Ecuador

Ecuador

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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Enjoy a Better Quality of Life in Ecuador

Enjoy a Better Quality of Life in Ecuador

I was at the International Living Live and Invest in Ecuador Seminar 2011 that wrapped up about a week ago. I wish you were there, too. We learned why Ecuador makes so much sense for anyone looking to find a way to stretch their modest savings and social security checks…and yet enjoy a high quality of life.

Happier, Healthier and Richer in Ecuador

Happier, Healthier and Richer in Ecuador

I’ve rarely seen such an explosion of interest and exploration in a country after one of our international events. The promise and potential of Ecuador has fired the imaginations of a huge percentage of our attendees here.

The Truth About Living in Ecuador

The Truth About Living in Ecuador

When Patrick Robinson lived in Hawaii, he made a snapshot list of what the perfect society might look like. The more research he did the more convinced he became that this place was Ecuador. One place in particular jumped out at him. But still, he wasn’t sure he should go off on this adventure. After all, he was more than 80 years old.

The Great Ecuadorian Escape

The Great Ecuadorian Escape

“In 2007, we had great jobs and were pulling down good money. Our retirement account was growing steadily,” says Ron Moore. “Then, it seemed like overnight, everything changed.” The car dealership where Ron and his wife, Terresa, were both part of the executive management team, went out of business. As the economy down-spiraled, so did the couple’s savings.

The Low Cost of Living in Ecuador

The Low Cost of Living in Ecuador

John and Sue live in Vilcabamba in southern Ecuador. Known as the Valley of Longevity because it’s such a healthy, stress-free place that residents commonly live to be 100 or more, you gotta figure it’s a very good thing that living there costs so little. John and Sue, who are right around 50 and have been retired for more than four years now, have a very long life ahead of them.

Rich Pickings on Ecuador's Coast

Rich Pickings on Ecuador’s Coast

Over the last decade, we’ve explored much of Ecuador’s Pacific Coast—and one place we always enjoy revisiting is Puerto Lopez. It’s about halfway down the coast, midway between the larger cities of Salinas to the south and Manta to the north, right off the Ruta del Sol highway.

Where to Look in the Year Ahead for the Best Property Deals

Where to Look in the Year Ahead for the Best Property Deals

Greetings from Quito, Ecuador. In a few moments, I leave for the north coast. This is Ecuador’s nicest stretch of coast. We have the opportunity to buy lots here with monthly payments of $500 or less. Because of the new highway we’ll reach the coast by 9.30 a.m. or so. In time for morning ceviche on the beach.

I’m looking forward to seeing the improvements in the coastal highway that runs south to Canoa since I last visited. I’ll send you my full report soon on the infrastructure developments and improvements at the Jama Campay project.

In fact, while the year is winding down…my travel schedule and deal pipeline is filling up. These are exciting times.

Come See the Most Affordable Deal on the Pacific Coast Right Now

Come See the Most Affordable Deal on the Pacific Coast Right Now

Last week I told you about a strong opportunity we have at the Jama Campay project on Ecuador’s dramatic north Pacific Coast.

This is an “off market” deal—30 handpicked lots are only available to members of Real Estate Trend Alert. With the special member-only finance terms, we can buy one of these lots with a down payment of $15,000 and monthly payments of $416.

On Nov. 1st, 2014 you could make your last payment of $416.

Where To Start A Business Abroad: Our 7 Top Picks For The Year Ahead

Where to Start a Business Abroad: Our 7 Top Picks for the Year Ahead

It might be a palapa bar on a white-sand beach, deep-sea fishing tours, a restaurant, a surf shop, importing t-bone steaks, teaching English, making cheese, exporting art work…Whatever your idea, there’s a place overseas where you can make it a profitable reality. But readers ask us all the time: Where is best? That’s why we’ve put together International Living’s first-ever Business Index.

Forget The Galápagos—Visit Isla De La Plata

Forget the Galápagos—Visit Isla de la Plata

The 21 islands of the Galápagos archipelago, off the coast of Ecuador, make up one of the world’s most famous wildlife wonderlands. There’s almost nowhere else with such an impressive blend of flora and fauna. But that biodiversity comes at a price. Just entering the park will set you back $100. And from mainland Ecuador, round-trip flights cost $300 to $400, depending on the point of departure and time of year. Then there’s accommodation, food, tours… it’s not a trip for the budget conscious. But, as I said, there’s almost nowhere else like it….

How to Retire Overseas on as Little as $697 a Month

How to Retire Overseas on as Little as $697 a Month

When John Curran turned 39, he decided to retire. It wasn’t that he lucked into a big bonus from work. In fact, John was a teacher from Wisconsin. But he and his wife, Sue, wanted a richer experience from life. At a time when most people are less than half-way through their working lives, John began researching retirement options…

The Most Affordable Deal on the Pacific Coast Right Now

The Most Affordable Deal on the Pacific Coast Right Now

Ecuador’s nicest stretch of coast is now accessible. Buying here can position you ahead of the Path of Progress. It’s here, in the nicest part of this 100-kilometer stretch of Pacific Coast, in a “best in class” project, that we can buy a lot from $30,000.

This is an “off market” deal—30 lots at Jama Campay are only available to members of Real Estate Trend Alert.

Business Index 2011…What Our Experts Say…

Business Index 2011…What Our Experts Say…

To evaluate our seven countries for our Business Index 2011 we consulted seasoned entrepreneurs who’ve made the move and learned the ropes, as well as worked through in-country attorneys. We asked them about visa requirements, financing, and how easy it was to set up a bank account. They told us about local taxes, business expenses, infrastructure and the local culture for doing business, Here is what they had to say…

Thinking Of A Business Overseas? Here’s What The World Needs

Thinking of a Business Overseas? Here’s What the World Needs

For International Living’s first ever Business Index we asked our in-country correspondents and a host of expat entrepreneurs what opportunities they see around them in their new homes. These gaps in the market include everything from small guesthouses to dog grooming services… read on to spot your opportunity.

Visas And Residency Options In Ecuador

Visas and Residency Options in Ecuador

If you’re falling for Ecuador, then the first thing to do is decide which visa is right for you or whether you should apply for residency. Our simple guide should help you get started.

The Truth About The Cost of Living in Ecuador

The Truth About The Cost of Living in Ecuador

We tell you often about the low prices in Ecuador and how a couple can live the high life for as little as $940 a month. Well, we’ve recently been in contact with lots of North Americans living in Ecuador right now. Turns out the cost of living isn’t as low as we thought…it’s even lower!

What Cost The Perfect Life in Ecuador?

What Cost The Perfect Life in Ecuador?

If you’re moving overseas, perhaps the most important number for you is property price. Of course, you’ll want that number to be low so that you can afford your new life overseas.

Oceanfront Condo in Ecuador: $47,500

Oceanfront Condo in Ecuador: $47,500

Crucita is a sleepy little beach town – a place to enjoy lazy days in the sun, swimming in the warm ocean waters or relaxing in the sand with a cold beer to hand. This beautiful little beach town is growing in popularity with expat retirees and it’s easy to see why.

Import-Export: A Quick and Easy Business Idea For Your Next Trip

Import-Export: A Quick and Easy Business Idea For Your Next Trip

One country above all others on our beat is a great place to try out your entrepreneurial side: Ecuador. The Spanish guild system is still at work here, so each town and village specializes in one craft—leather work, ceramics, silversmith, guitar making, etc.

Ecuador: Where Everything Comes With a Sea View and Small Price Tag

Ecuador: Where Everything Comes With a Sea View and Small Price Tag

Mike spent a lot of time since then looking for somewhere that reminded him of those beaches in Southern California—including Guatemala, Mexico, and Costa Rica. But it wasn’t until he discovered one particular stretch of Pacific coast in Ecuador that he felt like he’d “come home to 50s California…”

Special Benefits for Retirees in Ecuador

Special Benefits for Retirees in Ecuador

Not only does Ecuador have one of the world’s best climates…lowest costs of living…and top-notch medical care at up to one-tenth the cost of the U.S… But it also has a little-known retirement program that could save you thousands of dollars a year.

RoadTrips

IL’s Seven Favorite Road Trips

For many folks, the drive down California’s Highway One epitomizes the road trip. The views are glorious. But it’s hardly the only stretch of road that’ll make you stop and stare. That’s why we asked our International Living editors to tell us about their favorite road trips. Here’s the list below, in no particular order of preference.

PortalToTheJungle

Puerto Misahuallí—Portal to the Ecuadorian Jungle

While most travelers in Ecuador stick to the legendary beaches on the Ruta del Sol or the picturesque mountain towns cradled in the Andes, an intrepid few look for adventure in the country’s eastern jungles.

NotSexy

Not Sexy but Profitable: Big Yields with Commercial Property

It’s a business in which the big players make millions. I’m talking about the guys on the billionaire lists. But you don’t have to be made of money to do what they do. For as little as $20,000, you can ride major global trends and pocket serious profits. I’m talking about investing in commercial real estate.

TodayILive

“Today I Live Better and Save More”

I’m writing this on the second floor of an elegant café in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito. I often spend time working from here. The coffee is good, only $2 a cup, the wireless Internet connection is fast and free, and the views of La Carolina, one of the city’s largest parks, are inspiring.

ColonialBargins

Colonial Bargains in Latin America — from $115,000

Whenever I travel to any of Latin America’s colonial cities, I can’t help but compare them to my home, the historic Casco Viejo district of Panama City. I’ve lived here for almost five years and I love this neighborhood’s friendly, bohemian vibe and beautiful buildings.

NewHorizons

Find Your New Horizons Overseas

When you first move abroad almost everything you see is a wonderful surprise. And if you’re lucky, as I was in Ecuador, the wonder can last for years.

Two Homes For Less Than $120,000 in Ecuador

Two Homes For Less Than $120,000 in Ecuador

Not long ago, Ron and Terresa were having a tough time back in the U.S. They’d both lost their jobs and were watching their hefty nest egg evaporate before their eyes, thanks to a global economic downturn. So they pulled up stakes and moved to Ecuador.

Explore the Virgin Beaches of Ecuador

Explore the Virgin Beaches of Ecuador

Imagine California’s Pacific Coast from Malibu to Santa Barbara before the Pacific Coast Highway was built. Imagine some stretches of the coasts of Mexico and Costa Rica…those areas where the mountains come right down to the sea, with rocky cliffs and wide deserted beaches…and you’ll have some sense of what this stretch of Ecuador’s coastline looks like.

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