Sheltering In Place In Cotacachi During Covid-19

What are the shelter-in-place conditions like in Cotacachi in April 2020? I am very concerned about the way some of the main stream press is portraying the conditions in Ecuador showing dead bodies on the streets, and claiming Ecuador is in very bad shape.  I can say that from our personal experience we are not suffering here.  It is important …

Thriving Expat Business

January, 2020 Young US Expats Have A Thriving Specialty Meat Business (A version of this article also appeared in CuencaHighLife, June 27, 2019) There are a growing number of younger expats moving abroad.  Ecuador has attracted many retiring expats over the past decade, but there is also a trend of younger adults who are looking for different ways of living …

Cotacachi Or Cuenca? Which Is The Best For You?

February, 2019 Cotacachi Versus Cuenca,Where Will You Feel At Home? I have lived in Cuenca and Cotacachi.  Like me, many residents of Cotacachi started out in Cuenca, realized it wasn’t for them and found their way to Cotacachi as an alternative.  I thought it might be helpful to share my opinion and experience of both places to help you decide …

Cotacachi Healthcare: What Is Available?

January, 2019 What kind of healthcare can be found in Cotacachi? Many people thinking about becoming expats are concerned about the availability of medical care in Ecuador.  In larger cities such as Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Manta, and Ibarra you can find up to date medical facilities comparable to what you might find in the US.  Because Cotacachi is conveniently located …

Seven Reasons We Live A Good Life In Cotacachi

March, 2018 It Is A Small Stable Community: People Know Each Other For us, thriving meant finding a place where we could live a less complicated and relaxed life. We were looking for a place where we could live simply, but comfortably without the hectic feeling we had living and working in the US.  How is life in Cotacachi like stepping into …

ONE WAY TO DECREASE STRESS AS AN EXPAT IN ECUADOR

Confused? Hire a facilitator. Like many people who have moved to Ecuador we attended an International Living conference and we read a lot of websites and books, and listened to many interviews before we decided to move.  If you are not fluent in Spanish and if you have never lived in South America, you might be overwhelmed by all there …

Peguche Wasi Workshop and Artisan Center Near Cotacachi

Posted March, 2018 What I love about living in Cotacachi is the people and the connection to historical cultural roots. There are many places nearby to learn more about the Indigenous culture and deepen your appreciation for the people. One such place is Peguche Wasi. When our friend came to visit last week from Cuenca she was eager to see …

TRANSPORTATION TO COTACACHI

Transportation to Cotacachi January, 2018  Here is a brief summary of transportation options to Cotacachi from Quito. There is not an airport in Cotacachi. The closest international airport, Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) is just north of Quito. The Quito airport has won awards for the best airport in South America. There is a lot of useful information on the Mariscal Sucre …

A Cotacachi Ecuador Morning

Posted, January, 2018.  To live in Cotacachi is to wake in the morning to the sweet chirpings of hummingbirds and the crowing of roosters, joined by the barking of dogs and the mooing of cows. The air in the Andean morning is cool, depending on the season, it is usually in the low to mid 50’s F. If the sun is …

Success Starting a Business in Cotacachi, Ecuador

Meet Yannick ,an expat from Germany who moved to Cotacachi and started a bakery. He is the proud owner of a successful bakery called Pandala Bakery in Cotacachi. We interviewed him to find out what it has been like for him to start a business here and to find out what you can learn from him. Deb: Where were you born? …