Expat Guide to Living in Ecuador
Whether you're already living in Ecuador or preparing to move to Ecuador, our Expat Guide to Living in Ecuador offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Ecuador. For answers to specific questions, visit our Ecuador Forum to talk with expats in Ecuador.
Expats in Ecuador share their experiences with healthcare and overseas medical insurance in Ecuador.
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Many expats in Cuenca, Ecuador love the city's climate, friendly people and low cost of living. Other expats find that this developing city's bland food, dirty streets and noisy neighborhoods are too much to take.
An expat living in Guayaquil has found that the people are friendlier than in the United States. He dislikes the high cost of cars and appliances -- and lack of food options.
An American expat and his Ecuadorian wife, who initially lived with family in Quito, moved to Cuenca and enjoy life there. The expat husband advises anyone considering a move to Ecuador to learn Spanish, realize that you'll have to travel home see your family (most won't visit you) and know that homesickness happens in random moments that sneak up on you.
An expat in Cuenca, Ecuador appreciates the beautiful environment and people. He advises newcomers to get learn Spanish and meet locals instead of socializing with other expats.
I'd say if you are retired and wanting a nice beach area where the views are exceptional. Yes this maybe the place for you. But there are many cities along the coast that you may like better.
An expat in Cuenca, Ecuador advises others to take an exploratory trip before committing to making the move. Then, if you do move to Cuenca, leave your furniture at home since it's very expensive to ship and furniture is very reasonably priced in Ecuador.
An American woman who moved to Cuenca 2 years ago advises other expats about how to avoid gringo gouging. She also recommends that others moving to Cuenca bring more rain gear and a space heater.
An expat couple explains how the negative reviews of Manta, Ecuador made them initially overlook this "working-class city." After visiting several others cities, they gave Manta a chance and realized that it was the perfect destination for them!
An expat who retired to Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador enjoys Bahia's very low cost of living, fresh uncontaminated food and warm climate. He wishes he had been more cautious with investments given the issues in Ecuador with the 7.8 earthquake last April. The experience has taught him a lot about buying property and property laws.
More Culture Shock Reports for EcuadorCulture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Ecuador handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Ecuador:
More Living in Ecuador Reports
What are people's priorities in Ecuador - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Ecuador:
More Moving to Ecuador Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Ecuador? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Ecuador? Below are some of the responses from expats in Ecuador:
Reviews of Schools in Ecuador
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Ecuador. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Ecuador:
Dream vs. Reality of Living in Ecuador Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Ecuador. If you are already living in Ecuador, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Ecuador:
Retiring in Ecuador Reports
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Ecuador, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Ecuador:
Having a Baby in Ecuador Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Ecuador? Below are some of the reports from expats in Ecuador:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Ecuador? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Ecuador? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.Submit a Working Abroad Report
The earthquake in Ecuador has impacted many areas where our members reside. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Ecuador. We have setup a Check-In and Help Needed thread for our members in Ecuador.
Retirees in Ecuador enjoy an incredible number of benefits in their expat life abroad. Here are ten of the best reasons to consider this South American country when you look abroad for retirement.
For American expats looking to dine out on Thanksgiving, here's a list of several restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners in Quito and Cuena.
Expats in Ecuador appreciate the cost of living, the friendly people, the beautiful weather and warm culture. The bureaucracy can be very trying, petty theft an issue and driving downright dangerous. But, if you ask most expats who are retired or working in Ecuador, they don't regret the move to Ecuador.
Expats offered their recommendations for places to retire in South America. We know that this is a short list and hope you'll add your favorites below in the comments section.
Susan Schlesinger, our Ecuador Forum moderator and the Manager of the Ocean Hideaway, gives her primer for newcomers and visitors to Ecuador.