Before you plan your visit to Cuenca, Ecuador, a UNESCO World Heritage site, be warned that quite a few people who set out to “visit” Cuenca end up moving there.
According to US News and World Report, by 2015, 12,000 expats made Cuenca their home, the majority from the United States. They are drawn by the discovery that the people, the climate, cost of living, and decent health care make it an attractive place to live on a first world retirement income.
During our visit to Cuenca, we met one couple from Seattle who could no longer afford their retirement there, but were happily renting a 3 bedroom condo in a Cuenca high rise with all mod cons for $450.00 per month.
GETTING TO CUENCA
With an urban population of approximately 400,000 (2015), Cuenca is Ecuador’s third largest city. It is approximately 300 miles (473 kms) south of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city.
From the capital of Ecuador, Quito, it is an 8 to 10 hour bus ride through the Andes to Cuenca or an easy 40 minute plane ride.
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