The cost of living in Ecuador is similar to other countries with similar social and development conditions.
Excellent modern housing conditions [comparable with the U.S. and Europe
] are available at reasonable prices. There is an ample supply of houses and apartments for rent.
A wide selection of domestic and imported goods can be found at modern supermarkets and commercial shopping centres.
The principal cities have several well-equipped hospitals and clinics offering modern medical services, comparable to American and European standards.
Health costs are relatively high and health insurance is necessary.
The country has a wide-range of private educational facilities from primary schools on up to postgraduate institutions. In addition to instruction in Spanish, private schools offer bilingual or trilingual education in English, French or German.
Social and sports clubs are available for all levels and activities. Country clubs, where intensive social and sports activities take place primarily on the weekends and holidays, are located in Quito and Guayaquil and their suburbs.
The country’s utilities infrastructure is in the process of being modernised. In most areas, telephone service is fairly good. New telephone lines can be requested via Internet and installed sometimes within 48 hours. Complimentary cellular telephone service is available, and high speed telephone lines are spreading in the main cities. Electricity is wired for 110 volts/60 cycle [the same as in the United States]. However power surges are relatively frequent and voltage regulators to protect appliances are recommended.
In comparison to other large international cities, Quito’s cultural and entertainment options are somewhat limited. Local theatre and cinema programmes are almost exclusively in Spanish. However, Guayaquil and Quito offer frequent art exhibitions as well as symphonic and popular concerts.
Cable television, offering roughly 50 channels, is available in the principal provinces.
Satellite television, with more than 100 channels, can be installed in any part of the country.
The country offers a wide selection of exceptional tourism attractions in the Highlands, Coastal and Amazon regions, and Galapagos Islands. Eco-tourism opportunities are plentiful and well organised and afford wonderful experiences unequalled anywhere in the world.