So, what is interesting about Ecuador?
How about everything!
For many years I have explored different living abroad options.
Now any destination would have to offer a low cost of living and a moderate climate. Think North American spring or summer like weather.
Ecuador fits the bill almost perfectly.
I know that there is no perfect location.
Where Is Ecuador?
Ecuador is located on the west coast of South America. It is bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is one of only two countries in South America, along with Chile, that do not have a border with Brazil. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) west of the mainland.
I want a more simple life. Perhaps semi-retired. I do not buy into the conventional thinking of working until 60 or older and then trying to live. Here in Canada(yes, a great country!) the taxes are SOOO high. The cost of living is just almost too much to bear.
What is the cost of living in Ecuador you ask?
Dena Haines, a Canadian living in Ecuador with her husband and young daughter writes,
The cost of living is significantly lower than in the U.S. or Canada. Your grocery bill will be about a third of what you pay back home. A new three-bedroom, two bath apartment (with an amazing view of the surrounding mountains) costs $150- $180 a month.
The electric bill is around $20 per month, and the water bill is $1.80 per month. The hot water, kitchen stove, and clothes dryer run on propane—$2 per tank.
For 25 cents the bus system gets you anywhere you want to go. If you need a taxi, you’ll pay $1.50 for a short trip or up to $5 for a ride clear across the city.
The latest movies—$3. You can treat a friend to a coffee and snack for less than $3. A typical 3-course lunch costs between $2 and $4.
The price of gas is nationally set at $1.85 per gallon.
There are world class beaches, and the mountains. Bird watching is some of the best in the world.
Cities, such as Cuenca, have an old world European feel. This is the city I am exploring moving to. It is very spring like year round.
I love to wander and explore.
What would I do there? Who knows. Re-invent myself. Start a business. Hike. Learn Spanish.
Live simply. That’s what I would do.
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