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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Cuenca

How long have you lived there?

18 months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

There are now two expat groups which meet in Cuenca each Friday night at 5 p.m. One is at Zoes and the other at the Ecualyptus. From here you can meet and greet other expats and then extend you network.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

I believe that the people here are warm and accepting. I certainly have not come across any hostilities to expats. They are very eager to be of helping nature.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Cuenca has a lot going for it as far as the arts. There are always free concerts that you can attend in the city. Art festivals, Choirs, Orchestras you name it. This is a very family oriented society and life revolves around the family. My local business colleagues are always spending time with their families on the weekends and we should learn from them. They have a wonderful network of family around them. Religious events are a time for parades, church and other activities.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

This city has a little of everything. The old and the new blend very well indeed. Lots of great restaurants, lots of music the weather is the best, the mountains are breathtaking, the prices for me are just right. I really have everything here I could ever wish for.

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marshajdavis
Sep 25, 2010 14:09

Can you elaborate on living in Cuenca? Home prices in the Expat areas and names of the Expat neighborhoods so that I can start to explore on-line? I plan to visit in May 2011 and will be sure to go to the Expat gatherings, thank you.

Ranger73
Jan 17, 2011 15:32

I'm 57 and my wife is 50. We currently have 2 girls in college and one who will enter the 9th Grade next year. If we considered moving to Cuenca, we would need to figure out our youngest daughter's education. With over 900 expats residing in Cuenca and no official High School options (except home schooling), how difficult would it be to put together an "In House" top notch program for the few families with H.S. age students? Math teachers, Science teachers, Spanish (English only at this time), etc.

guest
Jul 5, 2011 13:09

There is no contact info. It would be good to be able to communicate with people who might help with specific questions, and begin to form relationships.

guest
Jul 12, 2011 02:48

are their any shopping mall s or theaters around the town? not that well be going there much . any day trips nearby ? im a long standin member of AA any meetings ? living in delray beach fla formerly of boston my wifes colombian .how much for a furn nice 2or 3 bed thanks ed murray

finessable
Jun 20, 2012 11:23

Could you please give me an idea of house prices or a decent website with real estate? Also what standard of medical care is available?

pilihermosa
May 17, 2013 11:08

Hi If you come to Cuenca, I have a beautiful small apartment that fits your needs, this-across the river, has a bedroom with queen bed, large bathroom with hot water all the time, living room, kitchen equipped with everything you need to prepare your meals, a sun room ,garage,wifi and if you want a TV cable conecction too.The price is $400 at month incluide the electricity,water and the internet conecction,For more information contact me

harlowrhoades
Feb 26, 2014 08:48

I have read a few reports on Cuenca, Salinas and other Ecuador towns. I haven't seen anything on trash or sewage in the streets. I've lived in San José, Costa Erica and Boquete, Panama as well as Panama City. Boquete is very clean, the other two not so much. Anyone willing to let me know about this?

PAgringo
Sep 22, 2014 10:38

That seems fair. I am in Lima, Peru & that rent will not even permit living in a garage in a nice, expat area. I will be in Cuenca in Nov. of this year; limited finances & looking for a marriage partner.

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Culture Shock in Cuenca

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.

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