Expat Guide to Living in Cuenca
Whether you're already living in Cuenca or preparing to move to Cuenca, our Expat Guide to Living in Ecuador offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Cuenca. For answers to specific questions, visit our Ecuador Forum to talk with expats in Cuenca.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
A semi-retired woman who relocated to Cuenca, Ecuador once her children were grown is enjoying life there with her husband. He has longed to return to Central America, since living there as a child.
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.
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 Culture Shock Reports for Cuenca
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Cuenca handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Cuenca:
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More Living in Cuenca Reports
What are people's priorities in Cuenca - 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 Cuenca:
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More Moving to Cuenca Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Cuenca? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Cuenca? Below are some of the responses from expats in Cuenca:
International School Report
Parents are invited to answer questions about the schools that their kids attend (Pre-K through High School) in hopes of helping others moving to Cuenca with the school selection process. If you have expat children who attend school in Cuenca, take a few minutes to submit a School Review.
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Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report
Dream vs. Reality of Living in Cuenca Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Cuenca. If you are already living in Cuenca, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Cuenca:
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Retiring in Cuenca 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 Cuenca, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Cuenca:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Cuenca? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Cuenca? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
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