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Cost of Living in Ecuador: A Guide for Expat Budgeting (Updated for 2020)

One of the main reasons expats leave their home country is to save money while having a higher quality of life, and the low cost of living in Ecuador makes that possible. Back in the roaring twenties, American expats migrated to Paris and other parts of Europe for the same reason. In this article, we’ll let you know how much you can expect to pay for necessities in Ecuador, like rent, utilities, healthcare, transportation, food, appliances, and more.

Traveling With Dogs or Cats to Ecuador

Traveling with Dogs or Cats to Ecuador from the United States

Traveling with dogs or cats to Ecuador takes a lot of planning and preparation. You’ll need to get a variety of vaccinations on a very specific schedule, and you’ll need to make travel plans to fly them. In this article, we provide all the shortcuts for the required paperwork and share our firsthand experience bringing our two dogs to Ecuador from the United States.

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Ecuador Passport Renewal Process for US Citizens

If you’re an expat living in Ecuador and need to renew your passport, this article covers the renewal process and provides all the shortcuts you’ll need for locations, instructions and forms. 

IMPORTANT: You are not allowed to travel internationally with less than 6 months of validity left on your passport. If the expiration date on your passport is June 1st, you will need to renew your passport before January 1st if you plan to travel to another country so plan accordingly. Due to the pandemic, the passport process is taking longer than normal so plan accordingly.

Money and Banking in Ecuador

Money and banking in Ecuador is similar to the United States with a few key differences. In this article, we’re going to share some tips about the best ways to transfer money to Ecuador, access your money from Ecuador and spend it once you’re here.

How To Prepare Family and Friends for Your Move to Ecuador

When you prepare family and friends for your move to Ecuador, the news will likely generate mixed reactions. Your closest confidants may not be surprised, but you’ll hear exasperated questions from others.

Some may try to make you think that moving abroad is a mistake, especially to a Latin American country like Ecuador. Their perception of Ecuador may be based on what they see in the movies or dramatized news coverage, which is exaggerated reality and often relating to a specific event or location.

You may field questions about safety and healthcare options. However, you may also be asked if Ecuadorian houses have dirt floors, electricity, indoor plumbing and Internet access! 

Some may never accept your expat dream of living abroad, but you can at least prepare your friends and family for your move to Ecuador.

Social Protests Have Returned to Ecuador

Social unions convened this afternoon in the Historic Center of Cuenca to protest against the economic policies of the National Government.

Traveling to Ecuador from the United States

Ecuador is more comfortable and more affordable than ever, and traveling to Ecuador from the United States is easier than ever. In this article, you’re going to learn about several of the options at your disposal for getting to Ecuador.

Ecuador State of Exception Ends on Sunday (September 13, 2020)

The Ecuador state of exception for the COVID-19 pandemic will end on September 13. In this way, measures such as the curfew or restrictions on the right of free association will end. However, with the end of the state of emergency does not mean that everything will return to the normality that was had last January.

Is Ecuador Safe? The TRUTH About Crime in Ecuador

“Is Ecuador safe?” That’s one of the most common questions future expats have when considering a move to this small Latin American country. Traveling or moving abroad may be uncomfortable at times, but it’s probably safer than you’ve been led to believe.

In this article, you’re going to shed some light on the real crime stats by comparing them to the United States, and we’re going to give you some common sense safety tips to help you avoid becoming one of those stats. 

New Digital Services Tax in Ecuador Starting September 16, 2020

A new digital services tax will begin on September 16, 2020 for subscription services such as Netflix, Spotify, Microsoft, Play Station, Coursera, Uber, YouTube Premium, etc.

How To Move Abroad: 10 Crucial Steps to Expat in a New Country

In this article, we share the 10 crucial steps that show you how to move abroad. Moving to a new country can trigger a life-changing transformation that is extremely rewarding. Take it from us, we sold everything in 2017 and moved from Denver, Colorado to Cuenca, Ecuador. Since then, we’ve documented our experiences exploring the country and culture of Ecuador.

Once you’ve decided to move abroad to live your expat dream, there’s a lot of planning required to making that decision a reality. It can be hard to know where to start: everything from choosing a country to arranging a visa takes a lot of work. If you don’t have a well-formulated plan, the entire process can become overwhelming. 

And that’s why we created this list of 10 crucial steps to make the process of how to move abroad less mysterious and confusing.

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Coronavirus in Ecuador: End of State of Exception

The step towards a new normal in Ecuador since September 13, without a state of exception or curfew and with greater freedoms in the midst of the coronavirus, generates criticism and moderate expectations in the productive sphere.

In addition to the end of the curfew, it will be possible to circulate by car without restriction due to the number of plates and meetings are allowed. Control passes to the municipalities of the country.

Cost of Moving to Ecuador

Real Costs of Moving to Ecuador from the United States

If your goal is to live abroad in Ecuador, you need to have enough money saved up to make your dream a reality. From airfare and visas to housing and utilities, this article breaks down exactly how much it will cost you to move to Ecuador.

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Best Cities to Live in Ecuador for Expats

While Cuenca tops our list of best cities to live in Ecuador for expats, it’s not the only popular expat destination. There are several other expat-friendly cities in the mountain region, as well as on the Pacific coast and on the western edge of the Amazon Rainforest that might better suit your interests and circumstances.

This is our list of best cities in Ecuador for expats, along with some interesting information and vital stats for each city. There are thousands of cities and towns in Ecuador, and expats live in a lot of them, but this article focuses on the most popular expat cities.

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Should You Retire in Ecuador?

Retirement accounts have taken a hit yet again as we enter the NEXT Great Recession (or worse). You may have never thought about living abroad before, especially this late in life. However, moving abroad may now be a serious consideration and you might be wondering if you should retire in Ecuador.

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15 Reasons NOT to Live Abroad in Ecuador (or Anyplace Else)

Living abroad can be an experience of a lifetime, but only if you leave home with the right mindset and realistic expectations. Some expats are simply unable to adapt for one or more of these 15 reasons NOT to live abroad in Ecuador (or anyplace else).

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Should You Consider Living Abroad in Ecuador?

So, you’re seriously considering living abroad in Ecuador? That’s a big decision. We know because we made that same decision back in 2017.

You’ll be leaving your family, your friends and the life you’ve always known. And THAT can be terrifying! But it can also be exciting, adventurous and life changing!