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Living in Ecuador: All About Life in Ecuador (Cuenca, Salinas, Quito, Loja, etc)

Are you thinking about living in Ecuador? Does it have what you need? And what part of Ecuador will you live in? In this huge guide to our very best Ecuador expat content, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Ecuador, the best areas to live in, and how to get settled into your new life abroad.

Living in Ecuador
We moved to Ecuador as a family in July 2009. There is no question – a number of things were challenging when we first arrived. But in spite of that, we all loved it.

To help you make sense of the hundreds of posts on our site, we’ve built this page to get you started as you plan your new life in Ecuador.

On this page, we cover:

  1. Ecuador Expats
  2. Getting started: Is living in Ecuador right for me?
  3. Where to live in Ecuador
  4. Daily life in Ecuador
  5. Living in Ecuador as a family
  6. Getting settled in your new life

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Guide to Living in Ecuador

Okay, ready to learn about living in Ecuador? Lets get started!

Ecuador expats

Curious about where to move? Here are 7 reasons that Ecuador is the best country for expats.

1. Ecuador Expats

In this huge article, we share the stories of 32 different families (some large, with children – others are single) who have moved to Ecuador and are living in the Andes or on the coast.

They talk about everything from why they moved, what they love about it and the cost of living in Ecuador.

Check it out: 32 Expats Talk About Living in Ecuador

View of the Yunguilla Valley.

2. Getting Started: Is Ecuador Right for Me?

If you are thinking about a move to Ecuador, there are lots of factors to consider. For every expat that chooses Ecuador as their new home – there are more who decide against it. What factors do you need to consider?

Here are some posts about living in Ecuador:


3. Where to Live in Ecuador

Choosing the area you’ll live in is just as big of a decision as the country itself. Cuenca gets lots of press as an ideal retirement city but there are lots of other options. Small town Ecuador has a strong draw for many expats.

Here are some posts to help you decide on where to live in Ecuador:

The park in the center of Santa Isabel.

4. Daily Life in Ecuador

Choosing an ideal country is one thing – settling into daily life and being happy there is something else.

We’ve been covering great things to do in Ecuador over the past few years. Everything from the Galapagos Islands to great Ecuador beaches.

Here are some posts to get you started in your planning:

5. Living in Ecuador as a Family

Family life in Ecuador is amazing. We have been here for years and love it. There is so much to enjoy – but there is also lots that we still miss from Canada.

Moving abroad presented some unique challenges, which ultimately helped us be much closer as a family.


6. Getting Settled in Your New Life

Setting up your new life in Ecuador means learning a whole new set of customs – not to mention a new language.
Although Ecuador is a relatively safe country, there are a number of different precautions that you should take – to avoid being a victim of crime. There are also concerns about water and food.

Ecuador is home to many craft towns. Here are some of the best items produced in Ecuador.

Ready to plan your relocation? You might want to check this post: 17 Best Expat Books to Plan a Successful Relocation 

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Thursday 5th of January 2023

[…] commonly saw both of these methods when we lived in Ecuador. And done right, it can produce decent coffee. But this isn’t easy. It often results in […]

Ejikemeuwa Isaac

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Greetings I’m a filmmaker I’m planning to locate to Ecuador soon, How did they treat foreigners Is a place I can achieve my dreams of becoming international filmmaker

Noel Menion

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

I am Noel, From Philippines I would like to move and work in Ecuador, I need help or employment agency....


Wednesday 26th of December 2018

i was looking for apartment but now i got it and my land lord are too good with us. Nice post you shared.

Vini Goombots

Thursday 1st of March 2018

Greetings, Earthlings! I will be retiring in Ecuador within the next year. Currently, the place will be Loja. My brain is numb from collecting vital info from websites. There's a piece here and a clue there – no one-stop-shopping. Obviously, I want to meet all the visa requirements without any "Ooops! Oh darn." I'm planning on going for a week with just my passport. Can I wait until I arrive there the second time to apply for a pensioners visa? Is there any other validation or documentation I need to get in the states? I'm aware of shots and a background check. Let's say I'll have all my belongings in a steamer trunk. Best way to transport it? As for money, I see no reason not to leave it in a bank account and access it locally using a debit card. Then transfer to a local bank if necessary. So looking forward to slowing down and living off the beauty of this amazing place. I will definitely be marketing nature photography and doing lots of writing while absorbed in 'being where I am'. Our American brains are like a radio with no off switch. A few months in the mountains and it will unplug itself. Please, share any personal experiences... and happy trails.


Monday 30th of July 2018

Your plan resembles mine. I am retired and only have some savings and my monthly social security check. $1520. Looking to rent. Looking at Cuenca, Loya, and small town about an hour away from Cuenca. Wishing you well journey.