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adminee
10/16/2020 11:21 EST

Welcome to the Ecuador forum. If you're new or have been using the forum a long time, please take a few minutes to introduce yourself and tell us a bit about yourself and your life abroad. If you're a newcomer and have questions about living in Ecuador, post your introduction here and your questions and comments in a new topic.

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Pezroja
10/16/2020 12:25 EST

Hi! I will post a pic as soon as my documents folder and access is fixed. :(
I am Karen, and I am looking to retire to Cuenca (at 60 years old) from my school position in Texas as early as 2022. I would love to converse with some of you who enjoy integrating into the local culture, and having expat friends. I am single, intrepid, and my Spanish is quite good. I run, hike, and cycle, but not competitively.

I do not think I will want to work, but may want to improve my language skills to a professional level. I am an avid foodie, and I also work for an exceptional winery, where I have learned volumes with infinitely more to know about wine. I'd especially like to have some email pals that can converse with me more generally. It is hard to keep up with the posting boards and chains with my two jobs, but I will try.

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withoutego
10/21/2020 12:11 EST

I've been posting on this forum for ten years. Right now I am sort of stuck here in the north. This after a decade of going back and forth. I'd decided at the end of 2018 to sell out my pile of stuff in Vilcabamba and suffer a winter in Maine. I did that. The winter of 19/20 wasn't bad until March and CV19. It got worse in April with a snowstorm and week long power outage. The heater needed electric power so we shivered and listened to the pandemic on a car radio. Bleak was the sense then.

its gotten better since March and April but the future is mixed. I'd like to be able to use my hard won residence visa but flying and a "real" lockdown in Ecuador don't encourage that. I'm not sure "lockdown" is real up here. Here we tend to slam on the brakes only after we've impacted the stone wall.

I did vote yesterday, early, at the town office. The last four years should provide a lot of material for research in sociology. Given enough time it'll be context for surreal comedy too. Much too early for that now.

I miss the walk into Vilca and hanging around the square. Sitting in a bamboo grove along the river smoking a bamboo pipe. What a beautiful area. Nature is solace for me and many others these days. Here I live in the woods, near the coast. Plenty of nature here too.

To all the expats in Ecuador, good luck, Stay safe and enjoy a beautiful refuge.

my sainthood is pending, lots of paperwork and procedure of course, Don't want to muddy the pantheon do we?

sinego

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biskisclan3
11/7/2020 22:18 EST

I have been part of the forum for around 6 years. My husband and I visited Ecuador for the first time in November of 2012 and simply fell in love. We stayed in Quito for 4 days and then found a lovely B&B in Crucita, where we stayed for 10 days. My husband's mother had passed away in 2011 and left him money to invest in something like real estate or something. Our son graduated from High School in 2012, so we decided to do something that grown ups do and go away, just the two of us. I had been looking at places like Costa Rica and other central american countries but wasn't sure. I decided to do a google search as to what the best retirement place to retire overseas with the cheapest cost of living, medical, etc. The search came up with Ecuador (Forbes, International Living, etc.) My husband grew up on Long Island, and loved the ocean, but wanted to be somewhere warm. I was born and raised in Montana, so anything like traveling outside the country was exciting. So long story short, we fell in love with Crucita, made amazing new friends and put money down on a condo (just starting to be built). We didn't have money enough to pay for it then, but when we got back to Montana, we wired the money. We went back in March 2013, and saw our just finished condo. We closed on the property in one day in Portoviejo. We were property owners in Ecuador. We had some horrible financial troubles from 2013 to early 2019 where we thought we would never get back to Ecuador. In early 2019, we were finally able to go down to Crucita to buy appliances, etc. to move there. So now it will finally happen in April 2021.

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biskisclan3
11/7/2020 22:18 EST

I have been part of the forum for around 6 years. My husband and I visited Ecuador for the first time in November of 2012 and simply fell in love. We stayed in Quito for 4 days and then found a lovely B&B in Crucita, where we stayed for 10 days. My husband's mother had passed away in 2011 and left him money to invest in something like real estate or something. Our son graduated from High School in 2012, so we decided to do something that grown ups do and go away, just the two of us. I had been looking at places like Costa Rica and other central american countries but wasn't sure. I decided to do a google search as to what the best retirement place to retire overseas with the cheapest cost of living, medical, etc. The search came up with Ecuador (Forbes, International Living, etc.) My husband grew up on Long Island, and loved the ocean, but wanted to be somewhere warm. I was born and raised in Montana, so anything like traveling outside the country was exciting. So long story short, we fell in love with Crucita, made amazing new friends and put money down on a condo (just starting to be built). We didn't have money enough to pay for it then, but when we got back to Montana, we wired the money. We went back in March 2013, and saw our just finished condo. We closed on the property in one day in Portoviejo. We were property owners in Ecuador. We had some horrible financial troubles from 2013 to early 2019 where we thought we would never get back to Ecuador. In early 2019, we were finally able to go down to Crucita to buy appliances, etc. to move there. So now it will finally happen in April 2021.

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dogwooddungeon
11/19/2020 16:42 EST

Greetings to all. For some reason, I am feeling shy just posting this.

I am planning to move to Ecuador with bride of 20+ years next summer. We are planning an exploratory trip in February 2020. Intent is to spend 2 weeks traveling up the coast. Currently looking to start our new Ecuador life in the Manta area. Intend to live coastal.

We have been planning (well more like discussing) this move for 10 years. We did make it to an "International Living Retire Overseas" bootcamp in Santa Fe Oct 2018. It was there that Ecuador moved to the top of our list.

I have so many questions. I would be appreciative of any help. Are there any companies that assist with everything that needs to be accomplished? Like a "concierge" service? I have had some preliminary chats with one of the legal firms regarding the types of visas.

Biography:
I am 66 years old. Wife is 54.
Neither of us currently speak Spanish, but are starting with the Warren Hardy system.
We are both from southern Indiana.
We have no current friends or acquaintances in Ecuador. That is part of what makes this seem like such a monumental undertaking.

Thanking you all in advance...........

Jeff

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Penguin007
11/19/2020 21:02 EST

Good evening Jeff. Totally understand where you are coming from. I was originally from Chicago and in 2009 I came to Ecuador for a month and started in Bahia and traveled down to Salinas. Absolutely loved Salinas and bought my condo that month. I have lived here for the last 11 years. Please feel free to ask another Midwesterner any questions you may have at all. Happy to help. Kimberly Kagan -
312.985.7703 International number
www.ieiecuador.net

ENJOY THE JOURNEY!!

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Penguin007
11/19/2020 21:02 EST

Good evening Jeff. Totally understand where you are coming from. I was originally from Chicago and in 2009 I came to Ecuador for a month and started in Bahia and traveled down to Salinas. Absolutely loved Salinas and bought my condo that month. I have lived here for the last 11 years. Please feel free to ask another Midwesterner any questions you may have at all. Happy to help. Kimberly Kagan -
312.985.7703 International number
www.ieiecuador.net

ENJOY THE JOURNEY!!

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dogwooddungeon
11/20/2020 09:56 EST

Kimberly,

Thank you so much for the offer of helping us answer some questions. Just not sure where to start. It seems like the wife and I have completely different sets of questions.
I do not want to be a bother - a lot we can answer by doing our own research. Would it be OK, if we check with you from time to time to verify what we find out?

We are still planning a 2 week trip in February. We were landing in Guayaquil and driving up the coast. Our tentative initial move to spot was the Manta area.

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Pezroja
11/20/2020 13:06 EST

Howdy/Buenos Dias. I am planning to move to Ecuador in 2022, or as soon as I can retire which ever comes first. Knocking out some credit card debts from before, when that's how I financed my travel. My Spanish is fairly good, and I am mostly just excited. I'm mainly considering Cuenca. I am currently a school counselor, and I have a side hustle at a very good winery here in Texas. So yeah, I work 7 days a week, and look forward to filling those hours exploring my new country.

I am also single (never married - just kept moving to new adventures), and if the fates allow may actually have time to pursue a relationship when I get there. At the very least, I will be free to form lots of new friendships, expat and local alike.

I cycle and run, and love to swim - so I see some trips to warmer altitudes around the country in my future.

Give me a shout, especially about the simplest ways to stay in the country legally... is it still true that one can just continue renewing three month visas, if you cross the border periodically?

I'd love stories about daily life in Cuenca, and trips around the other cities and landscapes. That will help me bide the time until I can get there!

I am headed to Xalapa, Mexico to see another expat friend for Thanksgiving, and plan to quiz her mercielssly. LOl.
I have a thing for volcanos.
-Karen

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Penguin007
11/20/2020 20:01 EST

Absolutely! Feel free to email me at or call 312.985.7703

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tiredofsnow
11/21/2020 14:15 EST

Hello everybody.My wife and i live in the fridgid north of canada in the Yukon.we have just went through a -35 week another day in the yukon...But as we are getting older winter is getting annoying and we grestly want to be able to grow a garden 12 months of the year... And with the spiritualing cost of living here in canada the time seems right to look elswhere.we have done a great deal of investigating about panama and a fello forum memeber suggested we look into equador to avoid problems that are in other countries due to years of expats and the rich expats poor locals has caused problems -stress-crime ect.im hoping to find people who live in equador who are willing to talk so we can learn the good the bad and the ugly...We are in our late 40s we live off grid in the verry basic house we built and no we are not rich we use generator for power in eavenings and wood to heat with 100% we have no running water and live the way our grandparents would have.Life is harder but better that way.We are looking forward to getting back to a slower way of life the way things were.hope to hear from you all and how things are going.

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gemstar007
11/22/2020 18:11 EST

Hi Canuck. Gladly to see you're not just dreaming but reaching out. Don't wait too long.
I was born in northern Saskatchewan but lived most of my life in Vancouver. Retired to Manta on the central coast of Ecuador in 2010 and living happy and healthy with many new friends in this welcoming, progressive community. I would welcome a continued dialog if you wish.

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RTLCOLORADO
12/2/2020 10:19 EST

Hey All,
Heading to Canoa on the 8th of December for about a month.
I will be staying south of town but close enough to ride a bike in and out town.
I just retired from a Fire Department and looking for a new adventure for the next 20 years.
Thanks Russell

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Ramshomerfan
12/15/2020 00:51 EST

Hi Karen,
Have you ever been to Ecuador? It’s a beautiful country with so many diverse regions. I’ve lived in most mountain regions and only a few costal. I currently live in Washington waiting out Covid but mid next year am considering moving to Cuenca for maybe half the year. I too would like to learn more about this city. It’s the one place I’ve only passed through for a couple weeks but definitely need to learn more.
Chris

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Ramshomerfan
12/15/2020 00:55 EST

Hi Jen,
With Covid were you able to make it down to Ecuador? In a holding pattern? LOL, me too. I’ve lived in most parts of Ecuador.
Chris

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hdmiller
12/19/2020 03:17 EST

My wife (50, Filipino) and I (60, American) retired from Hong Kong after living/working there for 20 yrs. Having now also gained residency in the Philippines while traveling for 6 months of every year, the lockdown have made us rethink our options. We've seen most of Asia (picking up properties in Thailand & Japan as well) and still love it, but want to experience new pastures before we get too old or get locked down again (God forbid). As we are fanatical bird/wildlife photographers and have never been to Latin America, it seems the next logical place to hang out for a while. I understand residency requirements are not too expensive in Ecuador, so I'd love to chat with some of you good folks on how to approach this. We've been looking at "volunteering" options in order to get acquainted with the country. We also have an RV in the US that we might like to add into the equation. House-swapping may also be of interest to some of you. If you can offer any advice or have any similar interest/experience with these myriad topics we would love to discuss them with you.
Harry & Neth

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MysteriousStranger
12/29/2020 06:03 EST

Aloha! I'm a teacher/tutor coming for about 6 months to check things out in the Salinas area before heading back to China where I work as a uni professor. But with CV and such, I might stick around should things get interesting and China turn too weird to return. Been teaching for almost 20 years mostly AP/IB stuff, college stuff, etc. Got a doctorate and a ton of experience but one of the things that attracted me to Ecuador was the ease of sole owning a business. This has been tough to find in Asia -- 'cept for a few places. Covid shut down travel in Asia and the education business is really a travel-based one in Asia as international schools are all the rage. Working for public SE Asian schools is generally a slave-master relationship. University is really nice and that's always an option as well as online uni work now. In other words, I have no intention of retiring -- how can you retire from what you are? But I'm hoping to explore starting a small program for kids through adults, as well as professionals and such. After school, academic camps. etc. I've always thought -- as kids go -- that the USA turned away from the three Rs and that's been bad for kids. Bad for adults, too. Anyway, just introducing myself on the forum here and will likely knock around Salinas and environs for a few months in 2021 getting a feel for things. You'll find me in the water doing laps and riding my bike -- when not writing for academic publications. Got to publish now more than ever to get some traction in the academic sphere. If only I had a few good ideas....covid lockdowns have a way of turning us into zombies. Peace. The Mysterious Stranger.

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Wally1055
12/29/2020 10:33 EST

Hello Stranger,

I too am moving to Salinas in 2021, and am a retired instructor (college and high school), I think perhaps we may have mutual interests we can discuss. My background includes teaching Drama, English, Economics, Business Law and Political Science. I also have a doctorate (J.D.) and an MA in Shakespeare Authorship Studies. We plan to be there by March/April at the latest. My wife and I will be using our friend Kimberly Kagan at Island Estates International to find our beach condo in Salinas, and we recommend her highly to you. Maybe we'll see you there!

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OpieTaylor
12/29/2020 13:57 EST

Hi Everyone, My name is Margie.
I am contemplating moving from the US to Ecuador. Because I am 69 years old, single female, (2 substitute kids- cats) I have joined this community first to analyze whether the health insurance will be an issue. But also to research and plan a visit and hopefully a move..
After COVID and perhaps summer of next year will have had the opportunity to do some research, comparisons and will then visit for several weeks to get a feel for the change.
I lived in Spain way back when, and was once fluent so have always loved Spanish people, the culture. I returned to marry a Peruvian in the Canary Islands but Franco was dictator and laws prevented it. Long story.
Just want a better lifestyle than I am experiencing here in the US, Financially feeling overwhelmed with increasing prices etc.
Hope to gain a boatload of knowledge from this exchange and get comfortable with my latest idea!

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MysteriousStranger
12/29/2020 21:23 EST

Hola Amigo! yeah, absolutely! feel free to hit me up at my contact which should be in my description. bet you could flip that JD into something useful if your spanish gets good enough or you hire an outstanding local paralegal. I've started a business in malaysia one of the few places where a foreigner can own but the costs are high and the demand is now at an all time low. They are killing every business and they're so over built that even a one man operation is impossible to finance. No turn around to be seen until AT LEAST summer time and then it'll be just a drop. I'll probably split my time between EC and China for a few more years. I live tight on a budget and fitness equipment is my only real splurge so that's an option for me, as well. I'd best do it while I'm still young enough. try me at

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MysteriousStranger
12/29/2020 21:31 EST

Yeah, it's interesting that folks from Asia are considering EC and the Salinas area. It took me a bit to decide on the place I'd like to explore for longer term options. Thailand as you know shut down in such a weird way with almost no options that it trapped me in malaysia for a year. I don't think thailand will open until summer 2021. It's completely insane with 60 deaths? This is the kind of dictatorial policy making that has convinced me permanently that T land is not gonna happen for me, even though Asia will most certainly be jumping again in another year. I'll do business there but I won't live there. Maybe see you all around, maybe not. Stay cool and stay safe.

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MysteriousStranger
12/29/2020 21:39 EST

Right on! You know the deal, mi amigo, the bicycle is the only way to go. just make sure you know how to fix a flat quick and take everything apart for self maintenance. I see the roads are gonna be a flat nightmare. Wish i could bring my old giant but gonna leave that in Thailand for when I get back....if it's still there in 8 months.

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Penguin007
12/30/2020 17:57 EST

Thanks Wally! Cannot wait to have you both here permanently!!

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Penguin007
12/30/2020 17:57 EST

Thanks Wally! Cannot wait to have you both here permanently!!

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Penguin007
12/30/2020 17:59 EST

Hi Margie,

Welcome! I moved to Ecuador from Chicago when I bought my condo in Salinas in 2009. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Enjoy the ride!

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Penguin007
12/30/2020 17:59 EST

Hi Margie,

Welcome! I moved to Ecuador from Chicago when I bought my condo in Salinas in 2009. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Enjoy the ride!

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Wally1055
12/30/2020 19:36 EST

Us too. Are you organizing that drama group yet???? And I sent you an e-mail a couple of days ago. Very excited to be working on our visas today with EcuaAssist. And selling our art on Quinn's Auction Site!

https://quinnsauction.appspot.com/auctions/SDxO5Rej7HagHaLz6ZVC/a/Q835---Weekly-Wednesday-Auction-Falls-Church--VA-22046

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MysteriousStranger
12/31/2020 04:31 EST

You should check out the Big Island of hawaii...i was born and raised there and it's firing!

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MysteriousStranger
12/31/2020 04:32 EST

It's 60 years young, btw....60 is the new 40, haven't you heard?

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Miercolesian
1/15/2021 08:13 EST

Hi, my name is... oops, Miercolesian, and I arrived in Ecuador on October 11th, 2020 and have been staying in the Santa Elena area, where I have been swimming laps every day and improving my health so that I will soon be able to take the altitudes of the sierra in my stride.

I am retired, divorced, and plan to stay in Ecuador until my death.

I just got my tourist visa renewal yesterday, and having read about this process on various blog posts, I was full of trepidation, but to my surprise it was a piece of cake.

Just went to the Centro de Servicios De Cuididanos in La Libertad/Salinas (technically in Salinas, as it is just across the line) walked up to the Migracion desk, took a taxi to the bank and back, handed over $133 and was given my visa.

I had just obtained a new passport with ten years life from the US consulate in GQ, but the visa was attached to the number of the old passport that I had used to arrive. Guess it won't matter, because the next visa will have to use the new passport.

Process was pretty simple. Fortunately I do speak Spanish with a moderate degree of fluency, though certainly not perfectly or like a native.

The process of getting my new passport was a bit tougher, because I I was dealing with Americans and either the passport took 1o days to travel the short distance to DHL near the airport, or someone was telling porky pies about the passport having been sent out of the embassy.

Now I have three passports, a new US passport, an old US passport, and a UK passport (I'm a dual citizen) that still has over a year on it, that is useful for ID for hotels, cell phone companies, etc. though I do not use it for travel.

All I can say about Ecuador is that I am lovin' it.

Have hardly seen an expatriate in the time I have been here, especially in GQ (have been there many times) so I tend to get treated like a celebrity, which is all good.

Met a taxi driver in GQ who told me his name was (same as name of 18th century English philosopher), and that his grandfather came from England to build a railroad, met his grandmother, and the rest is history.

He didn't know a word of English, though.

Grandpa never went back. I don't know what happened to the railroad though.

By the way, I come from a medical family and have professional experience in infection control, so I am well aware of Covid-19 risks.

Would be very happy to assist anyone arriving in Ecuador with Spanish language issues, or anything of that kind.

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Miercolesian
1/15/2021 08:26 EST

Hi, I am 69 year old US citizen, currently living in Santa Elena, Ecuador (coastal, 2 hours by bus from Guayaquil.)

Would be delighted to meet you when you come to Ecuador next month--at least I assume that is what you meant when you said February, 2020--and would be happy to give you some tips on life in Ecuador, interpret Spanish for you, and show you around.

I see you have already made a decision to live in Manta, so maybe you already know people there.
Manta was extensively destroyed in the earthquake of 2016, and is undergoing massive reconstruction, and the Malecon is like a freeway, but I guess you know that.

Living on the coast is quite tricky as the different areas all have different microclimates, depending on local topography, so you might not want to commit to any particular place too quickly. Manta is a hell of a long way from an international airport.

Anyway, best of luck with your trip, which is now not far away. You will now have to get Covid-19 tests within three days before returning to the US,, but I guess you know this.

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Miercolesian
1/15/2021 08:30 EST

Would be interested in meeting you when you come, as I am close to the Salinas area, and could probably show you around, and interpret if you don't speak Spanish. Not sure if I am allowed to post a Whatsapp number here, but I will tell you that having Whatsapp is pretty essential here, as that is how most Ecuadorians including businesses like dentists, communicate.

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Miercolesian
1/15/2021 08:35 EST

I am in the Salinas area and speak fairly fluent Spanish, Would be happy to help you or answer any questions.

Coincidentally I am also 69, my mother was called Margie, she died in the Canary Islands.

I am new on this board today, so I don't know the rules, but mostly to communicate about these things it is best to exchange whatsapp number for easy exchange of chat messaging, photographs, etc.

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dogwooddungeon
1/15/2021 10:33 EST

Miercolesian

Thank you for the welcoming response. Our trip has been postponed until after we can obtain our COVID vaccinations.

We have not definitely decided on the Manta area - just using that as a starting place. We were going to fly into Guayaquil, rent a car and drive the coast.

Would it be OK with you if I reach out to you when we have some definite travel dates?

Jeff

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Penguin007
1/17/2021 13:21 EST

Welcome Miercolesian!

You will love it here. I came 12 years ago and never looked back.

Kimberly
098.621.2688
312.985.7703 international

www.ieiecuador.net

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Penguin007
1/17/2021 13:21 EST

Welcome Miercolesian!

You will love it here. I came 12 years ago and never looked back.

Kimberly
098.621.2688
312.985.7703 international

www.ieiecuador.net

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Miercolesian
1/18/2021 08:00 EST

Hi, Jeff

Sorry you had to put off your trip. I personally feel safer from COVID-19 here in Ecuador compared to the US, but I can see that you would not want to miss your turn to get vaccinated.

As you probably know the principal means of communication in Ecuador is via Whatsapp and my Ecuador Whatsapp number is +593983882912 (Jonathan Mason).

Feel free to message me any time at all with any kind of questions,

I am somewhat familiar with a number of places on the coast, Playas, Salinas, Montanita, Olon, Manglarito, Manta. Currently I live near Santa Elena (close to Salinas), but I would have no problem showing you around Guayaquil, if that was something you needed.

Miercolesian.

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Miercolesian
1/18/2021 08:01 EST

Same goes for anyone else reading this, not just the specific person addressed in the reply above.

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joesnurse
1/18/2021 17:26 EST

Hi everyone. My name is Joe Stratton. My wife Jenny and I moved to Crucita in October 2020. We have been coming to Ecuador now for about 10 years on vacations. Now we are here for good.

We live in a rental house on the ocean and are enjoying every minute here.
We both feel so much better here.

Can't wait to travel more once it is safe.
I have to say that we both feel safer here than we did in the US as far as COVID is concerned.

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joesnurse
1/18/2021 17:32 EST

Jeff, my wife Jenny and I are originally from the St Louis metro area, on the Illinois side. We have been coming here for about 10 years as well. We actually made the move here to Crucita in October 2020. We are renting a beach house in Crucita and we love it. We can look way across the bay to Manta.
It took us a long time to get here, but we made it. We are getting our temp visas in February.

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Nssmia
1/19/2021 21:36 EST

Hi. I'm in the early stages of researching different cities an would like to retire in Ecuador by early 2022 or possibly earlier. Retired R.N 68 yrs old. Ready for coastal laid back life. I like what Salinas has to offer in that it is a smaller city than Manta. I definitely want to have access to hospitals and physicians. I'm very healthy but as a nurse, I just want to make sure I have good access. I'd like to rent first a small house and do not care for the high rise condos right on the beach. I appreciate any thoughts on cities that you can give me insight into. Thank you

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Nssmia
1/19/2021 21:41 EST

I just joined. So you live in Manta?. Did you research other coastal cities. I'm just in early stages of researching. Looking at possibly Salinas. Thoughts appreciated

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ed1952e
1/20/2021 10:21 EST

live in portoviejo. on the manta portoviejo rd. still between our house there nad house in florida as we have school age children. usually spend summer and we hope christmas there. we are surrounded by family in portoviejo and have drs, nurses, lab techs, and teachers in our family

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ed1952e
1/20/2021 10:30 EST

my name is edward and my wife is diana an ecuadorian national. we have been married since 2004 and have 2 tweens and a house on both sides. am now retired but we commute from america to ecuador as often as we can now. our house there is beautiful and getting better with the longer time we spend there. our friend circle is limited but we hope to make new friends now that we are committed to spending more time after covid. anyone in the manta/portoviejo area?

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Penguin007
1/20/2021 15:44 EST

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Salinas. I really liked Manta also. I bought my condo in Salinas in 2009 and have loved living here since.

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Penguin007
1/20/2021 15:44 EST

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Salinas. I really liked Manta also. I bought my condo in Salinas in 2009 and have loved living here since.

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Nssmia
1/20/2021 16:56 EST

My husband and I are researching different cities. Both of retirement age, and both in good health, health care access is number one with us. I guess being a retired R.N. makes me think about that more. I like the coast. Hubby doesn't. We need to find a happy medium looking at 3000 to 5000 elevation. Around 50,000 population. Any thoughts are much appreciated. Looking at moving in early 2022

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EcuadorAtYourService
1/23/2021 10:36 EST

Hi, My name is Ashley and I just joined this forum. I have lived in Cuenca, Ecuador for 11 years and I absolutely love it. For the past 7 years, I've had a real estate company -- Ecuador At Your Service -- which has been a great way to meet all kinds of wonderful people wanting to buy or sell properties (we don't do rentals.) My background is as a television producer and director in NYC and LA and I've had the privilege of working on 14 "House Hunters International" TV shows here in Ecuador, so I've gotten to see a lot of the country. If you're new to Ecuador I would be happy to share my experiences and knowledge with you.

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Penguin007
1/23/2021 14:22 EST

Hi Ashley!

Welcome to this group!

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Penguin007
1/23/2021 14:22 EST

Hi Ashley!

Welcome to this group!

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Miercolesian
1/29/2021 12:58 EST

Obviously you cannot find a place on the coast that is elevated! So your husband wins.

Loja is about the altitude that you are looking for, so you could look at smaller towns in that vicinity like Vilcabamba, which also has a reputation as a place where people live to a ripe old age, which is another of your requirements.

However I would very strongly urge you not to make a decision before you come, but to visit various locations in Ecuador and see what they are like before committing yourself.

Right now I am near Salinas, which has a very Mediterranean type climate for much of the year, i.e low humidity and relatively cool nights, however the civic amenities are much less developed than a place like Cuenca.

There are just so many factors, for example if you want to cycle for exercise, you might want to live in a cooler place, that is relatively flat, or if you want to swim a lot in an outdoor pool, you might want to be in a hotter place.

Everyone has different priorities. For example, I speak Spanish pretty well, and have no particular desire to pay extra for professional medical, dental, legal, or banking service providers who speak English, but this could be different for other people who speak less Spanish, but then again after six months in the country many people may have acquired a level of fluency that they did not have on arrival.

Good luck!

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Miercolesian
1/29/2021 13:07 EST

I am the same age as you (pretty much) and also a retired RN, living a $3 taxi ride from Salinas.

It is quite complicated deciding where to live in Ecuador as there are several different climates. In the Salinas area, which is rather arid from an agricultural point of view, the climate is rather similar to the Greek islands or the south of Spain, so low humidity and cooler nights.

You will see a lot of Ecuadorians jogging and cycling here around sunset and twilight.

What I say to everyone is do not commit to any one place until you have had a chance to explore a bit.

Understand that as soon as you arrive you will have people like realtors "befriending" you and all over you like white on rice trying to get your down payment.

The most important preparation for coming to Ecuador for retirement is to practice speaking Spanish every day without fail.

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CMBickett
1/30/2021 15:13 EST

Hi,

I’m CM. Living in Northern California and have been thinking about starting to plan for retirement for around two years.

I work in the nonprofit sector so I won’t be able to afford to retire where I live.

Early on, I considered what options I may have an how attractive each of those options are: renting a cheap houseboat; buying a small piece of land and a prefab house; or living in Central or South America as I’m fluent in Spanish, have lived in Mexico before, and can afford to retire in Central or South America.

I didn’t care for living in Mexico - mostly because of the conditions (lots of violent crime, domestic violence, generational poverty, and very run down properties.) I also didn’t care for how densely populated the area I lived in was.

As of now, I’m definitely leaning towards retiring in Central America and have narrowed it down to a few places, which I’d like to plan trips to. I’ll be retiring alone so there are some practical considerations that overlap with cultural realities.

I’m in my early 40s, I have a job that will provide a modest pension, and my goal is to retire in a Spanish speaking Country in a small home near the water, where I can immerse myself in the local culture, and spend my days biking, walking to town, gardening, and spending time with my dogs.

Thank you for the community.

- CM

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sischauf
1/30/2021 17:13 EST

Come visit the west coast of Ecuador. I love it here!

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sischauf
1/30/2021 17:14 EST

Come visit the west coast of Ecuador. I love it here!

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Penguin007
1/31/2021 13:09 EST

Good afternoon CM,

Very exciting for you to be able to move in your 40's. I moved to Salinas Ecuador in my 40's and 12 years later, still love it. Just to give you an idea of pricing on the coast between Manta and Salinas, here is my company's website. Prices are from highest to lowest. We also have over 300 rental options. Good luck with your move to Central or South America!!

www.ieiecuador.net

Kimberly
098.621.2688
312.985.7703 Chicago number

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Penguin007
1/31/2021 13:09 EST

Good afternoon CM,

Very exciting for you to be able to move in your 40's. I moved to Salinas Ecuador in my 40's and 12 years later, still love it. Just to give you an idea of pricing on the coast between Manta and Salinas, here is my company's website. Prices are from highest to lowest. We also have over 300 rental options. Good luck with your move to Central or South America!!

www.ieiecuador.net

Kimberly
098.621.2688
312.985.7703 Chicago number

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Wally1055
1/31/2021 14:09 EST

I can vouch for Kim. She's the best. Not only will she help you find a place anywhere in Ecuador -- literally!-- she will help you with the transition and answer your questions. Her referral network is top-notch too. Plus, she is wonderfully patient with expats and enthusiastic about her adopted hometown. Maria and I trust her, and she will be helping us settle in when we get there this year. Maybe we'll see you there!

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Womblingfree
2/2/2021 18:49 EST

Hola. Looking to move to Ecuador for life and work some time in 2021/2022 whenever the pandemic situation improves. Have explored the area and made friends in Quito, Cuenca, Vilcabamba and Zamora.

Just sold my condo in Florida, will be living in a rental while I gather my documents to apply for temporary investor's residency visa.

Have been more absorbed in the Colombia Forum over the past two years but tax laws make Ecuador preferable for long-term residency.

Looking forward to learning and exchanging on here. Anyone I should ask about investing and doing business there? I'm not planning on retiring until around 2035.

Hasta pronto.

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fairken
2/6/2021 18:13 EST

Hi all,
My name is Charles (Chuck will work). I’m looking to retire to Ecuador later this year. Health issues have delayed my departure. I think I have them resolved now. I’m in my late 60s. Looking for a quiet place to live out my life. I was going to settle in Cuenca put the medicine I take won’t let me live at that Ali titule. I was an electronics engineer for most of live. I like food, drink, conversation and people. I plan to visit sometime before June to look the coast over.

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Penguin007
2/7/2021 11:49 EST

Welcome Chuck! I am sure your adventure will be great! I came to Ecuador in 2009 and never looked back. Originally from Chicago. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about living on the coast. I live in Salinas. Hope to meet you in the next few months.

Kimberly

312.985.7703 international
098.621.2688 Ecuador
www.ieiecuador.net

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Penguin007
2/7/2021 11:49 EST

Welcome Chuck! I am sure your adventure will be great! I came to Ecuador in 2009 and never looked back. Originally from Chicago. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about living on the coast. I live in Salinas. Hope to meet you in the next few months.

Kimberly

312.985.7703 international
098.621.2688 Ecuador
www.ieiecuador.net

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Penguin007
2/7/2021 14:13 EST

Good afternoon,

Great that your condo sold already. I am familiar with the first three cities you mentioned and really like them. I am not familiar with Zamora. I chose the coast when I moved from Chicago to Salinas 12 years ago. Best of luck in your move. I didn't retire when I came down. I am still working and even opened up a company here in Ecuador on the Malecon in Salinas. :)

Kimberly

312.985.7703 International
098.621.2688
www.ieiecuador.net

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Penguin007
2/7/2021 14:13 EST

Good afternoon,

Great that your condo sold already. I am familiar with the first three cities you mentioned and really like them. I am not familiar with Zamora. I chose the coast when I moved from Chicago to Salinas 12 years ago. Best of luck in your move. I didn't retire when I came down. I am still working and even opened up a company here in Ecuador on the Malecon in Salinas. :)

Kimberly

312.985.7703 International
098.621.2688
www.ieiecuador.net

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Womblingfree
2/7/2021 17:19 EST

Hi Kimberly. Thank you for your response and kind wishes. I'm interested to know how you transitioned to working in Ecuador from Chicago if you are open to sharing. The latest advice I have received is that an investor visa is the way to go. Would you agree?

Anthony

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Penguin007
2/9/2021 14:01 EST

Good afternoon Anthony,

I am happy to share. I have been a realtor for 37 years. I was President of an International Real Estate Company in Chicago. We had projects we were selling in Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, etc. When I came to Salinas, I opened up Island Estates International. I have an office on the Malecon in Salinas. I went to school in Ecuador to get my real estate license even though they don't require that agents be licensed. I still am licensed in Chicago and actually had five sales back there last year. :). I went with an investor visa, however, I believe the easiest visa is the pension or retirement visa. I just didn't qualify for that as I came down here 12 years ago in my 40's. Let me know if you have any other questions. Happy to assist.

Kimberly

312.985.7703 international
098.621.2688
www.ieiecuador.net

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Penguin007
2/9/2021 14:01 EST

Good afternoon Anthony,

I am happy to share. I have been a realtor for 37 years. I was President of an International Real Estate Company in Chicago. We had projects we were selling in Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, etc. When I came to Salinas, I opened up Island Estates International. I have an office on the Malecon in Salinas. I went to school in Ecuador to get my real estate license even though they don't require that agents be licensed. I still am licensed in Chicago and actually had five sales back there last year. :). I went with an investor visa, however, I believe the easiest visa is the pension or retirement visa. I just didn't qualify for that as I came down here 12 years ago in my 40's. Let me know if you have any other questions. Happy to assist.

Kimberly

312.985.7703 international
098.621.2688
www.ieiecuador.net

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Womblingfree
2/9/2021 21:11 EST

Hi Kimberly,

Thank you for sharing some of your background. Does your company focus on property all over Ecuador or only in certain areas? I have no interest in the coast or the jungle, only the lowlands or highlands (like Mindo or Loja).

I'm glad you also found the investor's visa the way to go. I'm also too young and active to file for a retirement or pension visa. Maybe around 2035 that will work for me better but by that time I plan on having two more passports.

Best wishes and thanks for offering your help.

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curiousgeorge66
2/10/2021 17:29 EST

This has truly piqued my interest as of late. Curious if there are any retired military expats on this forum? Not yet ready to take the plunge as I am just beginning my research...but this is certainly a concern...

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withoutego
2/12/2021 15:51 EST

I am ex USN and ex USAF in that order. Didn't get my twenty years. Just the DD214 and a lot of stories.

Not war stories, stories of debauchery in western Germany and Spain. I told these stories to ex marines over coffee or beer on the sidewalks of Vilcabamba. Being marines (marines never stop being marines) they were not impressed.

This in spite of my embellishment and invention. I guess reality jades jarheads for stories, real or otherwise. Good guys all. One thing about vets, they can really dislike each other without breaking that link. Important when you are covering each other's six o'clock. We got along as you'd expect sailors and leathernecks to.

I have the visa for full time residence in Ecuador even tho these new circumstances sort of stranded me up north. I snow birded for ten years. Cuenca and Vilcabamba. Half and half, Maine and the Andes.

But to answer your question, Yes, a veteran can retire to Ecuador just fine. Things that are foremost in the USA fade after you've lived in Ecuador a while. Six months is a short time, it takes years to really shake off the stateside feeling. But you do eventually...well, half do....but about 50% don't get to the seven year mark. Its about them and their ties to the states, not so much about Ecuador or the USA. A litmus for personality and world view.

It can put stress on a marriage. Try Honesty vs suffering in silence. Saw couples split so many times over the decade I wintered there.

Try different parts of the country. Do your best to learn Spanish. That helps you buy veggies and Tuna in the market (my mouth is watering) if nothing else. But, if you don't learn more than ten words, that's ok too. Waving money and pointing is surprisingly effective.

Best reason to learn Spanish is to get out of the gringo ghetto. The Ecuadorian's are nice people. Most of the perceived faults gringos see in them is caused by cultural blinders.

When you move leave the states behind, leave its bias and cultural filters. No point in moving if you take the mindset with you.

I sure hope this Crown of thorns we collectively wear doesn't outlast me. Spanish for "crown" is Corona. The thorns are the pain we endure in life.

good luck

sinvolverpronto

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Penguin007
2/13/2021 12:26 EST

Good afternoon,

I do have listings all over Ecuador, however, I have none in the areas that interest you at the moment. You never know when you are ready.

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tjfritz62
2/13/2021 17:56 EST

So glad to hear you will finally be able to enjoy your dream and your new condo. So it seems you were lucky to miss out on all the excitement of the 2016 earthquake. We live in San Vicente, currently are in WA state, and hoping to be back to Ecuador before the end of 2021. Have fun, enjoy!

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Ramshomerfan
2/13/2021 18:47 EST

What part of WA state?

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Jscgrey
2/21/2021 10:18 EST

Hello EC folks,

My wife and I are considering the route of pension-expatting with a Christian family of 12, on a blue-collar pension. We would like to experience something outside of the U.S. for a season while considering establishing second citizenship.

Ecuador is our first look, but are open to Ecuador and south as well as pretty much anywhere reasonable on the planet. If it is safe, a location that will want our family, and it offers good reason to consider, we will look at it. Lots in there...

Circling back, Ecuador is our primary focus and we are digging for information that would validate this choice or move us along to another destination.

Life is perspective, what looks bad or impossible from where you think you stand, can look entirely different from across the valley...

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joesnurse
3/18/2021 16:41 EST

Hola, my name is Joe Stratton. My wife Jenny and I moved to Crucita in mid October 2020. So far, we are loving living here. This has been a 10 year goal of ours. Crucita is a great little town. Its close enough to shopping yet far enough away from the crowds.

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relyondiana
3/22/2021 13:45 EST

Hello Glen,
So nice to see that you are still kicking. The last few years have found me trapped in the US also. Finally making my way back to V in a few months. Cleaning up loose ends and on my way. I hope to see you in the square.
Diana

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Sherrys
3/23/2021 10:24 EST

Hello all, I’m actually looking for some help and hoping this is the place. My father was an expat who lived in Guayaquil but sadly passed away 14 years ago. It has recently come to my attention that I inherited 50% of his home. I need to transfer to his wife so she can have it and am being bombarded with requests for my passport. I need to hire a reputable lawyer ASAP. I am based in the States. Please advise!

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gyuris
3/23/2021 15:22 EST

Here is a fluent english-speaking Ecuadorian lawyer who can advise you and help you with expat succession:

Dra. Gabriela Espinosa.
593-2-290-2838 / 593- 99-164-5924
GabyEspinosa1
Her US number: 1-859-408-0527

Best of luck,

A.T.
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gyuris
3/23/2021 15:30 EST

Hi Sherrys:

Here is a fluent english-speaking Ecuadorian lawyer who can advise you and help you with expat succession:

Dra. Gabriela Espinosa.
593-2-290-2838 / 593- 99-164-5924

Her US number: 1-859-408-0527

Best of luck,

A.T.
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multiego
3/28/2021 11:32 EST

I can vouch for the work of Gabriela Espinosa. She pulled the strings like the pro she is and I got my residence back in 2010. Things may be easier than they were....sure hope so, but then it wasn't a process for the impatient.

Hello Diana... I would like to see you in
vilcabamba but I have no idea of when I will return. might be easier to hunker down here in Maine for now. Waiting to hear that things are more normal in Loja province. I can't imagine keeping two meter distances in Marisol's grocery store. Two CM was the norm in those isles.

These days I have a new HD graphics tablet to play with....an example....

Ciao

sinsomething

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multiego
3/28/2021 11:34 EST

I can vouch for the work of Gabriela Espinosa. She pulled the strings like the pro she is and I got my residence back in 2010. Things may be easier than they were....sure hope so, but then it wasn't a process for the impatient.

Hello Diana... I would like to see you in
vilcabamba but I have no idea of when I will return. might be easier to hunker down here in Maine for now. Waiting to hear that things are more normal in Loja province. I can't imagine keeping two meter distances in Marisol's grocery store. Two CM was the norm in those isles.

These days I have a new HD graphics tablet to play with....an example....

Ciao

sinsomething

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Penguin007
3/28/2021 12:44 EST

Good afternoon Sherry. I am not sure if you have already found a reputable attorney, but I can recommend four that I have worked with over the past 12 years here.

Kimberly

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Penguin007
3/28/2021 12:44 EST

Good afternoon Sherry. I am not sure if you have already found a reputable attorney, but I can recommend four that I have worked with over the past 12 years here.

Kimberly

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hamhorse
4/11/2021 21:34 EST

My wife and I are going to vacation in Guayaqujl and Manta Equador. She has been to Equador r10 times. If we like it on our third vacation after renting may get a small condo in Manta.

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Mary53
4/21/2021 05:30 EST

I moved to Manta in April 2021, So far I am loving it. I would like to connect with you in Manta,
Send me a message and let me know when you will be here.
MaryZ

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Mary53
4/21/2021 05:49 EST

You can live like that in Ecuador if you choose to do so. Rentals are available in the country rather than the city. Come for a visit and check it out. People are happy and authentic. They are anxious to be helpful to expats. I am living on the beach in Manta. My budget is $1,000/month including rent and utilities. It would be even less expensive in the countryside.

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hamhorse
4/21/2021 10:16 EST

Thanks Mary. Your place on Manta beach looks wonderful. Getting ready for our first vacation to Ecuador especially Manta. Seen CDC reports Ecuadour level 4 CV19 Avoid travel. We are fully vaccinated and if so will get a booster if needed. Is Ecuador even open at Guayaquil airport to Manta. Are the buses running.

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tjfritz62
4/21/2021 13:59 EST

Right now we are in a small town in Southeast WA, wine country. Onions & Wine. Hubby is originally from Seattle, I was raised here.

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Kiangagirl
4/29/2021 22:15 EST

I'm a swf, 70 years young, currently residing in Arizona, USA.
Making plans to relocate to Cuenca about this time next year.
Although I love the thought of a new adventure, I'd be lying if I didn't admit it scares me to death.
For starters, I can't imagine how I will get rid of all my "stuff". Many other questions besides that.

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Travelingtwosome
6/1/2021 17:38 EST

Hello. My husband and I are moving to San Jacinto at the end of this month, so I guess it's a little late for advice! We hope to meet many expats living in Ecuador, enjoying retirement and having time to garden, explore and travel. We bought a house and are leaving the cold winters of Montana.

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joesnurse
6/2/2021 10:33 EST

Hello, welcome and congratulations on your move. My name is Joe. My wife, Jenny, and I have been vacationing in Ecuador for about 10 years and we moved to a house on the beach in Crucita last October. Its the best thing that we have done. We love it here. Everyone is friendly and willing to help you out and, yes, it beats the cold winters in the midwest. We are from Illinois, just across the river from St Louis.
Let us know if you need any help with stuff.

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Travelingtwosome
6/2/2021 16:53 EST

Hello! Thanks for the greeting. We are pretty excited about our move and whole new life. I booked our one-way flights yesterday and it suddenly became so real! I am so happy to hear that you love it there, it just confirms to us we are doing the right thing. Maybe we can do a meet and greet when we get down there. We will be there July 1...so soon!

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Bristolrover
6/13/2021 15:26 EST

I am a 74 year old male moving to Cuenca in august.lookng forward to new adventures.any suggestions for finding a place to live.

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