I am a transplant from US, residing in Quito. I have furnished condo for rent in Centro Historico Quito, few blocks from Plaza Santo Domingo, in between La Ronda with its galleries, shops, cafes, restaurants and El Parque Urbano Qmandá, cultural and fitness center with adjoining urban park. The best location in Old Town! For more info, check
La Ronda is just around the corner
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Life in Quito, Ecuador. September 2015.
are lots of articles on internet lately with disturbing news about Ecuador
economy, protests and active volcano. All above is true, the economy is not at
its best, there are protests in Ecuador and Cotopaxi Volcano continues spewing smoke
and ash and about to erupt.
sun still shines in Quito as I writing this. On Saturday I went to the farmer market and spent $29 buying fish, chicken, 24 free-range eggs, lots of fruits and
don't need to drive a car, the bus or trolley ride cost 25 cents and taxi is
still cheap, although it's up 40% since April 2015. It used to be $8-$10 per
hour, now the taxi ride is $11 - $14 per hour.
Quito I can walk to little stores, they are everywhere, to the farmer market
and from my North Quito apartment I can walk to the supermarket and to the
Minneapolis without car- life is almost impossible.
are no air-conditioning or heating bills in Quito, since we don't have neither.
taxes in Quito less than in US. How about $22 property tax for Centro Historico
apartment VS $1100 property tax for Minneapolis apartment that is even
fee is much smaller. $15 VS $222 (see above - CH Quito VS Minneapolis) and $15
visit to the doctor is in $10(Club de Leones clinic) - $50(specialist at
Hospital Metropolitano) range.
garden in front of my apartment building not drenched in chemicals so my westie
can run around without the risk of getting sick.
of the dogs, the visit to the vet cost $20 and dog grooming cost $17.
in Quito are more family oriented, opened, and easy going than in Minneapolis. In
Quito, making new friends, Ecuadorians and English speaking alike, is easier. Just
go to the InterNations Get Togethers and South American Explorer's parties and
you'll meet new people from all around world.
can read more expat's opinion about everyday life in Ecuador VS news from
I agree with Cuenca Highlife article's author:
if things get real bad globally, I would rather be in Ecuador than any other
country I can think of. This is a
country that has lived much of its existence in hard times and one that can
adjust to them again if it has to. It’s a country of self-sufficiency. It’s a
country of survivors