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How to Send and Receive Mail and Shipments in Ecuador

We receive lots of review materials. Mostly books, but some software too. Some publishers are hesitant to ship to Ecuador, telling me that their shipping department is “unable” to ship out of the US. Other publishers (especially Wiley) must have broken the difficult shipping secret because I regularly receive review copies from them. I have …

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How to Do Your Banking in Ecuador (What We’ve Learned)

When we first started to seriously consider moving to Ecuador one of the many questions that came up had to do with banking. Of course, ATM cards and credit cards work fine here, but what if a card got lost or stolen? What if our U.S. bank card expired between trips to the U.S.? How …

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Guide to Cost of Living in Ecuador: Monthly, Start-up, Increases

One of the questions we get asked the most is: What’s the Cost of Living in Ecuador? Well that’s a tough question. Whats the cost of living in United States? Some people may do well with $1000/month and others “scrape by” on $4000/month. So cost of living is subjective. While some people might find (and …

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122 Papiamento Phrases: How to Speak Papiamento (Word List and Resources)

Planning a trip to the Dutch Caribbean islands? You might want to learn a few papiamento phrases. In this post, you’ll get key papiamento phrases (122 word list) and get the resources you need to improve your skills. How to Speak Papiamento: Word List / Resources The first words you’ll probably hear when you arrive …

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Guide to Visiting Salinas Ecuador: How’s the Beach?

Ecuador is for hiking and jungle exploring – right? Who goes to Ecuador for the beach? That’s what Mexico and Aruba and the D.R. is for, isn’t it? Check out this new video – and let us know what you think. This guide is a work in progress. We’ll be updating this in the coming …

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10 Tips for Shopping at an Open Market in Ecuador (11 Spanish Phrases)

The attraction for many gringos, of traveling and living in a foreign country, is the thrill of traditional open markets. When we first arrived here, we heard everything from: “everything is so cheap” and “its such nice / fresh / beautiful / unique products here” to “don’t go there – you’ll get robbed or mugged” …

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29 Ecuador Currency Facts: USD, Handling Your Money, Sacagawea Coin, History

Ecuador uses the US dollar as its official currency. In this post, you’ll learn about Ecuador’s currency including pesos, francos, Sacagawea coins, and the dollarization in 2000. Plus, we cover how to handle your money in Ecuador, how to avoid counterfeit bills, tipping, and ATMs. 29 Facts about Ecuador Currency Facts Named for its geographical …

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How to Call Ecuador: Locally and From Abroad

While it isn’t hard to call Ecuador, it is probably different than you’re used to. In this post, you’ll learn how to make a local call in Ecuador. And how to call Ecuador from another country. The phone system is very simple in Ecuador. Just follow these simple directions, and you’ll have no problems when …

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Guide to Mall del Rio in Cuenca Ecuador (Maps and Photos)

Today, we’re going to visit Mall del Rio in Cuenca, Ecuador. The largest mall in the city, Mall del Rio, will have you wondering if you even left your hometown. This probably isn’t what you thought would be in Ecuador’s Andes Mountains. A large multi-screen theater, bowling alley, huge food court, and over 220 other …

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3 Ways to Learn Spanish in Ecuador (What Worked for Us)

For many travelers, the main reason for being in Cuenca is to learn Spanish. Noted by many as one of the better areas to learn Spanish – in part because of the locals slower pace of speaking (especially when compared to other Latin American countries) Cuenca is a hub for foreigners studying Spanish. How to …

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