By IL‘s Ecuador Insiders, Wendy DeChambeau and Jim Santos Visa Changes on the Way By Wendy DeChambeau Dear Ecuador Insider member, On Feb. 6, 2017, Ecuador’s new immigration law went into full effect and there are some big changes for those looking to gain residence in the country. Following is an overview of what the Read more...: March 2017
News from Ecuador…June 2016 By Wendy DeChambeau, Edd Staton, Jim Santos, and Suzan Haskins, IL’s Ecuador Insiders Finding real estate in Cotacachi By Wendy DeChambeau Over the course of the last four years, my husband and I have bought and/or sold six separate properties here in Ecuador. One is our main residence in Cotacachi, Read more...: June 2016
By Edd Staton, Suzan Haskins, Jim Santos, and Wendy DeChambeau, IL’s Ecuador Insiders Should I stay or should I go? By Jim Santos There’s a question my wife Rita and I have been hearing from family and friends ever since the devastating earthquake struck a little over 200 miles from our home in Salinas. “Aren’t Read more...: April 2016
Have you ever wanted to live somewhere like Beverly Hills but just weren't rich enough or famous enough? Don't worry...we have you covered in Samborondon, Ecuador—about a 15-minute drive from Guayaquil airport. This exclusive area is filled with gated communities, shopping centers, theaters, trendy restaurants, and its own branch of the Kennedy Hospital.
It’s been three-and-a-half years since my wife, Rita, and I moved to Cuenca, Ecuador…and in those years we’ve experienced things that would have taken a lifetime to accomplish living back in the U.S. In early 2012, we decided to retire early. Our life in New Mexico was similar to most: hectic, stressful, and costly, with little time for the things we wished we could do. After many discussions about what we wanted to do and where we wanted to do them, we signed up to International Living and began researching.
The expat community was much smaller when my wife Cynthia and I arrived in Cuenca in 2010. Back then, there were maybe only 500 or so, and a lot of those were old Peace Corps folks who had been here quite a while and faded into the landscape. As part of the first big wave of gringos to hit town, all of us were pioneers who truly needed each other for assistance and support in our new adventure. Cynthia and I would introduce ourselves to every North American we saw (on the street, in a restaurant—it didn’t matter) and exchange contact information. It was actually a good way to get to know people; problem was, we really had no place to get together.
We are asked constantly about safety for expats living abroad, and in particular about safety in Ecuador, the country where we currently live. A lot of these questions start like this: “How safe is it in Ecuador? I heard a story about a couple who got robbed there.” This is a big issue for potential expats, and in today’s hyper-connected Internet environment, a morning blog post about robberies in Ecuador can be the topic of discussion over lunch in Portland or Charleston. But two major points need to be made.