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Parque La Carolina in Quito, Ecuador

Moving to Quito, Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Quito, Ecuador is the capital city of Ecuador and home to approximately 2.5 million people. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quito attracts tourists, expats, digital nomads and retirees. Foreigners living here admit that moving to Quito is not an easy process. In this article, they share what to know before moving to Quito. Healthcare tip: plan to use private hospitals in Quito for the best care.

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What do I need to know before moving to Quito?

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

"THis process esp with minimal Spanish is NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, trust me. I have struggled at times and have lived before out of the United States in South America. Visit, do your homework, trust that you will be taken advantage of (as I have several times with trusted Ecuadorians) and you REALLY have to WANT TO MOVE HERE sometimes to simply stay here. I am overall happy with my move/immigration to Ecuador but it is tough and challenging esp as a soltera at times, very tough," said another expat in Quito.

"Rent, learn, then leave. Keep in mind I have no business interest here so I am just being honest. You can deposit money into your bank acct & if want to know your balance after your deposit they charge you a fee, service in Ecuador is terrible. Ask for a roll of quarters, & be refused! No reason, just be told no," remarked another expat who made the move to Quito.

"Come visit first, stay in a travelers hostel if you want to meet people, doesn't matter your age...see where you want to live, then check the local paper to find rental listings..," explained one expat living in Quito, Ecuador.

How do I find a place to live in Quito?

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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