As you walk the old cobblestone streets, marvel at the historic Spanish architecture, and admire the grandeur of Cuenca’s colonial churches, you’ll know that you’re not in Kansas anymore. A lot of retirement destinations tout the fact that they’re just like the United States—that you can settle in to familiar surroundings—but you won’t hear that about Cuenca.
Cost Of Living In Cuenca
If you’re looking for the world’s best place to retire overseas on a budget—to live better for less—then Cuenca is almost impossible to beat. The cost of living is low, and the cost of properties is near rock-bottom in Latin America. It’s low in an absolute sense and an amazing value for the quality of life that you’ll find here. A couple can live well on less than US$978 per month.
Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In Cuenca, Ecuador
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Infrastructure In Cuenca
The health care is high quality and inexpensive. Don’t forget that underneath the Spanish-colonial charm, Cuenca is located in a poor, developing country. So the standards of maintenance for the roads, buildings, and sidewalks won’t always be what you’d want, and the inefficiency of administrative processes will drive you crazy sometimes.
A populist who is quite unpopular with the U.S. government, President Correa has brought dramatic improvements to Ecuador, mostly by redirecting funds away from politicians’ pockets and into Ecuador’s infrastructure, education, and health care systems.
Climate In Cuenca
You can enjoy its fresh, spring-like climate 12 months of the year. Cuenca has little seasonal weather variation but the most pleasant months of the year, overall, are November, December, and January.
Like many former Inca capitals, Cuenca is located in a central valley at a high altitude: 2,530 meters (around 8,200 feet). It enjoys year-round, spring-like weather, with little seasonal variation.
You can expect average highs around 71 degrees Fahrenheit and lows a bit over 50 all year, although the strong sunshine at that altitude makes it feel much warmer. I find the climate perfect for daytime comfort and nighttime sleeping, but, if you prefer hot weather, you may find it too cool.
Expats In Cuenca
Cuenca’s large and growing expat community is one of Latin America’s most diverse and well-blended. It’s a beautiful colonial city in a fascinating and diverse country.