International Mail Forwarding with US Global Mail
My Home Private Messages Friends Invite My Ads My Profile My Tips

Ecuador Expat Forum

Dream vs. Reality of Living in Ecuador

Post New Topic

From: United States
1/17/2012 09:36 EST

Most expats have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they move abroad. Take a few minutes to answer a few questions about your pre-move dreams and the realities of life in Ecuador in our newest report, Dream vs. Reality:

Post a Reply


1/24/2012 15:01 EST

My husband and myself are in our late sixties. We are planning a move to manta. I have my dreams of a relaxed beachfront exsistence where healthcare is good, expensives are down and an adventure is possible.
I would very much like to hear about the reality of a move to manta.

Post a Reply


1/24/2012 22:44 EST

My husband and I have lived here in Manta for 1.5 years, now. He loves it so much he has started a website with lots of info. on Manta. Please take a look and let me know what you think - It is

Post a Reply


1/24/2012 22:45 EST

I originally moved to Ecuador and planned to locate in Manta. I was there for several months and met some wonderful people. But keep in mind, it is an industrial based large city with a working fishing port. There are some lovely areas to live (look at the beachfront condos behind the casino) but a lot of the city is very run down and not places you would want to frequent. My advise, take a few month rental, walk around a lot, meet the wonderful people, but keep your mind open to other coastal cities.

Post a Reply


1/25/2012 02:24 EST

I have my dreams of:

~ a relaxed beachfront exsistence
... you will definitely learn patience and the term "tranquilo" relax is often used whn becoming frustrated with things happening in Ecuador time. Also have a back up plan for when you need something more than just walking on the beach and sunbathing -- hobby, charity, second business/career/entrepeneurial endeavor for fun and (very) littel proftit (see hobby/charity above) Also be sure to check out "night life" even dinner and a movie and a chance to spend time aaway from each other... Make sure you can enjoy what you wish for and it doesn;t drive you insane after you buy a property.

~ where healthcare is good,
Where health care you might need is available -- what is your genetic history? Are your parents alive and if not what got them? Chances are those are also your achilles heals -- be sure yoou know how and where you can go if something bites you bad -- like cancer or heart disease. And be sure you have a doctor who knows you and speaks whatever language you speak in case of emergency -- it is not the time to look up stuff in the dictionary when it is an emergency. And -- be sure to locate vet care as well! Your pet neeeds good health care too!
~ expensives are down and

~ an adventure is possible.
On that point -- don't worry -- you shall have an adventure -- may it be fun, educational, pain free and moderately priced. There is an ancient Chinese saying (okay it is a curse) may You Live In Interesting Times -- move to Ecuador and you will never stop having interesting times.


Post a Reply


All times are ET.

Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance.

Expat Banking Ecuador

Banking for expats in Ecuador.

Expat Tax

Expat Tax Preparation, Expat Tax Professionals

International Moving Quotes

Moving to Ecuador? Get moving quotes.

Copyright 1997-2015 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal