For the second time in the past couple of months Ecuador has been featured on Yahoo as a great place to retire. It's inexpensive, relatively safe and stable, and beautiful (might I add). I'm soo excited about the good publicity it's been receiving, and I'm looking forward to going back for a visit next year.
We are actually saving money to buy property there in the mountains, near Otavalo. My dream would be to build a complex with two cottages to start a bed and breakfast.
Inflation has changed things, (I lived there over fifteen years ago), but can you believe I lived off of 1000 dollars in a year! There is crime, as there is anywhere, but most of it is pickpocket, stealing type of crimes, and in the three years I lived there, I never had a problem. In fact, I had accidentally left my wallet with money and a credit card in a taxi in Quito, which has taxis like N.Y. city, and I got it back! The driver found my information and called the contact number, returning everything to me! (I gave him the money as a reward!)
It is an amazing country, and my enthusiasm for it has been renewed. Go Ecuador!