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

"Catamayo is a small town located in the Loja Province, known for its pleasant climate and beautiful landscapes. Before moving to Catamayo, expats should know that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so it would be beneficial to learn or have a basic understanding of Spanish. The cost of living in Catamayo is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but expats should be aware that salaries are also generally lower. The local currency is the US dollar, which can make financial transactions easier for American expats. Healthcare facilities in Catamayo are basic, so for serious medical conditions, one may need to travel to larger cities. It's recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The town is safe with a low crime rate, but like anywhere, petty crime such as pickpocketing can occur, so it's important to take basic safety precautions. Public transportation is the most common way to get around, with buses and taxis readily available. However, services may not be as reliable or frequent as in larger cities. The cuisine in Catamayo is traditional Ecuadorian, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Those with specific dietary needs or restrictions may need to cook at home more often, as these may not be catered for in local restaurants. Expats should also be aware that while Catamayo has a warm and welcoming community, it is less cosmopolitan than larger cities in Ecuador, and there may be fewer resources and communities for expats. Finally, it's important to note that while Ecuador has made strides in terms of internet connectivity, in smaller towns like Catamayo, internet speeds may not be as fast or reliable as expats from Western countries may be used to," remarked another expat in Catamayo, Ecuador.

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