It took us writing numerous articles and making videos on this subject, using ourselves as the guinea pigs, not the roasted kind! to encourage newcomers to Cuenca that it was perfectly safe and okay to live NOT in the same old trumpeted tourist foreigner enclaves.
If you look for an apartment in Quito in
a tourist zone expect to pay the inflated tourist prices. It’s not
complicated. You must decide, “Am I a tourist, or a resident"? If you
live in Quito than why pay tourist prices!?
This would dictate
that you find out what the local prices really are instead of just
comparing the tourist price to your price back home. Big mistake. You can find out more in the DIY Quito Landing Guide. Read More of this article...