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Moving to Ecuador? Expat guide for living in Quito

Ecuador is a beautiful country full of interesting places to visit and beautiful mountain scenery. The people are friendly, the cost of living is reasonable and the weather is spring like most of the year. Ecuador is a very good option if you have decided to live in another country. For sure, you will have many questions. With this article I want to soften your uncertainty with tips and references to make the transition easier. Consider it as a help for future expats.

1st decision: Which city to choose?

Depending on your preference for a type of weather, altitude, landscape, urban or rural life (you’ll find it all in Ecuador), you’ll also have to consider whether you’d like to stay among fellow countrymen or whether you think you can adapt to the local culture and customs.

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Quito is an excellent option if you like living in a big city, with many activities and health care close by. The option to meet other “Gringos” and the many organizations will facilitate the integration. A bonus is that there are many restaurants, supermarkets, shopping malls, etc. so you can better cope with the homesickness of old habits. How to be an expatriate in Ecuador? Meet Ecuador’s Expat Community and American Expats in Ecuador and enjoy your new country.

If you don’t manage Spanish yet, learn it! Integration into the local community will be so much easier and many “inconveniences” can be avoided. Language learning is a must in my opinion. There are many language schools where, in a short time, can get the basics. Near to our serviced apartments “Old Town Quito Suites” for example you have “Ailola Quito Spanish School” and “Spanish Classes in Quito”.

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@París, Francia3 aportes
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The place is very well located in a charming street next to the historical city center, very comfortable, and most of all, the staff is really thoughtful, and very careful to details, making us really feel like at home, with the service of a hotel. Had a very nice time there, thank you!
@Sídney, Australia
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This place is a gem ! Great location , lovely spacious well styled rooms and super comfy! We were warmly welcomed and nothing was too much trouble for the hosts to undertake for us. Dirk and his team Sebis, etc.made sure our stay was complete in every way. They had great advice for the city and day trips and their assistance for onward journeys through Equador was a touch if class. Definitely worth staying here ! It was well priced for the quality of experience and the hospitality!.
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In the middle of the city you stay in an oasis of tranquility. You will be spoiled by the owners and staff. They are always ready to help you. The apartment is very clean, artistic, luxurious and finished to perfection (the wood gives it a warm feeling) You are in the middle of all the sights of the capital. Taxi (very cheap), public transport are within walking distance.

2nd advice: Expat safety tips

If you are single, opt first for a few weeks in Quito to get adjusted, improve your language skills. Select a safe rental apartment in a convivial environment. If your host speaks fluently English and is available to give you some tips, all the better.

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2nd Decision:

Leaving well-prepared or throw yourself in

It is up to you to decide in function of your character or your desire to go head over heels. But! A few thinks to explore or get done first:

  1. Decide on Health Insurance. Ecuador has a very good health care system (IESS) and also excellent hospitals and private health insurance companies. Depending on your budget and age, make your choice.

  2. Check the Covic-19 measures taken by airlines, the Ecuadorian government or Airport before leaving.

  3. Ecuador Visas. Ecuador offers many types of Visas. Study what is the best option for you. Keep in mind that you have 90 days on a tourist visa.
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3th Decision: Working abroad

If you have your income on retirement, or investment, check out the retirement and investment Ecuador visa options. If you have to make a living still, check out the different websites: How to work in Ecuador as an expat or Working abroad. Nowadays it’s also easier to work “virtually” if your company provides this or provide “online” courses. Depending on your education or expertise, you can also easily set up a company or a consulting agency here. Here, a high demand exist for good training and advice.

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