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Moving to Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 05, 2024

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to Ecuador due to its low cost of living, beautiful scenery, and friendly people. People can find a place to live in Ecuador by searching online for rental properties, or by asking around in the local community. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Ecuador are Quito, Cuenca, and Salinas. These cities offer a variety of amenities, as well as a vibrant expat community.

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What do I need to know before moving to Ecuador?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Ecuador, they said:

"Get a realtor. Look around a lot. Start and finish with Sanborondon if your budget allows. Venture out to Los Ceibos and Via la Costa if the distance from the "fun areas" of Guayaquil isn't an issue. Talk to other expats (if you can find them)," said one expat in Guayaquil.

"Take your time to look around and if you find something that just jumps out at you take it. You will know if it feels right. Don't wait as if you do when you go back it will probably be gone. If you are looking and coming back to live here at a later date you can always rent it out to other expats. Rentals are in short demand for expats here in Cuenca," said one expat who made the move to Cuenca.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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