Thinking about a change of scenery? Move to Ecuador! Here is an interesting article on Natural News that states Ecuador emerges as world’s most affordable retirement haven which I completely agree with after having lived here on and off for two years. Ive also lived in other Latin American countries like Brazil and Bolivia but I keep on returning to Ecuador which I consider my second home outside of Australia.
In fact, I think its possible to live in Ecuador on a budget much lower than the $850 stated in the article. Cities like Cuenca and Quito which are very popular amongst expatriates can be expensive (comparably speaking to other cities in Ecuador) but if you were to consider moving to the often overlooked but incredibly beautiful Riobamba you will no doubt spend much less.
Rent in Riobamba for a nice apartment is between $100 to $200 per month. For lunch you can get a delicious soup, a main course of chicken and rice, and a glass of juice for $1.50
The article states $200 per month for ¨Entertainment¨ and I wonder if what the writer really meant was ¨Beer¨ – A longneck 1 litre beer is normally about 80cents at a shop and $1.50 in a bar in Riobamba (a little more expensive in Quito and Cuenca) but much cheaper than Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, and even Bolivia. Either way, its easy to have fun and go out on the cheap wherever you are in the country.
Overall, Ecuador is a phenomanly beautiful country and an easy place to settle down with – so why not take a leap of faith and buy that plane ticket??