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Most visitors to Peru make a beeline to Machu Picchu, Cusco, or the Sacred Valley. In doing so, they can overlook a site worth visiting: the Colca Canyon. Located near Arequipa, the canyon cuts a 75-mile gorge through the Andes. Outsiders only began to hear about this area after 1981, when a Polish rafting expedition made the first descent of the Colca River. Since then, the canyon and the small valley villages have become one of Peru’s most popular tourist destinations.
I’m in Bucaramanga, a Colombian city of a million people on a mesa in the Andes mountains. You get the benefit of dramatic mountain views but with flat, pedestrianfriendly streets. Since arriving here from my home in Medellín (an hour’s flight away) I’ve been checking out the best neighborhoods to live.
We peer down what looks like a bottomless pit festooned with giant tropical tendrils. Across the shoulder-wide opening, a young man flashes a grin, lets loose a triumphant howl, and jumps in. Two seconds later we hear a deep splash with a resonant echo
In 2017, Coca-Cola delivered another year of declining sales. And yet its stock was up. That’s because of indexing. An example of indexing is an S&P 500 Index fund. These funds aim to mimic the returns of the S&P 500 by buying all the shares in the index in the exact proportion they are held in the index.
I’m living a lifestyle I couldn’t come close to in the U.S.,” Robert Venhuizen, 68, says. “I have enough money to do what I want.” After working for decades as an independent manufacturing representative in Holland, Michigan, Robert decided to retire at age 50. “I was just burned out with materialism,” he says.
Since moving to Cuenca, Ecuador, in 2013, Louis Bourgeois, 63, has proved you can change your life when you embrace the Ecuadorian lifestyle. Louis’s spiritual philosophy toward life led him to settle in Ecuador. But he’s also found it to be a place where he can successfully— and happily—live on an extremely small budget: his $500-a-month Social Security pension (expat couples in Cuenca typically spend around $1,700).
As one of the easiest places in the world to retire, the Southeast Asian haven of Malaysia is a tropical paradise that goes out if its way to make expats welcome. Though foreigners can buy property here, many people decide to rent. It’s great value, without the headaches that can come with property ownership. Problem with your pool? The condo board deals with it, not you. And prices are low…
I Like Doing Anything That Keeps Me Active and Healthy” Name: Jim Hurt Age: 71 From: California Living in: Tamarindo, Costa Rica The surfing culture in the U.S. exploded in 1962, when the mass success of the Gidget movies perfectly collided with California’s “coolness.” That was also the year native Californian Jim Hurt began surfing, at age 14
Northern California native Steven Elam says, “I was first attracted to Nha Trang because of the ease of living and the availability of recreation. Living here on a retirement budget is really good. I don’t make a lot of money, but I am able to save nearly half my income and still have a great lifestyle.”