Living and Retiring in Cuenca: 101 Questions Answered


Cuenca, Ecuador has been called the “emerald of South America” and for good reason! With eternal springtime, low cost of living, affordable housing, excellent health care with prices that haven’t been seen since 1950, this is paradise! If you are looking for a place to invest, to retire or explore, Cuenca, Ecuador is your destination. Many are calling Cuenca, the new Costa Rica! Because this city is the cultural capital of Ecuador, it is rich in history with museums, concerts, cathedrals and cultural events. Investors are finding the real estate market to be growing with opportunities.

Cuenca is now the new hot spot for medical tourism because many of the doctors were trained in the States and have returned to Ecuador to practice medicine. Medical care is one-fifth of what it is in America with state of the art equipment and facilities. There are modern grocery stores and shopping malls, which all make you feel like you never left the States. Because Cuenca is nestled in the Andes Mountains at 8,300 feet and located near the Equator, there are few if any bugs and there’s no need for air-conditioning or heating. The temperatures range between 55 and 72 degrees year round. The currency of Ecuador is the American dollar and the economy of Ecuador is strong.

Personal safety is always a concern, but Cuenca’s crime rate is low compared to other South American countries. If you’re the exploring type, there’s the Amazon jungle, the Galapagos Islands and the coastal plains which is why Ecuador is considered to be one of the most beautiful countries in South America. This book gives you information on investments, cost of living, medical care and safety in Cuenca. In addition, it offers useful tips for exploring the beautiful coastal areas, finding entertainment, and dining on delicious Ecuadorian cuisine.

The expat community is warm and welcoming with a variety of activities every week. The restaurants in Cuenca are a culinary delight with every country represented, including the local favorite—“cuy” (guinea pig). Real estate developers, investors and retirees are flocking to Cuenca to see if what they are reading is true! International Living has named Cuenca as the number one place in the world to retire (2009)! If you want to know more about the customs, the politics, and the nitty-gritty of getting your residency visa as a pensioner or investor, this book will tell you how with a list of contacts to help you along the way.

Living and retiring in Cuenca has never been easier. With insider secrets on the best way to get an inexpensive house or apartment to finding your favorite restaurant, Living and Retiring in Cuenca: 101 Questions Answered makes you feel right at home and not like a foreigner in Cuenca. Begin to live your dreams now!

The University of Cuenca (Azuay) now recognizes Living and Retiring in Cuenca:101 Questions Answered as part of their curriculum for the Department of Tourism and Hospitality.