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Monday, September 05, 2011

Cuenca Ecuador Ranked Best Retirement Haven in the World for 2011, Again!

Three days ago, International Living published the winner of the best place to retire in the world. For the third consecutive year in a row, Cuenca has been named the best place to retire in the world by International Living. You can read the full story here.

Even though IL has named Cuenca the best place to retire in the world, it is not perfect. In fact, many people come here and don’t like it and they leave. Would you like to retire in Ecuador? Well, you’d have to come here and see for yourself if Ecuador is the place for you. No one can decide the ideal place for you and your family to live.

I will say this, some things you may not like about Ecuador. Be on the lookout for our next video coming up about our “likes” and “dislikes” about living in Cuenca Ecuador.

A little sneak peak about this video will talk about the weather. Now most people call the weather in Cuenca perfect, but it is not perfect for everyone. Some people truly enjoy being a bit chilly all day long, but I for one, do not like being chilly. We will talk about Internet and connectivity, shopping for furniture and appliances, and other important issues that you will want to know if you are thinking about moving/retiring here in Cuenca.

Today we bought 3 big pineapples for $1

We bought 12 tangerines for $1

And we bought a big bunch of red bananas for $1

One of our definite likes is the clean food at a great price. Health is very important to us and since living here in Cuenca and eating fresh food we have noticed improvement to our health from losing weight to having better skin tone and complexion. Stay tuned for this video on our "likes" and "dislikes" about Cuenca. Until then Hasta Lavista


  1. Really enjoying your blog! Being frugal and enjoying the grandeur of living in such a great place is something in which I am moving towards. At this point in my move, the most difficult thing is selling all my wordily possessions so that I too can move to Cuenca. I will get there eventually. I only hope it is not too late! I've started a blog also documenting the changes starting with the sale of my home and all my worldly possessions. I just published a note about you guys and hope that it's okay. Here's the link... http://goo.gl/WxNqM

  2. Hi, glad you are enjoying the blog. Yes, we are a frugal family and it has been fun! we like Cuenca a lot, even though our latest video on the blog is about 12 annoyances according to our perspective about Cuenca. We just don't want anyone coming here thinking that everything is perfect because it's not...with that said, there is much to enjoy about living in Cuenca!

    Take care,

  3. You have not yet touched on medical in Cuenca. Have you had any experience in that area yet?

  4. Hi Karen and Paul,

    Personally speaking we have not had any experience with going to the doctor or dentist here, yet.

    But, with that said, I have read that Cuenca's medical tourism industry is going to be a hot market. I will post the article soon, it goes into detail about medical costs for certain diseases and conditions and dental cost for certain procedures here in Cuenca.

    It is a great article, and I think you will find it interesting. So be looking for that post coming soon!

    Take care,


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