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Matt and Jessica - Wisconsin - US

My wife and I (we are in our late thirties) plan to visit Ecuador next summer. Our goal is a little vacation tim,e but more importantly we have decided this to be one of our top destinations to retire. I am looking for any suggestions on achieving our goal of visiting the many possibilities for retirement. This forum is my first stop as what better information could we get than from people that have allready made this choice.

Is there a better time of summer time to visit?

Are there any suggestions as how best prepare for this retirement endeavor 10 plus years from now?

What would you have done differently/or the same if you did it all over again?

Are there preferred places for Americans?

My wife and I have read many articles of the different options in regards to the many aspects of Ecuadorian living but would really like to hear from some actual expats as to the true experience.

Regards,
Matt

Top 10 Suggestions For Matt and Jessica....

10.  Historically, the highlands and the Pacific Coast have been the top destinations for North American Expats coming to Ecuador.  That’s because the interior lowlands are too hot and/or humid.

9.  The April 16th earthquake affecting the coast has made Ring-of-Fire destinations questionable for new arrivals.  Ecuador’s coast will be re-building for years.  The earthquake threat has not gone away.

8.  Quality hospital care is available in the big highland cities, Quito and Cuenca. 

7.  Quito at 9350’ and Cuenca at 8250’ are at altitudes few North Americans are familiar with.  It’s important to determine if you can adjust.

6.  Get your visa plan in order.  Many Expats younger than retirement age do not qualify.  Workable routes include a professional visa based on an approved university’s degree .. or investment of more than $25,000 in a bank CD.

5.  Besides questionable health care, towns of smaller size may lack opportunities to commune with other Gringos.  Vilcabamba is an exception as it probably has the highest percentage of Gringos in Ecuador. 

4.  Both Quito and Cuenca have historically had air-pollution problems, largely from bus fumes and gradual increases in auto traffic.

3.  Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil, is hot, humid, dangerous and about an hour from the ocean beaches.  Forget Guayaquil.

2.  A lot of folks from Up North have trouble adjusting to a different language and the mañana culture.  A high percentage of arriving Expats move out of the country within several years for a variety of reasons.

And the #1 suggestion for Matt and Jessica....

1.  Don’t buy or build on property until you have spent at least a year living in the target area.  Due to visa restrictions, this may take more than one trip to La República.

cccmedia in Quito

Is there a better time of summer time to visit?

Are there any suggestions as how best prepare for this retirement endeavor 10 plus years from now?...

Are there preferred places for Americans?


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Best time of summer:  In the highlands, any time during the North American summer is about the same as any other time.  The monthly average-high-temperature in Quito is about 68 F. every month of the year.  In Cuenca, the temps also vary little by month -- and are slightly cooler than Quito, according to most online weather sites that track this information.

How to prepare for retirement in EC in ten years or more:  Don’t make any sudden moves.  It’s unpredictable what this country will be like in ten-plus years.  Just since last year, we have had major volcanic activity, devastating coastal earthquakes, El Niño-produced weather phenomena, nationwide demonstrations ... and oil-price plummeting that adversely affected the economy and the political atmosphere, to say the least.

Preferred places:  Come visit based on your research, and see what feels right for you.

cccmedia in Quito

cccmedia :

Is there a better time of summer time to visit?

Are there any suggestions as how best prepare for this retirement endeavor 10 plus years from now?...

Are there preferred places for Americans?


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Best time of summer:  In the highlands, any time during the North American summer is about the same as any other time.  The monthly average-high-temperature in Quito is about 68 F. every month of the year.  In Cuenca, the temps also vary little by month -- and are slightly cooler than Quito, according to most online weather sites that track this information.

How to prepare for retirement in EC in ten years or more:  Don’t make any sudden moves.  It’s unpredictable what this country will be like in ten-plus years.  Just since last year, we have had major volcanic activity, devastating coastal earthquakes, El Niño-produced weather phenomena, nationwide demonstrations ... and oil-price plummeting that adversely affected the economy and the political atmosphere, to say the least.

Preferred places:  Come visit based on your research, and see what feels right for you.

cccmedia in Quito

Since it will be at least 10 years until you can retire and it will be self funded, you might want to have a plan B, for 10 years is a long time, other places could prove better, if not now then in 10 years.  CCCMEDIA knows the deal, take his words seriously.

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