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An Expat Talks about Moving to Quito, Ecuador

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

Quito

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

I wish I had brought digital camera, laptop and more books...I wish I had left home medicines (widely available and cheaper in Ecuador), basics like towel, socks, etc (also easily available), furniture (very beautiful pieces avialable locally)

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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Come visit first, stay in a travelers hostel if you want to meet people, doesn't matter your age...see where you want to live, then check the local paper to find rental listings...

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

I live in an apartment near the airport, nice.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

I am a city guy, and Quito is as cosmopolitan as it gets in Ecuador.

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Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

Much lower. I bought an apartment for under $30k and I have rented another for just $150 a month.

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guest
Aug 17, 2010 09:05

I have lived in Quito for over 16 years, I am happy to help with any questions you might have about the country. Patrick-

guest
Aug 17, 2010 21:04

How safe do you feel in Quito?

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Aug 17, 2010 22:37

Ecuador is one of the most beautiful countries of South America. Nothing compares to the landscapes of the Highlands, the lush of the Amazon Rainforest, the exotic Beaches of the Coast and the mystery of the Galapagos Islands. http://www.galapagos-islands-tourguide.com/

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Oct 11, 2010 09:04

This is extremely helpful! Do you have any suggestions on Spanish schools to study at? My husband and I are hoping to give ourselves a month "jumpstart" when we first arrive...

johntogo
Feb 1, 2011 15:15

Hello, I am seriously considering attending a TESOL course in Quito either May or July of this year. The school lists itself as, "Located near the Carolina park, in a quiet but well equipped neighborhood in northern Quito, the centre is small and intimate." This is a 4-week course and I would like to know if it is feasible to rent a furnished apartment for two months. Ideally, it would be great to walk to training each day and be able to explore on the weekends. My plan is to come down a couple of weeks early, get settled and stay a couple of weeks after securing employment. If this works out, I will return to the States, get the proper resident visa for a long term stay, ship my personal property down and locate someplace close to work. One thing at a time.............. Any thoughts on a furnished apartment in the above mentioned area for two months? Thanks, John

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