Stability and quality of life living in Ecuador

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Rich G

Studio City, CA

#1 May 30, 2008
My life long goal has to live in a tropical location. I have done countless hours of research and visited places like Hawaii, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama, Mexico, and Ecuador. I am very interested in hearing the pro's and con's of living in Ecuador from anybody's perspective!
Linda

Manta, Ecuador

#2 Jun 6, 2008
I have retired from Florida and moved to Manta Ecuador. It's been 3+ years. All I can say is for me its been great for me. It's not just the cost of living, its the complete lifestyle. Of course not all is rosey..
Some of the down sides are the men urinating on the side of the road without stepping behind anything, the unusual slow business practices and the sad way many of the animals are taken care of.
However these are only things that bother me and may not bother other people. We are all different and nothing is perfect.
I'm just so glad that I live here. This country is very friendly and has the most interesting terrain in the world for such a small place.
Rich G

Studio City, CA

#3 Jun 7, 2008
Linda,
Thank you for your comment. I thought that nobody was going to comment. I bought my ticket two days ago and I leave for Ecuador on the 15th. I will spend my time visiting about 6 differnt properties and experiancing the general atmosphere. I will be looking at one propety about 1 hour south of Esmarelas, one in Canoa and a couple outside of Cuenca. Most of everything sounds fantastic. If you have more advise or additonal thoughts I would love to hear them! Thanks again,
Rich
Linda wrote:
I have retired from Florida and moved to Manta Ecuador. It's been 3+ years. All I can say is for me its been great for me. It's not just the cost of living, its the complete lifestyle. Of course not all is rosey..
Some of the down sides are the men urinating on the side of the road without stepping behind anything, the unusual slow business practices and the sad way many of the animals are taken care of.
However these are only things that bother me and may not bother other people. We are all different and nothing is perfect.
I'm just so glad that I live here. This country is very friendly and has the most interesting terrain in the world for such a small place.
rezzurected

United States

#4 Jun 9, 2008
My wife is Ecuadorean an we recently bought land in San Miguel De Los Bancos, If you read this I am currently looking at beach front property 10m x 20m a lot for $6,000 and is about 45 minutes south of Manta
Linda

Manta, Ecuador

#5 Jun 14, 2008
Rich G wrote:
Linda,
Thank you for your comment. I thought that nobody was going to comment. I bought my ticket two days ago and I leave for Ecuador on the 15th. I will spend my time visiting about 6 differnt properties and experiancing the general atmosphere. I will be looking at one propety about 1 hour south of Esmarelas, one in Canoa and a couple outside of Cuenca. Most of everything sounds fantastic. If you have more advise or additonal thoughts I would love to hear them! Thanks again,
Rich
<quoted text>
Hi again Rich, We have a new website and welcome all. Check out www/webspawner.com/users/ecuad orsocial/index.html or email me at flierl9@yahoo.com. We have a great group in Ecuador and can help you in your decisions on where to live, etc. I have some good friends in Canoa and could put you in touch with them. I just happened to look at this and was surprised to see your response. A phone number where we can be reached is 011 593(country code) 97578649 or from Ecuador just dial the cell at 097578649. When is your flight? Linda
vaughnyb

Lima, Peru

#7 Jun 14, 2008
I have been thinking of moving Ecuador but dont know which city. I like quiet but occasionally eenjoy going ooout in the city. I need someone to help fiind an ineexpensive hotel for me and my novia.$40 bucks a nite is my budget. I plan to look for an apartmeent during the two weeeks we stay in a hotel. For an apartment my budget is around $700 per month. I am American and she is Peruvian. Can anyone share ideas.

Are ther numbers possible. The dates Im planninng are July 16. please let mee know. Thanks
shonda

United States

#8 Jun 15, 2008
I vacationed in Quito back in Jan, and the majority of thte population is poor. People and their children are begging on the street corners. At night or when the sun goes down, it is advised that you do not walk through the park or go outside because you can get mugged or raped. The cost of living is cheap but some of the people are so desperate that you have to be very careful. Landmarks and mountains are beautiful but don't travel to the south of the city. TOO DANGEROUS.
latino_gringo

Mosca, CO

#9 Jun 15, 2008
vaughnyb wrote:
I have been thinking of moving Ecuador but dont know which city. I like quiet but occasionally eenjoy going ooout in the city. I need someone to help fiind an ineexpensive hotel for me and my novia.$40 bucks a nite is my budget. I plan to look for an apartmeent during the two weeeks we stay in a hotel. For an apartment my budget is around $700 per month. I am American and she is Peruvian. Can anyone share ideas.
Are ther numbers possible. The dates Im planninng are July 16. please let mee know. Thanks
I do not know where you plan to stay, but Quyaquil, there is no such thing as an inexpensive hotel. Most are $150 USD per night. Try the Rizzo, not the most upscale, but clean with a fairly decent bed. They were $45 per night last year. They are located downtown.

Depending on where you look for an apartment, you can fins something decent for $700. Do not expect the apartments to be American style unless you want to spend over $1,000 or more.

Cities are very noisy depending on the city. If you want to save money look to the outskirts of any city. Gas is cheap,$1.48 for regular. Cars not so cheap because of the high import taxes.

Hope this helps.
mrscrbp

Winder, GA

#10 Jun 21, 2008
I have been reading alot about Ecuador and my family has been seriously thinking about moving there. We are in our late 30's and have two young girls 7 and 10. We dont know anyone in Ecuador but we know we would like to move somewhere near Cuenca. We prefer some land. Not sure on schools for our girls. Does anyone know if they have any english speaking schools? Also are there any other churches in or near Cuenca that are not catholic? We are baptist.
THANK YOU FOR ANY INFO THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE
Lynda Pratt

Quito, Ecuador

#11 Jun 28, 2008
Rich G wrote:
My life long goal has to live in a tropical location. I have done countless hours of research and visited places like Hawaii, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama, Mexico, and Ecuador. I am very interested in hearing the pro's and con's of living in Ecuador from anybody's perspective!
Hi I have been living in Ecuador for 16 years. My Husband is from New Zealand and I was born in Missouri but my family later moved to California.
We came when our children were 8 and 15 and they both prefer to live here in Ecuador. I guess that says a lot for the place. Gas is still under $2 a gallon. Rent and land are cheaper. Cars are more expensive than US and very few people carry guns. Machette's, maybe but they are tender, quiet people that do not like to hurt or police other people. We are selling our property in the jungle.(although all ammenity are in our little town). Best thing is a permanent water supply from the sky (rain) with no additives!
Let me know if you would like details and photos.
Saludos! Lynda
Lynda Pratt

Quito, Ecuador

#12 Jun 28, 2008
Rich G wrote:
My life long goal has to live in a tropical location. I have done countless hours of research and visited places like Hawaii, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama, Mexico, and Ecuador. I am very interested in hearing the pro's and con's of living in Ecuador from anybody's perspective!
Hi Rich ...if you are still in Ecuador email me if you haven't found the property you want. You MUST check out the Oriente! lypratt2007@andinanet.net Lynda
Lynda Pratt

Quito, Ecuador

#13 Jun 28, 2008
Hi Rich ...if you are still in Ecuador email me if you haven't found the property you want. You MUST check out the Oriente! lypratt2007@andinanet.net Lynda
Rachel

UK

#14 Jul 1, 2008
Hi Linda and everyone,
I've been reading this forum and would like to view your website, but I can't get the link to work when I paste it into my internet browser.

I am a young British woman who travelled to Quito 3 years ago and met and fell in love with a lovely Ecuadorian man. Since then we have conducted a long-distance relationship (with regular visits both ways) because neither of us wanted me to give up my University studies here in England. However I graduate within a few months and we're now seriously considering our options to be together. I like the idea of living in Ecuador but would like to educate myself as much as possible about lifestyle and above all, job opportunities before making any decisions.(My degree is in modern languages - Spanish & Italian).

I'd also love to get to know other Brits and English speakers living in Ecuador and how they are finding it. So any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Rachel
Linda from Manta

Manta, Ecuador

#15 Jul 1, 2008
Greetings RachelI did this website myself which is most likely the confusion.. Try ecuador-international-club.2savvy.com and see if that works better. Its a new club and everyone speaks English.. actually many do not speak Spanish. The job opportunities here are not good for the average man and worst for women. Perhaps you should visit Ecuador and spend time before deciding where you want to continue your career. It's a great place to live for me. Next time your here plan on contacting us.. We are a really friendly group.
Rachel wrote:
Hi Linda and everyone,
I've been reading this forum and would like to view your website, but I can't get the link to work when I paste it into my internet browser.
I am a young British woman who travelled to Quito 3 years ago and met and fell in love with a lovely Ecuadorian man. Since then we have conducted a long-distance relationship (with regular visits both ways) because neither of us wanted me to give up my University studies here in England. However I graduate within a few months and we're now seriously considering our options to be together. I like the idea of living in Ecuador but would like to educate myself as much as possible about lifestyle and above all, job opportunities before making any decisions.(My degree is in modern languages - Spanish & Italian).
I'd also love to get to know other Brits and English speakers living in Ecuador and how they are finding it. So any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks, Rachel
vaughnyb

Lima, Peru

#16 Jul 3, 2008
Linda wrote:
<quoted text> Hi again Rich, We have a new website and welcome all. Check out www/webspawner.com/users/ecuad orsocial/index.html or email me at flierl9@yahoo.com. We have a great group in Ecuador and can help you in your decisions on where to live, etc. I have some good friends in Canoa and could put you in touch with them. I just happened to look at this and was surprised to see your response. A phone number where we can be reached is 011 593(country code) 97578649 or from Ecuador just dial the cell at 097578649. When is your flight? Linda
Hi Linda

I will be traveling to Canoa with my novia. You mentioned that you or your friends can provide me with some greeat info. Can you put me in touch with them. you can contact me at vaughnyb at hot mail dot com

Thanks
Rachel

UK

#17 Jul 4, 2008
Hi Linda,

Thanks for your reply. Is that true even of Quito? And is it due to a general lack of employment opportunities, or do you mean that it is hard for foreign people to get a job? Or both?:-S

My boyfriend is convinced that as an educated bilingual English/Spanish speaker, I could find a well paid job in Quito as either an English teacher or interpreter. However I am aware that he is trying to convince me (lol) and as a chemical engineer himself, he is not an expert in either of those fields. Do you know anything about job opportunities in these areas?

Thanks again - will check out the website!

Rachel
Rich G

Studio City, CA

#18 Jul 10, 2008
Linda wrote:
<quoted text> Hi again Rich, We have a new website and welcome all. Check out www/webspawner.com/users/ecuad orsocial/index.html or email me at flierl9@yahoo.com. We have a great group in Ecuador and can help you in your decisions on where to live, etc. I have some good friends in Canoa and could put you in touch with them. I just happened to look at this and was surprised to see your response. A phone number where we can be reached is 011 593(country code) 97578649 or from Ecuador just dial the cell at 097578649. When is your flight? Linda
I am now back from Ecuador and did not see your post until my return. I had a GREAT trip and learned a bunch. I will post more information soon. Thanks for the response.
Rich G

Studio City, CA

#19 Jul 10, 2008
rezzurected wrote:
My wife is Ecuadorean an we recently bought land in San Miguel De Los Bancos, If you read this I am currently looking at beach front property 10m x 20m a lot for $6,000 and is about 45 minutes south of Manta
Is there any surf in that area? How are the beaches?
Alice

Przasnysz, Poland

#20 Jul 11, 2008
Hello

I am also thinking of moving there. Can anybody please write something about monthly cost of life?

Food,medical care, energy etc, I assume to buy a house, so the rent is excluded.
Thank you very much
Dominic

Valdepeņas, Spain

#21 Jul 17, 2008
I´d like to offer the opportunity for somebody to rent my house for their vacations. The house will be ready by early next year. I mentioning this now so perspective holidaymaker can have a think about it. The house is based in QUITO, 20mintues outside the centre about 1/4 mile from Calderon. The house has three floors, new build, very modern, immaculately clean and within easy reach of the centre and the local markets which surround the area. The zoo is also closeby and various swimming pools. The rent would be around 350 US dollars per week.

Anyone who is interested send me an email to:

dominicrickhuss@gmail.com

Thanks :-)

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