In this short series on alternative places to live in Latin America, I have not yet included Mexico. Maybe I’m saving the best for last, although it seems that Mexico has fallen out of favor in the past few months with the ex-patriot community. While a resident of Mexico for the better part of six years I learned a lot about the character of the country. The people, generally speaking, are warmhearted and welcoming to the gringos. But it takes some time to adjust to a country that wants so much to be like its northern neighbor, but at the same time resents the cultural intrusion.
Towing the past like a huge precious jewel, Mexico is rich in history. Pride of Indian and Spanish heritage colors the overall face of this beautiful and diverse country. The amalgamation of cultures, in part, is what attracts the foreigner.
The ex-pat community is buzzing about the small country of Ecuador. When looking at all the criteria that make a new home-country desirable, Ecuador meets most of the prerequisites. Located on the equator of South America’s west coast, Ecuador offers warmth, but also the Andes Mountain range to the east placing the country in a stretch of glorious foothills. The climate varies with the altitude and proximity to the coast. Each brings different temperatures and environments. Choose from jungle, coastal or highland living.
The town that most intrigues me is Cotacachi, A two hour bus ride north of the capital city of Quito, it still retains a small town feel, but offers modern amenities. While you won’t see any tall office buildings or fancy services like party bus or limos, the town is always restoring and renovating in order to stay fresh and accommodating. It is a place known for its cleanliness and civic pride. A relatively large ex-pat community from all over the world have found it easy to call Cotacachi home.
If you find yourself ready to escape the high cost of living in a country or city that is only getting more expensive by the month, you would not be alone. Cities all across North America are seeing the middle class being pushed out or into poverty. The good news is you have a few choices.
You can make it big in business, win the sweepstakes, inherit a ton of money, find buried treasure or move to another country. More and more people are looking at taking the latter option and moving outside their native land. Weighing in are big factors like less financial stress and more carefree living.
Latin America holds a special fascination for me. There are so many choices of beautiful and affordable places to live in the number of countries that make up this part of our planet. With a backdrop of modern amenities and European influences most people coming in from another part of the world can find relatable and lovely customs. Paving the way for a large ex-patriot community to enjoy is the democratic constitutional republic of Uruguay.