Southern Ecuador: Convenience and Good Weather in the “City of Music”

Southern Ecuador: Convenience and Good Weather in the “City of Music”

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September 26, 2016

When checking out retirement spots in Ecuador, there are a few things that retirees look for. A great climate is usually first on the list, followed closely by an affordable cost of living. Everyone wants good infrastructure, but some hate to lose the “small-town” feel, which inevitably happens with bigger cities. Cuenca, for instance, has most everything an expat could need, and many have found their ideal retirement there—but with around half a million people, it’s just too big for some.

A Peaceful and Inexpensive Mountain Setting: Welcome to Boquete

A Peaceful and Inexpensive Mountain Setting: Welcome to Boquete

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July 25, 2016

"The future of the U.S. was looking bad,” says Nancy Young of the decisions that led her and her family to find a new life in the highlands of western Panama. “My husband was going to retire on beans, with no benefits…not enough for us to live on. Every winter in Missouri I dreaded getting our electric bill, and in the summer there were a few days you could open your windows to let the air in and not have to use air conditioning, but the air was so dirty that everyone had allergies. We had to make a move.”