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.
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," remarked one expat who made the move to Catamayo.
What do I need to know before moving to Catamayo?
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to Catamayo?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Catamayo?
- What is the average cost of housing in Catamayo?
- How do I meet people in Catamayo?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Catamayo?
- What should I pack when moving to Catamayo?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Catamayo?
- Will I be able to find a job in Catamayo?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Catamayo?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Catamayo?
- What is the social scene like in Catamayo?
- What advice to expats in Catamayo have about housing?
- What are medical services in Catamayo like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Catamayo?
- Is the cost of living in Catamayo high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Catamayo?
- Why do people move to Catamayo?