Ecuador Living and learning about Ecuadorian culture, as well as many practical tips for shipping your belongings or organizing a visa.
So you're thinking of moving to Ecuador? Well then, get ready to experience an exciting country full of friendly people, colorful customs, tropical food and equatorial weather!
In preparation for the big move, you are no doubt trawling books and the Internet for information. To aid you in your search, here's a handy list of important resources to assist you.
You might still have no idea where you're going to stay in Ecuador. Well, a good way to give you a base when you arrive is to travel with Couchsurfing.
The general idea is that once you become a member of Couchsurfing then you can contact another CS member in Ecuador who has a free bed and ask if you could stay with them for a few days.
This is a great way to get an insider view into Ecuador living, as your host would know the key places to visit, the best bars and restaurants and would be able to help you settle in and meet people.
Furthermore you may well find a place to stay or a job through the people that you meet.
Bear in mind though, your request might not always be accepted, but this is rare. If you're interested you can sign up for Couchsurfing and search for members in Ecuador.
And Couchsurfing is not just for those looking for a place to stay when they first arrive, it is also a good way just to connect with new friends in Ecuador, go for a coffee or just meet up for a chat.
There are many good English language websites with information about finding a job, looking for a place to live and learning about Ecuadorian culture, as well as many practical tips for shipping your belongings or organizing a visa.
You can stay up to 90 days with a tourist visa in Ecuador. However if you want to work in Ecuador, or simply guarantee a stay of over 90 days, there are a range of visas available, including study (12-V), work (12-VI), volunteer and religious (12-VII), cultural exchange (12-VIII) and long-stay business or tourism (12-IX). Check this Ecuador Visa Page
"Living in Ecuador, an Insider's guide to the good life" is a good start, this has general information on moving to Ecuador, including how to prepare for your move, shipping your belongings and which city to move to.
You could also check out "Retire in Ecuador", (which despite the name is not just for those looking to retire). There is a classified section as well as good advice on moving and settling in.
"Ecuador Living" also has a number of detailed articles on a variety of topics, with useful advice and information, ranging from finding a house and job to cultural advice and what food you can enjoy.
In the same vein, "Relocation Services of Ecuador" have good information on making your move. They cover practical topics such as acquiring a visa, as well as general information on climate, food, health and transportation.
When you visit Ecuador for the first time, it's hard not to fall in love with this country. The cultural side, the diversity in it's environment and social fabric of the country appeals to all travelers.
Ecuador is currently considered the 2nd best county in the world for retirement (CNN citing a study by International Living).
If you want to purchase land or a home for Ecuador living or retirement, I would recommend the extraordinary valley of Vilcabamba. Click here to See Wonderful Lots and Homes for Sale in Vilcabamba
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