Originally Posted by mystang52
...well, at least it's not Mars.
But for me, that's too far away from my kids, grandson and hopefully more grandchildren.
Ecuador is certainly an attractive place. The food is terrific. The people are friendly. Weather, scenery, nature all superb. The currency is the USD, so no currency risk for Americans retiring there, although that will change eventually.
However, the fly in the ointment is the crime. I haven't been to Cuenca which is said to be very nice, but Quito is pretty scary. Everyplace we went in Ecuador we saw bars on the windows, even in Galapagos where the population is tiny. There must be ways to cope with it, but it wouldn't be for me, particularly in the context of getting older.