Ecuador Fast Facts

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Population: 16,080,778

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

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.

Ecuador lies in the northwestern corner of South America, bordered by Colombia to the north, Peru to the south and east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. At just 175,807 square miles (about the size of Nevada) Ecuador’s small size belies its incredible diversity.

The Andes Mountains form Ecuador’s backbone, and from the top of Mount Chimborazo at 20,600 feet (6,310 meters), the mountains descend on the east to dense tropical rainforests and on the west to balmy Pacific beaches. In between, you’ll find more climates, cultures, and natural wonders than almost any place on earth.

Envision your dream location—an unspoiled beach, a bustling city, university town, quiet mountain village—Ecuador has them all. Choose the place that’s right for you and start enjoying a better quality of life now.

Cuenca, Ecuador
Cuenca, Ecuador

Fresh fruits and vegetables—clean air and water—year-round temperate climate—no wonder so many expats living in Ecuador say they feel better than they have in years.

Healthcare in metropolitan areas is top-notch with costs a fraction of what you would pay in North America. And now all residents are eligible to join the country’s Social Security healthcare system with premiums of less than $80 a month for a couple.

Ecuador offers special benefits to residents aged 65 and older. Public transportation is half price, airfare (even when flying internationally) is significantly discounted, and seniors receive a monthly refund of sales tax paid. Plus you get to go to the front of the line at the bank and grocery store!

Whether you want to live, invest, vacation, retire or simply relax in Ecuador, you’ll find the perfect combination of climate, culture, and affordability to make your dreams come true.

Book your flights and come take a look at all that Ecuador has to offer. The retirement life you’ve dreamed of is here waiting for you.

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From the Archives of Ecuador

Live on $30.60 per day in Cotacachi, Ecuador

Live on $30.60 per day in Cotacachi, Ecuador

Expat-Advice
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August 23, 2017

If you're like most retirees, you dream of spending your golden years in a peaceful and relaxing place with a beautiful setting. No more days spent rushing to the office or battling gridlocked traffic. You won't want to worry about sweltering summer days that keep you wrapped up tight in your air-conditioned house.

Escaping the 9-to-5 Grind in Tropical Ecuador

Escaping the 9-to-5 Grind in Tropical Ecuador

"The very fact of being in Cuenca, Ecuador, sparks my creativity," says Kelly Mitchell. "I love its unique historical beauty and peaceful way of living. Being able to slow down and enjoy life is such a blessing."Kelly arrived in Cuenca in 2015 from the Baltimore/DC area, where she worked for a local nonprofit.

“We Discovered There’s No Borders to Retirement”

“We Discovered There’s No Borders to Retirement”

"We're so happy to be here, every day is just a great day," Micki Westhorp says. "We can't imagine being retired anywhere else and having this kind of quality of life." Micki, 71, and her partner, Jaci Norwood, 62, moved from Dallas, Texas, to Cuenca, Ecuador, with the intention of buying a home and starting their retirement.

In Photos: Walk into a Convenient Retirement in These 3 Cities

In Photos: Walk into a Convenient Retirement in These 3 Cities

Daily Postcard
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August 9, 2017

As I approach retirement, I realize that I will want my day-to-day life to be convenient. And, for me, having the option of walking to and from the places that supply what I want and need will be important. It will be crucial to live in a city where I can find the daily necessities and minor luxuries within walking distance of where I live.

“It Was Now or Never For a New Life Adventure…and a New Career”

“It Was Now or Never For a New Life Adventure…and a New Career”

"I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason," says Scarlett Braden, "and everything happens just when it's supposed to in perfect time." Scarlett who is originally from Memphis, Tennessee came to Cuenca in 2014...and never left.

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