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Ecuador: The Hidden Paradise Where A Couple Can Live Comfortably On $2,000 a Month or Less

 

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Fast Facts About Ecuador

Ecuador
  • Population: 15,439,429
  • Capital City: Quito
  • Climate: Tropical along coast, becoming cooler inland at higher elevations; tropical in Amazonian jungle lowlands
  • Time Zone: GMT-5
  • Language: Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
  • Country Code: 593
  • Coastline: 2,237 km

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A Better Climate and Lower Costs in Ecuador

David and Wendy DeChambeau had what many people considered an ideal life in northern Idaho…beautiful natural surroundings, two handsome and talented young boys, a nice home with all the trimmings that make up the American Dream. Yet, they were searching—seeking better economic opportunity, a lower cost of living, and a better climate.

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Teaching English in Quito, Ecuador (No Experience Necessary)

I put down the phone, not for the first time that sunny Sunday morning, and gazed out of the wide lounge window that looked out over Quito’s skyline. The rugged eastern cordillera of the Andes shimmered in the distance under a tropical sun.

Five Secrets to Paying for A Life Overseas

Five Secrets to Paying for A Life Overseas

When most Baby Boomers start looking at life abroad, they are looking for quality of life, good financial value and a little mental activity to keep those brain cells engaged as they charge into an adventuresome phase of their life. I’ve traveled to Ecuador six times in the last four years and as I walk the streets in Quito, I’m always struck by the good mood I see on the peoples’ faces.

The Real Fantasy Island

The Real Fantasy Island

What if I could show you how (and where) to buy your dream home on an island like this one, with palm-tree rimmed. white-sand beaches washed clean by clear, warm Caribbean waters… or on a lush jungle cliff-top with a mega-mile view of the blue Pacific stretching out before you…

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Living in Loja, Ecuador: The Valley of Smiles

Even most Ecuadorians haven’t been to Loja, despite the fact that it’s one of the country’s oldest and most historic cities. Spanish conquistadors set out from here in their search for Andean gold and to explore the Amazon River basin. The great Simón Bolívar himself visited Loja in his campaign to unite Gran Colombia, and it was from Loja that Ecuador declared its independence in 1820.

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How Much to Live in Vilcabamba, Ecuador?

Vilcabamba, Ecuador is a place that’s pristine and natural. It just makes you want to slow down and enjoy life as long as you can. Some scientists believe the clean, mineral-rich water that flows from mountain streams and springs is akin to the fountain of youth.

Making Money in Canoa, Ecuador

Making Money in Canoa, Ecuador

Long popular with vacationing Ecuadorians, Canoa, on Ecuador’s northern coast, is known as a hot-spot for all sorts of waterborne activities—and many expats fund their new lifestyles by catering to tourism. It means they get to live in one of the region’s most beautiful stretches of shore with plenty of time to spend between surfing and paragliding.

Winners of IL's Win a Dream Retirement Overseas Contest

Winners of IL’s Win a Dream Retirement Overseas Contest

Congratulations to Americans Barry and Denise Luckenbach who are the lucky winners of International Living’s Win A Dream Retirement Overseas competition. The couple will spend a month “test driving” an early retirement in Cuenca, Ecuador, all expenses paid. The prize includes round-trip airfare for two, a 4-week stay in a furnished apartment and $1,500 spending money.

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News & Notes from Around the World

On the Cover This Month… Loja is one of Ecuador’s finest colonial cities. Its famous gates are modeled on the image portrayed on the city’s 16th century coat of arms. In the gatehouse are four galleries displaying contemporary art. Loja is known as “the Musical and Cultural Capital of Ecuador,” and the town is home […]

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“I Could Have Doubled my Money”

Every couple of months I fly down to Ecuador to spend time enjoying spectacular scenery, fresh, delicious food, the perfect climate, and one of my all-time favorite passions…shopping. These are actually business trips for me, although I’ve never had this much fun “working” before. Each day is spent visiting local artisans, collaborating on new designs, […]

Loja Off The Expat Trail In The Valley Of Smiles

Loja: Off the Expat Trail in the Valley of Smiles

The passenger bus in front of us slowed and shifted into low gear on the steeply winding mountain road. I got a good look at the slogan gaily tattooed in huge cursive lettering across its rear panel: Si Ud. nunca ha ido a Loja, no conoce mi pais. “If you’ve never gone to Loja, you don’t know my country.”

Ecuador Best Retirement Haven In The World

Ecuador: Best Retirement Haven in the World

A round-up of the events you should be chalking down on your callendar. All of these events are expected to sell fast, so book your place early to avoid disappointment.

A Rich Man’s Peace Of Mind On A Meager Budget

A Rich Man’s Peace of Mind on a Meager Budget

An affordable lifestyle was definitely one of the reasons why my wife, Suzan Haskins, and I became expats more than a decade ago. The opportunity to halve our cost of living and still get better weather, healthier food, lower-cost medical care, and a truly relaxed, “off the treadmill” pace of life was one we couldn’t pass up.

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Vilcabamba, Ecuador: The Valley of Longevity

I asked for a room with a view and wow, did I get it. This is the sight that greeted me as I stepped out onto the terrace on my first morning in Vilcabamba, a small village in southern Ecuador. Come to think of it, this was the scene I awoke to every morning during my visit…a wake-up call I could definitely get used to…

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Beach Towns to Explore in Ecuador

The Pacific Coast towns of Montanita, Olon, Playas and Salinas in Ecuador are worth exploring. Continuing north along the coast, two other areas of note are Ayampe and Puerto Lopez. Both are of the picture postcard variety, where luxuriant green hills close in on the beach. Puerto Lopez has been one of my all-time favorite Ecuador beach towns since I first saw it in 2001.

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Where Should You Live in Coastal Ecuador?

Since our move to Ecuador a few years back, interest in this country has exploded. We get questions about how best to travel the country and what not to miss…we’re asked which is best: mountain or beach living…and how Ecuador compares to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama…

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Life in Loja, Ecuador

Everything is old in Loja. Of course, that’s not literally true…but stroll through the historic colonial heart of this city in southern Ecuador and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. If you wish away the cars and buses and try not to see the youngsters with their stylish hair-dos and piercings (this is a university town, after all), you can sense what this city must have been like, oh…nearly 500 years ago.

Loja, Ecuador: Where You'll Enjoy the Best Climate in the World

Loja, Ecuador: Where You’ll Enjoy the Best Climate in the World

This place boasts the world’s best climate…averaging daytime temperatures in the mid-70s every day of the year. So where am I? In Loja, a manageable city of about 180,000 people in southern Ecuador. At 6,750 feet above sea level, Loja is at a lower elevation than many of the country’s other major cities perched along the spine of the Andes mountain range.

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Rent for $100 a Month in Ecuador

Rent overseas before you buy. That’s good advice for anyone looking to try a new country on for size. Despite its incredibly low real estate costs, Ecuador is no exception. Fortunately, rental costs in Ecuador are very affordable, too.

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Your Best Chance to Visit Ecuador

Ecuador is a retirement paradise. Yes, it is the winner of IL’s Global Retirement Index 2012. But you don’t need an index to tell you that the climate is incredible…and varied—lush mountains, dense Amazon jungle, sun-drenched Pacific beaches…

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Beach Life in Ecuador

“We’re right on the beach and we love that,” says expat Cynthia Kelley. “We can hear the ocean at night and we love to watch the sunset over the water in the evenings.” It’s easy to get the feeling that you’re a million miles away from the rest of the world in Canoa, on Ecuador’s northern coast.

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Fast-Track Ecuador Conference

February 7-9, 2013 – Quito, Ecuador

On Ecuador’s “sunniest beach,” a brand-new 3-bedroom/2-bath home smack on the beach is selling for just $65,000. Ninety minutes away, in the country’s most upscale beach resort town, a brand-new 2-bed/2-bath condo overlooking the ocean and world-class yacht club is just $79,800! Discover some of the world’s best real estate investment opportunities this February in Quito atthe 2013 Fast-Track Ecuador: Lifestyle & Opportunity Conference. We’ll give you access to the best deals available now.

Find out more and get your $200 Real Estate Trend Alert discount here.

Beach Life In Ecuador “Everybody Creates Their Own Dream”

Beach Life in Ecuador: “Everybody Creates their Own Dream”

We’re right on the beach and we love that,” says expat Cynthia Kelley. “We can hear the ocean at night and we love to watch the sunset over the water in the evenings.” It’s easy to get the feeling that you’re a million miles away from the rest of the world in Canoa, on Ecuador’s northern coast.

Fast Track Your Good Life In Ecuador

Fast Track Your Good Life in Ecuador

Winner of the 2012 Global Retirement Index, Ecuador offers sophisticated historical cities…miles of unspoiled, sun-kissed beaches…fertile farmland…and temperate mountain hideaways…and all of it for pennies on the dollar. You can live well for a fraction of the cost of living back in the U.S.

The Ultimate Real Estate Deal in Ecuador

The Ultimate Real Estate Deal in Ecuador

Ecuador’s north coast is one of the finest stretches of Pacific coast you will find. Steep, bright green jungle-clad hills rise from the flat blue ocean. In places, rocky coves sculpt sandy beaches. Here would be a great place to have a beach home.

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Ecuador: Make Money While Shopping and Traveling

I knew the basics…importing means bringing items from one country in to another and exporting, conversely, involves sending products from one country back to another. Mostly I was just eager for an adventure, and I was taking a leap of faith. At the time, I had no idea how profitable it can be— and how much fun it is.

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Franny and Robert Lochow

The Lochows plan to retire to Cuenca with their two cats, well before their Social Security kicks in. On a limited income, they’ll be looking at home rental and purchase options. Robert’s retirement plan is to finally read all his books, so they’ll be shipping their library, but they’ll shop for everything else: furniture, appliances, computer, television and phone services.

The World’s Best Real Estate Markets

The World’s Best Real Estate Markets

In pockets all across the planet, you’ll find amazing opportunities to make money from real estate. I’m talking about beautiful places tucked into lush jungle-clad hills, on white sandy coves, in bustling cities, and in small colonial towns. These are markets on the upswing. The mainstream hasn’t heard of them yet. And in them today you’ll get excellent bang for your buck as well as great profit potential.

Low Costs and the Good Life Abroad

Low Costs and the Good Life Abroad

The lush, green valley of Vilcabamba was where the royalty of the Inca Empire came for their rest and relaxation. You can still find reminders of their ancient civilization. And people are still coming here to find tranquility and live well. In the past three years, this magical place has experienced a tsunami of new arrivals.

Five Attractions for Less than $10 in Quito, Ecuador

Five Attractions for Less than $10 in Quito, Ecuador

Within a few hours of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, you can tour the jungles of the Amazon, relax on expansive, sandy beaches, or hike up snow-capped volcanoes. No wonder it’s a popular jumping-off point for adventures, or a great base from which to seek out the perfect retirement spot.

Retire Cheap: Great-Value Towns Where You Can Live Better for Less

Retire Cheap: Great-Value Towns Where You Can Live Better for Less

At home, prices are rising. It costs more to put gas in the car, buy groceries, and pay for health insurance. At the same time, retirement savings eroded in the market downturn. And with interest rates at near-zero today, it’s difficult to rebuild.

Budgets In Great-Value Towns

Budgets in Great-Value Towns

Santa Fe in Panama…Vilcabamba in Ecuador…Penang in Malaysia…Granada in Nicaragua…Campeche in Mexico…you know these havens come with a rock-bottom price tag, but on what, exactly, do expats in these locations spend their money on? We’ve asked on-the-ground experts for a detailed breakdown of what a typical couple might spend each month. Here’s what they said.

Going Abroad: Why "Cheap" Isn't Always Better

Going Abroad: Why “Cheap” Isn’t Always Better

I’m often asked why my husband Dan and I chose to live in Ecuador. Why we made our home in the small, mountain town of Cotacachi, a two-hour drive from Quito, the capital city. Our response is always the same. We’re here because we love the people and culture. We feel fortunate to have a majestic pine- and eucalyptus-covered volcano right outside our window. The cool mountain climate suits us perfectly.

The World’s Best Real Estate Markets in 2012

The World’s Best Real Estate Markets in 2012

In this Global Real Estate Index, you’ll find listed the 27 places in the world today that boast the most attractive, and potentially lucrative, real estate opportunities. Each of these places has something special to recommend it…some attribute you won’t find elsewhere. Those that top the list hold the most profit potential right now. Those at mid-table and below are ones to watch.

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Ecuador’s Coastal Secret

If I owned a beach house here, I don’t think I’d rent it to anyone. I’m not sure I’d want to share this place, here on the finest stretch of Ecuador’s coast. I’d want to be here…feet dangling in the lap pool, face in the bright sun and warm breezes…all the time. Well, maybe at sunset I’d amble down the steps to the beach for a dip in the mighty Pacific…

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Retired at 44 in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

We started researching retirement property, making full use of the Internet, libraries, networking, country visits, and, of course, International Living. It was a part-time job for us…and in no particular hurry, we passed on properties that didn’t measure up; settle for less, and that’s exactly what you’ll get. In July 2006, after searching for five years, we found a property in Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

The Best Project on This Stretch of Pacific Coast

The Best Project on This Stretch of Pacific Coast

You’ll find Ecuador’s nicest stretch of coast in the north. It runs for 100 miles of sandy beaches, rocky coves and steep forested hills around the town of Jama. RETA members have bought beach homes here—at the Jama Campay project.

When I was in Cancun recently for International Living’s Ultimate Event, Francisco, the developer at Jama Campay, burst into the exhibit hall waving pieces of paper. “I have it…I have it…I got it yesterday…just before I got on the plane…” He was talking about permits—his condos are now permitted.

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Live Well in Ecuador On Your Social Security Check

Fast-Track Ecuador: Lifestyle & Opportunity Conference

February 7-9, 2013 – Quito, Ecuador

Are you looking for a place with perfect weather year-round, a U.S.-dollar-based economy, top-notch medical care at one-fourth to one-tenth the costs of the U.S., affordable private health insurance plans and a new free government health plan, a retirement program that will save you thousands of dollars a year? If yes, join us in Ecuador this August for our Fast-Track Ecuador: Lifestyle & Opportunity Conference. Discover a place where you can live life like it’s meant to be lived.

Find out more and register here.

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Live Well in Ecuador On Your Social Security Check

Fast-Track Ecuador: Lifestyle & Opportunity Conference

February 7-9, 2013 – Quito, Ecuador

Are you looking for a place with perfect weather year-round, a U.S.-dollar-based economy, top-notch medical care at one-fourth to one-tenth the costs of the U.S., affordable private health insurance plans and a new free government health plan, a retirement program that will save you thousands of dollars a year? If yes, join us for the 2013 Fast-Track Ecuador: Lifestyle & Opportunity Conference. Discover a place where you can live life like it’s meant to be lived.

Find out more and get your $150 Lifetime Society discount here.

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