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

Sell your winter clothes…and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in the Land of Eternal Spring. Every cliché you’ve heard about living large on little…on even a retiree’s budget…is true in Ecuador.

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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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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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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 $200 Publisher’s Roundtable discount here.

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The Good Life in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

He had a huge panoramic photo of his home—although you really couldn’t see the house for all the brilliantly colored bougainvillea tumbling over the walls and the fruit trees in the yard. Mango, lemon, lime, orange, raspberry, passion fruit, banana, and much more we weren’t familiar with…even coffee.

Mansions and Luxury Living

Mansions and Luxury Living

It’s the world’s most affordable retirement haven, but that doesn’t mean you can’t splash the cash on top-end luxury in Ecuador.

Coastal Ecuador - Land of Sun, Sand, Surf...and Opportunity 2012

Coastal Ecuador – Land of Sun, Sand, Surf…and Opportunity 2012

In this report we’ll introduce you to Coastal Ecuador from north to south. We’ll provide a full dossier of each of the cities and towns that make the most sense for foreign retirees, investors, families with children, and singles. Once you get a better idea of what each locale has to offer, we expect you’ll be planning your own exploratory trip. And we’ll help with that, too—with names and contact information for local English-speaking resources who can help you decide if Ecuador is, indeed, for you.

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Why I Moved to Vilcabamba, Ecuador

“You’re out of your mind!” This was one of the milder things people said when I announced that after 30 years of living in the paradise of Maui, Hawaii, I was moving to South America. And at 80 years of age. Alone. Without speaking a word of Spanish.

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Retirees Wanted to Spend Month in Ecuador–Free

We’re looking for someone to spend a month in the world’s top retirement haven—on us. If you like the idea of relaxing in a spring-like climate, exploring a colonial University city, making new and interesting friends from all over the world, trying new things and maybe even reporting about your adventures…this could be for you.

Ecuador: The Owner's Manual 2012

Ecuador: The Owner’s Manual 2012

Sell your winter clothes, and prepare for the adventure of your lifetime. In Ecuador, every cliché you’ve heard about living large on little money-about settling into the lap of luxury on even a pensioner’s budget-is true. Ecuador is gentle…safe…healthy…private…civil. As one friend of ours put it: “It’s like living in the 1950s in the U.S.” And from snow-capped volcanoes to dense Amazon jungle, from sun-drenched Pacific beaches to the famous Galapagos Islands, this is a place of astounding natural beauty. Ecuador: The Owner’s Manual will provide you with all the information you will need for moving or investing in this beautiful country.

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The Tips, Tricks and Secrets to Retiring Overseas

When my wife, Suzan Haskins, and I moved overseas in 2001, we had no idea how much we didn’t know about living abroad. But we learned quickly. I still remember trying to figure out the nuts and bolts of Spanish hardware…literally.

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Live Well in Ecuador On Your Social Security Check

Fast-Track Ecuador: Lifestyle & Opportunity Conference
February 7-9 – Quito, Ecuador

You can afford to retire, and in style! An apartment with spectacular views of the lush Andes mountains or blue Pacific Ocean…a colonial city where the sun shines every day… fresh, healthy food…friends who share your interests… household cleaning help for just $10… You can have it all… Join us in Ecuador this February for our Fast-Track Ecuador: Lifestyle & Opportunity Conference and you’ll discover a place where you can live life like it’s meant to be lived.

Find out more and register here

Ecuador's Coastal Gem

Ecuador’s Coastal Gem

When my wife, Suzan Haskins, and I visited the Ecuador coast recently, one of the nicest surprises was Bahia de Caraquez. It’s hard not to describe this little city of 20,000 people as a gem.

For 30 Members Only: Trip to the Most Affordable Beach on the Pacific Coast

For 30 Members Only: Trip to the Most Affordable Beach on the Pacific Coast

Ecuador’s nicest 100-mile stretch of coast used to be difficult to get to. That’s changed with the new highway. One strong opportunity I’ve told you about on this coast is Jama Campay.

This is where you can buy a 1,800-square-foot home perched above…yet only steps from…a white-sand beach. From your lap pool you have views past the beach and breaking waves to the Pacific Ocean.

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The World’s Best Retirement Havens

Look at the right places beyond our borders today, and you’ll find you have more good choices than ever for a comfortable – even a pampered – retirement. In any one of our top 19 havens for 2012, a lifestyle well beyond your reach in the States could be yours for pennies on the dollar. In this, our annual Global Retirement Index, we bring you the top choices available on the planet today.

Why Ecuador is the World's Best Retirement Haven

Why Ecuador is the World’s Best Retirement Haven

One of the key strengths that saw Ecuador surge to the top of the 2012 Retirement Index is its rock-bottom cost of living. However, prices vary from one part of the country to another. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular locations within Ecuador…and the budgets that come with them. First up is Ecuador resident and IL’s writer Suzan Haskins…

Cheapest Places To Retire

Cheapest Places to Retire

Ecuador stormed to the top of our list in the cost of living stakes. We’ve heard from couples who are living well on $800—and less. Everything from home rentals and health insurance cover to eating out and motoring costs come in significantly lower than in the U.S. There are also regional differences – small towns like Cotacachi are significantly cheaper than the bigger cities.

The Best Retiree Benefits

The Best Retiree Benefits

Panama has put together the most appealing program of special benefits for foreign residents and retirees you’ll find anywhere in the world today. Its pensionado, or pensioner visa program, is extremely generous. If you become a pensionado, you’ll also be entitled to a one-time exemption of duties on the importation of household goods (up to $10,000) and an exemption every two years of duties…

The Best-Value Real Estate

The Best-Value Real Estate

Whether your dream retreat is a graceful colonial home with lavish gardens, a simple beachfront bungalow where you can prop up your feet and watch the tide roll in, an expansive hacienda with enough acreage for horses to roam, or a cliff-side villa with sunset views and cool, steady breezes, you’ll find it in Mexico.

Embracing The “Sweet” Life In Quito, Ecuador

Embracing the “Sweet” Life in Quito, Ecuador

In the modern world, you live to work, but in Ecuador, you work to live,” says Jeff Stern of his new home in the country’s colonial capital. Becoming a successful chocolatier who creates artisanal chocolates is just the latest twist in Jeff’s journey. A San Diego native, Jeff first visited Ecuador in 1994 when studying for a Master’s degree in community and regional planning. After a short career in foreign aid development, he changed course in 2001 and started down a culinary path. Jeff worked in restaurants, catering, and as a personal chef before a part-time job in a chocolate store opened his eyes to the world of chocolate.

Properties from our Winning Haven

Properties from our Winning Haven

This home is in a chic beach community called Punta Blanca around 15 minutes north of Salinas on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast. Sitting right next to a long white-sand beach, the community feels private, with spacious architect-designed houses and an exclusive beach club.

A Wealthy Lifestyle on a Middle-Class Budget

A Wealthy Lifestyle on a Middle-Class Budget

I walked into Susana’s home on a Saturday night… a magnificent contemporary that overlooks the city of Cuenca, Ecuador, from a hillside high above. About half of her guests had already arrived and were seated around a conversation pit that faced a stunning glass wall through which we could see an ocean of sparkling city lights below…

Perfect-Weather Paradises: Living in Ecuador's Mountain Towns 2011

Perfect-Weather Paradises: Living in Ecuador’s Mountain Towns 2011

Miles-deep canyons with clear fresh water rushing over car-sized boulders, and green-velvet mountainsides where women in native garb tend small herds of cows and goats. Welcome to Ecuador’s mountains. From the northern city of Ibarra and the artisan villages of Otavalo and Cotacachi through the popular weekender town of Baños to the glorious southern colonial city of Cuenca, if mountain living is your preference you’ll love it here.

Salinas, Ecuador: Rent From $450 a Month

Salinas, Ecuador: Rent From $450 a Month

A couple of years ago a friend came to visit us in Ecuador. Once here, he realized that the biggest expense of his trip was his airfare. With nice hotel rooms priced at $30 a night (including breakfast); full meals, including beverage, for $2.50; and beers for $1 or a glass of wine for $2, he was hardly spending anything to kick around the country.

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Happy Holidays Overseas

When my old boss asked us if we wanted to go to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, over Christmas week, we jumped at the chance. It was such an amazing experience we never looked back. A Christmas in Mexico with all its color, warmth and vibrancy became our new family tradition. We didn’t miss the snow. The gorgeous blue waters and the long, warm evenings saw to that.

15 Lots Left in the Most Affordable Deal on the Pacific Coast Right Now

15 Lots Left in the Most Affordable Deal on the Pacific Coast Right Now

As a member of our little group you will know that we have a strong opportunity to profit on Ecuador’s north coast. A new highway has reduced drive time from the capital, Quito, to the coast. What once took eight hours now takes three and a half hours.

We can buy a lot in Jama Campay, a “best in class” project, with a manageable down payment and monthly payments of $416.

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