Living in Ecuador

Living in Ecuador is the best decision you can make due to it's favorable climate and sheer biodiversity.


It's one of the lowest priced getaways in South America and most enjoyable bargain you'll find.

Although Ecuador is the smallest country within the Andes Mountains, it has attracted during the past decade foreigners from all over the world attributable mainly through the inviting cultures of its people and diverse nature.

People from multinational companies including diplomats, the oil sector or ex-volunteers including peace corps have taken the decision of a quieter life away from the more industrialized West.

Eco-tourism has also attracted in a number of foreigners who are now living in Ecuador and run everything from hotels in the spectacular beaches to biking companies who specialize in jungle tours or bike rides down the country's stunning volcanoes.

The rural towns of Banos, Vilcabamba, Cotacachi and Otavalo have attracted an influx of foreigners who also specialize in natural life styles from Vegetarian restaurants, to a variety of homeopathy and massage healing techniques in addition to organized tours including trekking, bird watching, rafting and many others.

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 from all walks of life.

Ecuador has it all. This country from the size of Colorado in the United States is packed with incredible diversity.

Majestic mountains, lush jungles, mysterious cloud forests, miles of virtually untouched beaches and of course the worldwide recognized Galapagos Islands.

Retirement in Ecuador

Ecuador is being touted as a South American retirement haven, competing with favorites like Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama.

Ecuador is currently considered the 2nd best county in the world for retirement (CNN citing a study by International Living).

The country's appeal is quickly becoming obvious to savvy savers.

Pluses mentioned by International Living include the tranquility of Ecuador's daily life, the year round spring-like weather (which, incidentally, makes energy costs very cheap).

The relatively inexpensive standard of living, good public and private services as well as enviable natural and cultural diversity.

The cost of living in Ecuador is still low and you will be able to live very comfortably on less than $1000 a month.

If you want to purchase land or a home for living in Ecuador, I would recommend the extraordinary valley of Vilcabamba, is the best financial investment you can make now.

Vilcabamba Valley

The year round spring-like climate ranges approximately from an unbelievable 65 to 83 degrees, perfect for indoor-outdoor living in a humidity-free and pure-air environment.

It's a magnificent place for living in Ecuador, retire, have a vacation home, or investment property.

Vilcabamba has been included in a group of only three places in the world that have an unusually disproportionate number of centenarians per capita.

It has been honored as the crème-de-la-crème by dozens of noted and world famous researchers, scientists, medical practitioners, medical experts, and journalists who have visited, lived in and written about its unusual centenarian champions of health.

Vilcabamba is an idyllic land of lush, subtropical agriculture where nearly every imaginable grain, fruit and vegetable (and flower) grow.

Known as the Sacred Valley, Vilcabamba has been variously called "The Isle of Immunity for Heart Disease," "The Land of Eternal Youth," "The Valley of Peace and Tranquility," and "The Lost Paradise."

Hacienda San Joaquin is an extraordinary real estate project in Vilcabamba. The property is located two miles west of downtown Vilcabamba, it is a very private, gated, deed-restricted, tranquil paradise.

It offers 95 beautiful riverfront and hillside home sites (lots) and some beautiful new homes for sale with spectacular views of the Andes Mountains and Vilcabamba River.

The elevation of the property rises from the valley floor at 4,839 feet to the mountaintop at 6,512 feet.

The home sites utilize a small amount of land leaving many hundreds of private acres for hiking, horseback riding, and the like.

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Visa Requirements for Living in Ecuador

Ecuador is definitely an ideal place to live or to stay for along time.

A small country but one with great diversity for traveling and being able to reach places in just a few hours.

Prices are relatively cheap, thousands of activities and the friendliness of its people will make you enjoy your stay.

However, you should be informed about what is necessary for living in Ecuador in a legal and safe way.

The National Direction of Immigration of the National Police of Ecuador is the entity in charge of controlling the migratory movement within the national territory.

And is also in charge of the control of foreigners in the country according to the pertinent laws and regulations.

Their offices are located in the city of Quito at Avenida Amazonas 3149 in front of the Mall El Jardin.

If you go directly to the offices you can obtain all of the information you need for making your stay legal.

To work in Ecuador, a work visa is very easy for foreigners to obtain.

There is a preference for foreign personnel that demonstrate different abilities that the usual ones found in the country like languages or a specialization in certain fields.

Obtaining a work visa usually requires a lawyer which will make it easier and quicker for you.

Entrance of Foreigners into Ecuador

With respect to the entrance of foreigners, Immigration gives 12-X tourist visas to foreign citizens that enter Ecuadorian territory for a maximum of 180 days.

If you would like to stay more time, a small fee is charged for extensions greater than 90 days.

When the resident visa process is complete, you are then required to stay in Ecuador for at least 9 months each year, total, for the first two years.

This requirement has changed to allow more flexibility in traveling out of the country, but check the current law regarding this rather than take someone's opinion about it.

These rules change periodically. The authorities are sticklers and staying out of the country for even one more day may lead to the revocation of your resident visa.

The resident visa allows you to bring your household items into Ecuador duty-free and you will also be eligible for discounts for such things as flights to the Galapagos Islands, paying the same price as locals. With a resident visa you will have the same benefits of an Ecuadorian.

More About Ecuador

Extraordinary Property in Ecuador for Sale

Vilcabamba Valley

City of Cuenca

City of Guayaquil in the Coast

Economic Galapagos Tours

If you have questions about Living in Ecuador, You can post them on our Ecuador FAQ Page and if you'd like to request more information about our exciting Amazon Jungle Tours or from our recommended Galapagos Island Cruises to explore this Archipelago, You can Contact us here

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