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Catamayo, Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Catamayo, Ecuador: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Catamayo?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Catamayo should be aware that the official language is Spanish, so learning the language or having a basic understanding would be beneficial. The cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it's important to have a clear understanding of your budget and financial situation. Healthcare in Ecuador is generally good, but it's recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. The climate in Catamayo is subtropical highland, which means it's generally mild and pleasant, but it can get chilly at night. The city is small and peaceful, making it a great place for those who want to retire in a quiet and relaxed environment. However, this also means that there might be fewer amenities and activities compared to larger cities. Ecuador uses the US dollar as its official currency, which can make financial transitions easier for American retirees. It's also important to know that while Ecuador has a fairly stable political climate, occasional protests and demonstrations can occur. Ecuadorian cuisine is diverse and delicious, but it might take some time for your stomach to adjust to the local food. It's also worth noting that while Ecuadorians are generally friendly and welcoming, cultural differences can sometimes lead to misunderstandings. Finally, before making the move, it's recommended to visit Catamayo first to see if it suits your lifestyle and expectations. It's also a good idea to consult with a legal expert to understand the requirements and process for obtaining a resident visa in Ecuador," explained one expat living in Catamayo, 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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