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Expat Guide to Living in Quito

Whether you're already living in Quito or preparing to move to Quito, our Expat Guide to Living in Ecuador offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Quito. For answers to specific questions, visit our Ecuador Forum to talk with expats in Quito.

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Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance in Quito

An expat living in Quito, Ecuador offers advice about healthcare in Quito. She advises others to go to private hospitals for significant health issues and go to public clinics for only for the basics, i.e. colds and the flu. In her experience, the quality of medical care is good and the cost of healthcare in Ecuador (with health insurance) is much less than the US.

Moving to Quito, Ecuador

One expat talks about the challenges she faced moving to Quito, Ecuador. She advises that people interested in moving to Quito visit, do their homework, know that they will be taken advantage of and walk around their desired neighborhood to find an apartment.

Dream vs Reality of Living in Quito, Ecuador

It's not as warm as I thought it would be in Ecuador, actually it is quite mild on the coast and chilly in the highland towns of Quito and Cuenca. The locals like foreigners and greet them warmly.

Culture Shock Report

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Quito handle it can be very comforting. Help others preparing to move to Quito by filling out our Culture Shock Report.

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More Living in Quito Reports

What are people's priorities in Quito - work? family? socializing? 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 Quito:
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More Moving to Quito Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Quito? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Quito? Below are some of the responses from expats in Quito:
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Reviews of Schools in Quito

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Quito. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Quito:
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Dream vs. Reality of Living in Quito Reports

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Quito. If you are already living in Quito, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Quito:
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Overseas Retirement Report

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 Quito by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

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Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Quito? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Quito by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

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Working Abroad Report

What's it like to find a job in Quito? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Quito? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

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Culture-Shock-in-CuencaAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Cuenca, Ecuador

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 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 Span...

Living-in-SalinasAn Expat Discusses Living in Salinas, Ecuador

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.

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. ...

Ecuador-Highly-Rated-By-ExpatsExpat Survey: Ecuador Highly Rated By Expats

Expats have loved living in Ecuador for a long time, and that trend continues according to expats who responded to our "Best Places to Live in 2020" survey. Read on to see how satisfied and read some quotes about what it's like to live there.

Expats have loved living in Ecuador for a long time, and that trend continues according to expats who responded to our "Best Places to Live in 2020" survey. Read on to see how satisfied and read some...

Expats-Talk-About-The-Biggest-Challenges-They-Face-Living-in-Latin-AmericaExpats Talk About The Biggest Challenges They Face Living in Latin America

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.

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:...

13-Expats-Talk-about-Living-in-Ecuador13 Expats Talk about Living in 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 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 ex...

17-Tips-from-Expats-about-Moving-to-Ecuador17 Tips from Expats about Moving to Ecuador

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.
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. ...

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