Cuenca : Ecuador


What it's Like to Retire in Cuenca

Cuenca is a beautiful colonial city in Ecuador, in fact it is a UNESCO World Heritage Trust Site because of its historic colonial buildings. Cuenca was founded in 1557 by the Spanish explore Davolos.  Cuenca sits at 8000 feet above sea level in a basin surrounded by 4 rivers, so the climate is temperate even though it is on the equator.  It is the 4th largest city in Ecuador. Many expatriates have chosen Cuenca as their place to retire.  Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar as its currency, a big plus for expats.
Thanks to Wikipedia and Marc Figueras for the photo of the city, Micah & Erin for the photo of City Hall, and Alex Proimos for the Cathedral.


Where to Retire in Cuenca and Home Prices

There is an active expatriate society in this large city of more than 400,000.  Nice apartments and condos are available at a reasonable cost. Most expatriates have maids at very low cost.


What is special about Cuenca

Cuenca is one of the oldest cities in the Americas and preserves a great deal of early colonial history. It is a UNESCO World Hertitage Trust Site. Cost of living is low.  There are many interesting places to visit such as cathedrals. You can live at a very high standard at very low cost. Ecuador uses the dollar as its currency, which makes life easy for Americans. The people are friendly and welcome expats.


What is not special about Cuenca

You have to be ready for the adventure of living in a very different city.  8000' of elevation is high, so people with respiratory or circulation problems might not be able to live here.


Who will like retirement in Cuenca

Adventurous expatriates who want to learn Spanish and live the expatriate life.

Local economy is driven by

This is a regional economic center.  Tourism and the University are important. Textile making and flower exports are a big part of the economy. Many hats are produced here by local artisans.


Climate and Physical Environment

Eternal springtime!  50 degrees to 78 degrees every single day.  small delightful drizzle keeps everything lush and green! The altitude at 8,000' feet makes for a very attractive climate.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Fabulous art galleries and art stores, handicraft shops, leather goods, jewerly.
Nice theatre culture, numerous 5 star resorts, hotels and restaurants.   Interesting group of expats from around the world who have be in this heritage city!


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Medical facilities

Local medical facilities and doctors operate at a high and convenient standard, also at low cost.
New hospital completed july, 2009 ( although there are many other good ones........Hospital Del Rio is the best!



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Valuable Links

Cuenca Tourist Bureau  (see English option)

What people are saying about Cuenca

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