Expat Profiles in Ecuador

Expat Profiles in Ecuador


Most longtime International Living readers know that Ecuador has been one of our favorite locations for overseas retirement for many years. In fact, we ranked it as the world’s best retirement destination for five years in a row due to its exceptional quality of life and low cost of living.

From snow-capped volcanoes to dense Amazon jungle…sun-drenched Pacific beaches to the famous Galapagos Islands, Ecuador offers something for everyone and at prices unheard of for years in North America and Europe.

If you want to move to Ecuador, you’ll find the perfect combination of climate, culture, and affordability to make your dreams come true. Edd Staton and his wife Cynthia moved to Cuenca, Ecuador.

“Our lives had reached an unforeseen crossroads in the U.S. Both of our ultra-successful careers had been suddenly jettisoned by downsizing, and we were surprised and disappointed to discover bleak employment prospects for folks in their 50s,” Edd says. Rather than endure years of unsatisfying work for substandard wages, they chose to explore options that would allow them to start living life now.

“Exhaustive research turned up a city we’d never heard of called Cuenca in the highlands of Ecuador, a country we knew next to nothing about. But Cuenca appeared to meet all of our criteria, and a “look/see” trip confirmed this could be The Place, so we took the plunge…” See below for their story as well as more expat profiles from others who have moved to Ecuador.

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