Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Machala, Ecuador: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Machala?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Machala, they said:
"Machala is a popular retirement destination due to its affordable cost of living, warm climate, and friendly locals. Before retiring in Machala, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, it's important to understand the cost of living. While it is generally lower than in many Western countries, it's still crucial to budget carefully and understand the local economy. Secondly, healthcare is a major consideration. Ecuador has a public healthcare system that expats can access, but many choose to also have private health insurance for more comprehensive coverage. Language can be a barrier for some, as Spanish is the primary language spoken in Machala. Taking Spanish lessons or finding a local language exchange partner can be helpful. The climate in Machala is tropical, with a wet and dry season. It's important to be prepared for this, particularly if you're used to a more temperate climate. Safety is another consideration. While Machala is generally safe, like any city, it has areas that are best avoided, particularly at night. Understanding the local culture and customs is also important. Ecuadorians are generally warm and friendly, but it's important to respect their traditions and way of life. Finally, it's crucial to understand the visa and residency requirements for retiring in Ecuador. This can be a complex process, so it's often helpful to seek advice from a local immigration lawyer or consultant," remarked one expat who made the move to Machala.
What do I need to know before moving to Machala?
About the Author
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.