How To Open A Bank Account In Ecuador

Making plans to move abroad can be time-consuming. After all, each country has its own rules, its own regulations and its own processes—including with regard to banking. But the good news is that in Ecuador anybody can open an account with the right documents—including foreign nationals. So, if you’re looking to open a bank account … Read more

How To Learn The Language In Ecuador

If you are intending to live and work in Ecuador, one of your first questions will be regarding your ease of communication. Which languages are spoken in Ecuador and how widespread is the use of English? We will answer some of your questions below.The official language of Ecuador is Spanish, but many different languages are … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Ecuador

Renting property If you know where abouts in Ecuador you would like to live, you can walk around the local area looking for signs with ‘Se Alquila or ’Se Arrienda’ written on them – these both mean ‘To Rent.’ These signs will likely include telephone numbers, which you can call to make enquiries. Most person-to-person … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the more straightforward countries to visit, as its visa requirements are minimal. If you are a British citizen, you can enter Ecuador without a visa, although you may be questioned as to why you are travelling there. When you arrive, you may also be asked to provide proof of your return … Read more

How To Find A Job In Ecuador

Ecuador is a fascinating country, and currently popular among retirees, but employment opportunities for expats are limited. You will need a work permit in order to work legally in the country and this can be complex to obtain. Your best option for getting a job in this South American nation will be to teach English, … Read more

James Whittall, Mirador San Jose

Who are you? When you ask who I am, the answer always includes my wife. We’re from Ottawa, Canada. We’re both 55.I am the former head of marketing at a major music festival. My wife is a retired lieutenant colonel, Royal Canadian Air Force. We moved to Ecuador in January 2019. We own a villa … Read more

How To Find The Best School For Your Child In Ecuador

In both the public and private sectors in Ecuador, the quality of education varies enormously from one school to another. If a school has a reputation for high standards, you are likely to find that it is difficult to obtain a place for your child. Many have entrance exams to select the pupils they are … Read more

Jessica Fay, Quito

Hello! My name is Jessica Fay and my family and I left our home in Texas to explore the world! We are currently in Quito, Ecuador, and are having a fantastic time!We wanted to take what we are calling the “Fay Family Gap Year”. This was important to us because we have a two-year-old daughter … Read more

Working Visas In Ecuador: An Expat Guide

Ah… visas. Yes, we can almost hear the collective groan now. It’s true that visa paperwork is often not the most straightforward, and with many countries regularly changing their rules with little to no warning, it’s a constant battle to stay up to date with what you are eligible for. In addition, researching how to … Read more

Will Ecuador’s New Mandatory Health Insurance Rules Affect You?

As of May 1st, 2018, the Human Mobility Act will replace the current immigration and naturalization law in Ecuador, imposing new rules on foreign nationals. There will be three main requirements for expats and holidaymakers in Ecuador: – to carry travel identification or a passport while in the country;– to register at the Ecuadorian civil … Read more

Beachfront Retirement Communities For Expats In Ecuador

A study ranked Ecuador as the number one country for holiday makers and expats alike to make friends with local people and seamlessly blend into the community. The most obvious place to settle down in the country is arguably Cuenca, the capital of Azuay Province. At the end of 2017, an estimated 5000 expats called … Read more

Looking To Slow Down And Enjoy Life More? Move To Ecuador!

Unfortunately, stress can be a regular part of life for many of us. We find it hard to slow down or take a break, and may not have time to stop or go on holiday. This fast paced, relentless way of life is never good for health or happiness. In the Western world, high costs … Read more

Which Vaccinations Might You Need When Moving To Ecuador?

Offering 2,237km (1,398m) of Pacific Ocean coastline and breathtaking views in the Andes mountains, the South American country of Ecuador can be an exciting destination to head to. However, don’t leave home without protecting your health against some hidden dangers.Average life expectancy in Ecuador, according to 2016 World Health Organisation figures, is 51st in global … Read more

Luca Lamanna, Quito

Who are you? My name is Luca Lamanna, I’m a 25-year-old Canadian living in South America.I teach English and I do hobby photography. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Quito, Ecuador in 2017. I moved abroad to change my lifestyle. While living in Toronto, I worked for a bank and … Read more

Elliott Segelbaum, Cuenca

Who are you?My name is Elliott Segelbaum.I’m 46 years old, and I retired at 40 from computer programming because my wife, Stephanie, and I realized that life is too short to spend our best years in a cubicle. (She retired with me, and was 38 at the time.) Where, when and why did you move … Read more

Jim Santos, Salinas

Who are you? My name is Jim Santos, I’m a retired computer and networking professional, now earning some extra money (and getting a lot of satisfaction) out of writing freelance.I have a blog where I write about our lives in Ecuador, our travels, and life in general. I’ve also been published in the Wall Street … Read more

Keith & Tina Paul, Cuenca

Who are you? We are Keith & Tina Paul. Early retirees who believed there’s so much more to life than work. We love to travel and now have a successful travel blog. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved to Cuenca Ecuador in January of 2015.We wanted to retire early and moving … Read more

Ecuador – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Ecuador and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Ecuador Expats Facebook Group As you might … Read more

Jim Santos, Salinas

Who are you? Jim Santos, retired from the computer / network support business, and now a fulltime freelance writer and blogger. I’m the Ecuador Coastal Correspondent for International Living, and recently had an article published in the Wall Street Journal.Where, when and why did you move abroad? My wife Rita and I moved to Salinas … Read more

Ecuador – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Ecuador and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Jim Santos It didn’t take Jim long to fall in love … Read more

Should You Buy Or Build A House In Ecuador?

Ecuador is becoming a popular destination for expats due to its low living costs. The real estate market is one particularly important factor that attracts foreigners to this country. Housing prices can be anywhere between 50% and 100% cheaper than Panama, Costa Rica, the US, and Europe. While many expats prefer to settle down in … Read more

Dealing With Culture Shock In Ecuador – Some Advice For New Expats

Culture shock is an almost universal experience for expats, no matter where they go and how eager they are to get there. It doesn’t matter how excited you are about moving abroad; eventually, there are things about your new life that will get to you, and will make you feel frustrated, anxious, angry, resentful, or … Read more

Moving To Ecuador With Children

Ecuador is a multicultural country with one of the highest representations of indigenous cultures in South America. Covering just 283,560 sq. km of area in the northwestern part of South America, Ecuador may be a small country, but it’s known for its remarkable diversity. The country’s official language is Spanish, but thirteen indigenous languages are … Read more

The Reality Of Expat Life In Ecuador

South America’s fourth-smallest country, Ecuador is a top expat destination, especially for retirees. Many foreigners choose to settle down here due to its low living costs, colorful culture and easy accessibility. There is also plenty to see and do in Ecuador. However, living in a foreign location permanently can be hard, especially when the lifestyle … Read more

Ecuador – Top Five Expat Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Ecuador and some of the bloggers who write about living there. Paul Acee's Ecuador An expat in Ecuador since October 2014, Paul’s blog is … Read more

Leigh Anderson, Quito

Who are you? My name is Leigh Anderson. I’m a freelance writer from Canada and I love the opportunities my work affords me to constantly meet new people and live in new places. Through my work, both professionally and on a voluntary basis I’ve been able to spend several years living abroad, first in South … Read more

Maureen Stimola, Tena (Ecuadorian Amazon)

Who are you? Excited by adventure and discovery, fascinated by science, mildly obsessed with lizards, attracted by new places and weird food, interested in new people but quiet until I get to know someone, that’s the nutshell. More factually, my name is Maureen (totally unpronounceable in any language except English) Stimola, and I am 23 … Read more

Gary Kesinger, Cotacachi

My name is Gary Kesinger. I worked as a middle school teacher for nearly 20 years, traveling internationally nearly every summer. After tiring of the stress of modern life, my wife and I decided to start a new life in South America. I had been interested in the idea of breaking away from the rat … Read more