We understand the feeling of starting a new life abroad without knowing anyone. Making friends in Ecuador with locals and expats is very easy, and will help you to immerse yourself in the new culture. Making friends abroad will also speed up the process feeling more at home in your new expat destination.
The first and most important step to making friends in Ecuador is to leave your house! If you don’t go outside, you’ll never meet anyone new!
In most of the popular expat destinations in Ecuador, you’ll find lots of options for group activities like hiking, biking, surfing, volleyball, poker, yoga, fitness, meditation, book clubs, cribbage, sports watching, birdwatching, language exchanges, Spanish classes, volunteering, etc.
Do a search on Facebook for a group in your area, and if you can’t find one that does what you want to do, then you can easily start one and people will show up to your events.
We’ve also met several expats who met Ecuadorians on dating sites like Tinder and are now in happy relationships. Watch out for scams, though. Meet in a public place and be cautious. If they’re serious about you, they will insist you meet their friends and family very early in the dating process. If they don’t want you to meet them, be very suspicious.
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