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The Best of Living and Retiring in Ecuador

Giving You All the Resources You Need

Welcome (Bienvenidos) 

This is the place where I get to share all the favorite things I love about Ecuador. As a writer, I gain inspiration from the people I meet, the delightful sidewalk cafes where I sip cappuccino, and the festivals where we celebrate the joy of all things Ecuadorian. 


The Olympics Are Over - August 8, 2021

Ecuador can be proud of Richard Carapaz -- only the second Ecuadorian who has won gold in the Olympics. I'm sure there will be a statue built in his honor or maybe even a park named after him. What a tremendous sense of pride we felt as we saw him stand on the podium to receive the gold medal. We can only imagine what Ecuador will do in the future with a whole generation of kids looking to win gold in the Olympics. 

Until next time...hasta luego, 

Connie & Mark 

Nueva Catedral (new Cathedral) in Cuenca - First Stop  

It has and always will be my favorite place in Cuenca -- the Nueva Catedral and Tutto Freddo Heladeria (on the corner). It's where we first went for ice cream and the place I go when I'm in El Centro to meet people, to read a book, to people watch, to take pictures, and to live, breathe and enjoy Cuenca. 

If you're new to Cuenca, it should be the first place you visit as well. There are some great restaurants all around the area -- north, east, south and west. But the best part is to stand back and view the three blue domes (tres cupolas) from across the street. 

Enjoy exploring the best of Cuenca! 

Until next time...hasta luego! 

Connie and Mark 


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101 Questions -- Answered!

Posted by Connie Pombo on February 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM Comments comments (132)

This coming week is "Carnival" in Cuenca, so I thought it would be a great time to finish up the Kindle book on "101 Questions Answered on Living and Retiring in Ecuador."  Carnival is a fun time to be in Cuenca, but I've had my share of water balloons being thrown at me (three to be exact!).

You have all helped to create the book by asking questions, which forced me to dig up the answers if I didn't know them already or do more in-depth research.

The Kindle version will allow me to go in and update the answers as necessary, which is one of the perks of a Kindle type format. If you don't own a Kindle, now is the time to buy one. We wish we had bought two before returning to Cuenca, as we "fight" over it at nighttime. We're both reading the same book right now! English books can be found at the Carolina Bookstore in Cuenca; however, the selection is limited so if you're serious about retiring in Cuenca, you might want to invest in a Kindle or "two."

I'll send out an e-mail blast when the book is complete. Until then, enjoy the beauty of the season. Here in the land of perpetual springtime, we actually forget that the rest of the world is in winter.

Until next time...hasta luego!

Connie and Mark

Renting in Cuenca

Posted by Connie Pombo on October 6, 2010 at 10:09 PM Comments comments (693)

Lately, I have had a lot of requests via e-mail stating: "We want a condo just like yours at the same price." Some folks have even offered me a finder's fee. The truth is I'm not in the real estate business (nor do I want to be1); I'm a writer with URGENT deadlines these days. However,  I just met a young man the other day that specializes in renting and selling properties in Cuenca. When I clicked on his websites, I was amazed--shocked really--at the rental prices (they were the absolute lowest I have found thus far in Cuenca).


So whether you are looking to rent or purchase, I would recommend: and as a place to start. I met Michael Berger, the founder of Cuena's Best Properties, and I can attest to his professionalism and work ethic. He and his partner, Benjamin Wheeler-Harsh, have worked very hard to make finding a property and/or rental a successful venture.


You can e-mail Michael directly at [email protected] for inquiries on their listings. 


Part of the adventure in coming to a new country is finding just the right place that suits your needs and over time that may change. We recently adopted a pet and we're thankful that our existing place allowed for small dogs (there is plenty of balcony space and river trails for him to roam).


I wish you joy in the journey of finding the perfect place in Ecuador.


Un abrazo fuerte,



Connie & Mark

The Cost of Living Factor

Posted by Connie Pombo on September 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the reasons we chose Cuenca for a retirement destination was because of the affordability of healthcare, no taxes, and the cost of living factor. 


 I'm amazed -- shocked -- really that we are able to save $800 a month and our retirement pension is $1,400 (that's all folks!). Because we won't receive our Social Security until we're 62, that means seven more years of great retirement living here (and possibly forever!).


Had we stayed in the States, our medical insurance premiums would have been $1,400 a month and with my husband having had three surgeries in two years, we ended up with a bill of $20,000 after the medical insurance already paid their part. It was a "no-brainer" to think about living overseas where we enjoy 5-star living at one-star prices.


Every couple must take into consideration many factors, including being away from family and friends and the ability to live at a high altitude (think twice before buying that penthouse!). It took us a good three months before we adapted to 8,600 feet, but we do know folks who had to go home because their lungs and heart could not tolerate the high altitude. It has nothing to do with being in shape; it's a DNA sort of thing.


That being said, it's a great place to retire and we will never regret our decision. If you would like to know more about the benefits of retiring in Ecuador, here's a link to an article that you might find helpful:  Click here. (Best Places in the world to Retire)


Until next time...hasta luego!

Consuelo y Marco