Yesterday at a pizza restaurant in Cuenca, I kept hearing English everywhere. 80% of the clientele at 6 pm on a Thursday evening were Americans.
I talked to one group of diners. One was from New Jersey and leaving the next day but the others who were probably retired, lived in Cuenca.
During my first visit to Cuenca just a little over a year ago, I saw heard and saw some fellow Americans in the center of town. And they aren’t just tourists, they live here.
And after spending over three months of my life here in Cuenca, I now know why it’s no wonder tons of Americans either have moved or just want to visit Cuenca.
Here are 5 Reasons You Need to Visit Cuenca:
1. Outlets and Currency
I gotta get this one out of the way. Since I work online using my laptop and phone, I need to charge my devices often. After traveling for so long in other countries it’s nice to know there’s another country that has the same outlets as the U.S.
And it also helps to not have to convert a currency in your head. Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar. So a dollar is a dollar.
You’re in luck if you like rice, chicken, plantains, cheese, corn, soup, potatoes, herbal teas and fresh fruit juices. This is mainly what the Ecuadorian diet consists of.
And if those things are too normal for you, there’s always cuy (guinea pig).
The weather in Cuenca never gets too hot or too cold but it does change often. There’s no whether extremes (like the cold in New York or humidity in Florida). Just always be ready. I always keep a rain jacket with me.
4. Language Learning
I’ve been to 8 of the 13 countries in South America and find Ecuador is best to learn. To me, they speak very clearly and not too fast compared to the other countries.
5. Cheaper Cost of Living
Of course for all travelers, this is a biggie. It’s true though that things are cheaper compared to the U.S. especially in regards to food.
Ice cream costs less than a dollar and doing one tourist attractions only costs for example at the blue domes of the church- $1. Also a bus fare is 25 cents and in comparison to the New York metro now at $2.75, you can do the math.
Though when it comes to imported goods like for example, electronics you’re better off not buying that here.
There’s also the architecture that I love in the city center, the people and culture…
Have you been to Cuenca? Leave a comment below!