Menu

Free 200+ Page eBook

Top 57 Places to Live & Invest in the Tropics

Quickly find out which country is right for you.
No-hype updates & resource guides. No Spam. Ever.
Limited offer. Instant Download.

Join More than 58,187 people who are breaking free


we value your privacy

5 Tips for International Living in Cuenca, Ecuador

cuenca-unesco

Ecuador has become a very popular destination for expats. Not only is it a beautiful country with a fascinating history and a rich culture, it also offers a well-entrenched expat community and plenty of support.

Cuenca is a particularly great spot for expats. This highland city is the capital of Ecuador’s Azuay Province. There are a lot of things that make this city popular with expats. It has stunning historical buildings, so much so that it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also a wide range of facilities, a large expat community, and a wide selection of celebrations and festivals.

There are a number of reasons why people choose to relocate to a place like Cuenca. For many, it is because they want to live a happier and more adventurous life at a lower cost. This is certainly a benefit that Cuenca, and Ecuador as a whole, can offer. The longer you live in a place like this, the more your monthly outgoings will reduce.

If you’re thinking of making Cuenca Ecuador your new home, here are five tips for living there successfully.

1. Get to Know the Culture of Cuenca

A city like Cuenca is a real treat to live in. The city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status is testament to just how much there is to see and do. Museums such as the Museo del Sombrero, the Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, the Museo del Monasterio de las Conceptas and the Museo Pumapungo all offer fascinating insights into the history of the area.

It’s also a good idea to keep on top of local events. There are festivals and programs of events running all year round, and many of them are free. This is a great example of how living in Ecuador can be so much cheaper than in the states: entertainment is much more varied and cultured and costs only a fraction of the price!

2. Learn the Lingo and Take a Spanish Course

Life as an expat in Ecuador will be much easier if you have even a basic grasp of Spanish. You may also find that you get a better price if you can negotiate in the local lingo! Luckily, there are hundreds of options for where to take a language course, and almost all of them will be much cheaper than it is in the USA. If you’re on the lookout for a language school, try the Simon Bolivar Spanish School. This is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful Spanish schools in Cuenca.

3. Get into the Habit of Carrying Small Change

Once you get the hang of how much cheaper things are in Ecuador, you’ll want to get into the habit of carrying small change. You may even find that carrying anything over a $20 bill is a waste of time, as you’ll have trouble changing it. Adjust the contents of your wallet to suit the price of the things around you, and things will be much easier!

4. Join the Cuenca for Expats Program

Cuenca’s Chamber of Commerce have put together the Cuenca for Expats program to aid transition into the city and to help new expats to feel at home. Joining this program can be a great way to get to know your new city quickly, and it can really help when it comes to meeting other people in the same position as you. The program can also help to make sure you avoid common pitfalls and start benefiting from cheaper living right away.

5. Hang Out at the SuperMaxi Grocery Store

A grocery store may not sound like the most happening spot Cuenca has to offer, but you might find it helpful to pay a visit to SuperMaxi. This is well known as a local expat meeting point, and it can be a great way to meet people and learn some local tips. As well as all the groceries you’d expect to find in a store like this, you’ll also be able to pick up some English speaking time and the 411 on local expat happenings!

Up Next

7 of the Top Places U.S. Expats Are Living in Latin America (and Why)

New data shows where U.S. expats are residing all across the globe. Many of the top destinations are in nearby Latin America. Find out why. (Read It)

Central America's Best Real Estate Buy

Don't miss this up and commer. It has the tropical lifestyle, stunning beauty, and smokin appreciation potential. (Read It)

The World’s Top 10 Best Places to Put Your Money

Offshore banking isn't just for the super rich. But how does the average Joe decide where to put his money? Here are the world's top banking jurisdictions. (Read It)
panama city panama real estate update

Panama City, Panama Real Estate Market Update

Today we have a guest post written by Kent Davis, owner of one of the most successful real estate brokerages in Panama City The Panama City real estate market may have finally taken a turn in …

(Read It)
costa rica websites

Top 133 Costa Rica Websites for Expats and Investors

Did you know there are dozens and dozens of great resources on Costa Rica for expats and investors? Sure, we have a ton of resources for Costa Rica on our site, and a whole bunch …

(Read It)

The Truth about Living in Costa Rica: The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy

It's easy to find tons of articles and information out there highlighting all the great benefits of living in Costa Rica. But it's also easy to read those blogs and marketing pieces and think, "Yeah, it …

(Read It)

Why Nosara, Costa Rica Is Not Your Average Surfing Town

A deeper look at Nosara and its history will quickly reveal that this long-time mecca for surfing enthusiasts offers so much more than just the sand and sea. The increasing interest in the area as a …

(Read It)

Expats Are Still Falling in Love with Nosara and Here’s Why

What was once the up-and-coming expat haven of Nosara, Costa Rica, has blossomed into one of Costa Rica's most established expat communities that continues to be ranked near the top of the list of most desirable destinations in the Latin …

(Read It)

How Nosara Strikes the Perfect Balance of Rustic vs. Connected

When you hear people applaud Nosara for its laid-back rustic vibe, what you may not realize is that despite it's off-the-beaten-path atmosphere, Nosara is also surprisingly well connected. As such, this Costa Rican hotspot continues to be one …

(Read It)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hot Real Estate Offer

Cuenca
Ecuador
The property is located in the city of Cuenca, Azuay. Address: Av. Ordonez Lazo and Leonidas Proaño, private complex with security 24 hours-Balzay Yellow River...
For Sale
Land Size:0 acres
Building Size:745 sq.ft.
$368,000
See All Listings In The Area
Share2
Tweet
Pin
+1
Share
2 Shares
Free Tropical Toolkit
Free 200+ Page Report: Top 57 Places to Live & Invest
  • The only book in the world that ranks investment and lifestyle in one place.
  • Over 200 information packed pages with hundreds of beautiful photos.
  • Download the book instantly (for free!) with this limited time offer.
*We value your privacy. No spam. Period.