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Pete

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#64
Apr 24, 2011
 
I am Canadian and my wife and I lived in Ecuador for a year and a half, mostly in Guayaquil, but travelled everywhere. We walked everywhere both together and alone and took the buses when travelling. We never felt unsafe. In the cities it is not a good idea to go out alone. We usally went with another couple or two. Don't dress flashy or wear jewelry and everything is fine. If I din't have 4 kids and their families living in Canada and the US, I would give serious thought to spending my days living in a small casa on the outskirts of Cuenca,Cotacachi or Banos where we could garden year around and enjoy the amazing tropical fruits year around at excellent prices.Quito doesn't appeal to me at all. We love Ecuador and Ecuadorians. They are warm, gentle and loving people.
giovanni go

New York, NY

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#65
Apr 30, 2011
 
susan wrote:
Hi, my husband and 14yr old daughter are considering moving to Quito, however Im rather concerned over reading reports of knife attacks and even kidnapping and rape...i would like any input from americans or brits living there...is it really that bad ?
Also i have had a big problem trying to find a private school for her, any ideas please
Quito is not that bad, you have to be alert and use common sense as far as schools they are 1000 times better then in the US Collegio Americano is im Quito.
giovanni go

New York, NY

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#66
Apr 30, 2011
 
Lori wrote:
Hi Susan, I am trying to get some information re: Ibarra, Ecuador.
First off, My husband and I would like to visit when he retires in a few years. We sponsor a child in Ibarra and would like to meet her one day. For now, I would like to know HOW to mail boxes to Ibarra, Ecuador.(north of Quito) I would like to mail some things to her and her school. I keep hearing that is it expensive and that the package may not get there....is this true?
I have tried searching for the address of her school and am unable to find anything. I know not everyone has a phone, but is there an address book for Ibarra? If I mail it to the Post Office in Ibarra, will they delivery it? Thanks for your time... Lori
address2lori@hotmail.com
Post office there is a joke, anything you send will be lost for EVER, DHL is great but soneone will have to pick up, good luck, buy the way Ibbara is three hours north of Quito.
armando hernandez

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#67
Jun 1, 2011
 
susan wrote:
Hi, my husband and 14yr old daughter are considering moving to Quito, however Im rather concerned over reading reports of knife attacks and even kidnapping and rape...i would like any input from americans or brits living there...is it really that bad ?
Also i have had a big problem trying to find a private school for her, any ideas please
Hi did you ever make that move or did fear ruled

Since: Jan 10

Ecuador

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#68
Jun 1, 2011
 
Sr Pilsener wrote:
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Let me suggest that you guys avoid the gringo places like Supermaxi and Mi Comisariato. When in Ecuador, live like an Ecuadorian - try shopping at Santa Clara, Ipiales, etc..go to the centro historico and buy a fridge in one of the stores around there - not Supermaxi...that's why you're paying through the nose. You probably would've been better off buying a nice used Toyota in the States and shipping it there - cheaper. For a family of three, like mine, you could still spend $50/week shopping at Santa Clara. I'm tired of all the stress and b.s. in the States and regret moving back here a few years ago. When this economic disaster is over, we're going back to Quito.
Sorry, but your giving out the wrong info on a car. You can NOT import a used car into Ecuador. It has to be new. And the paperwork needed to import a car is a pain, and if you have incorrect info on your paperwork, your in for a lot of grief!
Omar

Pueblo Nuevo, Panama

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#69
Aug 15, 2011
 
Hello im planning on moving to Quito and i would like know if its easy to get a job?
thanks in advance.

Since: Jan 10

Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Aug 15, 2011
 

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Sr Pilsener wrote:
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Let me suggest that you guys avoid the gringo places like Supermaxi and Mi Comisariato. When in Ecuador, live like an Ecuadorian - try shopping at Santa Clara, Ipiales, etc..go to the centro historico and buy a fridge in one of the stores around there - not Supermaxi...that's why you're paying through the nose. You probably would've been better off buying a nice used Toyota in the States and shipping it there - cheaper. For a family of three, like mine, you could still spend $50/week shopping at Santa Clara. I'm tired of all the stress and b.s. in the States and regret moving back here a few years ago. When this economic disaster is over, we're going back to Quito.
You can not ship a USED car into Ecuador. All cars have to be new. And if the paperwork is messed up, your in BIG TROUBLE registering the car.

If your giving advise, know your facts first, please.
P Pickett

Seattle, WA

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#71
Aug 31, 2011
 
I am coming down to join my brother and his wife and will be in need of spending the night in Quito at the hotel before taking a flight the next morning to Cuenca. I arrive late at night in Quito - is there anything in particular I should be aware of - as far as getting transportation to the hotel?

How safe is it - for me at around 11:00pm at night to be arriving at the airport?
Abhideep Virk

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#72
Sep 5, 2011
 
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I was glad to see your comment James. I am married to an Ecuadorian and we are due to move bakc out there from the UK Apr-May time. We are just back from a visit and have been looking at properties and land in Cumbaya - I also don´t see the need to pay $700 a month on a private school when there are excellent schools for a fraction of this price - much better than state schools here in the UK for a start. I previously lived in Ecuador for 2 years and feel more nervous on the streets of Glasgow than I do in parts of Quito. Obviously you are more likely to get robbed but if you keep your wits about you and watch where you go you´ll be just fine. Has anyone out there recently moved to Cumbaya-Tumbaco or currently living there? I´d like to get in touch.....
Hey Lynne, I know its a bit late to text you but here goes it... Have you moved to Tumbaco yet and if yes then I would like to get in touch because I am moved here recently and would like to know some of the locals. Cheers
billietea - Quito

Quito, Ecuador

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Nov 7, 2011
 

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susan wrote:
Hi, my husband and 14yr old daughter are considering moving to Quito, however Im rather concerned over reading reports of knife attacks and even kidnapping and rape...i would like any input from americans or brits living there...is it really that bad ?
Also i have had a big problem trying to find a private school for her, any ideas please
I've been here for two years now and it is getting so bad for foreigners living here that I'm contemplating leaving, but haven't found another place to go and work yet.
I was drugged a couple of months back and it left me blacked out for four hours, actually I was fully awake with heart racing but I couldn't move, not even enough to open my eyes or wiggle my finger. I believe that my would-be attackers sprayed a mist into the air while I was returning (at 12 noon on a Saturday) from the supermarket. Luckily, I lived across the street and made it inside my locked gate before anybody could grab me. I reported it to the American Embassy and was told that over 10 of these types of attacks are reported in Quito a month (and that is only the US Embassy).
It is dangerous for Ecuadorians, but foreigners are much more heavily targeted by everyone, including taxi drivers. It isn't worth it, in my mind, to put one's life on the line for a vacation. Go to a country where you don't have to fear for your life.
EcuadorBound

Bronx, NY

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#74
Nov 11, 2011
 
I went online to Travel Explosion and got a glimpse of Ecuador. For those that have already been there, what's it really like?
margaret

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#75
Nov 15, 2011
 
Qutio is a beautiful place to vist and live. The people are genuine and friendly. As any place there are safe areas and unsafe areas. Calle Amazonas is safe during the day and I would travel in groups and a local if possible. If you are Christian a local body of believers Evangelistic would be a great way to meet people who are kind and compassionate. American money is used and there is no exchange problems. The cost of living is less than living in New york and Florida. Great places to vist is downtown, cotopaxi, Art in the park near Calle Amazonas, Ambato. There is a great Hostel in Quito named hostel Quito located on La Floresta. I visit Quito frequently and enjoy the people and food. The enviroment is gentle and simple. Agreesiveness is not in the nature of the people. Its very refreshing and my favorite place to unwind from the agressiveness of the North East of the US. Private school is better as the government does not place education as a priority in the public system there. There is a distinct class culture and old money. Yet, if you have internet children can be educated on line at home.
It would be best to travel on an airline from chile or american. There is drug money being used indirectly to build business and residences. Ecuador is progressing and is one of the safer places in south america to visit.
Lynne

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I have been back living in Ecuador (Valle de los Chillos) for just over two yeatçrs and desperately want to leave and goback to the UK. I am sick of the complete lack of respect for pretty much everything. People here in Quito may have money but the majority lack education and culture. Peope will slam a door in your face instead of holding in open for you if you walk behind, no-one ever has the courtesy to let you pull out at a junction - you have to fight your way out and they will almost crash rather than let you in, they find in bebeath them to put their tray in the rubbish in places like McDonalds and the food courts in the Malls, the service you receive at the banks and other insitutions is abominable and it takes FOREVER to get anything done....honestly I would not consider moving here if yuo are thinking about it. My son sopends all his time along as kids don´t play out in the street unles you live in a conjunto and then have no privacy or space fo your own. Security is a big issue and who knows where we will end up if Coorea stays in power next year. I disagree with people who say that Ecuadoreans are open and warm. On the whole, they are reserved, not eays t make friends with and it´s extremely hard to actually find peope you can trust (my husband is Ecuadorian and this is also his opinion). Think long and hard before coming here.
Beth

Mérida, Spain

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#77
Jan 11, 2012
 
Lindsey wrote:
Hi! I lived in Guayaquil a few years ago and I am about to graduate from college in the US and I really want to spend a few years in Quito. Any advice on how to go about looking for work? I have a degree in teaching and speak fairly good Spanish. I am really just interested in finding work to help pay the bills at this point. Let me know if you have any advice!


Hi, I'm in a similar situation as you, Lindsey, and wondered if you were able to find a teaching job in Ecuador? I have a teaching degree and I am currently teaching English in Spain but wish to experience Latin America too. I have a few friends in Quito, which is why I'm looking into this area.
REm

Quito, Ecuador

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#78
Jan 24, 2012
 
Hey, everybody...
I am extremely proud to say that i live in Quito, Ecuador. This is one of the most beautiful city around the world...There are thieves like all cities around the world, but... Can you tell me a city without thieves???? However, if you are looking for polite people, delicious food, amazing weather and a beautiful downtown... You would find it here... There are too many reasons to say that Quito and whole Ecuador is beautiful....... There is a famous phrase that describes tourism.... "In the morning you can breakfast at jungle, later you can lunch in the mountain and by night you can dine in Galapagos"... This shows how close you can have everything...
This country is Awesome...

Since: Jan 10

Guayaquil, Ecuador

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#79
Jan 24, 2012
 
REm wrote:
Hey, everybody...
I am extremely proud to say that i live in Quito, Ecuador. This is one of the most beautiful city around the world...There are thieves like all cities around the world, but... Can you tell me a city without thieves???? However, if you are looking for polite people, delicious food, amazing weather and a beautiful downtown... You would find it here... There are too many reasons to say that Quito and whole Ecuador is beautiful....... There is a famous phrase that describes tourism.... "In the morning you can breakfast at jungle, later you can lunch in the mountain and by night you can dine in Galapagos"... This shows how close you can have everything...
This country is Awesome...
While suggesting Galapagos as a destination to visit, you should inform readers that there is a $100 additional fee for the National Park.. Also Correa's government has cut back on the number of tourists that can visit, as the islands can not sustain the amount of people going there....a lot of the islands ecosystem is too fragile now.
Juan Ca

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#80
Jan 24, 2012
 
Hello everyone in Quito and all over the world!

My wife and I are moving to Quito, Ecuador in August. We are looking for a nice area to live in, we were thinking Guapulo, is this cool? if you know of anyone renting a nice spot with a great view, maybe 2 to 3 bedrooms with a TERRAZA please, maybe a small private garden. If you know of anyone please let me know. My wife is a great teacher and will start working at one of the private schools in Cumbaya. I'm also a teacher and and musician/activist and will be volunteering at public schools in South Quito. Im also looking for people that might be interested in playing music with me, I play accordeon. check out my band here in the US at facebook.com/tokeson . if you like our music feel free to download it and piratearla.

Thanks everyone and hope to hear from you soon.

PAZ!!!

My email is lacolectivamusic@gmail.com

Since: Jan 12

Balgowlah, Australia

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#81
Jan 25, 2012
 
Good morning/afternoon/evening to all...
Im a new at this forum thing and was wondering if anyone can help/guide me please. We will be moving to Quito Ecuador at the end this school year. We are concerned as we have conflicting information with schooling. Some have advised us that both our daughters may have to repeat the year (something we don't want) because of the different teaching methods and different dates we start and finish our school year here in Sydney? Our daughters will be passing to year 7 of high school and second class of primary. If anyone can clarify this for me it will be greatly appreciated. I am also looking for some private primary and high schools in the $250-350 per month range for school fees any suggestions will be most welcome. As a last what are the chances of finding a job as an ESL teacher in the same school as my daughters, do schools allow this? Thank you all for your time
steve

Quito, Ecuador

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#82
Mar 2, 2012
 
hi we bought a house in Quito several years ago. my wife is ecuadorian and we have discovered that it takes as much as 2,200 per month to live a modest life here. our house is paid for and the utilities are low . In the US if you shop around almost everything can be bought cheaper. does anyone else find this true. We are kind of bored if were not doing something that cost money. taxis become expensive and buses beware. we have a very small home in the US and miss the small yard there. We like to garden but cannot find a house with even a small yard.

Since: Jan 10

Guayaquil, Ecuador

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#83
Mar 2, 2012
 
Gstar79 wrote:
Good morning/afternoon/evening to all...
Im a new at this forum thing and was wondering if anyone can help/guide me please. We will be moving to Quito Ecuador at the end this school year. We are concerned as we have conflicting information with schooling. Some have advised us that both our daughters may have to repeat the year (something we don't want) because of the different teaching methods and different dates we start and finish our school year here in Sydney? Our daughters will be passing to year 7 of high school and second class of primary. If anyone can clarify this for me it will be greatly appreciated. I am also looking for some private primary and high schools in the $250-350 per month range for school fees any suggestions will be most welcome. As a last what are the chances of finding a job as an ESL teacher in the same school as my daughters, do schools allow this? Thank you all for your time
Depending on where you want to live, private education fees will vary from $250 to $1,000 or more a month. Depending on what education your daughters bring with them to Ecuador, they could be placed behind or ahead of the grade they are in now. I do not think you would believe that they would pick up where they left off in Australia. English is taught in the public and private schools. I have seen the books, and it is a mix of American English and British english. The provided CDs have spoken British, as an example. But no one wants to speak what they learned, my experiences anyway! Whether you can get a job as an ESL teacher would be dependent on the school you apply to. Most international private schools teach english and german as additional languages.

If your moving to Quito, check out Cotopaxi Academy: http://www.cotopaxi.k12.ec/Schoolsite/default...

I understand it is a great school, but expensive. Might want to do a google search of private schools online, or if you know some people in Ecuador you could get better up to date info.

Hope this Helps.

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