Living Adventurously in Ecuador

Living Adventurously in Ecuador


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Living Adventurously in Ecuador



Thanks for sitting down with us here. If you were ever curious to know more about what it is like to live outside of a so-called "first world" country, then you have come to the right place. I have traveled all over Latin America regularly for more than 40 years now. I have lived in Ecuador for nearly 25 years. I have no plans to leave!


Here are some of the topics we study here:

  • What life is like in Ecuador
  • What is the cost of living?
  • Is it safe?
  • Do I have to know how to speak Spanish?
  • Can I find gold in Ecuador?
  • Are there still any lost cities to be discovered?
  • What are the people like?
  • and much more!


Please check out our Adventure Forum at the bottom of this page. This is a great chance to get to know each other a little better.

Check out the latest story...

The Smartest Choice of All Was to Move to Ecuador

Posted by Suzan Haskins

February 12, 2013



I first visited Vilcabamba back in 1987. Back then, there were no phones. I remember chatting with a number of people who were more than 100 years old. I always joked that the people lived so long in Vilcabamba because there were no phones!

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Living in Ecuador is great, especially in Cuenca.

Posted by Stan Grist

February 02, 2013



I moved to Cuenca about a year ago. I like it much better than Quito. My gold mining projects are only a three-hour drive down to the jungle. My favorite surfing beach is a five-hourdrive to the Pacific coast.


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Why I'm Moving To Ecuador To Pursue The American Dream

Posted by Stan Grist

January 15, 2013


Here is a story very similar to hundreds of others that I have recently become aware of. Literally, dozens of North American families are moving to Ecuador each month now. Cuenca, in particular, is in a gringo immigration boom.


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A visit to Ecuador and the Galapagos

Posted by Stan Grist

January 15, 2013


The group stopped at a restaurant on a lake in the Andes. On the slopes of the volcano are farms, typical of what they saw all along their journey. (Courtesy Photo)

The Galapagos. Many friends assumed I had been there in my travels. No, I told them, but I've been to a lot of other Pacific island groups.


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Teaching English in Ecuador? 
Hello, I'm seriously thinking about moving to Ecuador, the quality of life and the sheer beauty of the country is enticing. Would it be possible for me …

We're Living in Ecuador Now Too! 
We now live in Ibarra. The climate is agreeable and my back pain has lessened somewhat. The area is centered in many parks. The lifestyle is what I expected …

Vilcabamba 
Hey Stan, ever heard of any gold artifacts being found around Vilcabamba? I have found stone artifacts (knives, scrapers, hoes) that predate the Inca right …

John (Jack) Dougherty 
Hi Stan, I've been reading a lot about living in Ecuador and am becoming very interested. Enough that I may visit for a week or two this winter (Jan) to …

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