Explore Retiring in Ecuador
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Ecuador has been topping the list of places to retire for decades now, with a variety of different options to consider. You may prefer to be close to the hot beaches on the Pacific Coast or in the cool climes of the high Andean city of Cuenca – or maybe something in between. There are lots of options and reading about them just doesn’t cut it when considering where you want to live – or at least spend your winters.
Two new trips will be announced in March 2023 that will look to explore the many retirement options found in Ecuador. A two-week group trip will be departing mid-November 2023 and a longer five-week group trip will be departing mid-January 2024 to spend more time in each of the options, from the high Andes to the Pacific coast.
Please check back mid-March for dates and pricing on both the November 2023 itinerary and January 2024 itinerary, as we work to confirm availability at all hotels for both trips.
We have done a variety of different itineraries for small groups over the years, to help explore some of the wonderful options Ecuador has to offer, so if you had something specific in mind, please GET IN TOUCH.
Below is an overview of a sample itinerary that you may want to consider looking at. If you would like some help putting it together, we would be happy to arrange the entire thing or just parts for your group, depending on your time, budget and other preferences. We can also just help out by booking accommodations and transportation.
There is also the option of adding in speakers, as noted below – visits from expats in different locations and the service providers that make their lives abroad that much easier and better, while making their savings stretch.
These are also some of the best highlights of the country, so you may want to join in even if you are not considering living in Ecuador part of full time!
16-Day Basic Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive in Quito
Day 2 City Tour in the morning, speakers, visits from expats
Day 3 Fly to Loja, then transfer to Vilcabamba
Day 4 Vilcabamba tour, visit Malacatos
Day 5 Travel to Cuenca – City tour in afternoon
Day 6 Ingapirca & other activities, visits from expats
Day 7 Lunch in Guayaquil & visit Malecon; Travel to overnight in Salinas
Day 8 Tour of Salinas, afternoon visit Ballenita, La Libertad, Santa Elena; Overnight in Salinas
Day 9 Visit Ayampe, Olon and Montanita. Continue to Puerto López. Overnight in Puerto Lopez
Day 10 Visit Puerto Lopez, Puerto Cayo (also they can go to The Frailes Beach). Overnight in Puerto Lopez
Day 11 Depart to Mindo
Day 12 Tour of Mindo & social time with expats
Day 13 Travel to Otavalo, afternoon visit to Cotacachi & Ibarra
Day 14 Morning market in Otavalo
Day 15 Return to Quito
Day 16 Return home (or optional extension to Baños of 2 – 3 days)
IncludedAccommodationsActivities (detailed in itinerary)Airport Transfer (Arrival)Airport Transfer (Departure)All TaxesAll Transportation (including internal flights, when applicable)English-speaking Tour LeaderMeals (detailed in itinerary)
Not IncludedDrinks, Alcoholic BeveragesPersonal ExpendituresReturn International Airfare