GringosAbroad Ecuador

Health Safety

Last week, we received this inquiry from a reader. There is lots of confusion about what types of vaccinations are needed. Months ago, we published Super Germ-Fighting Family that covered some of the concerns and decisions we made about health, before we moved here. Ecuador Vaccinations: What Vaccines Do I Need in Cuenca Ecuador? Reader [...]

Update (June 8, 2014): Bryan and I were robbed in Cuenca. Here is our experience – and what you can do to avoid it. This is a guest post by an American expat living in Cuenca since 2007.  By following these suggestions, we have been able to avoid being victimized by criminals and we feel [...]

This is a guest post by an American expat living in Cuenca since 2007.  Crime and Personal Safety: Is Cuenca safe for expats? A gentleman who is contemplating moving to Ecuador with his family was surprised to learn that many houses here have burglar bars over the windows and doors.  Such security measures raise the [...]

Living in Ecuador has given us a variety and quality of food that we literally couldn’t imagine enjoying back in Canada. The fruit is cheap, fresh and delicious. $1.00 pineapples are huge and extremely sweet. Mangoes are sweet and messy (er, juicy) and cost $0.55 per kg! Grapes, papaya, oranges, limes, and bananas are all [...]

Our family lives in Cuenca, a beautiful city in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. My husband and I moved here (from Canada) with our 8 year old daughter in July of 2009.  After we arrived I quickly learned to add a few important items to what I normally carry in my bag/backpack.  When traveling in [...]

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