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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 expats

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 during your move and transition.

In this huge guide, you’ll meet 32 expats in Ecuador. While it’s great to read books about expat life, nothing replaces first hand experience.

The expats featured in this article come from many backgrounds and countries. While there are many retired expats, there are also business owners and young married couples. Curious about where to move? Here are 7 reasons that Ecuador is the best country for expats.

These Ecuador expat interviews address the most common questions and concerns that future expats have. These include:

  • language learning
  • working abroad
  • getting settled
  • cost of living in Ecuador
  • what they love about living in Ecuador
While the majority of the Ecuador expats are still in the country, some have returned to their home country or moved on to another one. There are many reasons why some expats might decide not to live in Ecuador.

Ecuador Expats: Meet 32 Expats From Around the World

Living in Coastal EcuadorInge Van den Herrewegen Living in Santa Marianita

Inge is from Oudenaarde, Belgium and decided to move to Ecuador after traveling through Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, French Polynesia, Chile, and Peru.

Read her full story.

After hearing about the small coastal town of Santa Marianita, she headed north and decided to stay. She now has a family, including two sons. She runs Punta la Barca – a small hosteria on the coast, and gives kite-surfing lessons.

Dave and Robin Zinck Living in Loja, Giron, and San Jacinto

leaving Ecuador

Dave and Robin moved to Ecuador in January 2016.

They explored much of the country and lived in three areas: San Jacinto (near Manta, on the coast), Giron (in Yunguilla Valley) and Loja, in southern Ecuador.

After 1.5 years in Ecuador, they decided to return to Canada.

Read their full story

Andra and Josh Carter Living in Otavalo Ecuador

Andra and Josh Carter Mompiche EcuadorAndra and Josh moved to Otavalo in 2011. In September 2017, they moved back to the United States.

Read their full story

In 2014, they worked with a group of local Ecuadorians to create a cafe in Otavalo – La Cosecha Ecuador. This collaboration has resulted in an incredible location that serves thousands of customers a year. It is a Lonely Planet’s Top Pick for Otavalo and rated on #1 on TripAdvisor in both the city and the province.

Cassie McClellan Living in Otavalo

Cassie McClellan Ecuador ExpatCassie and her husband have been living in Otavalo since 2012.

In this interview, Cassie shares why they moved, what they love about life in Otavalo, and how they are learning Spanish.

Read her full story

Their experience has been different than many expats in Ecuador. They have run a small bed and breakfast – and also a microbrewery.

You’ll especially want to check out what they love about Ecuador at the end of the interview.

Deborah Hughes Living in Manta

Deborah Hughes 4000 miles blogThe Hughes family moved from South Lake Tahoe, California to Manta Ecuador.

In this post, they discuss why they chose to live on the coast – instead of in Cuenca, high in Ecuador’s Andes mountains.

Read why they chose the coast: What’s the best place to live in Ecuador? Mountains vs Coast

Read more about their journey on their blog: 4000 Miles

Gregory Diehl Living in Vilcabamba

Gregory Diehl Vilcabamba EcuadorGregory Diehl left California at 18 to explore our world and find himself.

He has lived and worked in more than 50 countries, chronicling the enlightening lessons he learned in the Amazon bestseller: Travel As Transformation.

After traveling the world, he chose to settle in Vilcabamba. Here’s why:

Read his full story

Damaris de Jimenez Living in Cuenca

exploring and living in ecuadorDamaris came to Ecuador in 2009 looking for a break from the typical American routine.

What she found is adventure (and her future husband).

Read her full story

Rick and Dana Racinskas Living in Salinas

living in salinas rick dana racinskasRick and Dana are a married couple of 40 years. After checking out both Belize and Ecuador, they moved from Texas to the beach city of Salinas, Ecuador.

Read their full story

Since they arrived, they have opened Chipipe Villa – an assisted living retirement home for expats and Ecuadorians.

Check out our complete guide to Ecuador beaches

Todd & Heidi Gorishek Living in Cuenca

our life in ecuador heidi todd gorishekTodd and Heidi moved to Bahia de Caraquez (on Ecuador’s coast) in January 2016. After the earthquake hit that town on April 16th, their family moved to Cuenca.

This is their first international move and they are loving their new life in Cuenca.

Read their full story

Todd writes a daily blog about life in Ecuador at Todd Talk in Ecuador.

Linn Vermilion Smith Living in Pakakuna Gardens, Chaca

Linn Vermilion Smith EcuadorLinn’s journey from the US to Cuenca, the coast and then back to the Andes (near Quito) is one that many expats can relate to.

After arriving in Cuenca in 2010, they decided to look for a warmer climate. (Some expats find it cold in Cuenca.) After a short period on the coast, they settled in Chaca – just outside of Quito – in a small community called Pakakuna Gardens.

Read her full story

Jacquie & Don Mackenzie Living in Vilcabamba Valley

ecuador expats Jacquie Don MackenzieJacquie and Don moved from Mexico (6 years in Guanajuato) to Salinas Ecuador in 2014.

In early 2016, they moved to Chaupi in the Vilcabamba Valley.

Read their full story

Why I Decided to Move to Loja Ecuador: Jesse Bayer

jesse bayer ecuadorIn 2013, Jesse moved from New York to the province of Loja in Southern Ecuador.

Jesse was a real estate investor in New York City and offers a unique perspective on real estate in Ecuador.

Read his full story

Jesse is co-founder of Abundant Living Ecuador – a real estate and relocation services company based out of Loja.

Jessamyn Living in Tena, Ecuador

ecuador-expat-tenaJessamyn moved to Ecuador in 1997 and has lived in Tena off and on since.

She married an Ecuadorian and they have a 12-year-old son.

Read her full story

Jessmyn writes about Ecuador on her blog.

Susan Schenck Living in Cuenca Ecuador

susan-schenck-cuenca-ecuadorSusan moved to Cuenca in 2010. She is a health and travel writer.

Before moving to Ecuador, Susan also lived in Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

Read her full story

Check out a few of Susan’s books: Expat’s in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic and the Madness, The Quilotoa Loop: Ecuador’s Hidden Treasure, and The Live Food Factor.

Lisa Cho Living in Cuenca Ecuador

Ecuador expat Lisa ChoLisa moved from San Francisco, California to Cuenca in 2012.

She has background as a project manager (biotech and medical devices). After arriving in Cuenca, she did some travel blogging and wrote a travel guide book.

Read her full story

Mark Cowtan Living in Capaes, Salinas Ecuador

ecuador-expats-Cowtan-Family-CapaesIn December 2012, Mark and his family moved from Northern California to Salinas, Ecuador.

He is British and his wife is Peruvian.

Read his full story

A couple of years ago, Mark’s family was featured in House Hunters International.

Why We Sold it All and Moved to Cuenca Ecuador (Haines Family)

dena-haines-expatBack in 2013, I (Bryan) wrote this overview of why we decided to sell everything and move to Cuenca, Ecuador.

Dena also wrote her expat profile about our life in Cuenca – after we had lived there for a year and a half.

A couple of years ago, Dena wrote What’s it Like to Live in Cuenca Ecuador? This has been one of our most read articles on the site.

And our daughter, Drew, also wrote about what it was like for her to move to Ecuador when she was 8-years-old: My Move to Ecuador: From the Eyes of an 8-Year-Old Canadian Girl

And finally, I wrote a piece for National Geographic about Cuenca: I Heart My City: Bryan’s Cuenca

David Day Living in Canoa, Manabi Ecuador

david-day-Canoa-Manabi-Ecuador-iconDavid lives in Canoa with his Ecuadorian wife and two children.

He has worked with a micro-brewery in Canoa and also as a tour guide.

Read his full story

Stewart Perez Living in Cumbaya, Ecuador

ecuador-expat-Stewart-Perez-iconStewart and his family moved from Florida to Cumbayá (Pichincha Province).

He works as a property and construction manager.

Read his full story

House Hunters International Ecuador: All 14 Episodes

house-hunters-international-ecuadorWith it’s popularity among expats, it’s little wonder that Ecuador has been in the sights of House Hunters International.

Back in 2012, our family was featured in a House Hunters International episode in Cuenca.

See all 14 Ecuador episodes

Curious about HHI? See our behind the scenes in House Hunters International.

Gary Sisk Living in Cuenca, Ecuador

gary-sisk-cuenca-ecuadorGary moved from the States back in 2011.

Since then, he wrote a book about his move (Why Ecuador for Me) and a blog.

Read his full story

His story is one of our most highly commented of all of them.

Life After Retirement? Andre Hugo is Living Life’s Adventure in Quito

Andre-Hugo-Me-Before-DescentAndre moved from Ottawa to Quito just before turning 65.

Since then, he’s learned Spanish, saved two peoples lives, won writing awards and has been in two films (National Geographic and Discovery Channel).

Read his full story – it’s an inspiration for everyone who thinks they can’t become an expat as a senior.

Jamie Stambaugh Living in Cotacachi

jamie stambaugh cotacachi ecuador expatJamie is a young mother of two boys who lived in Cotachaci for just over a year.

In her story, you’ll read what it was like to school her two boys in the local school system.

Read her full story

Jamie gives this important tip: “I think being very honest with yourself about what you can and cannot handle about your living space will help a lot when budgeting for a place to live.”

Christina Ring Living in Otavalo

Ecuador-Expat-Profile-Christina-RingAfter visiting Ecuador on her honeymoon, Christina and Thomas decided to move two years later.

Christina is from Germany and now operates 4 Volcanoes Lodge. Christina wrote a piece about owning horses in Ecuador.

Read her full story

Learn more about her lodge

Franziska & Daniel Pedersen Living in Yunguilla Valley

Ecuador-Expat-Profile-Franziska-Daniel-PedersenDan is from Washington State and Fran is from Switzerland. They have lived in their Ecuador guest house since 2010.

They live in a little town called La Unión (Abdón Calderón) which is about an hour and fifteen minute drive from Cuenca. One of the nice things about the location is that it is in a subtropical valley so it’s warm and there are lots of flowers and fruit trees.

Read their full story

Interested to visit Yunguilla Valley? Check out Santuario Hibiscus. We’ve stayed with them (here’s our review).

Liliya Bykova Living in Quito

Liliya-Bykova-Ecuador-Expat-ProfileLiliya has been living in Ecuador with her husband since 2008. She was born in the USSR, Republic of Belarus. She met her husband Leo in 2007 and married in 2008 – the same year they moved to Quito.

They operate a tour company and short term rental apartment in Quito.

Read her full story

Other Ecuador Expat Stories


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  • Mary Jones Dec 18, 2019, 11:39 am

    You should all think hard about moving to Ecuador if you a) haven’t spent several months here or b) haven’t looked into the visa and retirement cedula process and drivers license. The visa process and cedula process will take about 6-7 months and cost around $7,000, as everything must not only be original, but must be apostilled, which is another $150 per document. The drivers license will be around $1500 which includes the 2 week drivers class you must take. If you don’t plan to drive, there are both town, city and country wide buses. However, there is no real schedule and you better be in good shape to hop on and off while the bus is moving as they certainly don’t wait for you to get on, off or even take a seat. The health care is free if Ecuadorian, if not you will pay for private insurance, not sure how good it is. Only after you get your cedula and private health insurance can you switch to IESS health insurance. IESS health insurance is not a percent of your social security, it is a flat rate of about $80 for one person and another $15 for the spouse. Not sure how good it is either, but it doesn’t even take effect until you get your cedula and private insurance AND you must pay for it for 3 months before you can use it. Very odd indeed. This is a 3rd world country so unless you plan to live in Quito or Guayaquil, your eating habits will have to change dramatically. There is no refrigeration in the outlying towns so there will be no “cold” food, ever. If you can adjust your eating, great, the produce is good and there is rice. The rent is cheaper than the states, but you will easily pay double what your Ecuadorian neighbor pays. Cuenca the gringo mountain town has cheap rentals, otherwise along the coast rent is rather high, easily $1200 plus. Remember if you chose Cuenca, there is ONLY ONE road in and out. If they block it, you are stuck. (yes that happened to us) The phone and internet will run about $80 per month if you can get it depending on where you live. There are no malls, gyms, movie theaters or anything else you may be used to in the states unless you plan to live in the two big cities-Quito or Guayaquil although Salinas has a small mall. As for banks, well they are not stable in the least. First of all, only after obtaining a cedula can you get a bank account. I was with one of the four biggest banks here. I tried to wire my retirement money from my U.S. bank to Ecuador through SWIFT. Well, my entire retirement monies went missing for almost 2 months. I had to hire an attorney to go to the giant bank jefe here several times to try to find it. Apparently, wiring money from a U.S. bank to Ecuador is very, very problematic, read, don’t do it. Finally, as for real estate, you will find that the realtors are happy to sell you something and pretend it is all legal. Beware, most of the time it is not legal and you will find later you don’t really own anything. Certainly gringos are not allowed to own beach front property, it is a country law. As for other properties, I know of several that lost money as it all fell through either after they paid, or after they moved a year into it all. If you want to build, you must have more patience and spanish skills than the rest of us. While in general the Ecuadorian people may be gentle, they are poor and see gringos as targets for money, money, money. Everything will cost you more than a local, the bus, the taxi, the car, the rent, the health insurance, the mercado, everything. Personally, I am not finding my quality of life here suitable for me. I love the beaches and the tad lower cost of living, but it is not enough for me to stay. Good luck to the rest of you.

    • johan Jun 18, 2020, 8:42 pm

      Driver’s license:
      – apostille document: 50 dollar
      – translation + notary for this document: 50 dollar
      – application: 140 dollar
      Total costs for Ecuadorian driver’s license: 240 dollar

      – apostille documents: around 100 dollar
      – translations + notary for these documents: around 100 dollar
      – application + visa: 450 dollar
      Total costs for visa: 650 dollar

      I really wonder why you are mentioning such high costs.

    • Danny Jun 26, 2020, 1:19 am

      You hate it there!

  • Ciara Dec 4, 2019, 2:11 pm

    I am looking to move my parents and I to Ecuador. We are planning our trip in Feb to visit and maybe find a house. I would love to talk to people about their experiences and ideas about where to look and etc. thank you.

  • Maria Jose Oct 24, 2019, 7:48 am

    Its good to see you writing about Ecuador.I have been lived there for a few years. People of Ecuador are so gentle.

  • Ricardo gilchrist Oct 1, 2019, 11:41 am

    We are making the move in April of next year! We have already started selling our stuff here in Texas and about to get the house here on the market. We are looking at some BnB properties on the coast. We are having trouble getting any real answers or quotes on shipping one 40′ container (via ocean). Any help would be appreciated! Also some answers on building new cabins on our property to have more rental income (like permits needed? Can I built like I would in the us with standard 2×4,s and siding etc.

    • Darlene Cannon Dec 17, 2019, 2:21 pm

      You might check out the YouTube channel “Amelia and JP” who live in Cuenca. One of their videos is an interview with a business who specializes in moving you to Ecuador. You will find it very helpful.

  • Michele Alexis Andrews Aug 11, 2019, 11:31 am

    Coming for a visit and would like to meet a few Expats..Aug 26-30, 2019

  • Vin Libassi Feb 4, 2019, 7:23 pm

    I have my one-way ticket to Ecuador for March 6th. Woo, hooo! I’ll be shipping a pallet of belongings to Guayaquil by boat. I’m having no success finding any contact info for the port (Contecon). Would be nice to get a heads-up before just arriving there in a taxi to claim it.

    • Jeremiah Reardon Feb 17, 2019, 12:01 am

      Jorge Lopez helped us w/ our cargo in GYE, over 3 days, and brought us and 50 cartons to Cuenca. Great guy who studied in Massachusetts. He lives near the airport in his B and B. Dogs permitted.
      Website: https//
      Cellphone: 098-903-1961.
      593-98-903-1961, out of Ecuador.

      • Vin Libassi Feb 17, 2019, 9:53 am

        Thanks a million.

  • PAUL BEAUDOIN Jan 6, 2019, 11:22 pm

    I’m trying to get a better grasp on what the cost of health insurance for a senior living on Social Security will be, and I’m getting confusing info from straight informational reports versus various expats’ personal firsthand reports. On the one hand it is said that one can use the Ecuadorian national health plan IESS, for which you are charged about 17% of your stated retirement/pension income on your residency application. So using an easy round figure, let’s say I have $1500 Social Security monthly income, that means my health insurance monthly charge for IESS coverage would be $255. And I thought it stated that that insurance covered EVERYTHING. Yet in an anecdotal expat testimonial a woman says she and her husband pay about $80 monthly for both of them for IESS, which is very contrary to the total pension (SS) she and her husband have monthly combined (over $3000).

    What am I not understanding? Also this same woman refers to paying out of pocket for small fees and reserving IESS for more “catastrophic” health care needs. I thought IESS was a blanket coverage? I do understand there is also private insurance which can be bought and that price can vary depending on how high or low deductibles you choose for your plan. But this woman specifically mentions using IESS at a low cost for both her and her husband etc. as I stated already. Very confusing trying to figure out in advance planning stages what I will need and expect to pay for health care and if it will fit overall into living there on my modest SS budget. Thanks for any insight. Also, any links to more specific facts of healthcare plans that explains things in detailed plain facts would be appreciated!!!! Thank you!


    • Richard D' Sanchez Jan 15, 2019, 11:57 am

      As of May 1st, 2018, the Human Mobility Act of Ecuador imposed new rules on expats. One of the important requirements is to have public or private health insurance. There are two health insurance options available. The first, as you mentioned, is through the public Ecuadorian Social Security Institute (IESS), and the second is from a private health insurance company. As you touched on, the IESS public insurance is paid for through 17.6 percent of the individual’s income directly by the individual. A spouse or partner with a cédula (Ecuadorian ID) can also be enrolled at an additional cost. Supposedly, this gives expats access to free medical appointments, procedures and medications at IESS contracted facilities.

      Keep in mind, although the public health service has improved in Ecuador, it still has some ongoing problems. One problem is the increased number of people accessing the services, resulting in over-subscription for appointments and treatment. Another problem is the quality of care which varies in different IESS contracted facilities. In some instances, IESS pharmacies do not have prescribed medications and expats have to go to a non-IESS facility to buy medicine, costs of which would be over and above contributions paid to the IESS. If you have reservations about quality care of HMOs in the U.S., you should definitely be concerned about public health service in Ecuador. The suggestion of “paying out of pocket for small fees (i.e., medical care at a private medical clinic) and reserving IESS for more catastrophic health care needs” has merit. Be aware, catastrophic illness can bring physical and/or financial ruin. It is important for expats to investigate the health insurance options thoroughly and ensure compliance with the new mandatory rules of the Human Mobility Act. This probably doesn’t answer all your questions, but I hope it helps.

    • Jeremiah Reardon Feb 17, 2019, 12:08 am

      I suggest you go to, the Cuenca expat blog, and search under IESS. You’ll find good information there, along w/ interesting comments!

      • paul beaudoin Feb 17, 2019, 10:34 pm

        Thank you, Jeremiah, I will do that, appreciate the help.
        Good day to you.

  • Doris Oct 2, 2018, 5:14 am

    Can you mayby help me out? Do you know if there are international companies, preferably in the province of El Oro, or Guyas (no Guayaquil), that are big enough to do a logistic internship at?

  • Sam Jun 14, 2018, 1:05 am

    I was wondering if I can buy my dietary supplements in Equador? I have to have Sam-e, L-Lycine, Prylosec, and Glucosamine caldortion. Any help would be appreciated. It would really make my bag light if I didn’t have to pack for three months of pills. I plan on spending the next few years spending three months each in several countries before deciding where to land for my old age.

    • Richard Jun 27, 2018, 10:21 am

      Sam-e and Prylosec can be found in Quito, but L-Lycine and Glucosamine Caldortion will be hard to find.

      • Sam Jun 28, 2018, 4:06 pm

        Thanks for the feedback Richard. I feel sort of embarrassed that I just found out that Quito is so high in altitude. I have lived at sea-level my whole life. I have changed my plans to go to Cuenca first, so as only to deal with half the altitude at at time. I suppose that the drugstores in Cuenca will be pretty much the same as Quito.

        • Richard Jun 29, 2018, 10:35 am

          Your welcome Sam. Quito is a little over 9,000 feet in elevation and may be too much for someone coming from a sea-level altitude. Cuenca which is about 7,700 feet is probably the top choice of many expats. A little further south from Cuenca are two other top picks of expats, Loja (about 6,700 feet elev.) and Vilcabama (about 5,000 feet elev.). These two last options are a safer distance from the “Avenue of Volcanoes”. Don’t forget to visit the Incapirca Ruins while you are in Cuenca.

  • Joe Meadows May 15, 2018, 9:28 am

    Bryan, my son is living in Guayaquil and I am trying to find information on municipal water quality. I am looking to purchase a Reverse Osmosis (RO) system for him so he doesn’t have to drink bottled water. However, the company in the US said their system might make the water safe to drink IF the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) is below 2,000 ppm. However, I am having a hard time tracking down this kind of information on the net. Any ideas? Thanks!

  • Demi Doyle May 7, 2018, 7:32 pm

    I am researching affordable assisted living /or shared living options for seniors in cotacochi. My friend lives on social security about 1200 dollars a month. Part of her expenses are pharmaceutical costs/she has a us health plan plus medicare. She has mobility issues not wheel chair bound but has broken her back twice. perhaps she should change her health care plan its 300 per month and try something else down there. Also needs phone service that is affordable. Any suggestions phone calls are to and from us which she thinks might be accessible thru computers. Are there any (not big city) options where expats are starting to go that feel similar to cotacochi but perhaps not as expensive for rents. Thanks for all your help from Atlanta georgia

  • Richard D. Sanchez Apr 8, 2018, 6:39 pm

    Living in Ecuador off-and-on for 46 years, I noticed that many expats are not fully aware of this nation’s geohazards to make an informed decision on where to live in this beautiful part of the World. Unlike Californians who have an abundance of information about earthquakes and volcanic activity and their secondary effects (i.e., landslides, mudslides, tsunamis), the subject is not as well addressed in Ecuador. After I retiring from the U.S. Geological Survey I put together a book designed for visitors, investors, and retirees interested in living in Ecuador. The book published by Amazon Kindle entitled “Ecuador: A Nation Living Precariously on the Pacific Ring of Fire” (in English and Spanish). A must read for those living or thinking of living in Ecuador.

    • Avril Neuhausel Oct 8, 2018, 11:40 pm

      Thank you Mr. Santos for the information regarding the earthquakes. etc. My husband and I were in the process of doing some research in finding a place in Manta. We currently live in AZ. My concern is the safety of those new high rise apartments during a big earthquake…….

      • Richard D Sanchez Oct 9, 2018, 11:14 am

        Avril, I have a Powerpoint presentation I recently put together that covers the geohazards risks of living along the coast of Ecuador, let me know how I can get it to you. I don’t think is set up for attaching files.

        • Avril Jan 7, 2019, 12:36 pm

          Hi Richard. Thanks for your response. I have attached my email address. Here it is again. Thanks so much in advance.

  • Cindy Massey Apr 5, 2018, 9:17 pm

    Hi Bryan,

    I have been looking for a. gravity water filter as well as a water distiller and have had little luck finding one in Cuenca. Do you have any suggestions? Also, in one of your older posts you mentioned a SteriPen. Is that the same as a water distiller? Thanks. Cindy

    • Richard D' Sanchez Jan 6, 2019, 8:36 am

      For gravity type filters in Cuenca check-out Artesa: Arte en Ceramica, Isabel La Católica 1-102 y Av. De Las Américas, (593) 4056457 or SteriPen is a water purifier device that uses ultraviolet light to sterilize water and make it suited for drinking. There are limitations to UV treated water, it is not rendered completely safe for drinking because UV light does little to eliminate contaminants in water such as chlorine, heavy metals and volatile organic compounds.

      • Bryan Haines Jan 7, 2019, 6:44 am

        Agreed. The type of purifier / filter required depends on what’s in the water.

  • Shedric Staley Jan 29, 2018, 1:04 am

    Can an average person making $4500/mo live comfortably in Ecuador? Also what are banks like there?

    • Bryan Haines Jan 29, 2018, 7:28 am

      You can live very well on that much monthly income – depending on your expected standard of living. I think many expats would have trouble spending that much money – once your place is setup and furnished. Food, rent, utilities, and transport likely would range from $800 to $1400 per month. That should leave some decent monthly reserves.

      Banks are reliable and stable. There are lots of small cooperativas (like a credit union) – that pay higher interest rates – but aren’t as stable as the larger banks

  • Jackson F. Wolobah Dec 1, 2017, 2:36 pm

    What is the cost of living in Ecuador for 90 days?

  • Marcus Aug 30, 2017, 6:17 pm

    I have been in Spain recently and it was just crazily hot…up to 52 degrees.

    35 is more than enough for me. Where is good?

  • Fabrizio Jul 17, 2017, 11:43 am

    My sister and I are planning to retire in Quito. Between the two of us we will have a very comfortable income coming every month from different sources. We would like to rent and eventually buy a condo in a nice residential area of the city where we could walk everywhere… Restaurants, Gym, Grocery Stores, Movies, Malls, etc…
    Any area recommendations before we start our own research would be most appreciated.

  • Mateo Jácome Mar 8, 2017, 6:24 pm

    My name is Mateo Jacome, I’m senior consultant of Deloitte Consulting Ecuador. I am reaching out to you because we are working on a real estate sell-side deal here in Ecuador that we think might be of interest to some real state players. Specifically, Project Andes is an opportunity to develop a resort for senior population in Ecuador, a well renowned place for American, Canadian and European retired seniors.

    In our desk research we identified that your core business is working with projects of senior home care business with different locations, this is why we might think having an alternate destination (egg. for winter time) would make sense and make any interest of you to project Andes.

    Please do let me know if you have any interest to get more information of this project for sharing with real state players or any questions about the project. I would be happy to jump on a call.


  • Ruth Mar 8, 2017, 4:42 pm

    Any input from expats on the Mirador San Jose project? They’re doing quite a bit of advertising in Canada at the moment. Thanks in advance ~ Ruth

  • nat goodale Feb 18, 2017, 10:55 am

    You should interview me. You guys and I go back to 2011, when I asked for your advice about the safety of Ecuador. Fausto Malo was murdered in my house, the house I was, in 6 months, going to move my family into. I have quite a story to tell. Now, renting that house and living on a self built ranch 22 km south of Cuenca with 5 horses, I can say this is my favorite spot on the planet. I know maybe 5 gringos after having been here 5 years. All my friends are local Cuencanos with horses, and we do wild rides twice a month up and into the Sierra.

  • Gordon Crossman Feb 18, 2017, 10:21 am

    What is it like to live in Guayaquil area?

    • Chippie Kislik Feb 21, 2017, 10:05 am

      Hi Gordon!
      I currently live in Guayaquil, as I am conducting a research project at the ESPOL university for 10 months. Although many consider Guayaquil to be a big and dangerous city (which it certainly is), I have luckily never run into any safety issues. I live in a part of town called Urdesa which has restaurants, bars, and places to do karaoke / go dancing. Guayaquil is a beautiful city (especially now during the rainy season because everything is green), and it is very easy to visit the beach or the sierras on the weekends. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out.
      Chippie from San Francisco, CA

      • Dean Jan 15, 2018, 2:08 am

        Hi Chippie.
        My name is Dean and I’m from Australia. Just wondering if you had any contacts or know of any good honest reale-state attorneys in Salinas please.
        Many thanks

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