Expat Stories

Who better to tell you about relocating to Ecuador than from someone who has already been there done that!! Here you will find some interesting stories from expats who have made the move of relocating to Ecuador.

Judy Blankenship and Michael Jenkins leave their house in Portland, Ore., and travel 4,300 miles — a two-day trip that usually involves three flights and one miserable bus ride that takes about five hours but feels more like a week — to a ragged town high in the Andes. More…

From clouds to coast – the new passenger train from Quito to Guayaquil

Travel the World by Jason Hefli

WASHINGTON D.C., June 6, 2013 — Few things impart the romance of travel more than the sound of a train whistle. Now that the tracks between Quito and Guayaquil have been rehabilitated and modernized, that iconic sound has returned to Ecuador. Riding these rails on a “tren crucero,” or train cruise, is an incredible way to soak up the beauty of the country. Descending from the thin air of the Andes to the steamy coastal region, the variation in the landscape and culture of Ecuador becomes clear.

Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/donnes-world/2013/jun/5/clouds-coast-new-passenger-train-quito-guayaquil/

Sarah came to Ecuador as a Peace Corps volunteer back in 1985. Read her story. CLICK HERE

Marie and her husband relocated to Ecuador late in 2009. Read this wonderful account by Marie as she settles into another new home in Ecuador. Click here to read her story

Possible Frustrations of Living in Ecuador by Dixie

Cheap living in Ecuador by Gary Pierce

Manabi on the coast of Ecuador by David Sheeska

Biodiversity in Ecuador by Martijn Van Vreeden

Food in Ecuador by Beatriz Alvarez

Fascinating Facts Ecuador by Alejandro Guevara Onofre

Crossing Borders Between Ecuador and Peru by Hortense Soulier

Most popular places to visit in Ecuador by Gracy Sonia Martin

Adventure Tours in Ecuador by Gracy Sonia Martin

Why is Ecuador one of the best places to retire in the world?  Affordable Retirement Living for One by Stephanie Hofstetler

Ecuador by Kathleen Peddicord

Retire in Ecuador by David Sheeska

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What Other Visitors Have Said

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Looking for a pen pal to learn the ropes  
Husband 68 me51 only thing stopping us from retiring is the sale of our Bed and Breakfast. So in the mean time I want to find out all the ins and outs …

Packing Tips for Cuenca 
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Freedom and Choice 
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Our Driving Experience along the coast of Ecuador - Jan/Feb 2010 
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Cuenca- Ecuador 
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Move to Ecuador - My story 
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A very sad story 
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FARC - still in Ecuador 
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A small coastal town in Ecuador A gringo story 
April, 2009 My husband and I,decided to retire in Ecuador from gringoland.Aged mid fifties,401K in the crapper.We based the decision on our growing …

Retirement attorney for Visa Not rated yet
30th November, 2013 What attorney in Ecuador provides service for retirement visa. I've been told "some" blogs promote their friends. I do know it …

Pets at the Hospital Not rated yet
20th June,2013 On our second visit to Ecuador my husband became ill. We had heard that the medical care was outstanding. We set off to hospital to have …

Arrival in Quito Not rated yet
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I used to live in Ecuador Not rated yet
31st March, 2013 Hello or Hola. Twenty years ego I head south and ended up in the beautiful city of Quito; surround by beautiful mountains and some of …

Ecuador, Czech Republic, London, United States Not rated yet
April 25, 2011 Don't come here and blame anyone but yourself if something goes wrong. In the state of Colorado, they have a huge contract for renting, …

Ultrasound Teeth Cleaning in Cuenca ! Not rated yet
August 15th, 2010 State of the art ultrasound teeth cleaning, in Cuenca , Ecuador? What?! I just recently made a trip through Ecuador , and while …

Misadventures in Ecuador Not rated yet
September 24, 2009 Crime aimed at foreigners in Ecuador and just a general feeling of safety are issues which greatly concern me. I tend to do a …

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