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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