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 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Introduction
Although Ecuador is the smallest country within the Andes mountain range, it has attracted during the past decade foreigners from all walks of life attributable mainly through the inviting cultures of its people and nature. Also some people have come to Ecuador simply to retire due to its favorable climate and sheer biodiversity while others are transplants from multinational companies including diplomats, the oil sector or ex-volunteers including peace corps who have taken to the quieter life away from the more industrialized West.

Eco-tourism has also attracted in a number of foreigners who today run everything from eco-buses across large stretches of land to biking companies who specialize in jungle tours or bike rides down the country's infamous volcanoes.

The rural towns of Baños, Vilcabamba and Otavalo have attracted an influx of foreigners who also specialize in natural life styles from Vegetarian restaurants, to a variety of homeopathy and massage healing techniques in addition to organized tours including trekking, bird watching, Rafting and many others.

Before considering a move to this beautiful country do research on the main sections of this site including: useful tips, Visa information, health issues, etc. As well as other sites on Ecuador. Geographical preference and job creation opportunities, often the best way is to take a personal visit and explore the country firsthand.
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 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Cost of Living
The current Ecuadorian economy since being dollarized in 2000 has maintained an ongoing stability and even though inflation has hidden itself behind the new American currency the cost of living for the traveler is still relatively cheap on his pocket as the country is still one of the lowest priced getaways in South America and most enjoyable bargain you'll find.

A daily budget of US$ 20.00 with transport down to as low as US$ 10 is really all you need unless making excursions or special trips and allows for food and restaurants through the day.

Generally the larger cities such as Guayaquil or Quito will prove a little more expensive mainly due to food and hotel costs in comparison with the smaller cities of the highlands, rustic locations with exception to eco-lodges rented for jungle trips.

Houses and apartments for rent depend on the area you choose to live. For instance, if you decide to rent a house by the Northern districts of larger cities such as Guayaquil, or Quito; these, are quite expensive areas and the cost ranges between US $500 and US $1,000 per month (always depending on the property). But, you can still find properties for rent throughout all Ecuador at a much lower price depending on the area and property features (between US $250 and US $400 per month). See our Real Estate section for some properties available for rent.
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