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Baby Boomer Retirement in Ecuador


by Kathleen Peddicord


Everything you've heard about Ecuador is true. The country offers perennial springtime in the mountains...a land of longevity in Vilcabamba...and Spanish-colonial charm in Cuenca...all of which can be enjoyed on even an extremely modest budget.

Ecuador is not known for its beaches, and its coast remains relatively undeveloped. Current talk of a new beach road, though, is bringing investor attention to one particular stretch of coast, giving our editors reason to return Ecuador to our active radar screen.


Learn more at "Live and Invest Overseas


If you retire in Ecuador, you can rent a condo in the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca for $300 a month, according to International Living magazine, which gave the country its No. 1 spot in its 2009 World’s Top Retirement Havens. Plus, it states, retirees never have to wait on line!

  • Activities: Hiking in tropical cloud forests, beaches, bird watching, shopping, UNESCO World Heritage sites, visits to the Galapagos Islands

  • Health care: Adequate, inexpensive medical care is available in the major cities, but services are limited beyond that.

  • Human development index: 80.6

  • Weather: Tropical to temperate

Source: GlobalPost.


The Best Place to Retire on a Budget


Cuenca is perhaps the most affordable place in the world to retire comfortably. You could retire here on less than $800 per month.


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Ecuador at a Glance


Population 13.7 million (July 2007)
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) $98.28 billion (2007)
GDP Per Capita $7,100 (2007)
Inflation Rate 3.3% (2007)
Currency U.S. Dollar
Exchange Rate Versus U.S. Dollar N/A
Language Spanish (official)
Capital Quito
Population of Capital City 1.8 million (2001)
Time Zone GMT minus 5
Seasons Coastal area is tropical--wet, warm/hot year-round Andean Highlands is temperate--four seasons
International Dialing Code 593
Electricity 120-127 V/60 Hz; Plug Types: A & B (U.S. style)
Presidential Republic
Name and Party Affiliation
of Current Leader
Rafael Correa, Alianza PAIS
Income Tax Rate for Residents 5% to 25%
Property Tax 0.025% to 0.5%
Capital Gains Tax 25% of the increase in assessed value
Inheritance Tax 0% to 35%
Rental Income Tax Taxed as regular income
Transfer Tax 1%
Sales Tax 12%
Restrictions on Foreign
Ownership of Property
Permisson needed (usually granted) to acquire land within 30 miles of the coast
Local Chamber of Commerce
Av. Republica y Amozonas
Edif. De las Camaras, Pisos 5 y 6
Quito, Ecuador
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American Chamber of Commerce
Av. 6 de Diciembre y La Nina
Edf. Multicentro, Piso 4
Quito, Ecuador
Tel: (593-2)507-450
Primary Exports Petroleum, bananas, cut flowers, shrimp, cacao,coffee, hemp, wood, fish
Residency and Visa Requirements Tourist Visa: automatic 90 days upon entry
Residency: Retirement, Real Estate/Securities Investor, Industry Export Investor, Executive
Citizenship: Three uninterrupted years of legal residency
Special Benefits for Foreign Residents or Retirees None
National Airline TAME





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Information on this page is provided in partnership with Kathleen Peddicord, Publisher of Live and Invest Overseas.

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