Friends in Ecuador!

by Ben
(Tampa, Florida)

21st February, 2013

We are a couple trying to get informed about life in Ecuador before moving there. My wife is a recovering cancer patient and needs a wheel chair to move around. I am in excellent health and a retiring software engineer. I speak many foreign languages as well. She is former legal administrator who speaks fluent Spanish and English.

We have never been to Ecuador. However, we are planning on visiting Ecuador for couple of months for evaluation, as a retirement destination. We have started our research and would like to meet e-friends (online friends) who already live there to correspond with and help us with questions we may have. We have not decided on where to settle in in Ecuador yet. We are open.

We are excited, yet nervous, about living in a foreign country. Our hope is to make friends for life, not just exchange information. If you think we can be friends, please write back at:

anytime - even if this post is months old.

Thank you and God Bless!

Ben & Millie

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Mar 22, 2015
Friends please
by: Anonymous

I'm interested to get some friends from Ecuador too. It is difficult to plan if there is no advise or some one who can help you. If any one wants to be friend with me I would appreciated.
I'm 53 years old living in the USA from Europe (originally). I divorced and want to start a new life away from here.

Sep 16, 2013
Wheelchair bound
by: Karen

Getting around the streets of Cuenca can be challenging for a person with normal capabilities. Others have responded to this type of question stating that the sidewalks are not smooth (true) and that they may have light posts or other impediments in the middle of them - forcing you into the street (also true). You might actually be better off with a wheel chair than a cane, as many surfaces are challenging. I can't speak for other places in Ecuador - though beaches can be bad due to the amount of sand. In newer areas of town (Cuenca) the sidewalks are in better condition and there are plenty of parks with nice areas. Depends on what exactly you want to do. When the wheel on the chair breaks, repairs may be difficult. An electric wheelchair might present additional repair challenges. We moved to Cuenca in Dec 2012, just in time for Old/New Year celebration. We use a taxi most of the time for convenience and they come right to your front door. If you are in a building, you will want an elevator. Many private homes are multi-level - another challenge. Many activities in Cuenca are in El Centro - smaller streets that are more narrow and have narrow sidewalks. I can only answer for my experiences in Cuenca, as we have basically come through airports in Quito and Guayaquil. Medical care depends on where you are - generally very good in Cuenca and the big cities. Outlying areas not so advanced. For more information, contact me at Also, see the relocation service in the left hand links - they are good people, did a great job for me, and are willing to answer questions without commitments.

Jun 16, 2013
Have you had any luck
by: RIE

Hi we at RIE notice that you have not had a reply on the forum although maybe you have had personal contact by email. But you may be interested in checking out this link

Best of luck
RIE team

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