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 talk about some of the biggest challenges they've faced living in Latin America. Whether you're moving to Panama City or Punta del Este, this article is a must read to help you prepare (hint: you'll be much happier if you learn the language) and adjust your expectations (realities: the roads are rough, the pace of life is slower and bureaucracy is unavoidable). Despite all of the challenges, the list of what expats like about life in Latin America far exceeds the challenges.
Cuenca is Ecuador's third largest city, but still has a small-city feeling. Expats share 11 things they wish they had known before moving to Cuenca from packing sunscreen to being aware of gringo gouging.
We asked expats in Ecuador for advice for newcomers. From cost of living to what to bring to culture shock, their insight is a must read for anyone thinking about moving to Ecuador.
Expats in Ecuador talk about what its like living in Ecuador. From the lower cost of living to its wonderful climate to the focus on family, Ecuador is a popular destination for retirees and other expats.
Expats in Ecuador offer advice to newcomers and people considering a move to Ecuador about clothing, sunscreen, renting before buying, gringo pricing, Ecuadorians politeness and much more.
Expats in Guayaquil report a variety of opinions regarding what it's like to live there. It offers a very warm and humid climate for sun lovers, but others find the heat stifling. Similarly, crime is a major concern of some, while others find that it's perfectly acceptable with proper precautions.
An expat talks about moving to Salinas, Ecuador - the lower cost of living, beach life and what to bring to make it feel like home.
An American woman talks about the ups and downs of moving to Cuenca. She had limited Spanish when she arrived, but a local woman helped her in the apartment search and she found the perfect place in a lovely Spanish-speaking neighborhood. Her apartment is 3-4 times less expensive than in the US.
A newcomer to Ecuador offers an honest view of what it's like adjusting to life in Guayaquil. From finding it hard to understand people, because they speak too fast to feeling depressed and thinking about returning home, she is truly in the midst of culture shock.
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 expat offers an immensely helpful view of what it's like living in Cuenca, Ecuador - from expat clubs to job opportunities.
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.
An expat in Ecuador talks about what she had expected life to be like vs. the reality of living in Salinas. She enjoys like in Salinas and appreciates the family-oriented culture, the beautiful weather and running her own business. Salinas has a small town feel where everybody knows what's going on in your life, but the positive side of that is that 15 people jump in and help if you are sick or need help.
A retiree talks about what it's like living in Cuenca, Ecuador - she enjoys the slower pace of living, lower cost of living, climate and that she has friends from all over the world.
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:
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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:
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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:
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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.
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Expats in Ecuador: Pros and Cons of Living in Ecuador
Expats in Ecuador share some of the pros and cons of living in Ecuador. Topics covered include where to live, the bureaucracy, the people and more. Expats in Ecuador seem to all agree that you'll have to come down and explore the country to find the perfect place for you!
8 Tips for Living in Cuenca, Ecuador
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.
Ecuador Check-In and Help Needed Thread
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.
Thanksgiving in Ecuador
For American expats looking to dine out on Thanksgiving, here's a list of several restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners in Quito and Cuena.
Expat Ecuador: 10 Tips for Living in Ecuador
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.
5 Great Places to Retire in South America
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.
Cotacachi, Ecuador - An Up and Coming Expat Destination
Cotacachi, Ecuador had only a handful of expat residents only three years ago. Now, expat-owned restaurants are opening, gated housing developments are springing up and expat social clubs are forming. It's an exciting time to move to Cotacachi.
World's Top Retirement Havens 1 Through 9
Where are the best places to retire overseas? Which retirement haven is right for you? France? Ecuador? Panama? Nicaragua? Thailand? Kathleen Peddicord shares the pros and cons of the world's top 9 retirement havens.
The Dog Whisperers of Cotacachi, Ecuador
Lee and Peggy Carper are on a mission to spay and neuter the stray dogs of Cotacachi, Ecuador -- as well as to nurse and feed the ones who showed malnutrition or disease.
2010 Ecuador Cost of Living
Living in Ecuador may not be an inexpensive as living in Mexico or living in Costa Rica, but it's still cheap. Ecuador real estate reporter gives a brief overview of 2010 Cost of living in Ecuador.
Moving to Ecuador: Tips for Newcomers in Ecuador
When it comes to getting an insider's perspective on expat life in Ecuador, our Ecuador network is the place to post! With hundreds of posts each month, members cover current events, moving and relocation advice and much more!
City Profile: Quito, Ecuador
English teachers abound in Ecuador's capital city of Quito. With great night life, welcoming people, nearby mountains and active expat groups it might be just right for you.