How to retire in Ecuador: learn about cost of living, traveling the country with public transport, Internet availability and the Ecuador climate.
It is not uncommon to experience all "seasons" in the course of one day.However, when Ecuadorians talk about "seasons", they simply refer to the distinction between months with less and more rainfall. Due to its location on the equator, temperatures stay roughly the same all year round. Plus, the Ecuador people can enjoy 12 hour long days for 365 days per year!
It's been rather difficult to find reliable information about Internet services in Ecuador, but a common theme in the various Ecuador living forums and blogs seems to be that Internet is more expensive and slower than in the United States or Europe.
Whilst Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Manta have an increasing coverage for high-speed access, you might only get a rather shaky dial-up service in rural areas.
Claro (formely Porta), one of the main phone and Internet providers throughout Central and Latin America, offers dial-up, broadband and mobile Internet access. Their broadband package starts at $19.90 per month for a 1.6 Mbps connection and goes up to $110 for 15 Mbps. This is a huge improvement compared to a few years ago, where you had to pay $45 per month for a 128kbps connection.
One caveat though... I am using Claro myself (in Nicaragua). They are not known for world-class service. If and when things get done depends largely on the individual Claro employee you happen to be assigned to in their stores. If you don't succeed the first time round, come back another day. Eventually it always works out!
is another Internet service provider
in Ecuador. Their rates for wireless access starts at $30,
192kbps to 512kbps. If you want wired, high-speed broadband their
website refers you to Netlife, the first fiber optic Internet provider
in Ecuador. Their cost / performanc ratio is good, with
a 5 Mbps connection. However, they cover only certain areas in Quito
Tickets can be purchased on the bus. Ask local passengers about the ticket price to avoid paying the Gringo fare!
When it comes to Ecuador
transportation, the most convenient and inexpensive means
of traveling the country
is by bus.
The 4h bus ride from Cuenca to the coast for example costs
approximately $8. In general, calculate about $0.50 per 15 miles or $1
per hour for your bus ride.
In major cities, the ubiquitous yellow taxis have meters and should use them. Still, it is always a good idea to agree on the price beforehand. According to EcuadorExplorer.com, any taxi ride in Quito should cost between $1 and $5, including the trip from the airport to town.
Ecuador's once well developed railway system is nowadays almost non-functional, except for a few sections where you can go for a scenic ride through the Andean mountains.
Due to the country's rugged topography, air travel has become a major means of
There are supposedly some 205 airports in Ecuador, 61 of which have
paved runways and two of which handle international flights (Quito and
Three local airlines serve the major cities and many of the smaller destinations: LAN Ecuador, Aerogal and Tame. All of them have web sites both in Spanish and English language. At time of this writing (February 2010), fares for a round trip from Quito to Cuenca varied between $103 (LAN), $133 (Tame) and $180 (Aerogal). So it pays spending some time comparing prices!
in Ecuador - Part II
Retire in Ecuador: Learn about Education & Schools * Safety * Real Estate
in Ecuador - Part III
Retire in Ecuador: Get the facts about Visa & Benefits * Health Care * Culture & People
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