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Expat Ecuador: 10 Tips for Living in Ecuador

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Expats in Ecuador appreciate the cost of living, the friendly people, the beautiful weather and warm culture. The bureaucracy can be very trying, petty theft an issue and driving downright dangerous. But, if you ask most expats.who are retired or working in Ecuador, they don't regret the move to Ecuador.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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Learn what members have to say about living in Ecuador.

Ecuador Forum Ecuador Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Ecuador on our Ecuador forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

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An index of all of our site's Ecuador information.

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Help others in Ecuador by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Ecuador.

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Expats in Ecuador offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Ecuador.

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Expats in Ecuador offer advice about healthcare in Ecuador.

Best Places to Live in Ecuador Best Places to Live in Ecuador

Expats share some of their favorite places to live in Ecuador from beautiful colonial cities to affordable beach towns.

Real Estate in EcuadorReal Estate in Ecuador

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Ecuador.

Guide to Real Estate in EcuadorGuide to Real Estate in Ecuador

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Ecuador.

Pros Cons of Living in EcuadorPros & Cons of Living in Ecuador

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Ecuador.

Cost of Living in EcuadorCost of Living in Ecuador

Digital Nomads & Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Ecuador.

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For American expats.looking to dine out on Thanksgiving, here's a list of several restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners in Quito and Cuena.

10-Tips-for-Living-in-Ecuador10 Tips for Living in Ecuador

Expats in Ecuador appreciate the cost of living, the friendly people, the beautiful weather and warm culture. The bureaucracy can be very trying, petty theft an issue and driving downright dangerous. But, if you ask most expats.who are retired or working in Ecuador, they don't regret the move to Ecuador.

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Expats offered their recommendations for places to retire in South America. We know that this is a short list and hope you'll add your favorites below in the comments section.

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Comments

panamajames
Mar 17, 2014 14:12

Betsy, I am very pleased to know more about you as the Expat Exchange is without a doubt, the best forum out there. I only spend time on the Panama one, but I will move to Ecuador one day and then Medellin Columbia, so it is good to know that there are quality forums out there as well. All the best..........Jim in Boquete, Panama

mike53
Apr 24, 2015 02:26

I like most of it, having lived here 10 years. The part that drives me crazy is the discussion of real estate prices. The insane, uninformed, foriegners have driven prices of property beyond the means of most ecuadorians. I was in country several years before we bought property, and an apartment in Salinas. Total for three good houses, land, and the apartment were less than a hundred thousand, and I dont think i got any real bargains, just bought what we wanted. There are still good opportunities if you avoid realtors and learn to use notario, registro, municipio, and have common sense. The main thing you may find is when you agree on a price they will raise it. Bad business, but a common practice. Patience and a firm conviction is critical in these somewhat crazy negotiations. BE VERY CERTAIN THE TITLE IS IN ORDER BEFORE YOU PAY!!

Mks112952
Jun 26, 2015 11:53

Betsy, Excellent information and I very much enjoyed this website & your wealth of knowledge on all aspects of life in Ecuador. The information that I am receiving is invaluable to my wife & I. We are scheduled to visit Cuenca to see friends of ours that have relocated there from the States. Our arrival time will be Jan. 6 - 28 , 2016. We want to visit different areas of the country to see if Ecuador is an option for us to relocate in next few years. I am 63 and I will be receiving my social security and a small pension from a previous employer in near future. Lots to consider but it sounds like a trip we are going to enjoy. Thanks again and God Bless! Mike & Nadia

Dukedriver
Nov 4, 2015 09:59

Thanks much for this article. I wanted to add a bit to the Medical Care segment. I have lived in Cotacachi for 4 years; have had a couple of medical challenges, both wonderful experiences with the medical personnel; in September, I had a total hip replacement. I can't say enough about the surgeon, the hospital and staff. Nearly completely healed, and at a total cost of 10% of what it would have cost in the US. I can't say enough good things about the heath care here. Oh yes, and we LOVE living in Ecuador, gets better every day.. Duke Driver

RandyD
Jun 5, 2016 02:44

I liked the article. It's full of good information. I'm amazed that so many expat-americans are living in Ecuador. I've been to Quito many times in years past but I'm sure things have really changed. I'd like to explore moving there around the Salinas area but can't get any information on conditions after the earthquake. Anyone have any information?

LDelaney
Jun 9, 2016 23:21

Thank you for this article ! We are planning to visit Ecuador in October and the more we know the better as we are planning on possibly moving to there in 6 years. I know things will change in 6 years but it's great to have as much information as possible now. thank you ! Laree

MPADAMS1
Jan 2, 2017 15:44

This is my first reading of Expat experiences in Ecuador. They were as diverse as the choices of places to visit or live! I am planning a trip to Cuenca in early 2017 to check it out myself and hope to meet up with Expats to get a firsthand vantage of the city and what it might hold for me/us down the road!

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Ecuador GuideEcuador Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Ecuador.

Ecuador Forum Ecuador Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Ecuador on our Ecuador forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Ecuador Index Ecuador Index
An index of all of our site's Ecuador information.

Contribute to Ecuador Network Contribute
Help others in Ecuador by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Ecuador.

Expat Healthcare Advice in EcuadorHealthcare & Health Insurance in Ecuador

Expats in Ecuador offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Ecuador.

Expat Talk about Healthcare Advice in EcuadorMembers Talk about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Ecuador

Expats in Ecuador offer advice about healthcare in Ecuador.

Best Places to Live in Ecuador Best Places to Live in Ecuador

Expats share some of their favorite places to live in Ecuador from beautiful colonial cities to affordable beach towns.

Real Estate in EcuadorReal Estate in Ecuador

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Ecuador.

Guide to Real Estate in EcuadorGuide to Real Estate in Ecuador

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Ecuador.

Pros Cons of Living in EcuadorPros & Cons of Living in Ecuador

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Ecuador.

Cost of Living in EcuadorCost of Living in Ecuador

Digital Nomads & Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Ecuador.

Pros-and-Cons-of-Living-in-EcuadorPros and Cons of Living in Ecuador

Expats in Ecuador share some of the pros and cons of living in Ecuador. Topics covered include where to live, the bureaucracy, the people and more. Expats in Ecuador seem to all agree that you'll have to come down and explore the country to find the perfect place for you!

10-Best-Places-to-Live-in-Ecuador10 Best Places to Live in Ecuador

Expats share some of their favorite places to live in Ecuador from beautiful colonial cities to affordable beach towns.

9-Important-Tips-about-Healthcare-for-Expats-in-Ecuador9 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Ecuador

Expats in Ecuador share their experiences with healthcare and overseas medical insurance in Ecuador.

Thanksgiving-in-EcuadorThanksgiving in Ecuador

For American expats.looking to dine out on Thanksgiving, here's a list of several restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners in Quito and Cuena.

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