Travel to Ecuador the Hidden Jewel of South America. This country truly is a retirement paradise.
Ecuador has the world's best climate and is now considered the best place to live in the world.
Ecuador is a Spanish-speaking country located north-west of South America. It has a developing economy and a democratically-elected government.
Ecuador is geographically and ethnically diverse. There are tourist facilities for every budget. Ecuador switched its currency to the U.S. Dollar 2000.
Both U.S. coins and Ecuadorian coins, which are equivalent to the value of the U.S. coins, are accepted.
The Andes Mountains, dominating the country, cut across Ecuador in two ranges and reach their greatest altitudes in the snowcapped volcanic peaks of Chimborazo (20,577 ft) and Cotopaxi (19,347 ft).
The Pacific coast region, with exotic beaches, humid valleys north of the Gulf of Guayaquil, is the source of Ecuador Exports including oil and coffee.
Most of the population live in the highlands. About 65% of the people are mestizo, and a quarter are indigenous.
Europeans and Americans account for about 7% of the population and are mostly landholders, many of them living specially in the beautiful Vilcabamba Valley in Southern Ecuador.
Travel to Ecuador where you will find so much natural diversity, peace and pure air.
Ecuador is a mix of highlands, coast and jungle, colonial cities, snowcapped volcanoes, unspoiled beaches, the Amazon rain forest, and the wonder and magic of the Galapagos Islands
The City of Quito has been the heart and soul of Ecuador since the times of the great Inca empire.
Founded in 1534 by the Spanish conquistador Sebastian de Benalcazar.
Quito takes great pride in its rich colonial tradition, preserved to this day in the architecture and splendor of its churches and monasteries.
Because of its beauty and historical wealth, Quito has been named Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO.
Yet Quito is also a bustling metropolis: directly north of the colonial city lie sprawling modern neighborhoods with contemporary architecture, high-rise office towers, outdoor cafes, nightclubs, and huge shopping malls.
Although the smallest of all the Andean countries, Ecuador holds historical, cultural and incredible natural wonders befitting an entire continent.
From ancient Indian Markets, Amazon rain forests, Inca ruins, Andean volcanoes, 16th century churches, and the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, Ecuador boasts an incredible natural diversity.
Indigenous cultures, tropical forests, active volcanoes like the Tungurahua Volcano and a wealth of endemic animal and bird life are all highly accessible within a matter of hours by road and minutes by plane.
For example: if you want to escape from everyday stress, the possibility of venturing into the Amazon Rain Forest is only a 20 minute flight from Quito.
If you want to relax in one of the hundreds of Beaches in Ecuador it will take you just 30 minute flight.
You can buy a new home or a lot in the beautiful valley of Vilcabamba, enjoying its year round spring like weather.
It's a magnificent place to live, retire, have a vacation home, or investment property.
Vilcabamba is everyone's first choice for anyone thinking to retire in Ecuador because of its perfect weather, healthy and pure environment, and low cost of living. More About Retirement in Ecuador
Travel to Ecuador and discover why this is an extraordinary country for those who seek a quality life at reasonable cost. Vilcabamba is by far the jewel of Ecuador.
Vilcabamba is an idyllic land of lush, subtropical agriculture where nearly every imaginable grain, fruit and vegetable grow.