Live In Ecuador

Ecuador is an exciting place to live, with four distinct geographical zones, a blend of ancient and modern cultures, and unmatched affordability.

Why Live In Ecuador?

  • Choose from four distinct geographic zones – tropical Pacific beaches, mystical Andean highlands, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Galapagos Islands
  • Enjoy a low cost of living, and a high standard of living
  • Learn a new language, experience a new culture, explore a new environment, make new friends
  • Actualize new business opportunities, open new markets, make productive contacts
  • Leave the hustle and bustle “routine” you are used to and create anew

Introduction To Living in Ecuador

Ecuador can essentially be broken down into four primary geographical regions: the mainland coast, the Andean highlands, the Galapagos Islands, and the Amazon rainforest (also known as the Oriente).

This E-Book focuses on exploring the coastal and highland territories as they are currently the most popular among international visitors seeking to live or invest in Ecuador.

Highland Vs. Coastal Ecuador

There are dramatic cultural differences between the coast and the highlands of Ecuador that may strongly influence one’s decision to live or invest in either region.

Most of Ecuador’s wealth and political power is concentrated in the mountainous Andean region between Quito and Cuenca.  The people in the highlands tend to be more industrious and more prosperous than those on the coast and enjoy better infrastructure, universities, and medical care.

Ecuador’s coast has yet to be developed for large scale tourism so the bulk of the population still survives on subsistence fishing and agriculture. The coastal areas are generally much warmer and more humid than the highlands.  Benefits of living on the coast are access to empty tropical beaches, fresh seafood, and lively festivals.

Urban Vs. Rural

Ecuador can also be divided into urban and rural environments.  Ecuador’s larger cities  operate efficiently, inexpensively, and generally offer enough of a cosmopolitan edge to make Ecuador as a whole a very attractive place to spend time.

Ecuador’s largest cities (Quito and Guayaquil) tend not to be safe for walking around alone at night, although taxi transportation is widely available and affordable.

Ecuador’s smaller cities and towns really shine as places to live due to their sheer natural beauty, the friendliness of the people, and decent standard of living for a very low price.

Our personal favorites are Quito, Cuenca, Cotacachi and Vilcabamba in the highlands and Manta and Bahia de Caraquez on the coast.

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Check out our e-book: Ecuador 101 – Insider’s Guide To Living And Investing In Ecuador

Ecuador is an exciting place to live, with four distinct geographical zones, a blend of ancient and modern cultures, and unmatched affordability.

Living in Ecuador

Quick Facts

Population:  13.4 Million

GDP: US$ 41 Billion

GDP Per Capita: US$ 3,088

Currency: US Dollar

Government: Democracy since 1979

 Exports (% of total)     Imports (% of total)       
 Oil & oil products  59.3  Raw materials  28.6
 Banana & plantain  9.5  Capital goods  23.4
 Shrimp  4.6  Consumer goods  21.3
 Canned fish  4.5  Fuel & lubricants  19.7
 Export Markets(% total)     Suppliers (% of total)  
 US  54.1  US  24.8
 Peru  8.6  Colombia  14.9
 Colombia  4.7  Venezuela  7.9
 Chile  4.3  Brazil  7.

Overview of Living and Investing in Ecuador

Ecuador can essentially be broken down into four primary geographical regions: the mainland coast, the Andean highlands, the Galapagos Islands, and the Amazon rainforest (also known as the Oriente).

This E-Book focuses on exploring the coastal and highland territories as they are currently the most popular among international visitors seeking to live or invest in Ecuador.

Highland Vs. Coastal Ecuador

There are dramatic cultural differences between the coast and the highlands of Ecuador that may strongly influence one’s decision to live or invest in either region.

Most of Ecuador’s wealth and political power is concentrated in the mountainous Andean region between Quito and Cuenca.  The people in the highlands tend to be more industrious and more prosperous than those on the coast and enjoy better infrastructure, universities, and medical care.

Ecuador’s coast has yet to be developed for large scale tourism so the bulk of the population still survives on subsistence fishing and agriculture. The coastal areas are generally much warmer and more humid than the highlands.  Benefits of living on the coast are access to empty tropical beaches, fresh seafood, and lively festivals.

Ecuador can also be divided into urban and rural environments.  Ecuador’s larger cities  operate efficiently, inexpensively, and generally offer enough of a cosmopolitan edge to make Ecuador as a whole a very attractive place to spend time.

Ecuador’s largest cities (Quito and Guayaquil) tend not to be safe for walking around alone at night, although taxi transportation is widely available and affordable.

Ecuador’s smaller cities and towns really shine as places to live due to their sheer natural beauty, the friendliness of the people, and decent standard of living for a very low price.

My personal favorites are Quito, Cuenca, Cotacachi and Vilcabamba in the highlands and Manta and Bahia de Caraquez on the coast.