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Health Safety

Its a noble idea. Avoid taking taxis and buses and buy your own vehicle. If you had a vehicle back home – why not buy a car here too?

The price of gas is super low (USD$1.48/gallon) and it isn’t that hard to buy a vehicle here. Of course, many expats swear off driving after they arrive. Usually for one of two reasons:

This is a good question. Basically, travel insurance is there for the unknown. A slip, a pickpocketing or a missed flight means so much more ($) when you are in another country. How can you get funds, replacement id or another flight? That’s what travel insurance is for. There are a number of options for [...]

What should you be scared of in Cuenca?  When exploring options for moving abroad scary animals are often on the list of concerns. Some places have weird parasites that can enter your skin while swimming. Other places have poisonous snakes and other weird reptiles.But what does Cuenca have? But what does Cuenca have? Cuenca Has [...]

By one taxi drivers estimation (he is an organizer for some of the strikes in the past) there are more than 3000 pirate taxi drivers in Cuenca compared to the 5000 licensed ones. Now the term “pirate” might bring to mind eye patches, parrots and chests of gold. Or maybe just a criminal. Neither is exactly [...]

Update (May 13, 2014): We published a new post entitled: 7 Travel Insurance Options for Expats & Travelers As you consider all the great reasons to travel, its important to take a few minutes to consider the more boring, side of travel: travel insurance. Trying to evaluate a travel insurance provider can be confusing and frustrating. As [...]

Update (February 11, 2017): The Ecuador’s Federal Government is now requiring all visitors to have travel insurance upon arrival. Read this new law. Update (April 16, 2018): We published a new post entitled: 5 Travel Insurance Options for Expats & Travelers Just before we flew to Miami last month, a shot of fear went through me. Travel insurance! [...]

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