Is Ecuador safe? This is a question we get a lot from International Living readers. We've asked our Ecuador correspondents Donna Stiteler (Cuenca) and Jim Santos (Salinas) to answer some of our readers' questions regarding safety in Ecuador. Here's what they said...
It’s been a busy year here at International Living. Hundreds of thousands of air miles have been clocked up…lots of ground has been covered…and dozens of the world’s best retirement havens have been scouted by our far-flung team of editors and correspondents.
Arriving in Salinas, Ecuador, one of the first things you can’t help but notice is the dazzling array of colors that paint the waters lining this relaxing coastal community.
Living in Ecuador, we have a big money problem. Or rather, we have a problem with big money. The sad truth is that the cost of things like cabs, fresh produce, lunches, and so on, is so low that no one likes to break large bills.
When you live in another country, every once in a while something happens that makes you stop for a moment and realize how much you have been changed by the experience. My wife, Rita, and I have been living in Salinas on the sunny southern coast of Ecuador for three years now, so this has happened to us a few times before.
Friends and family are sometimes surprised to hear me say it, but the truth is that life in Salinas on the Pacific coast of southern Ecuador is not for everyone. “Aren’t you happy there?” they ask.
For many, the American Dream of owning your own home is fast becoming more of a fantasy than a dream. But more and more North Americans are finding their dreams coming true in the quiet town of Ballenita on the southwest coast of Ecuador.
My wife and I have been living the “endless summer” lifestyle in Salinas Ecuador for three years now, and I have to say it has been pretty fantastic. We love how the waves are the last thing we hear as we fall asleep, and that they are the first sound we hear when we wake up.
For more than three years, my wife, Rita, and I have lived in Ecuador without any form of Ecuadorian health insurance. When we first arrived, we checked into getting private plans, but we found them to be a little difficult to use, and questioned whether they were worth the expense.
For many expats, renting may be a better option than buying when looking for your dream home in Ecuador. For example, you may not be sure about where to settle, and want the flexibility that renting affords.