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BrenandAysha
4/8/2021 23:47 EST

Hey everyone, I hope you are good. I am Just getting ready to head into Ecuador for my first exploratory journey to find a suitable place for my Family. We are 4 with 2 young boys aged 8 and 5. I really appreciate all of the information on this site so far, as I have only scratched the surface. I also look forward to meeting lots of new people here who can help guide us in our journey as well as become life long friends.

Thanks, Talk soon!

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jnewyorkt
4/9/2021 07:53 EST

Hi I have 2 condos in Quito, I have traveled most of the country for 16 years, my advice is travel around till you find the place you want to call home, I love this county, enjoy

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jnewyorkt
4/9/2021 07:53 EST

Hi I have 2 condos in Quito, I have traveled most of the country for 16 years, my advice is travel around till you find the place you want to call home, I love this county, enjoy

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tjfritz62
4/9/2021 12:59 EST

Hi, So it depends on your individual needs. We did the same thing about 10 years ago. Wow, how time flies. We ended up settling in San Vicente, Manabi, across the river from Bahia. We chose the coast as we love beaches and warm weather. Being from WA state we were tired of cold and rain. We spent some time in Quito but found it to be chilly and rainy quite a bit. The elevation was also too much for us. And we did not like the big city feel. We also spent some time in Guayaquil, Cuenca and Loja. Of all the cities, we liked Loja the best. We homeschooled so we did not utilize the schools in our area. There is one in Bahia, a small private school, that another family we know used and it was a good fit. We are currently in the US, hoping to return to Ecuador by the end of this year. When we first went we rented in Manta and traveled from there both North and South to explore most of the coast. Hope you have a wonderful adventure!

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tjfritz62
4/9/2021 13:00 EST

Hi, So it depends on your individual needs. We did the same thing about 10 years ago. Wow, how time flies. We ended up settling in San Vicente, Manabi, across the river from Bahia. We chose the coast as we love beaches and warm weather. Being from WA state we were tired of cold and rain. We spent some time in Quito but found it to be chilly and rainy quite a bit. The elevation was also too much for us. And we did not like the big city feel. We also spent some time in Guayaquil, Cuenca and Loja. Of all the cities, we liked Loja the best. We homeschooled so we did not utilize the schools in our area. There is one in Bahia, a small private school, that another family we know used and it was a good fit. We are currently in the US, hoping to return to Ecuador by the end of this year. When we first went we rented in Manta and traveled from there both North and South to explore most of the coast. Hope you have a wonderful adventure!

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kmoriarty45
4/9/2021 13:27 EST

An often-heard refrain seen on these pages - which I shall reiterate - is DON'T BUY immediately! Take your time, explore, rent here and there until you find what best suits your needs. Most of us who have lived here for a long time have usually traveled extensively throughout the country before deciding on the place to settle permanently. Most will tell you that they changed residences at least twice before "settling in".

Don't get maneuvered into making a hasty real estate decision and then regretting it, later on. My suggestion is to rent for at least 6 months, if not a year before looking into purchasing. The new 2-year resident visa gives you plenty of time to explore and find out if Ecuador is really the right fit for you - once the "rose-colored glasses" come off and you see this beautiful country - warts and all.

You don't want to jump into a hasty commitment, only to wake up in the morning, and discover she has bad teeth and hates poetry!

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Solotraveler
4/10/2021 13:22 EST

Hello!
I am planning a trip in June to check out options for a future move. I am wanting to meet Americans/English speakers to help me with info.

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jnewyorkt
4/10/2021 15:21 EST

Seems like you had a lot of experience lol

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tiredofsnow
4/25/2021 09:54 EST

Hello my wife and i just verry recently moved to ecuador from canada and love it..we have learned one verry hard lesson already DO NOT EAT LETTICE/or salad from any where unless your shure it has been cleaned parasites in the lettice will give you a living nightmare in your stomache i just had to use deworming pills and now i feel normal again.we are carefull about what we eat and this happened after a salad we made from home and we did wash the lettice but supposed to wash in vinagour im told..within hours i was a verry unhappy camper.we also found several kinds of expats...the ones waiting for you when you arrive with expencive condos when there are verry nice cheap good houses to be rented as we have...and those who try to bring thier country with them (bad idea) if your not coming here for a better life perhaps its a mistake to come as you likly wont be happy this definatly isnt canada or u.s but we greatly enjoy it.good luck have a safe trip..we settled outside Cuence its like a spring day every day .but it definatly isnt hot summer weather and yes the altitude has to be delbt with but we are getting used to it slowly.

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cheshirecat4591
4/25/2021 10:52 EST

One of the best ways to avoid that problem is to buy the lettuce in the plastic bags....raised hydroponically, so far less chance of earth-borne pathogens.
We had friends that loved the pork at the mercado--the husband got parasites/food poisoning at least once a month when they did. An Ecuadorian friend told us that if we wanted to eat street food, etc ...take it home and nuke it before eating it

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gemstar007
4/25/2021 11:37 EST

Hi TiredofSnow. Sorry to hear about your bout with the parasite. Yes, you need to buy a bottle of KILOL or similar. It is a disinfectant intended for prewash of all vegetable that you are not going to peel before before you eat.. Many people even use it to prewash vegetables and meat or fish that they are going to cook but, for me, I don't believe it is important to use for fish or shellfish if you are going to cook fully. But, I don't believe you should eat any fish or shellfish that you are not going to cook (except oysters fresh, enjoyed with lemon and a touch of hot sauce with champagne and good company). Properly prepared Sushi being the exception if it is indeed true sushi prepared fish (prefrozen to -40 etc, etc). Enjoy the adventure! G

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tiredofsnow
4/25/2021 13:48 EST

Thank you verry much for the info we will definatly be putting that into action..I am verry gratefull to a friend of ours who has been here for about 10 years or so he helped usderstand what was going on and how to fix it friday in time for my wife to go to pharmacy and get me the medacine i needed before the lock down..or it would jave been a verry agonizing weekend..if some one els can learn from my mistakes perhaps the pain was worth it .....maby...thank you again.

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Mary53
4/28/2021 13:18 EST

I have been in Manta since 04/13/21. I'm loving it! Contact me and we will meet up.
Mary53

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gemstar007
4/28/2021 14:59 EST

Hi Mary53, nice to know that you are starting to get settled. I have lived in Manta since 2010 and like you; love the experience. I am sure you are already making friends. The local Ecuadorians are friendly and very welcoming and we Expats get together for dinner at Las Velas Dos on Thursday. I look forward to meeting you.

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Mary53
5/1/2021 13:46 EST

Dear Hamhorse
How nice to hear from you. I guess that we got in here just under the wire. I was not aware that the restrictions were back in place. When we came on April 7 the only restriction was to have a negative covid test. We spent one week in Quito which is a nice town but too cold for us. It was too much like Seattle where I lived for 20 years. We came to Manta on April 13 and it was love at first sight. We have an affordable 2/2 apartment at Playa Mercielago. We have a very nice rental agent with whom you can talk. We are 3 blocks from the Mall del Pacifico. I'm not a mall person, but there is a MegaMaxi there where you can buy groceries. I have not been to the Mercado Centro yet, but I definitely plan to go. The produce prices there are unbelievably low. You will not need a car. We rely on the ubiquitous taxis which will take you anywhere in the city for $2. When I become brave, I will learn to take the bus. Everyone get up very early to beat the afternoon heat. Actually the weather is perfect for me. Very cool in the morning and night. It's a little sweaty in the afternoon. The beach opens at 5am. I wish the mall would open that early. We are a little slow to make friends but we have only been here three weeks. In general, the people here are warm and friendly. They are gentle and always smiling (I think they are smiling under the mask.) Store clerks and waiters are anxious to please. As you know, the currency is USD. We use a lot of Sacajawea $1 coins. We keep small currency in our pocket because most places don't have enough coin to change a $10 or $20 bill. We opened a Charles Schwab bank account so that we could use any ATM in the country. Schwab reimburses the fee. Well, that's a lot of info. Let me know if you have more questions.

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Mary53
5/1/2021 13:50 EST

Wow. Thanks for answering. I know exactly where that restaurant is. What time do you meet?

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Mary53
5/1/2021 13:53 EST

I am living in Manta. Will you be coming here?

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Mary53
5/1/2021 14:02 EST

I wash the outside of antelope and avocados, etc. The knife will carry exterior pathogens into the flesh.

Wasabi is supposed to kill microbes on raw fish. I don't know if that is true.

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Mary53
5/12/2021 09:40 EST

Solo Traveler - I live in Manta. Send me a Facebook PM when you arrive. My PM is Mary Jean Zarick.

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