Infrastructure in Ecuador is improving. The government has been investing heavily in new projects. This has seen improvements in electricity, telecommunications, and transportation.
A larger percentage of their GDP goes to infrastructure than any other country in the world.
Communications and electrical service in Ecuador are state-owned and operated. These services are subsidized, so they are cheaply available to the nation.
For many years the quality was very poor. In recent years the standard of broadband has increased a lot. Digital nomads who rely in fast internet now choose to work in Ecuador.
Looking ahead, 5G will make Ecuador a very attractive place to run an online business.
This is not for the faint-hearted. Drivers in Ecuador are far more aggressive than you would find in the U.S. and most of Europe.
The standard of roads in the big cities is fine. Many people prefer to get round by public transport, taxi or even on foot.
Outside of the cities, the highways are wide and modern. Stick to these and you will probably be fine.
Stray onto the country roads at your own peril. The roads in Ecuador, especially in the mountains, are some of the most precarious in the world. If for some reason you must take these routes, take a bus or a van with a professional driver.
Quito, Cuenca and other big cities benefit from a strong bus system. They provide an affordable and reliable way to get around.
Intercity busses are available throughout Ecuador. These are not always the most modern busses but they are fast and affordable.
Ecuador has two main airports.
José Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil and Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito. American Airlines operates direct flights to both from the United States. Delta and United also fly direct to Ecuador.
As mentioned above, some of the mountain passes can be quite scary. If you are not good with heights consider taking a domestic flight instead.
As we continue shining a spotlight on the opportunity Ecuador presents right now for you to retire well even on a very small budget, I want to share another real-life expat story. John Curran and his wife Sue retired to Ecuador from Dubai. Yes, they're enjoying a dramatically reduced cost of living, but, as John explains, that's not the real upside of the move they made. I'll let him tell the story... "Sue and I were living and working in...Read more