Mexico or Ecuador? Which Country Is BETTER for Your Retirement and expat life by Our Retire Early Lifestyle? We've lived in both countries and they both have lovely diversity of mountains, jungles, coasts. Both countries have warm people and both countries have varied climates but which one is better for your retirement? Both Mexico and Ecuador make a great postcard. But which is better?The answer may surprise you. Stay safe and be healthy folks, its our best defense.