Friends and family are sometimes surprised to hear me say it, but the truth is that life in Salinas on the Pacific coast of southern Ecuador is not for everyone. “Aren’t you happy there?” they ask.
One of the biggest expenses when traveling is your accommodation. This is especially true in popular tourist spots. But my wife Rita and I have discovered a way to save money and at the same time experience the country we’re visiting in a more intimate and exciting way.
Whenever you hear about the Pacific Ocean beaches of Ecuador, often the focus is on the two more populated cities on the coast—the port city of Manta and the resort town of Salinas.
In many ways, the off-season is our favorite time here in Salinas, on the Pacific coast of southern Ecuador. The temperature is mostly in the 70s F, once in a while going up to the low 80s F, and things are mostly peaceful and quiet.
With most of the population of Ecuador living in the highlands, and given the scenic beauty of the Andes, sometimes it’s easy to forget that the country also offers long stretches of amazing Pacific coastline.
“Where do you see yourself in five years?” Ever get that question in a job interview? I have, and every time I always think, what a stupid question. If life has taught me anything at all, it’s that no one knows what tomorrow will bring…much less five years from now.
One of the most rewarding aspects of living in a foreign country is discovering something new. It lends a certain excitement to your life to know that every day might bring a new experience. I especially like it when you find something new when you weren’t looking and least expected it.
You’ve seen these claims before…about how you can live well and more affordably in Ecuador. People always ask me, how realistic are those statements? What do you mean by “comfortable?”
My wife and I recently rented a car for a week to leave the familiar sights and sounds of our oceanfront home in Salinas, and explore a little of the interior of Ecuador. We planned to use the city of Loja in the southern Andes as a base, but took our time getting there, stopping in a few places along the way.
Sitting at a lower elevation than Cuenca, Loja's climate tends to be a little warmer. It also has a much smaller expat population, probably only a few dozen scattered around town and in the nearby farms, so if you're looking for a place to live among North Americans, this is probably not for you. However, if you know some Spanish or are willing to learn, it can be a very rewarding home.