Expats Of Cuenca
Aug. 20, 2014, Cuenca, Ecuador: The appeals of Cuenca, Ecuador, for the expat retiree are many, and the lifestyle options on offer in this colonial city are many.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
Who moves to Cuenca, Ecuador...really? And why?
Emily and Roger Romaine relocated to Cuenca four years ago from Colorado. For this couple of retirees, travel is a priority.
"We have always loved to travel," Emily explains, "and Cuenca is not only a great place to live but also a great launching pad for exploring Latin America."
Emily adds that, as an added bonus, airfares to Europe are generally cheaper from Ecuador than from the United States.
Sylvia Mitchell, a retired school teacher from Indiana, says she chose Cuenca because she wanted to stay active. In addition to volunteering for an animal rescue service and a domestic violence safe house, Sylvia enjoys card games with her friends and her weekly women's lunch group. She says she considered locating in smaller communities in Ecuador but is glad she didn't. For Sylvia, the cultural and volunteer opportunities available in Cuenca are a perfect fit.
David Edwards, a retired U.S. law school administrator, splits his time between Cuenca and a small farm an hour's drive south of town where he tends a garden and raises geese.
"For me it's the best of both worlds," David explains. "I love the country, and I love the city. Back in California I could barely make ends meet with a one-bedroom apartment. Here in Ecuador I can afford to indulge both my lifestyle interests."