Miles-deep canyons with clear fresh water rushing over car-sized boulders, green-velvet mountainsides where women in native garb tend small herds of cows and goats. Fields of corn, cabbage, and roses… Welcome to Ecuador's mountains.
From the northern city of Ibarra and the artisan villages of Otavalo and Cotacachi to the glorious southern colonial city of Cuenca and its nearby Yunguilla Valley, if mountain living is your preference you'll love it here.
Ecuador's mountain towns are becoming a favorite expat destination…and how could they not?
Cuenca has perfect weather and an enchanting central historic district. Plus, being Ecuador's third-largest city with about 520,000 residents, there are plenty of cultural activities on at any given time.
Quito, the nation's capital, is a blend of Old-World charm and modern sophistication. If you're a city person, on a quest for a world-class city to live in, Quito deserves a look. Despite it being a world-class cosmopolitan city with excellent (and low-cost) doctors and medical facilities, it also offers some pretty cushy lifestyle options that come with a very small price tag.
And north of Quito you'll find the artisan towns of Otavalo and Cotacachi. Otavalo (with a population of about 50,000) and its huge indigenous market has become world famous for these crafts, as well as for the talents of local musicians. While Cotacachi offers perfect weather, beautiful scenery, a low cost of living, and a tranquil, slow-paced small-town lifestyle.
In this special report, Perfect-Weather Paradises—Living in Ecuador's Mountain Towns: Ecuador: Dream It, Find It, Live It, we'll take a look at those towns, plus some more of our favorite locations in Ecuador's mountainous region. We'll tell you about everything they have to offer the potential expat, as well as examples of some very affordable real estate that's on the market right now.
And if your goal is affordability, it will be tough to find better value than in these mountain towns. A taxi from Cotacachi to Otavalo is just $5…a four-course lunch of soup, entrée (usually meat, rice, salad, and vegetables), dessert, and beverage can be had for $1.50… and a doctor's visit will set you back just $10-$25.
And as for the real estate prices… well, just take a look at some of these real-life property examples:
With those prices it's not difficult to see why many expats are now settling in the mountains of Ecuador, attracted by warm temperatures and the quiet, simple pleasures of small-town village life.
As well as many more property examples like the ones we've just mention, This special report, Perfect-Weather Paradises—Living in Ecuador's Mountain Towns: Ecuador: Dream It, Find It, Live It, will also give you a taste of what life is like in our favorite mountain locations… and help you narrow the field of choices—if one or two of these places especially appeal to you, put them on your "short list" to visit.
We've also included information on where to stay, who to contact, what to do, and even what to pack should you decide to visit Ecuador's mountain towns for yourself.
With your copy of Perfect-Weather Paradises—Living in Ecuador's Mountain Towns: Ecuador: Dream It, Find It, Live It in hand, you'll be ready to discover the best of what Ecuador's mountain region has to offer.
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