estudios sociales) that’s in spanish to learn about Ecuador’s history. My son’s 13 year old friend (Ecuadorian) at this school talks english very well due to this school.

      I remember my parents had considered returning to Ecuador to live when I was still a child. The school they considered tested me, and they said I would have to go back a grade. Not good. For any private school you have to apply and meet their requirements. Good to start now.

      Let me know if there is any other way I can help and good luck!

  • Vicky Jun 1, 2014, 8:33 pm

    Hi Stewart
    We are moving to Quito with our 2 year old daughter. Thanks for the tip on INSA, we’ll contact your contact there.
    Do you have any information regarding daycares in Quito, not necessarily bilingual?


    • Stewart Jul 12, 2014, 8:25 am

      Sorry I do not know of any day cares. I’m sure there are several, but I would not want to recommend
      without some knowledge from myself or a friend.

      Good Luck

    • Stewart Jul 19, 2014, 5:35 am

      Dear Vickie,

      I have some good news! A good friend of ours also has a 2 year old and she recommended the below day cares:

      1. Rayuela is the name. It’s small with only 20 kids and 3 teachers and 3 assistants. Apart from the great attention it’s open in July and August. It’s located in “Quito Tennis” area. Let me know of an email to send you the director’s cell.
      2. Jardin Montesorri also in “Quito Tennis” area. It’s bigger with 1 teacher and 1 assistant per 16 to 17 kids per class. Registration starts in September. Call to see if they have openings. Their contact info. should be available on the internet.
      3. Aluette is also all the same as #2.
      4. Mimos Bebe is not a full daycare. They offer “horas de jugar” which is a few hours per day. Owner’s name is Miriam Molina. Again all the contact info. should be available on the internet.

      Buena suerte!

  • Sam May 2, 2014, 11:39 am

    Hi Stewart,

    I have a few questions I’d like to ask you. I live in Toronto, Ontario. I have a business degree and will graduating next year with a second degree in construction science and project management. I am thinking of moving to ecuador in the next two years and have some questions for you in regards to work, cost of living, and differences in areas in Ecuador in terms of work, life, etc. I have been in Ecuador 3 times already, speak 95% fluently, and plan on marrying my Ecuadorian girlfriend , so you see, we have a lot in common. I think some feedback from you would be great. Is there anyway I can email you?
    Hope everything is going well! My best to you and your family!

    • Stewart May 18, 2014, 9:48 am

      Hello Sam,

      Hope all is well. I will respond to your detailed email soon.

      Regarding life in general in Cumbaya / Quito I will share here with others too.

      Speaking spanish is a big plus, but there are shops and fast food places where
      if not the employees, the manager or owner does speak english. An example is
      Barros pizza in the food court of “El Jardin” mall in Quito. Two american girls
      asked for pizza in english and the tall gentleman that looked like the owner
      answered in english.

      Don’t expect that people on the street will know or speak in english in general.

      Regarding cost-of-living there are areas to rent in Quito that are cheap, but you
      end up sacrificing security. Like where I work just west of El Ejido park. Around
      4 or 5pm shops all lock down and there are very few business that remain open.
      At night the area become unsafe. You can rent a room for around $8 dollars a night
      there, but the hostels are old, etc.

      More touristic areas like “La Mariscal” around “Plaza Fosch” you’ll find many restaurants,
      bars and hostels that is more safe and still relatively cheap. Still guard your wallet.
      Your girlfriend can tell you about that.

      There are other areas like Gonzales Suarez street where there are many tall apartment buildings.
      It’s the higher rent district where you will find quite a few other gringos (by this I mean not Ecuadorians)
      and enjoy a safer atmosphere. Renting an apartment there probably runs around $500 and up.

      Food! Fruits and vegetables are very cheap in Ecuador. I eat at a restaurant close to work that costs
      $3 for lunch including soup, the main plate, dessert and drink. Be careful where you eat. At another
      place I got food poisoning with a bad shrimp or maybe it was an allergic reaction to something in the food.
      The clinic was very good (Hospital Ingles) to attend and give IV with the right medicine and I was fine.
      Noe is a seafood restaurant that’s very good, but plates cost around $10 and up.

      Supermarkets like Supermaxi and Megamaxi are safe with costs similar to USA. Imported food in general
      costs more. Supermaxi labelled or national food in general costs less.

      There is a strong movement in the government to restrict imports of all kinds. “Hecho en Ecuador” or made in Ecuador are labels you will see on food, clothing, electronics, etc. that sometimes is the only option. My Jiff or Skippy peanut butter are no longer on supermaxi shelves. The same is true for many other products. Either the import taxes are too high, or they are in the process of getting new government approval to import which can be a long, tedious process.

      That’s all I will say for now. One day I will start a blog to write more about Ecuadorian life around Quito / Cumbaya probably when my construction project finishes.

      Best regards.

  • P.J. Andros Apr 7, 2014, 8:23 pm

    I’m a retired American librarian (University of Arizona). After some research, Ecuador gets mixed, very mixed, reviews from foreigners there seeking a retirement south of the border. Spanish is really mandatory and a positive feeling about colonial Ecuador, not to mention what remains of Indios culture, would seem imperative. If the foreigners traipsing around Ecuador are anything like the disappointing crowds in Mexico in the colonial towns of Oaxaca and Guanajato, then cheaper is definitely not better. While I’m not euro-centric in any serious way, I now think that Italy and Spain, while more expensive, are better suited for a cozy, fuzzy extended stay.

    • Stewart Apr 8, 2014, 2:41 pm

      Italy is beautiful at least when I visited in the 90´s. Spain I don´t know.
      By all means try these if a “cozy, fuzzy extended stay” means seeing other
      Americans or Europeans you will probably see a lot more than in Cuenca,
      Ecuador in general.

      It´s obvious. Although Ecuador and other latin american countries are advancing
      and developing, they are still behind USA, Canada and the 2nd world countries
      of Europe.

      Good luck.

  • Yesenia Mendez Jan 29, 2014, 12:32 pm

    Hola Stewart,
    I’m planning on moving to Cumbayá or Tumbaco, do you happen to know a daycare center where I can drop off my children around 7am?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Stewart Feb 4, 2014, 8:10 am

      Hola Yesenia,

      Our kids are older so I don’t know much about day cares in Tumbaco. I’ll ask the mothers who’s kids are classmates with my youngest and get back to you. Soon as they respond, I’ll leave a message here.

      Best regards,

    • Stewart Mar 12, 2014, 9:11 am

      Dear Yesenia,

      Saludos. Question to you. Does it have to be 7am the drop off?
      I ask because our school has pre-school and is very good, but those
      classes get in at 8:30am. Our school is Jose Engling Catholic School.
      Telephone: 02 237 4329.

      Here’s another daycare in Tumbaco off Av. Interoceanica and Juan Montalvo:
      Mfe Federico Engels (jardin, escuela y colegio)
      Tel.: 237-5941, 237-0743.

      I know nothing about them, and my friends are not in the day-care mode.

      There is also William Shakespeare school in Tumbaco that has “Inicial 1”
      which starts from 3 years and up. I understand it’s a good school and some
      teachers at our school are from there.
      7:55am is the time Inicial 1 gets in.
      Telephone: 237-2715.

      Good Luck and best regards.

  • Audi Jan 14, 2014, 4:57 pm

    I know this is very different from your dog, but I am having trouble finding information about customs and regulations.

    I am currently living in Cumbaya with my Visa as a volunteer/medical missionary. I am living and serving in a convent full of elderly nuns. We are really lacking in resources but were able to get a huge donation of medical supplies from another non-profit organization in the States. The equipment is actually very expensive and state-of-the-art (I’m excited for my “new toys”!) and I really don’t want to put it in the mail. The non-profit organization was not able to ship it internationally either and my mom is currently storing it for me in the States. She will be coming to visit me in February and will therefore be bringing all the equipment to us.

    I am very worried that it will be either confiscated or taxed-heavily when she gets to customs. Do you know where I can find a resource to prevent this? We are definitely not going to sell anything and all of it will be used without cost, since it will be used in their convent. I would hate to lose this equipment, it has taken me a long time to get this donation and my patients need it.

    What do you suggest I do? Would using your broker work?

    • Stewart Jan 15, 2014, 4:36 pm

      Hello Audi,
      Let me look into it. I don´t personally have a contact in customs, but let me see if a friend does.

      Just a question, do you need all of the equipment at once? I´m just thinking because it´s you´re
      mom they may not search her luggage with just a few items. Can you receive with a few friends
      traveling at different times?

      I´ll get back to you with the rest.

      Best regards and I admire your work,


    • Stewart Jan 17, 2014, 3:20 pm

      Ok Audi,
      I spoke to Conzuelo Heredia at INSA (moving broker). They can help with your situation. They helped us move our house and dog. Here´s their info.: Quito office phone: (02) 240 6065. If you´re calling from the USA start with 011 593 then the rest. Email:

      I understand your fear. Actually my dog got misplaced at first when the plane touched down in Quito, but through INSA we got him back. If you don´t want to use them, you can at least ask them questions as that´s their business.

      Good Luck and I´ll let you know any other information I find.

    • Stewart Jan 31, 2014, 2:15 pm

      Hello Audi,

      If it´s not too late here is another option for a shipping company.
      The company is called Panalpina based in Switzerland. I don´t know
      anything about them only that a good friend working at the Latacunga
      airport recommended them over INSA. The have offices in 6 continents.

      Here´s their website and Quito info.: ,
      Quito office: Panalpina Ecuador S.A.
      Address: Av. El Inca E 4181 y Amazonas, Quito, Ecuador
      Phone: 593-02-397-0100
      Fernando Coral is country manager (Ecuador)

      Good Luck!

  • Clare Jan 3, 2014, 2:30 pm


    I am thinking of moving to Cuenca, could you email me so that I could as a few questions concerning what you took with you to Ecuador and schooling options. We will be going with at least two of my children.

    • Stewart Jan 4, 2014, 10:39 am

      Hello Clare,

      Probably better if you ask Bryan and Dena about Cuenca. We live near Quito.
      About what we brought to Ecuador, we brought about 1 / 3 of everything we owned
      and sold or gave away the rest. This filled a 40 foot long container including 1 car.
      Please see my expat profile with comments for details on who we used to ship our stuff.

      Best regards.

  • Stewart Dec 12, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Hello Bryan, Dena, fellow Expats and Prospective Expats,

    Saludos. I wish to inform about our experience with health insurance here in Ecuador. We are insured with BMI
    full coverage for the family. Another expat had commented that he bought BMI insurance for his wife at a reduced cost. First I want to say that for our plan it was not less than what we paid in the States, but it is definitely worth having.
    It is true that there is public heath insurance if you are affiliated with the I.E.S.S. (Instituto Ecuatoriano de Seguridad Social), but service in the IESS hospitals can be so so. I recommend el Hospital Metropolitano if you are in Quito.

    BMI is a private health insurance which has helped tremendously in a recent health problem that my wife has and is covering 90% of hospital, doctors, exams and medicines costs. I am sure there are other good ones, but I just want to say you never know when your health will suffer.

    The first couple of years we had thought to switch to a less expensive plan, but now we are glad we stayed. Our cost is about $500 per month for the family (2 adults and 2 children). It is not cheap, but now it has more than paid for itself.

    Hope this is helpful in your health insurance decisions and best regards.

  • Mike Bluett Sep 14, 2013, 11:52 am

    Stewart, could you email me directly. I would like to find out a bit more about rental costs in Cumbaya.
    mbluett88 ->

  • Rick May 22, 2013, 3:06 pm


    Could you forward the moving service that you used to help get you and your pet to Ecuador?


    • Stewart May 22, 2013, 6:09 pm

      Hello Rick,
      The moving service we used is called INSA which is short for International Shipping and Storage based in Ecuador. Their agent company in Miami was Sentry International. Ramon Sierra was the contact at (305) 885 8161. INSA´s website:

      What I like about them is they are very thorough with packing “everything” in boxes and organizing the freight container very well. They were our broker for our pet dog, Lucky. Ask Ramon or whoever´s in his place now all the requirements.

      Good Luck,

  • Max Mar 19, 2013, 9:54 am


    In June, I plan to travel to Quito for a few months. I understand I can obtain a 12-9 visa for 3-6 months. Are there any language schools in Cumbaya? In Quito there are schools that provide one-one instruction. Some schools offer a program of 4 hours of classroom study in the morning and then after lunch an instructor guided 2-hour tour to various places (museums, markets, etc.) for practice in the field. Any suggestions?

    • Stewart Mar 23, 2013, 7:31 am

      Hello Max,
      There is the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito in Cumbaya that offers spanish courses for foreigners, but you would need to be enrolled. I’m checking for you, and will post again when I find something worthwhile.

      It would be great after you make it to Quito or Cumbaya to get some feedback on impressions after you’ve been here a while.

    • Stewart Mar 29, 2013, 1:29 pm

      Hello Max,
      Here’s a contact at USFQ of the “Instituto de Lenguas Extranjeras” department. They offer the courses you’re looking for in Cumbaya.
      Call Guisela Arcos (Asistente Administrativa) at (02) 297-1882. Add the (02) when calling from an Ecuadorian cell phone or outside the Quito metropolitan area. From USA it’s 011 593 02 297 1882.
      Good Luck,

    • mark romo May 4, 2013, 12:52 pm

      I am receiving my 12-IX this month. Be aware that you must now have two thousand dollars in an Ecuadorean bank in your name to receive this six-month visa, one thousand for the three-month rendition.
      Good luck!

      • Stewart May 7, 2013, 11:53 pm

        Yes, it’s not very easy to open one of those. We opened an account in Produbanco (one of the larger banks in Ecuador). Here are the requirements for a checking account from :
        For Natural Person:
        • Initial deposit of $500.
        • Original and color copy of identity card of all signers on the account (if alien must present your passport, visa and census).
        • Ballot of all signers on the account.
        • Copy of RUC (when economic activity is independent)
        • Form of payment of electricity, water or phone current address (valid 1 month). (In case you don’t have landline at home).
        • Bank Reference (Having a checking or savings account in Produbanco or other financial institution with a minimum stay of 6 months and 3 averages).
        • Income certificate (valid for 1 month)
        • Close relative personal reference (not living with the client).
        There are a few smaller banks like Banco del Pacifico or Banco Bolivariano where maybe the requirements are not so restrictive. An option is to open an account there and use it later to open an account in a bigger bank like Produbanco or Banco de Guayaquil.

        Best Wishes.

      • maria May 15, 2013, 10:33 am

        I am getting a 6 month tourist visa which they call the I9 and it cost me 240.00 each for my husband and I also we are getting the pensioners visa at 40.00 each…so I would say try to do everything in the states before leaving and take all your docs before heading to Ecuador that is what we are doing.

        • TerryDarc May 17, 2013, 5:42 pm

          Don’t most or all documents need to be “apostiled”? I take apostiled to mean additional certification (and cost) from the issuing authority.

          The 6 month I9 should give you time to do the legal work to get the pensioner status done. Good luck.

  • JayJayEn Feb 16, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Stuart, we are relocating to the Valle de los Chillos area. La Mercede and Nayon are of particular interest to us, because we hope it will afford us a nice balance between city and small town. At this point we think that Cumbaya is too busy for us. Are you aware of any real estate agents in the area that you could confidently refer us to? Your help is appreciated.

    • Stewart Feb 17, 2013, 3:46 pm

      Hello JayJayEn,
      I have a real estate agent with several properties in Nayon that may be able to help. Her name is Silvia Sevilla. Her email is and you can write her in english.
      Send her an email, and if she doesn´t have what you need she could put you in contact with one who does.

      Best regards.

  • Terry Feb 12, 2013, 11:47 pm

    Stewart, I’ve never read about anyone using a broker(mover from Ecuador). You said you used INSA and they helped you get Lucky through customs. You also said that Lucky was in customs for 3 days!! OMG I can’t imagine our dog being left in customs for 3 days when he gets separation anxiety after 3 minutes not seing us. What does a broker do and what would you do different in the relocating process? Also if we land at an airport do they have rental cars like airports in US? Is special isurance suggested to drive there since we might encounter unexpected driving circumstances? What do you long for back in US if anything? Thanks for any thing you can suggest to help us bring our pet with us. He won’t fit under any seat in cabin. He weighs 23 lbs. Thanks Terry

    • Stewart Feb 13, 2013, 6:04 pm

      It´s been a while now, but what I remember was we needed a broker for Lucky because of his size (weight=120 lbs) so he had to go in cargo. It´s the same plane (LAN), but in a storage space with ac. It would be better if your dog can go in the cabin with you someway.
      Not to scare you, but LAN actually lost track of our dog. There was some irregularity with my travel docs. and they took Lucky to an unknown storage hanger. It wasn´t our broker´s. Asking around someone finally remembered seeing a big black dog in a white crate.
      Anyways, the broker had contacts (maybe Divine intervention) and got him out.
      What would I do differntly about our dog? Nothing. I could not anticipate the problem they came up with. My passport expired and renewed with a different number. My historical entry/exit in Ecuador showed the old number. The police jurisdiction said my police travel doc. had to be with the old number, etc. Long story short the police was not going to budge.
      My advise is coax the steward or stewardess to let your dog travel in the cabin.

      Yes, get insurance. I think Brian and Dena have an article on car travel insurance, if not try

      Car rental? Not sure. There are a lot of taxis. In a few days the airport changes from Quito to Tababela (a town 60 min.+ from Quito). We´ll have to wait and see.

      What do I long for? Organization. In the states (and Canada I presume) everything is very logical and organized. Here there is a little of that, but politics or special interests often change what´s logical and best for all to what´s best for a few.

      Anything else just let me know.

      • Chacko Nov 18, 2013, 11:52 pm

        What is the name and contact information of the broker that you used. We are bringing our dog in a few weeks and wanted to identify a broker. Thank you.

        • Stewart Nov 20, 2013, 1:34 pm

          Chacko, for starters please see my reply May 22, 2013 to a comment the same day.
          The contact at INSA is Conzuelo Heredia and her email is
          You can email her in english.

  • Terrie Schmearer Nov 4, 2012, 1:24 pm

    Hi Stewart,
    I read another blog somewhere (I’ve been reading lots of blogs and can’t remember where) that said we shouldn’t bring our animals with us because they are exposed to diseases we don’t have in the states and most of them die. I have two cats and was feeling kind of heart broken at the thought of finding them new homes at whatever point we move. It sounds to me like you haven’t had any trouble. Do you know if it’s harder for cats healthwise?
    Thank you,
    Terrie Ann

    • Stewart Nov 5, 2012, 3:52 pm

      Dear Terrie Ann,
      My opinion (and I´m not a vet, but you´ll find quite a few here) is that cats or dogs or any other pet can get sick primarily by ingesting something (i.e. pidgeon) that carried some kind of disease and get sick and maybe die.
      In my case my dog got sick once after eating or drinking something bad, but the vet gave him an injection and other meds and he´s much healthier here now than in Florida.
      If your cats stay indoors or at least if you can keep them from eating wild birds and control their diet I think they should be fine.
      Best regards,

  • Steven King Nov 4, 2012, 7:26 am

    I want to complement you on your blog. Very nice with helpful information. My father is going to Quito on the 5th of November with the intention of moving there. I wanted to be able to give him some helpful hints on getting by. He is not wealthy and his intention is to move there and save money and make the 1500/mo he gets from SS go further than in AZ where he currently lives. Is there any area where you suggest he look for a rental? I see food costs are less, but what are the downsides to living there? I hear the scams and robbery are frequent in the city. I warned him about that. The other problem I see is the elevation, he is 70 and not in great physical condition. I currently live in Kabul, AFG working for the government and I was lightheaded here for a week, and Quito is 3,000ft higher yet. Any words of advice would be appreciated.

    • Stewart Nov 5, 2012, 12:18 pm


      Glad to help. I’ll have to do some research on rental prices in Quito and get back to you.

      Two thing I can share now, from the airport if his hotel shuttle isn’t picking your dad up he should only take a taxi that has “orange” license plates. These are registered with the government. Others are “executive” taxis which some are good, but not all.
      Second, yes Quito is quite high in elevation. The first week your dad should take is slow (i.e. Not do a lot of walking) until his body adjusts. One reason why we chose Cumbaya/Tumbaco area is it’s over 1,000 ft lower than Quito and warmer generally. Rent is expensive though.

      Get back to you soon,

  • Connor Oct 25, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Hi Stewart,
    I’m a college student in Oregon and I’m studying abroad in Ecuador this Winter/Spring, spending one month at Universidad de San Francisco de Qutio in Cumbaya and three months in the Galapagos. I was wondering what public transit or taxi service from Cumbaya to downtown Qutio is like and what my best bet is for getting from Cumbaya to the city without a car. Also, I was wondering if you could give me any heads up on places to avoid safety wise in Qutio and Cumbaya or anything else important I should know about the area before I arrive.


    • Stewart Nov 2, 2012, 8:25 am

      Hello Connor,
      Universidad de San Francisco de Quito in Cumbaya is the one I was writing about. There are quite e few Gringos living close to there and attending there too. There’s a large new shopping center opening up across the street. Cumbaya overall is a pretty safe place. If you like bike riding check out “El Chaquinan” trail there. Here’s a link.
      I also advise only on weekends.
      To get from Cumbaya to Quito there are quite a few buses, but taxis are better unless you don’t mind crowded buses. In general only take taxis that have the orange license plates. These are registered with authorities. Ask at school which companies are recommended so you can call them directly.
      About safety, I like to remember one thing. Minimum wage here is about $300 per month. That’s less than $2 per hour. In general people here are helpful and friendly and many Have money, but many more Do Not. That’s why it’s not good to walk the streets at night or in the day time show your IPhone or laptop while walking in public.
      Quito is a big city compared to Cumbaya. In general I stay out of the South (poorer)end. Mainly be aware of your surroundings and avoid the too secluded streets. You’ll see police on the major streets.
      I work close to the park, “El Ejido” which is not that safe to walk through, but the surrounding streets are ok.
      I visited Galapagos Islands once. Definitely check out the Charles Darwin center.
      Good Luck!

  • Lili Oct 15, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Hi Stewart,
    Thank you for your very informative post.
    I live with my husband and two small children in Broward county, FL. I was born in Ecuador but have lived in the US since I was 12 yrs. old. We’re planning on moving to Ecuador; I work from home and rely on the internet, we know we can have a better quality of life for our family in Ecuador. I have relatives in Cuenca, Guayaquil, Quito and Latacunga.
    I have some questions for you… how do you find the internet connection in Cumbayá? I’m planning on getting a flash drive connection, so I can use it anywhere with my laptop.
    Our plan is to arrive in Latacunga and see how things go.
    We want our children to be bilingual; I don’t know if the best option is homeschool..and maybe attend a local school 2-3 hrs. daily so they can get the best of both worlds. I know that American schools in Cumbaya and Quito are very expensive… what do you recommend?
    If Latacunga does not work for us, the other option is Cumbayá or Cuenca.

    • Stewart Oct 18, 2012, 2:22 pm

      Hello Lili,
      I remember Broward County. Yes, if you already have family here your kids will enjoy the culture and should adapt quickly.
      Internet connection overall is good. You´ll find in general it´s a bit slower, but you shouldn´t loose signal. There are 2 major cell phone companies “Movil” and “Claro”, and I think both offer flash drive connections. We have Claro and are satisfied with it.
      We found in Quito / Cumbaya many options for kids schools. In general you want a private school although I understand the public schools in Quito are getting better. Cuenca should also have good private schools. Latacunga I don´t know about.
      We are very happy with the parochial school, Jose Engling in Tumbaco for our kids. Not to push the Catholic part, but they were just recognized with international accreditations and are very family oriented. Most private schools also teach english. There´s even a “British” school in Tumbaco but very expensive. We have friends with Ecuadorian kids who are very happy in “Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito” and are very fluent in English.
      I visited Latacunga once and only remember a spectacular mountain view of Cotopaxi. Sorry I don´t know more about that town.
      Best Wishes,

      • Lili Oct 26, 2012, 5:50 am

        Thanks for input, gracias por tu ayuda 🙂

  • Steve Sorkin Oct 15, 2012, 1:48 pm

    Very helpful, thank you. We’re starting the moving process tomorrow. We’ll go back to Cuenca, find a place to rent, leave our son there, return home to finalize things, before we return for good.

    We’re bringing our little pooch with us on the return leg, and with all the information/assistance from expats, we, hopefully won’t have any problems going thru customs.

    Thanks again.

    Steve Srkin

    • Stewart Oct 19, 2012, 8:51 am

      Hello Steve,
      Another tip for your “little pooch”. We probably would not have had trouble with our dog if it was small like I imagine yours is and that it can fly with you in the cabin. Ours had to go in cargo and was 3 days in customs.
      Make sure your dog has all the shots up to date. While still in the States visit your local Ecuadorian Embassy for their requirements. We had to get a certificate from USDA – APHIS (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) saying that our pet was healthy.
      Good Lucky,

      • Terry Doyle May 7, 2013, 3:10 pm

        Here’s a link from American. I was a bit surprised, but pets can indeed fly in the cabin but need a reservation to ensure that no more than 7 are on the same plane.

        a href=””

        • Stewart May 7, 2013, 11:10 pm

          If your pet is like ours, definitely make the extra effort to reserve your pet a space in the cabin. Flying cargo it’s maybe too much temptation to treat an animal like luggage. If it’s lost it just goes to an unknown customs hangar.
          Maybe things have improved at the new Quito airport and maybe Cuenca’s is better organized, but why take the risk?
          You’ll have peace of mind with a cabin reservation.
          Best regards.

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