City Profile: Cuenca, Ecuador

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City Profile - Cuenca, Ecuador

How long have you lived there?

Little less than a year

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

Weekly expat Fridays at 5, currently held at Sakura Restaurant on 3 de Noviembre in front of the Tomebamba River at the bottom of the Escalinata.

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

For Ecuadorians, life revolves around family. Expats are very social here, though there aren't too many of us. Most expats who are in Cuenca are adventurous, love to explore the country, and are focused pretty much on living life.

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

It's strange here, in that on the surface, everyone mingles well and it is quite the mixing pot. Cuenca always has lots of tourists due to both its reputation as well as being such a destination for learning Spanish. Beneath the surface, for residents, however, there is not a lot of mingling between classes, as in most Latin American countries. In expat circles, everything is fairly acceptable as we tend to have quite the liberal lot.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Unlike Quito and Guayaquil which has many multi-national companies, jobs here are fairly non-existant, however, entrepreneurial opportunities abound. Many people are retired, however, once you have a Permanent Residency Visa...no matter which type you get...you can open a company to do any number of things. People here have restaurants, export business, real estate businesses, retail shops, etc. It's very simple to open a business here once you have a cedula.

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Oct 21, 2010 19:02

My name is John Bernardoni. I am planning a trip to Cuenca to arrive November 8th in Quito and November 9th in Cuenca. I'lll be there about 2-4 weeks checking it out as a retirement spot. Can you help me with an air carrier from Quito to Cuenca? I checked Lan Ecuador but they only fly in the afternoon. Also, can you recommend a place to overnight in Quito that is chrming. I don't get in until about 11:30pm. Most importantly, what is the best contact/website for patching in to ex pats in Cuenca so I can get my bearings? I've traveled extensively in Mexico, Central America, Peru, Africa and so on so I'm not a novice. At this time in life, however, I want to make this an easy trip. I am seriously considering moving to Cuenca and soon. Any help you can give me to get on the fast trackk would be most appreciated. John Bernardoni www.bernardoni.com 512-263-5544 - cell Austin, TX

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Apr 24, 2011 19:45

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