Even though my wife Susan and I live in the midst of a historic, colonial city, at night we are lulled to sleep by the sounds of the river flowing just across the street. It’s just one of the many things I’ve grown to love about Cuenca, Ecuador.
Consistently rated as one of the top places in the world to retire, Cuenca is often referred to as the jewel of Ecuador. As you stroll the old cobblestone streets, marvel at the historic Spanish architecture, admire the grandeur of its colonial churches and houses adorned with wrought-iron balconies, you'll know you've arrived someplace special.
There’s something magical about Cuenca. It’s more than just the scenic natural beauty of an Andean city—surrounded by majestic mountains and divided by the four rivers that run through it.
My wife Susan and I lived in more than 30 locations in eight different states before moving to Ecuador. A retired marketing executive who started an email company in 1981, I had always wanted to experience living in another country. Susan, retired from working in administration and finance, shared that dream. In January 2015, we realized our dream and moved to Cuenca. We originally explored the Andes region of Ecuador because of its low cost of living and spring-like climate. What really hooked us when we first visited though were the friendly people, the relaxed pace of life, and the year around availability of fresh fruits and vegetables.