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Capricorn1
12/27/2019 09:37 EST

Happy New Year all,

You all have been helpful on my previous forum topic on moving to Ecuador but now have some additional questions on the coast in general as compared to the mountain cities.

Bear in mind that my wife has arthritus and bad knees. We need a place that she can get around fairly easily to shops/grocery etc. on an electric motor scooter and a place where the barometric pressure is stable. Short and inexpensive cab fares are also a must. We are looking for a furnished 2 bed-2 bath around $800/month (12 month lease)

So, with that in mind, I'm hoping to get some really good feedback on the best options amongst coastal cities based on the following factors:



1.) Cost of living compared to Cuenca/Quito.

2.) Overall better climate (ie. Salinas vs. Cuenca. We like it warm. We use to live in Fort Lauderdale.

3) Mobility (ease of getting around via various modes)

4.) Access to services available in big cities versus smaller towns)

5.) General safety

6.) Social atmosphere (We are both in our sixties and retired.)

7.) Ease of Transportation to other towns/cities in Ecuador.

Ken M, Kevin M and Kimberly-your comments very much welcome here.

Many thanks in advance and Have a good weekend all.

John W.

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kmoriarty45
12/27/2019 12:00 EST

In the "For What It's Worth" division of coastal vr. sierras let me say first, that I love the montains and my wife and I visit mountain towns and cities often to get away and have a change of pace. If we did not have family and other interests tying us to Machala, we'd gladly relocate to Malacatos or Loja in a heartbeat ( or even Catamayo or Piñas ).

Family concerns aside, one of the things that keeps us "flatlanders" is precisely that! I love Zaruma, for example, but the step inclines of the streets are beginning to take a toll on both my old knees and the rest of my not-so-young self. If your wife has problems navigating or has problems breathing then you may want to definately consider the coast.

Readers of my comments on this Forum, over the years, know that I NEVER recommend Machala. Maybe because I'm a bit selfish, or maybe because I realize everyone expectations of Ecuador are different from mine. That said ... Machala might be worth expoloring as a place for you both to settle. It is NOT a tourist destination. It is NOT World Heritage historical or quaint but it IS in its own way, a good blend of modern and old Ecuador, with all the amenities you would want or need in a city.

There are some very, very nice neighborhoods here with rental prices far below other coastal or mountain cities. Short-term rentals are fairly easy to come by because there are many world-wide corporations who have executives working here for short periods of time. Puerto Bolívar is the second largest port in Ecuador; Oro province produces the majority of Ecuador's gold and silver; and Machala is The Banana Capitol of the World.

This area of Ecuador is literally the breadbasket or cornucopia of Ecuador.

A moderate climate that doesn't fluctuate greatly makes living here comfortable ( we don't need air-conditioning, just fans and open windows [with screens, of course] nor any heating in the "winter" season.

Cost of living is much lower than Cuenca, Quito, Guayaquil, Manta and the crime-rate is appreciably less. Public transportation is excellent and the buses ( 30 cents per adult, 15 cents for Seniors or persons with disabilities ) are clean, safe, east to use, and plentiful. Taxis are ubiquitous and cost on average $1.50 - $2.50 to go anywhere in the city.

The roads and sidewalks (for the most part) are well maintained and it is easier to get around here than in many other cities.

We have a mall, shopping centers, wonderful mercados (open markets) where you can buy everything from fresh shrip to blue jeans at very reasonable prices.

Medical care is very good and we have a brand new IESS ( national insurance ) general hospital that is excellent., as well as many other hospitals and private clinics,


O.K. O.K.! I've bragged enough about my "hometown". If you want more informatio on Machala, you can PM me and I'll be happy to fill you in on my opinions on the good, the bad, and the ugly ... BUT beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You really must come and experience for yourself. We're only about a 3-hour bus ride south of Guayaquil.

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LosMierda
12/28/2019 00:33 EST

Over the years I have spent time in many different countries, looking for a place that I felt was perfect. Well last year I spent 4 months in Machala and loved it. I have now moved here permanently. I found a nice one bedroom, close to el centra and the outdoor markets for $180/month.
I agree with everything that Kevin has said, including the comments about Zaruma, it actually made me laugh. I could so relate.
Good luck in your search!!

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CuencaTom
1/18/2020 23:58 EST

Yea, why is it that Machala is never mentioned at all. And many of us Cuenca-Gringos are thinking about moving to Salinas or Manta or somewhere in between? I would love to know about the good, the bad, and the ugly of Machala... Thanks, Tom.

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CuencaTom
1/19/2020 00:01 EST

Why do you love it, and what are the downsides? I live in Cuenca and I never here about Machala ever.

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kmoriarty45
1/19/2020 07:44 EST

CuencaTom,
I have lived in Machala for about 7 years.

I've fairly recently spoken about life here to someone on this forum but will be happy to do so with you.

I will PM you either later today or tomorrow morning.


Regards,
Kevin Moriarty - Machala

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LosMierda
1/19/2020 10:47 EST

here is an article I found a while back.
https://internationalliving.com/live-well-attractive-machala-ecuador-1200-month/

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