Quito is the capital city of Ecuador, located just south of the equator. Quito has so much culture and history to offer. My husband, Brian, and I live in a different area of Ecuador, but recently had an opportunity to go house- (and cat-) siting there for a week. We took full advantage of being in the heart of the capital city and did a lot of exploring.
The five-month whale-watching season on the Pacific coast of Ecuador runs from June through October every year. By the time these awe-inspiring animals reach my waterside wonderland, they have traveled 4,100 miles north from the frigid waters of Antarctica.
It’s no wonder then that over 5,000 expats call Cuenca home. And while many of them are happy to fully embrace their overseas retirement, plenty more are taking the opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial side.
On February 1, 2019, I experienced a serious health scare. When I was released from the hospital, my cardiologist told me my arteries were not good and I had clots in my legs and lungs. I asked what I should do regarding diet. He demonstrated with a gesture to zip my mouth shut. Not much help.
After a month of searching for our future home in Ecuador, my wife Monica and I, were back where we had started, in Quito’s Centro Histórico. Knowing that we had to wake up at 3 a.m. for the shuttle to whisk us off to the airport—the first leg of many on our trip back to Seattle—I suggested that maybe we should just stay up, and out, and sleep on the plane.
A lot of people in Ecuador, locals and expats alike, do just fine without ever owning a car. In fact, getting around without one is part of the healthier lifestyle that they enjoy.
It has now been three-and-a-half years that I have lived in Ecuador, and I couldn’t enjoy living life here more. I chose Ecuador because it is affordable, I wanted to experience living in a different culture, learn Spanish, and enjoy a warm beach life.
I vividly remember the day when our five-year plan turned into a much shorter one. I had received our Canadian property tax bill in the mail, and after reviewing it said to my husband, “Why are we waiting?”
Many expats who are considering retiring to Ecuador look for a city or town they think they would like to live in, myself included. Many also make one or more trips to check out different locales prior to making their final move.
When I lived in Florida, I used to joke that my truck had more dates than me. I am not a professional mover, but by the time we sold our truck, I could have been—we had moved so many times. So, now, I'd do almost anything to avoid it.