Are you thinking about an Ecuador retirement? Over the past five years, we’ve written a lot about Ecuador living. But it’s always good to get another perspective.
In the past couple of years, many Ecuador expats have discovered Kindle books. The has lead to an explosion of first-person accounts.
Of course, some of them are not all that good. But many are extremely helpful. In this post, we have included all the best Ecuador retirement books – according to reader ratings.
You can enjoy all these titles on the free Kindle Reading app: available on Apple, Android, and Windows mobile devices.
Let’s get started!
Shortlist: Top 17 Ecuador Retirement Books on Kindle
A couple of years ago, we wrote about the top books about Ecuador. These were primarily print books and were more travel related than about retirement and relocation.
This list is primarily Kindle-only books – meaning that most are not available in print. And while there are a couple of Ecuador travel books, the majority are all about retirement in Ecuador – written by expats actually living here.
This is the short list. Below, you’ll find a second list with a brief review, pricing and an image of each book cover.
- Living and Retiring in Cuenca: 101 Questions Answered
- Becoming an Expat in Cuenca, Ecuador
- Expats in Ecuador: Life in Cuenca Second Edition
- Expats in Ecuador: Life In Cuenca
- A Golden Girl’s Guide to Retirement in Cuenca
- Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness
- Finding Joy in Ecuador: Our Crazy Overseas Retirement Plan
- Expat Interviews Ecuador: Interviews with Residents & Former Residents
- Why Ecuador for me
- 100 Points to Consider Before Moving or Retiring in Ecuador
- The Complete Guide to Retiring in and Around Cotacachi, Ecuador
- Our Ecuador Retirement…The First 8 Months
- Our Ecuador Retirement…Part 2: The Second Year & Why We Didn’t Stay
- Expats in Ecuador: Cuenca’s Top Ten Attractions
- Becoming an Expat: Ecuador
- The Quilotoa Loop, Ecuador’s Hidden Treasure
- Cañar: A Year in the Highlands of Ecuador
17 Ecuador Retirement Books on Kindle (Reviews)
Here are the details of each of these top Ecuador retirement books. Have you read one of these? I hope you’ll share your thoughts in the comment section below!
1. Living and Retiring in Cuenca: 101 Questions Answered
- Pages: 285 pages
The book covers: Our Story, Great Expectations and Altitude Adjustment, Culturally Speaking, 101 Questions Answered, Conclusion and Resources.
2. Becoming an Expat in Cuenca, Ecuador
Written by David Campbell, the book address things that he learned as a new expat in Cuenca. He covers what they did right and wrong.
- Pages: 53 pages
Readers commented that the book gives an insider’s view of Cuenca, Ecuador that would be helpful for anyone planning to move there.Another readers commented that this book confirmed what he already knew about Cuenca.
3 + 4. Expats in Ecuador: Life in Cuenca Second Edition
They address common issues for new expats and recommend an open mind when arriving in Cuenca.
- Pages: 182 pages
This title replaces an older and more popular first edition Expats in Ecuador: Life In Cuenca
5. A Golden Girl’s Guide to Retirement in Cuenca:
Christine A. Collins writes for expat woman arriving in Cuenca. She discusses visas, medical care, cost of living, dating, and recommended doctors and dentists.
- Pages: 155 pages
A number of men have reviewed the book, praising it for its quality information.
6. Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness
Author and expat Susan Schenck breaks down life in Cuenca for new and current expats. Some readers commented that they have benefited from the book although they already live here.
- Pages: 196 pages
7. Finding Joy in Ecuador: Our Crazy Overseas Retirement Plan
Author Lollie Hoxie is from Connecticut and lives between her home state and Ecuador. While here in Ecuador, they live in the small city of Gualaceo – just a short distance from Cuenca.
- Pages: 176 pages
Like many Americans, Lollie and Cliff were suffering financially. They had lost their business and were faced with the possibility of bankruptcy and foreclosure. The solution: rent their home and retire in Ecuador.
Written as a memoir, Lollie shares her experiences of an Ecuador retirement: living in a small town, dealing with immigration officials, taking bus trips around the country, and a side trip to Peru.
8. Expat Interviews Ecuador: Interviews with Residents and Former Residents
- Pages: 310 pages
Something that seems bizarre to me is that he doesn’t identify the expats he interviews. He says it is “to insure that you receive frank and open answers as to life in Ecuador”.
When people can comment (judge) without repercussions I think they tend to be more offensive and uncontrolled. One of the questions he asks in the book is: “What do you like about Ecuadorians? What did you dislike about Ecuadorians?”
The question is flawed from the beginning and creates an automatic us-vs-them comparison.
9. Why Ecuador for me
Gary Sisk moved to Cuenca as a single 63 year old man. In his book he explains the reasons he decided to retire in Ecuador. And the details of getting setup, becoming a resident and making a new circle of friends.
- Pages: 229 pages
Read Gary’s expat profile published here on GringosAbroad. It is one of the most highly commented profiles on our site.
10. 100 Points to Consider Before Moving or Retiring in Ecuador
While he does a good job of not sugarcoating life in Ecuador, there is a fine line between being candid and offensive. I think this book is offensive to Ecuadorians in general.
- Pages: 268 pages
He does make some good points but his approach only foments the bizarre idea that gringos are superior to Ecuadorians in every way. For example, to prove his point that emergency room service is bad, he cites four extreme examples. This could be done for any country to make them sound incompetent.
The book has good information but it includes too much biased opinion and not enough facts.
11. The Complete Guide to Retiring in and Around Cotacachi, Ecuador
- Pages: 190 pages
The books seems to focus on cost of living sharing everything from the cost of bananas, bus fare, and 3 course lunches to the range of rent prices ($100 to $450/month).
Read an another expat profile from Cotacachi.
12. Our Ecuador Retirement…The First 8 Months
- Pages: 97 pages
This is the story of their first eight months of life in Ecuador.
Donald has published a second book – about why they decided not to stay in Ecuador. See the next book in the list.
13. Our Ecuador Retirement…Part 2: The Second Year and Why We Didn’t Stay
- Pages: 115 pages
While initially content with their move, they later change their direction and relocate to Mexico. This book will help expats know some of the challenges of retiring in Ecuador.
Reviews for the book say that it will be helpful retirees looking to move abroad to any country.
14. Expats in Ecuador: Cuenca’s Top Ten Attractions
- Pages: 70 pages
For a quick reference guide, check out this book. It offers a brief overview of the top attractions in the Cuenca area. Once you identify the destination you can research it in more depth online.
The results in the list are based on surveying actual expats and travels about their favorite places around the city of Cuenca.
15. Becoming an Expat: Ecuador
- Pages: 285 pages
She covers topics such as immigration, healthcare, moving as a family, how to live rent free and more.
One reader commented that she learned more by reading the book than visiting Ecuador.
16. The Quilotoa Loop, Ecuador’s Hidden Treasure
- Pages: 65 pages
The book is packed with great photos and gives a real glimpse into what the area and the trip is really like. Susan provides a packing list – items that are a good idea for travel in any part of the Andes. Read our review
17. Cañar: A Year in the Highlands of Ecuador
- Pages: 223 pages
They have integrated into the local society and have documented the culture and lifestyle in this region. Get a glimpse into the ways of the Cañari.
Popular Inca ruins Ingapirca is located in Cañar province.
Have you read any of these books? Which ones did I miss? Please share your comments, reviews and suggestions in the comment section below.