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Cuenca, Ecuador, has so much to offer…and as you discover the city and the local ways of doing things, you’ll ﬁnd that the promise of a high-quality life overseas—at seriously low prices—really can come true for you. The longer you live in Ecuador, the less money you’ll need for budget basics and the more you’ll be able to free up for travel, entertainment, and living the good life.
The colonial city of Cuenca, Ecuador, draws vacationers from all over the world...and it has a tendency to turn visitors into permanent residents. That's what happened to me four years ago. My three-month visit turned into a six-month stay...Then a year passed and I still hadn't left. Cuenca has become home. I've been to some great places in the world and have loved them—places like Spain, Italy, or even Argentina. So why do I stay in Cuenca when there are so many other great places I could be living? Well, there are three big reasons I keep staying (and staying and staying).
My sister was shocked at the $2,000 she’d been quoted. But for a year’s worth of monthly housecleaning in Ohio, apparently that’s the going rate. While she recovered from her sticker shock, I did a bit of quick math.
Parque Calderón is the touristic and scenic heart of Cuenca, outskirts of Cuenca offers a special view of the city. Instead of looking to the rivers or the mountains, at Fogo you look down into Cuenca itself. Go at sunset and grab a seat on the outdoor patio to watch Cuenca twinkle its way into the night.
In the modern world, you live to work, but in Ecuador, you work to live,” says Jeff Stern of his new home in the country’s colonial capital. Becoming a successful chocolatier who creates artisanal chocolates is just the latest twist in Jeff’s journey. A San Diego native, Jeff ﬁrst visited Ecuador in 1994 when studying for a Master’s degree in community and regional planning. After a short career in foreign aid development, he changed course in 2001 and started down a culinary path. Jeff worked in restaurants, catering, and as a personal chef before a part-time job in a chocolate store opened his eyes to the world of chocolate.