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Living in Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 03, 2024

Summary: People describe life in Ecuador as relaxed, laid-back, and full of natural beauty. Expats love the low cost of living, the friendly people, the diverse culture, and the stunning landscapes. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month, depending on lifestyle and location. The population of Ecuador is approximately 17.4 million people, and the largest cities are Quito (2.7 million), Guayaquil (2.4 million), and Cuenca (0.5 million). The cons of living in Ecuador include the lack of infrastructure in some areas, the high levels of poverty, and the high levels of crime in some areas. Additionally, the healthcare system is not as advanced as in other countries, and the public transportation system is not as reliable.

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What do I need to know about living in Ecuador?

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

"Retiring in Ecuador can be an attractive option for expats as the cost of living is low and the natural beauty of the country is unparalleled. However, before making a decision to retire in Ecuador it is important to be mindful of a few things. Expats should research the local culture and customs to ensure they adjust to their new home in the best way possible. It is also important to research taxation, the pension system, and health care in the country to determine if their retirement plan is feasible. Additionally, it is beneficial to learn some basic Spanish as many people in Ecuador only speak the language. Ultimately, expats should consider how comfortable they will be in a new environment, and whether Ecuador is the right fit for them," said one expat in Ecuador.

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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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