Expats who live here report that their cost of living in Vilcabamba is low.
Here is a sample monthly budget for a couple living in Vilcabamba:
Utilities (including phone, Internet and CATV): $150
Maid (twice a week): $60
Maintenance and fuel for one car: $140
Entertainment (two people dining out six times
per month, with drinks, dessert, tip): $175
Health care (four $30 visits to a doctor per year for two people, divided by 12 months): $20
Water rights (for one family—this can vary by neighborhood): $2
Total per month: $1,127
Total per year: $13,524
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Cost of Living in Vilcabamba
In Vilcabamba, Ecuador, you feel like you could live forever. It’s no wonder that this boasts of being the “Valley of Longevity,” where long, healthy lives are common and many of the locals claim to be centenarians—living well into their 100s. Perhaps it’s the climate. Just shy of the equator in southern Ecuador and at an elevation of 5,000 feet, temperatures in Vilcabamba average between 65 F and 81 F.
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.
U.S. citizens can retire overseas for as little as $600 a month per couple, according to the live-abroad experts at InternationalLiving.com. An article in InternationalLiving.com’s latest magazine issue highlights the world’s five best low-cost, high-value retirement destinations outside the U.S.
“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.
I believe that Vilcabamba, in Ecuador’s Valley of Longevity, could well have the world’s best living environment. I had a home there for years, and enjoyed pure mountain air, a year-round tropical growing season, fresh pure water, and one of nature’s most dramatic and beautiful landscapes.
- Why One Couple Retired at 44 to the “Valley of Longevity,” Ecuador
Posted on January 1, 2010 by John Curran
In July 2006, after searching for five years, we found a property in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. In that community, we found everything we wanted, including a low cost of living: We manage quite comfortably on $500 a month.
- Vilcabamba, Ecuador: Four Riverfront Lots For Sale
Posted on December 19, 2008 by Lee Harrison
I’m writing to you about some riverfront lots that I just learned about yesterday, […]
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