Looking for an ex-pat e-mail pal in Cuenca

by Jeff
(Gainesville, Georgia, USA)

I'm a 63 year young, retired teacher, and hope to relocate next year. I currently live in North Georgia, in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains.I have promised myself that I'll never be hot again, once I make my move.Summer was horribly hot here!Interests include MUSIC....Bluegrass, Blues or Counry. I'm an avid reader and former scuba diver. I enjoy motorcycles, learning new cultures, and am attempting to learn to speak Spanish. I am happily single, love animals, and live on a horse farm. I'd like to correspond with someone "on the ground" in Cuenca, in hopes of establishing a link of friendship. Thanks, Jeff in Georgia

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Nov 24, 2013
Golf
by: Anonymous

The only place for golf is 9 holes at the CC and it is very Expensive to join or play. That is why I just bought in Merida, Mexico instead. Good luck

Oct 16, 2013
Looking for advise
by: Natalia

Hello, I am Natalia. I live and work in Georgia. I am a teacher in Atlanta. I am planning to move to Ecuador in 2014. I just adopted a young rescued kitten (7 months old), so I am looking for any help we can get. I don't have language issues (I am a Spanish teacher), but I need a safe and comfortable place for my cat. Also I am too young to just retire. I WANT TO DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL WITH MY TIME. I will appreciate all the advises I can get. Thank you!

Aug 24, 2013
Exploring Cuenca
by: Bob

My wife and I (60-62) just returned from 10 days in Ecuador. First Quito (did not like it there) and then Cuenca where we loved it. Yes, the weather is a bit cool, but very nice. A light jacket was plenty to keep warm.
Our next visit will be to the Loja area in the south or perhaps Ibarra/Otovala in the north. From what we have been told, make several visits, look around, take your time. Make sure that it is a place where you will really want to live.
Does anyone have opinion on visitors renting cars in Ecuador? I know that driving in Quito would be difficult/dangerous but what about elsewhere?

Jul 30, 2013
Female Companion Wanted
by: Lonnie

I'm 57, and I'm. Retired Fireman from NC. I am divorced. I think I'd like to move to Ecuador, but I'd like to find a nice lady to go with me. If you're interested in talking then email me.
lwb27030@gmail.com

Jul 05, 2013
Need real person to share with thats going or who is there already
by: Charlotte

July 5 2013
I am just beginning my search for someone that will give me the real scoop on living abroad. I keep running into people wanting to sell me newsletters/ postcards , magazine etc. I simply want some direction about the best way to get the facts. I would appreciate any hints are tips to get me started. Robin I see you are going for it, congrats if I can help you with anything I am ready. I had a good feeling about Ecuador. Look forward to speaking to you. My email is c.helms100@gmail.com

Dec 28, 2012
looking for english teacher
by: juan baby

Hi,

if you want to teach english in cuanca please contact me via mail juanb@tobesecurity.com
we are looking for en english teacher how can teach us in our company in the center of cuanca once or twice a week.

thankns

juan

Nov 30, 2012
N. GA RESIDENT
by: Janet

Hi Jeff, I sold my home & furniture to move to Ecuador but chickened out, but would still love to move there. I'm a 61 yr. old, single (and love it), female, living in NW GA (Ringgold). I'd love to travel down there with someone, but definately would want my own place. I love country music and NASCAR (not sure I would be able to enjoy NASCAR down there though). I do wish more people (expats) from down there would reply to the request for e-mail pals so those of us thinking to move to Ecuador could really get the true experiences from them first hand. If you'd like to write me and discuss a few things be glad to correspond with a fellow GA resident.
jaegerb@windstream.net

Jun 24, 2012
Golf
by: Dave

Any English speaking golfers in the Cuenca area?

May 31, 2012
Moving toi EC, from NC
by: Anonymous

Hi there,

saw your comments here, and wanted to touch base.
I am in the final process of making the move there now.
I live just "up the road" from you, right over the border...GA/NC
if you would like to chat about it, drop me a line.
I presume this note goes to you personally, but I never used this site so I do not know how to contact you other than this way.

all the best

Robin

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A question for expats in Cuenca

by Don
(Wooster, OH)

Everyone talks and writes about the "perfect, year-round, spring-like" weather in Cuenca. I have been following the weather reports for Cuenca for about a month now. The forcast has been for rain EVERY day and temperatures in the low 60's to upper 50's. Whose idea of "perfect weather" is that? Please give me an honest assessment of Cuenca's weather. Is it usually the kind of rain that rains part of the day and the sun shines part of the day? All the pictures I've seen look dark, cloudy and overcast.

Also, are there still nice furnished apartments for rent in Cuenca for $500 a month or less? Can one really live "the good life" in Cuenca for less than $1000 a month?

Are the sidewalks in Cuenca handicapped accessable? i. e. are there curb cuts at all the corners to allow wheelchair or scooter access?

Are elevators common in multistory apartment buildings. My wife has limited mobility and can't do steps. With the aid of a scooter will she be able to navigate most apartment buildings and walking routes in the city or are steps found everywhere?

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Jun 16, 2012
Getting around with a cane was a challenge
by: Anonymous

I was in Ecuador for three months a year ago. Sidewalks, stores and airports are not accessable. I get around with a cane and had trouble making it down the steps of the planes. They have no jetways, you have walk up and down the stairs. Very few places have elevators The distance from the sidewalk to the street is sometimes couple steps or one really big one. Even getting into stores often takes a step.


May 31, 2012
Cuenca info
by: Anonymous

Hi there

I have to say that I agree...there is no really good handicapped access there, or good ability to use a wheelchair easy. We got a wheel chair to use for my handicapped mom, while we were in Cuenca. GOOD THING...we got to rent it from the hospital there..for $2.00 for three days. Very very nice people. But, it was not a doable thing and we just tried to drop her off right in front of where we were going..as it did not even fit in the car, (and we had a SUV)
It definitely did not fit in the cabs!
There are very few elevators, unless you are in a major building, I am sure you could find a few, but it would be better to go and explore first, but it is hard to walk..as there are a lot of cobble stone area .
Lots and lots of stairs are the norm, and the entry to stores is usually up a large step.
As to the weather, I wondered the same thing when we went there to check out the possibility of living there...the weather is NOT what I call spring. It was too cold and damp for my preference for a "wonderful climate".
We opted for several thousand feet lower...where it IS eternal spring.
55 degree nights, and 75 days,
You can look in Youngilla valley, just south of Cuenca for much better weather..or go south to Loja canton. There the weather IS spring!
Hope that helps.
We are moving in a month and can't wait!
But, not to Cuecna. While it is a nice city, and you can find anything you want there, it is not the end all answer that some sites really tout.

All the best
R

Feb 19, 2012
Cuenca Streets
by: Dianne

There is no way a person in a wheelchair would be able to negotiate the streets in Cuenca...hard enough when you can walk!

People don't seem to realize that there is very little infrastructure in this country.

~Dianne

Nov 27, 2011
re handicap accessibility in Cuenca
by: Anonymous

Are the sidewalks in Cuenca handicapped accessable? i. e. are there curb cuts at all the corners to allow wheelchair or scooter access?

Short answer is NO!
Sometimes it is even hard for a mobile person to navigate the streets. Sidewalks are typically narrow in many areas with them not existing at all in other areas.

I would deem it difficult to move around in a wheel chair.

Jim

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I'M THINKING OF RETIRING TO CUENCA

by Iris Higgins
(Lebanon, PA USA)

I'm looking to converse with retirees in Cuenca. I'm thinking of retiring there. I'd like to correspond with singles, if possible, as I will be alone. I have never visited Cuenca, but have researched and know I will love it there. As well as being affordable, it is beautiful. I really look forward to talking with you.

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Jun 18, 2012
Cuenca in Sept or Nov 2012
by: Ernest Gonzales

I will be traveling to Cuenca in Sept or Nov 2012 and would rather travel with group. If anyone has information on travel deals and places to stay send me a message please. Thanks

Ernest G
exostar7@gmail.com

Jun 06, 2012
Retiring to Cuenca
by: Margo

Hi Iris,

I am also retiring to Cuenca. I will be 62 in early November. My sister, niece and I will be in Cuenca early September. I will be moving there in February. Like you, I will be by myself, but that is fine by me. I have been emailing with Doug Willis, who will be taking me around to see apts. or condos for rent.

I can't wait to get there. I have done a lot of research, so i'm pretty sure this is where I want to be.

Good luck to you. Maybe we will get a chance to meet in Cuenca someday after we both retire. lol

Margo

May 27, 2012
me, too!!
by: Lorraine

Booking my "let's see if I can breathe in Cuenca" trip for late Aug. early Sept. and if I can - I will probably be ready to make the move by the New Year. I am a young 62, single woman who is now finally making use of her Spanish major from college eons ago! Having lived the last 38 years at sea level in Florida, I am concerned only about the altitude, but not the atmosphere. I am ready to live life simpler, with more reality and less frills that are getting impossible to afford - like health insurance! Would love to meet up with fellow ex-pats, single. or that other more fortunate persuasion, on my visit there and then when I move. If anyone cares to write to me beforehand I promise only 1/2 million questions - not the full mill!

Lorraine..... iwrite4you@att.net

Dec 02, 2011
also want to hear from others on the ground there.or someone looking to move there
by: steve

im a single 55 yr old ready for a new chapter in my life, looking at visiting after bthe first of the yr. also looking to retire in a spring like setting.

Oct 02, 2011
Cheryl, Lee, et. al.
by: Pat

Hi there folks,

I replied to Martin earlier today but don't see it on there yet. But Cheryl and Lee, looks like we have a trip to Cuenca in common.

I am age 69 (til March anyway) widow and plan to make a 3-6 month visit/trip to Cuenca next year sometime. I'm hoping the end of March so a 6-month stay will cross over from wet, colder season to dryer, warmer season.

Joseph (last post at bottom of page) arrived the end of September and is loving it so far.

Anyway, I think a group of Ecuador-bound folks, especially to Cuenca, is a great idea. I am also on gmail so Cheryl will send an email. Alaska to Ecuador is going to be a change in so many ways. I live in Virginia but love the idea of spring-like weather all year round. So will email you, which will get to you before this post.

Lee, join us. My email is below in my first post as well (which I wrote to originator of this but no response). Later -- Pat

Oct 02, 2011
Lets get a group together
by: Anonymous

I will be in Ecuador all of November, would love to meet up with anyone else who will be there or is thinking of moving there. I'm a 56 y/o female living in Alaska. I will form a google + group if you leave your emails. I am not selling anything, just wanting to converse with like minds about Ecuador. I am not sure how long these posts take to get on the site, I made two others yesterday that I do not see yet.

cheryl.sennett@gmail.com

Oct 02, 2011
Visiting Ecuador in November
by: Cheryl

I made my first response without seeing all the comments here, including the initial post, for some reason, I thought Martin initiated the post, sorry Iris! I am considering a future move to Ecuador, I am 56 now and Ilive in Alaska but would like to retire in Ecuador. I have a great summer job here and would spend the rest of my time there. I would love to meet up with others, I plan to spend time in Cuenca. Anyone in Ecuador now or will be there the month of November? I arrive Oct 30 and leave Dec 3. We need to get a group together!

Cheryl.sennett@gmail.com

Oct 02, 2011
Single woman residing in Cuenca
by: Lee

I do not know how to send a Personal Message in reply to your post. I am a single woman, 64 years old, have lived in Cuenca for 18 months. Retirement here is all that you read about life in Ecuador and more.

Oct 02, 2011
I am considering a move also
by: Cheryl

Hi Martin,

I will be in Ecuador for one month beginning Oct 30, I plan to spend some time in Cuenca as I am considering a future life there as well. I currently live in Alaska. Are you there now or do you plan to be there soon?

Sep 20, 2011
Seeking a new chapter
by: Martin

I'm considering strongly moving to Cuenca or another local of similar living expense and scenery. I've recently been trough a life changing event with a wife who chose to go done a path toward another man..
So, I'm looking to begin a new life in this part of the world and hoping to find a companion to do this with or at least find people there who I can communicate with and begin new friendships with. I have my own business which i can literally do from anywhere in the world and so I plan to keep working as I make this transition. In that the cost of living is so much lower, I hope to be able to live a much more laid back life full of enjoying those around me and the beauty this country holds.
I would love to hear from others and perhaps make contact with anyone making this change in their lives.
I'm learning, but I have much to learn about making this move. any and all information with be eagerly received!
Martin

Sep 09, 2011
For Iris -- Another single lady to visit Cuenca
by: Pat

Hi Iris,
Don't know when you posted your comment other than prior to mid-May 2011.
I live in Virginia and plan to make a trip (like Joseph mentioned) next spring sometime. Have you decided to go or perhaps already made the trip.

Perhaps we might connect. You can contact me at paar1942@gmail.com -- would love to hear about you.

Pat

Jun 24, 2011
For Louise LeBlanc - I live in Niagara Falls
by: Diana Bridges

Hi Louise:

I have an interest in Ecuador and was excited to see that you are in the process of applying for residency. I live in Niagara Falls and would love to get together with you and talk about it. I think I saw that you were going to be in Cuenca in May 2011. Are you still there or have you returned to St. Catharines?

I would love to have you over for tea and/or a meal and get information about Ecuador. Perhaps we'll be friends there!

Diana Bridges 905-358-9572
dianabridges108@gmail.com

Jun 17, 2011
cuenca for Louise/joe/russ/iris
by: john

Hi I do not know whether you were able to reach any gringo events while in cuenca; am not sure when you actually leave. There is a get together this sunday with hopefully quite a group. If still here send an e-mail and I will give you directions.
john

Jun 12, 2011
I"M ALSO THINKING OF RETIREING TO CUENCHA
by: JOE

Hi Louise,
I have been gathering more information about retiring to Cuenca. I noticed you started the residency process from Toranto, and I am thinking about doing the same from New Orleans. I can not decide on wether to apply for a Professional Visa or a Retirement Visa. I plan on retiring but I may also want to practice my profession which is Dentistry. I am very active now at 65 and I think I will just cut back the hours somewhat in retirement. Would you mind posting how you got a reliable lawyer in Cuenca. Also if anyone has a comment about obtaining a Professional Visa, I would like to hear it.
Joe

Jun 12, 2011
Planning to Retire in Ecuador or Panama
by: Russ

Retired and living in Nevada now. Have been studying and researching life in Latin American countries for a year now. Have already checked out Panama. Next to Ecuador in late October. Looking for small farm parcel to grow fruits & vegetables. Or maybe a condo in Cuenca or Cotaccahi. Would like to correspond with other ex-pats who are considering the move or have already made to move to Ecuador or Panama.

May 14, 2011
Retired female - 58 yr. old
by: Louise LeBlanc

Hi,

I will visit Cuenca on May 28 for three weeks. Like you I have not been there yet but I know I will like to retire there. I have already started my Residency process from Canada.

I live in St. Catharines, Ontario. I had to drive to Toronto in order to process some papers at the Ecuadorian Consulate. I need to take these to my lawyer in Cuenca, whom I found on the internet.

Louise LeBlanc
Canada

May 14, 2011
I"M ALSO THINKING OF RETIREING TO CUENCHA
by: Joe

I have been researching information avaliable on the internet. I have attended an International Living Event in Quito last year. I have subscribed to a number of internet sites all promoting retirement to Ecuador. So far they all are trying to sell you information in the form of tours, seminars, and real estate, etc. I would welcome a blog such as this to gather information from other expats, or soon to be expats. I am also single and would like to hear from other singles about life in Ecuadore and hear from them about their expierences with meeting other singles either expats or locals.

May 11, 2011
Another person thinking of doing the same
by: Joseph

Hello Iris....I'm retired and single and plan to visit Cuenca this Sept. for a 6 month look-see. I have the ad right above yours. I've done a lot of research, read everything I can get my hands on...including the many blogs on Ecuador.

I feel I have done my homework, now I need to physically visit Cuenca to see if it's really a place where I'd like to retire. Don't know if I will acclimate myself to the altitude, but won't know any of these things without a visit.

I plan to rent a furnished Apartment or Condo when I get there in September. If I find I like it there, I will get an unfurnished unit later.

Till later.... Joseph


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Looking for American expat contact

by James Wall
(Flint, Texas USA)

I am very interested in establishing contact with people in
the following cities in Ecuador; Cuenca, Loja and Riobamba. I am interested in moving to one of those cities, real soon. My email address is jwallassoc@hotmail.com. Gracias

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Nov 18, 2011
African americas in cuenca
by: Anonymous

My husband and I are in our mid 50s and thinking about visiting cuenca and possibly relocating. We are african american and have not seen much of any american american posts about their experiences living or visiting in cuenca.

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Ready to Retire in Cuenca by late 2012

by Monika
(Palm Beach. Florida)

27th May, 2012

Mid-sixty lady, wish to find out about how easy or difficult it is to rent with pets (5 cats) in Cuenca or its surrounding. My cats are indoor and do not roam outside. I am extremely clean, and keep my place hair and litter smell free.
I am aware that rentals usually require an extra deposit
for pets. Has anyone have comments or experience in this area?

Monika in Florida

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Jun 18, 2012
Hi, Monika
by: Lorraine in Florida

We currently live close (I am in northern Broward County) unless you have already moved. I am thinking of retiring there as well probably right after new year. I am going to Cuenca 8/28 - 9/5, but being a Floridian I am thinking from reading here that it may be too cold for me. Further south seems to be better... will see.

I would like to correspond to you - or anyone else with information and questions! Please email me at iwrite4you@att.net

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Lorraine

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moving to Ecuador

by Anne Luyster
(United States)

I'm planning to move to Ecuador this summer or fall. I would appreciate some info from someone already there. The areas that most interest me are Cuenca or Cotacachi. There is a compound of houses in Cotacachi that I found advertised on the internet. It is called Parque Shambhala and before sending money to reserve a house I want to be sure it is real and if it allows small dogs. A friend also is interested in coming with me but she has noticed everyone posting seems to be white and she wonders how welcome a black american would be.

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Jun 11, 2012
Houses in Ecuador
by: Anonymous

Do not send money, sight unseen !!! I am going to tell you what other Americans living in Cotacachi or anywhere else in Ecuador have told us....do not buy the first year...go there, stay awhile..see IF you like it...while there check out different subdivisions. I have a friend/husband who are building a subdivision (American couple) and they can show you what they have and will tell you about other spots also...remember do NOT send money....
Fran Yates
FYates5683@aol.com
601 798 2023 (h)

May 27, 2012
Thriving in Ecuador
by: Gary & Sue

Allow plenty of time for research. Look for the negatives to balance all the enthusiasm.

While there are class destinctions among Ecuadorians, Gringos are toward the top. Race is a minor issue among gringos. People are like mirrors!


Rejoicing,
Gary

Apr 10, 2012
Don't Buy sight unseen
by: Ecuador George

Lots of horror stories about people buying homes sight unseen. Find a place to rent for the first year. I know some expats that didn't even stay 6 months. Ecuador is different from the United States so visit first or at least rent first. Never buy first... Just my opinion..... good luck.

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Looking for Expat Penpal(s)

by Rhonda Cotta
(Visalia, CA, USA)

I've recently retired & am seriously considering relocating to Cuenca. I've heard wonderful things about the area. I would love to hear more about expat life there as I will be making the move by myself & don't know anyone who lives there. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Jul 17, 2012
Possibility of retiring in Ecuador
by: Janis

My husband and I are really disappointed in the way the US is going down hill and are looking at options of other countries to retire. We have been to Ecuador and found it to be a beautiful country but didn't spend any time at the beaches. We would love to find a place that has a yacht club and homes not far away that are on larger lots where we could bring our pets. We could never live in an apartment. We live in Florida and would love to escape the humidity. Any suggestions?

Jul 16, 2012
Are you living in Cuenca yet?
by: Wendy

I'm not sure when you posted this and was wondering if you'd moved yet and if people had corresponded with you.

I would be very interested in hearing how living there is. I am single also, and obviously, it would be a huge move.

Thank you!

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Hoping to retire in Cuenca. Looking to ex-pat email pal

by Susan Moore Vault
(Tucson, AZ, USA)

My husband, Frank is a retired Navy Officer who works for Raytheon in Tucson. I own a financial services company in business over 20 years in Tucson. We have been exploring Cuenca online and reading everything we can. We recently attended a conference in Las Vegas for International Living and our hearts are drawn to Cuenca. We hope to visit in March for a week and would like to meet another couple who could give us advice and be our first new friends in Cuenca.
We plan to retire in 4 years and move there permanently but would like to get educated on our options so we can make informed decisions. We need to know the best way to get there. Best airline. Most efficient, least expensive airlines. Many questions. Good local hotel. Local tours.
You know...all the questions you had before you made the move.

We look forward to corresponding.
Warm regards,
Susan and Frank Vault
susan@moorefs.com

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Dec 14, 2013
Hi Andy
by: Lois

I am also looking at possibly retiring in Equador. Maybe Cuenca, although from what I've read, it may be a little cooler than what I'd like. I'm not sure when you posted on this site. I have done little research as I'm just beginning to look at options for retired seniors. Yes, new job prospects for seniors here in the US are very poor. And as you mentioned, the cost of living is clearly not ideal for those of us on a fixed income. So much for the "Great American Dream}.
I also have two cats, so getting all info. re. pets is critical. I am single and the thought of going off to a new country on my own, can be a bit daunting. Especially since I really have not traveled out of country, other then Mexico, which is right next door to me here in CA.
If you're not too busy with your own plans at the moment, I would really appreciate connecting with you. I hope to hear from you. Lois
loismaggie@aol.com 951-956-4062

Jun 10, 2012
Well...we went and saw!!
by: Susan Moore Vault

I started this post. Frank and I went to Ecuador in March. We started in Guayaquill. It was awful...hot, humid and crowded. Went to Cuenca and really enjoyed it. Met lots of expats and did the tourist thing. We will go back next year and check out some other areas. I loved Cuenca...the architecture...the city and the people. We had great food and nothing but good experiences. We decided before we went that no matter what happened, we would never be referred to as "ugly Americans" and went out of our way to be friendly and gracious. We can't wait to go back next year. Still hope to retire there in 2015. We will rent so that we have the flexibility to travel and move if we want to.

11th June, 2012

Hola Susan,

Glad to hear of your positive experience in Cuenca and thanks for sharing. All the best for your future plans.

Saludos
RIE

Jun 10, 2012
One foot in Ecuador, the other in Misissippi
by: Anonymous

We spent 21 days in Ecuador in Jan. 2012 and loved it. We are focusing on Cotacachi and Bahia de Caraquez. Cotacachi is such a cute town,nestled in the mountains and Otavalo is just 10 min. away with wonderful markets. Of all the larger cities, Cuenca beats hands down, but we don't want to be in a large city. I can testify to the fact that Cuenca has good hospitals...I had to go to the ER for dehydration/altitude sickness, due to a bad case of dysentry. I am a retired RN so if they impressed me, they did good. We will only be staying in Ecuador for 3 months at the longest each year. There are quite a number of expats in Cotacachi. I found the weather to be cooler than I expected, but Bahia was nice and warm. We have met builders (American/Canadian) who are building or planning to build communities. Good luck.
Fran

Nov 05, 2011
YOU JUST HAVE A NEW FRIEND
by: Joaquin

Dear Susan and Frank, your comment really touched my heart. I am planning also my "retirement". I am ecuatorian, I live in Quito, Ecuador.
So I´m starting to build my new group of friends and I hope you accept to be part of it.
Anything you need, just ask. If I can help you I will do it, If I can find help for you, I will do it.

Looking forwrd to hering from you.

Warm Regards,
Joaquin

Oct 23, 2011
You do need to go there yourself ...
by: George

I was in Cuenca in February and loved the old Colonial section. The people are wonderful, proud and clean. The architecture is great. I stayed in the old Colonial section and found it to be very noisy starting at 6 AM. Cars and church bells. Automobile fumes were high. I found that it was too cool and too rainy for me. Planning on going back to Ecuador but am going to be looking south of Cuenca or little north of Quito. Get a flight that lands in Quito and not Medellin, Columbia. You can then fly from Quito to Cuenca. I would also suggest that you search around outside of Cuenca. Get a bus map and take several routes to the end and come back ($.25 each way). Taxis are everywhere and you can get around for $1 to $2.50. The information center is right off the square (the central park).

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Retiring to Cuenca in or Around April

by Andy
(US)

Hello, and if this ad is too long, I apologize...

I am hoping to find ex-pat recommendations/actual experiences for the following, so if you've been through some of what I expect to go through, it would be enormously helpful if you could share your experiences and, perhaps, give me a referral/recommendation for getting done the things I need done:

- I have been getting quotes from moving companies and got what appears to be a decent price for door-to-door, including packing, from internationalmoving.com, been in business over 60 years, seem to be up-front. Does anyone have experience(s) with them? Is there a different mover that you've used and can recommend? (Small move, intend to rent fully furnished so that I don't need to move my furniture).

- Can anyone recommend, from direct experience, a person/company that will help take the pain out of going through the retirement visa process at a reasonable cost? (I assume it's a pain--maybe it's not?)

- The most stressful thing about the move thus far is whether or not to bring my two cats. First, of course, I need to decide if finding them a loving home here would be better than subjecting them to all the stuff I imagine they'll have to go through: changing planes, being kept in a warehouse of some sort for who knows how long, customs, etc. (They are indoor cats, have never been outside). Does anyone have direct experience with any of the companies I see advertising services for bringing in pets with a minimum of stress for the pets and hassle for me? I've once again started the research process, and the prices I've gotten vary widely--one well-knpwn company said it could cost as much as $7-8,000 or more for door-to-door, which is pretty nuts, IMHO. I know about Continental being extremely pet-friendly, which is why I will fly with them, and about the minimum layover required in Houston, where we'd change planes (they require a minimum "stay" of two hours last I heard).

- I have been corresponding with a few people--locals--about finding a decent furnished apartment. Can anyone recommend someone there in Cuenca, not necessarily an ex-pat, who has actually helped them find and rent an apartment on a long-term basis? I hate owning a car, so I'm looking in areas that are walking distance from everything (Centro?). I am fluent in Portuguese, having lived in Brazil for many years, so I can get by in Spanish if the person(s) you might recommend aren't great English speakers. I just don't want to get ripped-off. Which begs the question: should I have a lawyer approve the lease? Again, any recommendations for a reasonably priced attorney would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps this attorney could also be the "visa-helper" I mentioned above...

Finally, is it still possible to live decently on $1100-$1200 a month (including utilities, high-speed internet and cable/satellite TV) but no car expenses? I hear that a cell phone is a necessary thing to have and that it's not terribly expensive; true? And is proof of a pension/SS of at least $800/month still what the government needs to see?

Sorry for being so long winded, but having been laid off from a long-time job at 64 years of age is kinda stressing me out and has given this a sense of urgency as I would not be able to live here in the states on my SS alone. Sad commentary on the US's handling of us old farts, but, sadly, it is also the reality of retiring in the states and not being wealthy, or at the least, quite well-off.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for any help/ideas you might have.

Andy

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Jul 20, 2012
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by: Donna

You have all the same concerns as my husband and I do. I am already on SS and he will have to file for early SS in November due to a lay-off. We have two indoor cats who are our family. We are in North Carolina and hoping to visit Ecuador next year. Any information you find would be greatly appreciated.

dwiebeck@yahoo.com

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Retire in Ecuador

10th June, 2012

My husband and I are over 55 and looking to retirement in Ecuador. We are looking for info from those of you who have already made the move. We would love ex-pat pen-pals. Renay

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Expat contact

by William
(Warren, MI. USA)

I simply want to establish contact with an English
speaking expat, ( from the U.S.A.), who now lives
in Ecuador, via E-mail. Can SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME
IN THIS REGARD ??

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:Looking for Pen Pal in Ecuador

by Judith
(Tucson, Arizona, USA)

10th June, 2012

I am a newly retired woman living in Arizona and I would like to have one or more pen pals who are English speaking and living as expats in Ecuador. I have been considering moving to Ecuador to live for the past few years and would like to hear first hand about living there from someone who moved there from the US. You can contact me at my email julebwebs@yahoo.com if you are willing to correspond with me regarding living in Ecuador.

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Expat to Retire in Equador

by george morabit
(rhode island and florida)

I, also am quite interested in the Cuenca area and primarily interested in a large area of land adjacent to old growth forest and close to a volcano. The land may or may not contain buildings. I would like to have a new house of about 4,000 square feet with central chimney of river stone.
and straw bale adobe clay with massive windows.
A barn to house equipment and tools. Local access to milled hardwood for floors and trimwork.
Kitchen custom designed with a wood fired cookstove (antique).

Several honest and hard working locals to live on the property to farm and maintain the land and buildings.
There will be 3 adults to start with the potential holistic medicine center close by that will generate jobs for local people.

I have several containers and would appreciate feedback. One would be primarily comprised of very old books and used tools, as well as multiple vehicles that are used as well as my collection of weapons. Rifles and pistols and ammunition for hunting and protection.

This would be a 40' container; the vehiles are a 1980 military 4 x 4 pickup, a Toyota, Tundra 4 door 2005. Also would like to ship a 2004 BMW 5 series.

Also, I would like to ship my heavy equiment;
JCB 215 Backhoe, Cat 4DH Dozer, Linkbelt large Excavator,
Tractors and implements.

Another container would have a 2006 Honda ridgeline 4 x 4 and the contents of a 4 br home with some artwork clothes and Gold coins and silver us mint coins.

A 46' Bertram, 13' Boston Whaler, 17' sunfish.

I would like the altitude to be about 5000 feet with access to the city

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Dogs in Cuenca?

by Caren
(Az, usa)

8th June, 2012
Is possible to find bargain residency rentals in Cuenca if you have dogs? I am thinking I would need a securely fenced yard.
Thanks much

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Jun 10, 2012
Dogs in Cuenca
by: Anonymous

Rentals if you have a dog are hard to come by in Cuenca,you,ll pay extra .Remember most rentals are overpriced be prepared to barter,Ecuadorians as well as some Americans will try to take advantage of new comers,take your time and please get everything in writing and never give cash without a receipt TRUST NO ONE

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Looking to retire in Ecuador

by Terry Schmidt
(Santa Fe, New Mexico)

I am looking to make contact with an english speaking expat willing to be a e-mail pen pals willing to answer questions. I'm a single retired female looking to make this move myself and am a little anxious. Thank you!

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Jun 10, 2012
Possible Relocation to Cuenca
by: Sonia

Greetings,
I am a retired professional lady from Canada and am interested in visiting Cuenca,(perhaps with the final outcome,being relocation to this city).I would probably visit in early October.Right now I am perusing countless articles soaking up all the information I can about the area,i.e.apartment rentals,health care,ect.I would appreciate hearing from another single retired lady who has settled in the area to give me some sense of what I can expect and how best to prepare for a unique adventure.Thanking whoever can find time to notify me and being very appreciative of your kind response.
Sincerely,
Sonia

May 27, 2012
Ecuador
by: Max

I have lived in Cotacachi for nearly three months and my experience has been great.

I love the weather, few pests, friendly people, warm and kind expats, fun place, good food, low cost of living and much slower pace.

I am in the states now taking care of family business but I can't wait to get back.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you like.

It may take me a couple days to get back to you so don't worry if I a bit late.

Max

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Seeking English speaking pen pal in coastal area of Ecuador

by Marilyn
(Northampton, MA,USA)

10th June, 2012

I am interested in moving to the coastal region of Ecuador and would love to correspond by email with a local person. I am 69 years old, retired woman seeking a new life in a warm climate. I would like to hear about the climate, temp., humidity, bugs and type of rentals available near the shore. Tell me about your life in Ecuador.

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Interntional schools in Cuenca?

by Stephanie

Are there any interntional schools in Cuenca for my daughter? She is warming up to the idea of moving there in the next year but would really prefer an international school to home schooling.

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Aug 09, 2012
International Schools in Cuenca
by: Anonymous

You will find a list of international schools in the FAQ down the page. http://www.retire-in-ecuador.com/Cuenca-FAQ.html

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Any HANDBALL players in Cuenca?

by Tom
(Cuenca)

19th January, 2013
I am in the middle of a 2-month excursion to try living in Cuenca and it has been very agreeable so far. But I haven't yet found anyone to play handball with which is a big problem. I usually play 3 times a week (or more) and I really miss it. Found some beautiful courts in a government-provided sports facility, (Ministerio de Deportes) but so far have only found raquetball players using them. I've tried raquetball and may have to again while I'm here, but it seems way less challenging and less of a workout.

I'd expected to find at least one handball player among so many ex-pats and I remain convinced that there's someone (or more?) out there, but that we've just failed to connect...so far.

Any replies, leads or even slim possibilities would be much appreciated.


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Working in Cuenca, Ecuador?

by Michael Templeton
(Canby, OR USA)

23rd September, 2012
What jobs are available for foreigners in Cuenca, Ecuador? My background is water/wastewater treatment and cnc machining (engineering technician).

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Born in Colombia, want to move to Cuenca

by Dora
(St. Petersburg, FL USA)

5 May, 2012

i have allergies. How is the air quaity and pollen count in Cuenca?

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Charles Kinney

by Charles Kinney
(Logan W.Va USA)

How close are we to the beach?

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Jul 01, 2013
Depends on where you live in Ecuador
by: Anonymous

If you live in Cuenca in the mountains it is a three hour trip to Guayaquil and then a further two or three hours depending on where you want to be on the coast of Ecuador. You can also go to Machala from Cuenca which is a bit shorter than going to the beaches near Guayaquil. This is driving or bus. You can fly to Guayaquil and then to Manta which of course will not take as long as driving.

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I have lived in Cuenca for one year and I love it, so will you.

by Malcolm
(Cuenca, Ecuador)

Cuenca, November 2012

Cuenca, November 2012

16th May, 2013

I moved to Cuenca beginning in 2011 and finished in 2012, including my two dogs and I cannot imaging living anywhere else. I am an active single male age 72 going on 17. I would be happy to share my experience moving and living in Cuenca.
Malcolm
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Protestant Churches in Cuenca

by Sheryl
(Henderson, NV USA)

Are there any Protestant Churchs in Cuenca with English services?

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Jun 01, 2013
Retired Bishop
by: Anonymous

Anglican mainline from USA and Canada are governed by ECUSA. There is also autocephalus Catholic Churches in communion with Igreja Catolica Apostolica Brasiliera schismatics from Rome. Comments suggested that only choices were fundamentalist or evangelical
.

May 30, 2013
The Gathering
by: Anonymous

There is a brand new English speaking church here in Cuenca, Ecuador called The Gathering. This fellowship has been started by several expats who recently relocated to Ecuador from the US. The Gathering is actually the English speaking arm of the Unsion, Groupo 608, a Christian group started by Pastor Bill McDonald, also an expat who moved to Ecuador 25 years ago.

Mar 14, 2013
Other churches in other places
by: Sandee

We are having a real difficult time finding protestant English speaking churches along the coast. It the a network or web site or underground so-to-speak? We are looking into retiring on the coast.Blessings, Sandee

Jan 29, 2013
sue and or gary bible study
by: Anonymous

sue and or gary. my name is russ and i am going to be in cuenca later this week and would love to join your bible study if you have room for me. how can i get in touch with you.

russ
russtmg@hotmail.com

May 27, 2012
Churches
by: Gary & Sue

There is very little available in English presently. Calvary Chapel off Solano Ave has a 10am service in English, Verbo has translation headphones in their back row, and we have a weekly Bible study fellowship in our home.


Rejoicing in Cuenca,
Gary

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New To Cuenca, Living Alone

28/10/2012

I am a widow, age 66 from Canada. I will visit Cuenca in 2013. I have some area's of concern. How difficult, for a single older woman with no Spanish to settle in Cuenca. Here in Canada, it is still mostly a couple's culture. Until such time I become acquainted with life, people in Cuenca, what would I do if I became ill or an emergency situation. Hoping to hear from single folk in similar situation.

Thank you, jtenzyf@yahoo.com

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May 20, 2013
Correct email address
by: Anonymous

Hi Karen,

Re. your email: me@trixiesmom2u@yahoo.com is not the correct form. I tried and got a Mailer Demon. I would love to email you, please send correction. Thanks, Judy

May 19, 2013
Thinking the Same Thing
by: Jan

I have been thinking about
Cuenca for a year or so. I am 62 and in good health but realize that sharing a house could be a great way to have a nicer place and stretch the early retirement. I see beautiful places, i.e. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths for 1000 a month. What an adventure relocating to Ecuador would be! janis.kent3@gmail.com

May 15, 2013
Golden girls is my style
by: Anonymous

Just saw it on the evening news that this is the best place to retire. It is expensive here in CA and would like to share this with other women willing to go here to live.

May 13, 2013
Golden Girls in Ecuador
by: Anonymous

Have any of you ladies made it to Ecuador yet? I plan to go in 2014. Would love to be part of a Golden Girls club. Email me@trixiesmom2u@yahoo.com.
Karen

Feb 18, 2013
moving Cuenca Euador soon
by: Ethel

Golden girl sound great,aleast a girl can have someone to go shoping with.We can rent something big.It would be even cheaper that way.If it sound good to let me know.
megea@att.net.

Feb 13, 2013
Thank Goodness I'm not the only single gal!
by: Dee

I have been investigating Ecuador as a retirement home for several years now but still haven't made a move. Security is my main issue. I hear about street crime against expats and how one can't wear jewelry or carry a bag, etc. But the USA news reports each day give much more gruesome information about life here. I am glad there are no guns in Ecuador to speak of. But then, what about bus travel? Pickpockets? Are they as frequent as I hear? I am a healthy woman alone, 74 years old, and I love the USA, but the groceries are so much higher each time I go to the store that I am concerned about my retirement income lasting. The idea of a "Golden Girls" place--at least to get started--sounds great. And the idea of the resort hotel sounds perfect. I would like to hear more about it. That's one I hadn't heard about. So maybe I'll be able to go it if getting there is not too expensive. Thanks for all of the ideas I've read in your responses to Janet. Anyone who wants to contact me with thoughts about the move, do so at deewwalker@gmail.com

Jan 16, 2013
Me to
by: Sherry

I'm 65 and I've just put my house on the market and I'm going to sell everything (almost) and move to Equador. I'm sure it isn't perfect there, but it is beautiful and everything indicates that I can afford to live there without watching my bank account every minute. I plan to live there for the rest of my life but if that isn't possible, I'll move to a different country. At least I won't die from boredom.

Nov 30, 2012
MY DREAM
by: Janet

I sold my home & furniture to move to Ecuador,but chickened out, because as a 60 yr. old single woman, I had the same questions as yourself. I am on Social Security Disability and believe I could live a better & happier life than in the USA (don't get me wrong, I love the USA, born & raised here). Wish we could get a group of Golden Girls together and plan our future in Ecuador!!!jaegerb@windstream.net

Nov 18, 2012
Would also love golden age travel companion
by: zosha

I am so drawn to Ecuador, my current traveling partner was in 2 accidents, so it will be awhile before she is able to travel.
Even though I loved traveling alone before, it is really good at our golden age to have company. I am non smoker, love to hike, photography, museums, art, music, dance and indigenous plants and oils.
No flight arrangements are made until I find a similar interest female/male to travel with.
I look forward to the mud baths just south of Cuenca and tour to Loja and Vilacabamba areas.
zosia48@yahoo.com
Bless
Z

Nov 15, 2012
New To Cuenca
by: Judy

Hi Cathy,

Saw your ad, email me: jtenzyf@yahoo.com

Nov 14, 2012
cathy
by: Anonymous

I WOULD LOVE TO JOIN YOU--PLEASE CONTACT ME--AT GOLDENTGIRL3813@YAHOO.COM

Nov 13, 2012
Old Girls Group
by: Cathy

I too would like to join you in Cuenca. I am 64 years old. I live in North Carolina and have some Spanish. (I saw a studio for one of us for $360.month includes utilities and even weekly cleaning. Fully furnished!)I would love to see if this part of the world would be a good match for me.I am alone & would appreciate company of other ladies while we fell our way around Ecuadoran culture. Something to think about? Thank you!

Nov 10, 2012
JOIN YOU
by: Anonymous

WOULD LIKE TO JOIN YOU IN 2013--MY EMAIL IS GOLDENTGIRL3813@YAHOO.COM AM LOCATED IN PA. LOUISE---PS DID YOU GET A ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION

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Catholic Church in Cuenca

by Steve
(Alabama)

28th September, 2012

Is there daily Mass in Cuenca, and daily Rosary in church, etc.? Is the population very faithful to the Church's teaching? Also, are there priests who speak English (like for Confession)? Thanks!

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Crime in Cuenca

by Jon
(Saint Albans, Vermont, USA)

22nd August,2012
What is the crime rate? Theft, murder and etc.

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About to be laid off. Considering a move to Cuenca.

by Nick
(Portland, OR, USA)

June 9th, 2012

I'm 61 years old. Living in the US and about to be laid off. I will have under $1000 pm to live on, but do own a home here and would possibly be interested in purchasing a home in Cuenca. What are homeowner expenses? Real estate taxes? Real estate insurance, other.. What is the reality of moving to Ecuador? Residency requirements? Legal fees, income requirements, visas etc.? I am a US and British citizen. I'm used to a frugal lifestyle and do all of my own maintenance, cooking etc. So I can survive on less that most. Is a decent lifestyle feasible on less than $1000pm, without rent?
I can't afford medical insurance in the US once I'm laid off, which is very scary here, and my real estate taxes increase annually. So I need to move.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
I realize that reality is often different than what one reads online!
Thanks.

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Aug 19, 2012
Question for Uriel
by: Anonymous

Uriel..You mention where you live it is 50 to 60 night and 75 to 80 daytime what area is this in. I am looking for an area like that and have 2 grandchildren that will be moving with us. You also speak of doing your own visa how would one proceed with all that?
Thank You
Donna

Aug 18, 2012
ecuador
by: uriel

Living here is fantastic. I have moved from u.s. to live here and we shop at the local market and our food bill is around 50 dollars a week for 3 adults and 3 children. Seafood is cheap at the market also. You have option for resident visa of using your pension which has to be 800 month, 25,000 investment or property for 35,000. You can do your own visa and save in atty's fees. taxes are cheap. Ecuador has everything you would ever want or ask for. You can find it if you seek although they don't use internet to advertise. You can find property aruond quito that is not as high. You also have to beware that temperatures vary from location to location. coast is terribly hot. Where we are its 50-60 at night and 75-80 and is real pleasant.

Love and Light, Uriel

Aug 06, 2012
Rent First
by: Ed

I have done research for the past year and it is better to rent an apartment or home first. Then determine if you like the climate and the culture. Get the local price and not the gringo inflated price. You need to have someone help with the local classified ads in spanish to negotiate a good price. Take the money from your house sale and place it in a good CD as one commenter stated. I am looking to move in summer of 2013 once my second son is finished with his masters degree program. Social Security is not going to do it for me at this point. You can do well on $1000 a month; but you need to be willing to ride the bus and shop the local markets and do your own cooking most of the time. Good luck searching.

Jun 28, 2012
Comments for About to be laid off. Considering a move to Cuenca.
by: Mr. Best

If you're selling your home before moving to Cuenca, Check the Coops or Cooperas for yearly terms
deposits. They pay up to 11% for 367 days. They pay you the interest every month and if you do not exceed $9.200 dollars interest income a year, you'll pay no taxes in Ecuador. The same applied to your wife if you have a separate account at the Coop or Coopera of your choice.

Do your DD. (due diligence)


Jun 24, 2012
Ecuador towns and rain forests
by: Anonymous

I live in Arkansas and just retired, I want to sell out and move there, just have not decided where yet . I have been to Ecuador 3 times now and stayed for a few weeks each time..all I can say is I love it. I do not like Quito to busy to high up, hard to breath with no air. Lower elevations are great. I have been from Quito to the coast to the cloud forest to several of the towns mentioned here. I have friend who just built a home in the Intag Valley and she travels back and forth from Canada She has her resident visa and did all the legal work through another friend who has a hostal in Otavala runs a transportation service, hostal, cabins on the Intag,and several other things a very busy man.
Donna email tagiar@earthlink.net

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Local Guide Wanted

22nd March, 2013
We have openings for local guides.

Local Guide Wanted
About the Job
Become a Local Guide -
This job is just crafted for you if love to meet new people working outdoors at your preferred flexible work schedule. Your hobby for amateur theaters, interest in history and passion for sports are going to get you a job where you can enjoy each day with something different.
Shiroube has earned the reputation as the world’s largest marketplace for guides and connects the visitors with the local residents. The service of providing guides for travelers now extends to more than 3,000 cities across the world.
It's time for you to use your local knowledge and expertise for a very rewarding mutual experience where you can let our visitors enjoy your customized walks through the city uncovering hidden and secret places as you have all the required knowledge because you live there.
As a local resident you can better judge what is excellent, pleasant or pleasurable when it comes to the delicacies of restaurants in your town. Good food and taste can bring fame and glory to your city, and thus it is certainly meant for sharing. You can become a good food and wine guide too.
Feeling a bit hesitant as you never have been a guide before? No need to worry! You are only required to show something unique and interesting regarding your city or offer or teach our visitors something special, and if you are good with interacting with the people this job is just for you!
We don’t require any experience but university education and performance background may be advantageous.

Please visit http://shiroube.com/ for further information and apply to the opening.

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Cuenca......just not enough

by jeff
(Cuenca)

24th May, 2012

Cuenca seems nice. Beautiful, clean, safe, but is it just me or is this place a bit too boring?
Most of the time people don't engage me...can't even make eye contact...i seem to think they don't like me.
I for one don't feel welcome and certainly even if i learned spanish it wouldn't be all that helpful to me socially here.

It might be great for people that are a couple and plan to just retire here but as for me i look around and say to myself "is this all there is?"
Needing much more input i will say goodbye to Cuenca and move on.

25th May, 2012

You are right Jeff Cuenca is not for everyone. Hope you find your place in Ecuador. That is why it is so important for people to come and make a discovery tour before deciding to move. It is best if you can stay a couple of months to see what it would be like to live here.

Wishing the very best in your endeavours and if you do find a place that you love don't forget to drop us a line or two.

Chao chao
Retire in Ecuador

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Sep 09, 2012
feeling the same
by: Jimmy

Jeff i agree with your view about it being boring to live in Cuenca.
Having only spent maybe 6 weeks there i also found nothing that truly interested me especially the fact that the people just won't engage me in any way...no even knowing the language was not going to help me so i moved on.
This palce is a great place for retired couples, singles will find it unstimulating.



Sep 08, 2012
Eye contact
by: Achelois

It may be simply a cultural difference. Many cultures feel it is rude or bold to make direct eye contact especially by women.

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Housing in Cuenca?

by Linda
(Hillsboro OR)

9th January,2013

We are looking for housing in Cuenca, with a budget up to 1,000 a month. Are we going to have problem?

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Best tour guides in Cuenca?

by Don
(Springfield, VA, USA)

10th January, 2013

My wife and I are coming to Cuenca in late May and are looking for help in sifting through all the clutter regarding online help for travelers. Specifically:

-what accommodations would you suggest for a 16 day stay?
-which tour guide/service would you recommend while we are in Ceunca?

Thanks!

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Is Bicycling on Cuenca streets safe?

by Cynthia
(USA)

27th April, 2012

How are bicyclers treated by the car and bus drivers in Cuenca? Is is safe? are the roads paved? what about bicycling on paved roads in the countryside around Cuenca or other areas of Ecuador not at coast.

thanks so much for your advice because I'm planning on living there this July-Sept 2012.

cheers,
Cynthia

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Does the iPad work in Cuenca?

16th June, 2012

Does the iPad work in Cuenca?

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Jun 30, 2013
iPad in Ecuador
by: Bill

Yes. Most places in Ecuador have Internet, so an iPad will work there just as well as anyplace else. Last time I was in Ecuador, I took my iPad as well as my laptop. Facetime is great from Ecuador if that's an interest.

May 04, 2013
iPad
by: Anonymous

If you have wireless it'll work...

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