I have always looked upon my experiences here in Ecuador as nothing short of an adventure.....a "re-conquest". You will find that this Blog not only offers information on how to live, invest or simply visit Ecuador (rated the number one retirement heaven by International Living magazine for 2011) but also informative information and articles on how to survive in this fast changing and volatile World we live in. Your comments are welcome!
El Conquistqdor Francisco de Orellana
The Conquistador who put the Amazaon baisn "on the map"....Francisco Orellana
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Ok....seriously.....can you guess which country this is?
And the Winner Is...
By Eoin Bassett
Exotic tropical islands, temperate mountain valleys, miles of
deserted beaches, First-World cities packed with ultra-modern amenities,
and ancient vineyard-shrouded hill towns...
the top retirement spots in the world this year, you’ll find great
variety in the cultural offerings, climates and lifestyles.
destination is desirable in its own way, but they all offer something
increasingly hard to come by at home: A good quality of life for a
reasonable price. Among these 22 destinations, you’ll discover places
where you can save tens of thousands of dollars on world-class health
care administered by English-speaking and U.S.-trained doctors...find
beachfront condos for less than $90,000...and see that a couple can live
well on just $900 a month excluding rent.
no "formula" can spit out the name of the place that’s just right for
you. After all, your priorities are uniquely yours. You need to consider
what’s most important to you—maybe climate, maybe language, maybe cost,
maybe distance from home—and use this index to target accordingly the
places you want to explore. The only way you’ll really know if a
destination makes sense for you is to go and see it for yourself.
Each year as we
compile this Retirement Index, we strive to improve it. We collect
more—and more diverse—data. We interview more—and more varied—expats to
get the real-world information that keeps our assessments current. This
index is, by design, subjective. It wouldn’t be half as helpful if it
weren’t. We bring to it more than three decades of expertise and the
insights from an international network of correspondents living overseas
today and scouting the world on your behalf.
But only one destination could come out on top. And, as expats there tell us, our winner deserves its place.
"Our life here is
everything we hoped for," says expat Mike Grimm, who made the move
two-and-a-half years ago with his wife Patty. "We’re totally happy and
plan to live here the rest of our lives."
There’s so much to
choose from, that whatever your taste or budget, you’ll find somewhere
to call home here. Whether you’d prefer to live alongside a gently
flowing river in a scenic valley, or favor the cosmopolitan lifestyle of
big-city living, or want to relax in smaller communities...our winner
exceeds even the loftiest expectations. And wherever you go, you’ll meet
friendly locals who are happy to welcome you to their beautiful
Moving here is easy.
For a start, you can import your household goods duty-free. And this
country offers some of the best-value real estate in the world. But for
many, the true draw is the perfect climate.
The country also
boasts top-notch hospitals, clinics and well-trained physicians. All
residents are eligible to participate in the country’s Social Security
health care system for incredibly low monthly premiums.
expenses for doctor visits, procedures, and drugs are a fraction of what
you would pay in the U.S. When our insider visited his GP recently, it
cost just $25—no waiting—and follow-up visits were free.
And that’s not all that’s cheap here, he says.
"You’ll have dinner
out for $2.50, an hour-long massage for $25...a beer costs $0.85 and I
know couples living on less than $900 a month excluding rent."
If you want to keep
busy with work, it’s one of the best countries for an expat start-up.
There are expats here running restaurants, gyms, schools and making
money through import-export.
if all that wasn’t enough, you’re respected in this country as a
senior. Seniors who are residents qualify for half-price entertainment
and local transport, discounted airfares, and refunds of sales tax.
They’ll even let you cut in line at the store!