Dreams Come True in The Ecuadorian Mountain Town of Cotacachi

Picture yourself having breakfast on your terrace savoring freshly picked fruit and rich Ecuadorian coffee, feeling the relaxing warmth of sunlight on your skin as the sun makes its appearance from behind Imbabura Volcano.

Living a stress-free life, while enjoying a low cost of living, high in the Andes Mountains, you may have to pinch yourself to assure you aren’t still dreaming.

The pace is leisurely here in Cotacachi, Ecuador, where people are gracious, welcoming, and friendly. A large population of indigenous people provide numerous, colorful celebrations of heritage. Calendars here are filled with fiestas, traditional events, organized trips, and active social lives.

An altitude of 8,000 feet, combined with the close proximity to the equator, provides a comfortable average year-round temperature of 70 F to 75 F during the day, and 50 F to 55 F at night. Elated expats leave their winter clothes behind and say goodbye to high heating and air conditioning bills.

Many find existence so harmonious and inspirational that they embrace long-postponed passions like writing, painting, photography, music, or cooking. Local coffee shops often host the work of these newly emerged artists. Organized trips visit neighboring towns to purchase arts, crafts, and food. Colorful woven products are found in Otavalo’s world-renowned poncho market.

Living in Ecuador is gratifying for many—it’s only a short flight from Quito airport to Miami. Making things even more convenient, the U.S. dollar is the currency used.

Many people purchase a home and rent it out until they’re ready to make the move overseas. Others opt to buy so they have a place to come during the cold winter or hot summer.

Rental properties are always in demand for those expats who prefer a shorter-term stay. Good furnished rentals start around $500 per month and with a budget of $2,000 a month, two can live comfortably.

If you prefer the convenience of living in town, there’s a beautiful, fully furnished, two-bedroom, two-bathroom, Tuscan-style condo just five blocks from the center of town. You can walk to everything from this attractive, well-maintained home that’s offered at $120,000. Located in a quiet neighborhood, this second-floor condo has three fireplaces, a study, and a terrace with stunning mountain views.

For $96,000, you can get a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in a quiet country setting in a small development, this home offers unique features like arched windows and a stained glass window in the spacious master bedroom.

Perched on a hillside, you can find a charming second-floor condo with breathtaking panoramic views of the Cotacachi valley and Mount Imbabura. This spacious home has a beamed, vaulted ceiling, granite counter tops, three fireplaces. It’s offered for sale furnished at $145,000 or unfurnished for $130,000.

If you’ve dreamt of living comfortably and affordably, surrounded by natural beauty and friendly people, Cotacachi could be just what you’re looking for.

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