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Are you thinking about visiting the Ecuador Amazon? In this post, we’ll cover 8 things you should know before you visit Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest. You’ll learn about yellow fever risk, the climate, accommodations, safety, and more. Many people travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon to see the animals, so before we get started let’s watch a [...]

If you’re planning to move to (or even visit) Ecuador, you’ve probably heard about the new health insurance requirements. Do you need to buy health insurance in Ecuador? Here’s what you need to know. “Do I Need Health Insurance in Ecuador?” Last week, a reader asked this question: “However, one thing still confuses me considerably [...]

Why aren’t eggs in Ecuador refrigerated? In this post, you’ll learn how to store eggs in Ecuador and the rest of Latin America. Why Aren’t Eggs in Ecuador Refrigerated? The short answer is that Eggs aren’t refrigerated in Ecuador because it isn’t necessary. In this post, you’ll learn why it’s different in Ecuador compared to the United [...]

Electric Showers: Maybe a Little Culture Shock

Our Perspective

Have you ever seen an electric shower? Culture shock can set in pretty fast the first time you see a shower head with wires sticking out of it! That’s what happened to us. I didn’t know if I should get in or not. Are Electric Showers Safe? That question was one of the first things [...]

Just where in the world is there safe tap water? Who can you trust? Locals or expats? Safe water can be a pretty big issue. Not only can it ruin a perfectly good trip with diarrhea, but bad water can also carry hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera. This is nothing to play around with. When [...]

On Tuesday, August 12 2014, an American expat couple experienced a home invasion, robbery and the wife was kidnapped and taken from Vilcabamba to Cuenca. It has been covered in both of Cuenca’s local papers: El Tiempo (Police catch alleged kidnapping gang) and El Mercurio (Investigating the kidnapping of an American woman). Earlier this afternoon, [...]

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