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Cuenca, Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Cuenca, Ecuador is a beautiful, colonial city with a vibrant culture and friendly people. Expats love the low cost of living, the temperate climate, and the abundance of outdoor activities. The weather in Cuenca is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $1,000 to $1,500 per month. A one bedroom apartment typically costs between $200 and $400 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $300 to $500 per month. The population of Cuenca is approximately 500,000 people.

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What do I need to know about living in Cuenca?

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

"Before retiring in Cuenca, expats should consider the cost of living and the local economy. Cuenca is known for its pleasant climate, affordability and a range of activities, so it is important to understand the local culture and language. Healthcare is generally considered to be of high-quality and available at a fraction of the cost that one may pay in their home country. Furthermore, it may be helpful to look into the safety and security situation in Cuenca prior to retiring in the city," remarked one expat living in Cuenca, Ecuador, Ecuador.

"This city has a little of everything. The old and the new blend very well indeed. Lots of great restaurants, lots of music the weather is the best, the mountains are breathtaking, the prices for me are just right. I really have everything here I could ever wish for," wrote one member in 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.

El Puente Roto (Broken Bridge) in Cuenca, Ecuador

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