Why Ecuador?

My mission over the past few winters has been to travel through countries south-of-the-border where America’s expatriates (persons temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of their upbringing)  have established themselves in local communities.   Ecuador is currently a primary destination of many of these expats.

Eventually my plan is to become a resource for America’s Baby Boomers, among others, who are looking for information and guidance as they consider visiting or relocating, short-term or long-term, in overseas southern climes during their retirement years.

I spent several winters exploring Mexico, Central America, Argentina, Panama and Colombia with this purpose in mind.  All these countries are rich in culture and Spanish is the primary language spoken.  Mild temperatures prevail during our (USA) winter months and they are relatively easy to get to from the USA.

Now it’s Ecuador — a country rich with culture and natural beauty – where Spanish dominates; where the historic centers of Quito and Quenca are lined with beautiful, colonial plazas; where Andean villages are renowned for their colorful textiles and sprawling markets; where pristine beaches hug the coastline; where the Galapagos Islands, with their otherworldly landscapes and unusual species, both on land and sea, are a magnet for wildlife and animal lovers alike….….and most importantly for me, where it is possible to live within my $25 per day budget.

Merrilee Zellner

Newport, Rhode Island, USA


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