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Pros and Cons of Living in Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 07, 2024

Summary: The pros of living in Ecuador include its diverse landscape, with a variety of climates and terrains, from the Amazon rainforest to the Andes Mountains. The country also has a rich cultural heritage, with a variety of traditional foods, music, and festivals. Additionally, the cost of living in Ecuador is relatively low, making it an attractive destination for expats. The cons of living in Ecuador include the fact that the country has a high crime rate, with a high rate of violent crime in some areas. Additionally, the infrastructure in Ecuador is not as developed as in other countries, and the healthcare system is not as advanced. Additionally, the language barrier can be a challenge for expats, as Spanish is the official language.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Ecuador?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Ecuador responded:

"My wife loves Catamayo and would move there in a nano-second if we did not have family, property, and obligations here. Catamayo is warmer and dryer than Loja, Vilcabamba, or Malacatos ( although the latter two are a bit sunnier than Loja ) and all of the above are less damp and rainy than Cuenca. Catamayo is only about a 35-minute bus ride into Loja, so you can get your big city amenity fix or simply go shopping - Prices in Loja are much better than in Quito, Cuenca, or Guayaquil ! Also, because there aren't a ton of gringos living in Catamayo - unlike Vilca - the real estate prices are considerably lower. Go and explore for yourself then decide. There are several nice hotels with very reasonable prices that you can stay in and use for a "home base" as you explore the entire Loja area," wrote one expat in Catamayo.

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the affordability of living in Ecuador. The cost of living is much lower than in many other countries, making it an attractive option for those looking to stretch their budget. Additionally, the country is known for its diverse landscapes, from the Amazon rainforest to the Andes mountains, making it a great place to explore and enjoy the outdoors. Expats and digital nomads also enjoy the friendly and welcoming culture of Ecuador, which makes it easy to settle in and make friends. On the downside, the infrastructure in Ecuador can be lacking in some areas, making it difficult to access certain services. Additionally, the language barrier can be a challenge for those who don't speak Spanish," explained one expat living in Ecuador.

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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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