Cheap living to begin with

25th August, 2012

I am planning to be in Ecuador by March of 2013. I have two children, one is a teen and one is a toddler. We are trying to find the safest, yet cheapest place to live that will really be helpful to someone who only speaks PART spanish. I need to get my daughter and son into school, but they don't speak any spanish at all other than HOLA! I have heard of people just hearing from other people that there can be rentals for as low as $150 just from individuals. So I guess I am asking, where is the cheapest and safest place to live that we can survive and only know a little spanish. Plus we will be coming with no furniture or car. Just the clothes we bring by suitcase. Any advice?

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Dec 29, 2012
cheap living
by: Anonymous

Lady, you need to do some serious thinking. You mention you have a teen and a toddler, so I would doubt you're on social security. Whatever pension you are getting, if you're getting one, must be at least $1000 per month - $800 for you and $100 per kid. I'm pretty sure that alimony and/or child support don't count. Since you are looking for the "cheapest" and "safest" place, that would have to be in the boondocks. Therefore, working as an English teacher can be ruled out. Since no one speaks Spanish, skilled work, assuming you could obtain the work permit, would not be an option either. If you had 25K to apply for an investors visa, it would still have to be left on deposit, and you would still need an income. Since you are bringing only suitcases, you would need furnished accommodations. You will NOT find any for $150 per month. You might find places at twice that amount or higher for a family of three that could approach lower level Western living standards, but even that would be difficult without a whopping deposit because of the children. And you may find yourself far from public transportation. But if none of these apply, and you really are rich but want to live on the cheap, why waste our time. Or, if you have problems in the States you are trying to run from, stop. Getting to Ecuador in itself is not the answer.

Sep 17, 2012
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by: Carlos

My wife, 2 kids age 13 and 16, and I are currently living outside Cotacachi. here you can still fnd an unfurnished rental for 150 or less. We found a home, plus to cabins and 13K meter lot for only 230 a month. if you come this way, you are welcome to call us and we can show you around.

My advise Stay away from the foreing own Real estate companies and you will be ok.
my e mail,
PS our kids received 2 weeks of Spanish lessons before attending school, and they are doing fine.
Good Luck.



Sep 09, 2012
We are in your same boat
by: Anonymous

My wife and I are planning a move to Cuenca for early in 2012 as well and have two children, 4 and 1. We will probably be visiting very early in the year to scope out the city but have the same concerns as you... areas to live and schools for our eldest. If you are interested, I sure would be, in keeping in touch and sharing knowledge about the process as we go through it, feel free to email me at This is a junk email address (I have heard it is not a good idea to post you real contact info) but I will check it and reply to you from my real email.

Aug 25, 2012
cheap rent
by: Anonymous

If you find a rental at $150 let me know ! Realistically with 2 children, you will more than likely be paying 400 and that would be considered cheap. You will more than likely want your appt. furnished for at least the short term before deciding if you like where you are.

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