ECUADOR HAS LONG BEEN lauded as one of the most affordable places to retire in the Americas. However, retired life in this country can be challenging. Here's what you need to know about launching a new life overseas in Ecuador.
Why Retire in Ecuador
Located in northwest South America, Ecuador borders the world's largest ocean on one side and the world's largest jungle on the other. Cutting straight through the country is the world's longest mountain range. Retirees might choose to relax on the Pacific Ocean beaches or explore the Andes mountains, Amazon rainforest or Galápagos National Park.
The most popular city for expat retirees, Cuenca, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a former Inca capital, and this Spanish-colonial environment is one of the most genuine in Latin America. After hours in Cuenca, you've got music, theater, dance clubs, shows and a professional symphony orchestra that is free to all. Plus, the weather is mild year-round, and the cost of living and of renting a home remains affordable.