Life in Ecuador
An Amazing Adventure

Ecuador is a tiny South American country that is becoming very popular. Why? One reason is the amazing amount of diversity. It has even been referred to as "mega-diverse" because of its numerous cultures, climates and wildlife. 

This has caused an influx of people that are visiting or have moved to Ecuador.

This website was created to show life in Ecuador from all angles...not just the nice and shiny, but also the everyday reality of living in (or visiting) a foreign country. 

Moving to Ecuador

Well-known magazines and websites have rated Ecuador as one of the top retirement destinations in the world due in part to its quiet, simple lifestyle and low cost of living. Thus, many have thought of moving here.

How do you know if life in Ecuador is right for you? I personally recommend visiting for yourself before making the move. But we can help you get an idea of what to expect.

Just about anyone will find a place they love...but be ready to spend some time looking to find the best place for you.

Cuenca, Ecuador is one of the most popular expat destinations.

Seriously considering making a move? Use our Moving Checklist to start planning.

An Ecuador Vacation

Are you looking for an adventure that's out of the ordinary? Or do you just want to relax in beautiful surroundings? You can have the best of both.

When planning your vacation to Ecuador make sure to get your Ecuador VIP Pass. With the pass you can enjoy discounts throughout Ecuador. Discount applies to hotels, restaurants, tour companies, and more!

Adventure trips draw people from all over the world.

  • Beautiful beaches, tropical weather, colonial haciendas are all found here. 
  • A quiet vacation can also be quite economical. 
  • Come, relax and enjoy the variety of cultural experiences available.

Important Things to Know

Visiting or living in Ecuador can be an amazing experience. But your time here could be marred by common illnesses or an unpleasant experience.

Staying healthy is the best way to keep your trip enjoyable. However food-bourne illnesses are common. In some areas you may suffer from altitude sickness or biting bugs. How can you stay healthy?

Sadly, the world we live in is more and more dangerous everyday. Ecuador is not overly dangerous (I personally feel safer here that I do in most big cities back home), but it is not immune to problems. Please be safe while you travel. Follow these tips.

Ecuador Through Your Eyes

The more I write about Ecuador, the more I realize just how little of this country I've really experienced. I welcome all who have been to Ecuador to share their experience with my readers and me.

Share your photos with us (and see many other photos of Ecuador)! Enter your photo in our Photo Contest and be eligible for a special end of the year prize.

Here are some entries from previous rounds of our Photo Contest:

Keep in Touch

You can keep up to date with, as I explore the country and write about it, in the following ways:

Hope you enjoy Ecuador as much as I do! If you have a specific question or a comment about Ecuador or this website please feel free to contact me.

Pages you may enjoy...

Basic facts about Ecuador or...

Go to Ecuador Blog

The Life-in-Ecuador Blog...recently added pages


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