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We’ve been back in the US a year now. We left Ecuador for a number of reasons.

Ecuador can be a great place to retire if you have a fixed income or an online business that doesn’t depend on doing business under the rules and regulations of Ecuador. But if you’re actually trying to make something in Ecuador and sell it there, it’s pretty tough. Not that it’s easy anywhere…but Ecuador is extremely challenging.

While our business grew to the point where it could support a modest lifestyle, it stopped there and never really took off. And the headaches were just never ending. And the possibilities for growth were hard to find.

Whereas I just began doing freelance work here, and I’ve already got four projects under my belt in two weeks. Economic opportunity, while challenging to find, still abounds here in the US, and is much more limited, IMHO, in Ecuador. I’m glad to back and and working on new projects.

The family is having a hard time adjusting, however. We had built up a great community and friends, and the British School Quito was a great community of interesting expat families. It’s a bit more provincial here.

  • wattwurmnashi

    Hi, I came across your blog searching for cacao from Ecuador. While it’s not what I was looking for I have found it a very informative read. I will be interested in reading about your US endeavors as well & have subscribed via RSS feed. Looking forward to reading more!

  • Raul Abad

    I Ecuadorian and I undertood all that problems , hope you will be fine in the states if something i can help you I live in tena city , and I have a property with cocoa nuts .

  • Raul Abad

    I am Ecuadorian , if you need information (products , living , tourism etc ) about my country I am ready to help you , will be my plaesure .

  • Pookeye

    Hello, I would like to know how much to get a lawyer to help create a business in ecuador.

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Welcome to Destination Ecuador! My family and I have been living in Ecuador for the last four and a half years. We’ve dealt with the worst kinds of red-tape, searched out or ended up making hard-to-find ingredients ourselves, imported equipment for making chocolate confections, learned the import-export business...Continue >>


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