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Expat Community: Large and well-established, particularly in Quito, Cuenca, and along the coast. Popular with retirees and those seeking a more relaxed lifestyle.

Cost of Living: Among the lowest in South America, which is a major draw for expats. Real estate is also reasonably priced.

Quality of Life: Good, especially in terms of environmental quality and pace of life. Healthcare is adequate in cities but may be lacking in rural areas.

Ease of Settling In: Spanish is necessary for deeper integration, though larger expat communities can make English more common in some areas. Ecuadorians are friendly and open to foreigners.

Work Opportunities: More limited outside of teaching and tourism. Some expats find success in real estate and business ventures catering to other expats and tourists.