95% of the articles are B.S.
In reading their stuff, you will surely see a city you probably never heard of, Cuenca, as a top destination in the world for retirees. Funny thing about that ... I happen to be sitting in Cuenca right now. I am staying with Ecuadorian friends, so the cost to me is minimal. To you, well, do not expect similar treatment.
Ecuador is a marvelous place with many things going for it. Cheap is not one of them. The big change came in 2000, when Ecuador switched to the dollar. As in Europe in 1999, when the euro came in, prices zoomed up and never came down.
You may discover the hard way that many of the Internet sites screaming COME ON DOWN!! belong to gringo real estate sharpies posing as Ecuador experts, desperate to unload property. You do not believe me? Give Mr. and/or Mrs. Ecuador Expert the following test:
(1) Give them the name of a product or two you will want to buy in Ecuador, e.g., level 50 suntan lotion (you will definitely need it). (2) Instruct them to go to the nearest store and photograph the product or products displayed on the shelf. Tell them to make sure the price is clear, easy to read. (3) Assuming Mr. and/or Mrs. Expert follow your instructions, be sure you are sitting down when you turn on your computer. Your mind is going to wobble.
I had better note for the record that I had 3 years of Spanish in high school and 3 years in college. In my twenties, I lived in Mexico with Mexican families for 3 years. I scored 793 on the GRE Spanish test, 800 is perfect. I have a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. All of which leads me to say: Mr and/or Mrs. Ecuador Expert, whom you are blindly listening to, most likely are going to hand you your head in a basket.
My motive for writing these words? As P.T. Barnum put it, "Every crowd has a silver lining." I hate to see people who have worked so hard for so many years be cheated so quickly, so easily, by weasels in tweed suits who speak garbage Spanish and who do not know the difference between Eloy Alfaro and La India Maria.
Dear reader, simply by keeping your eye on your bank account you can help plug up countless weasel holes. You will thereby make the world a better place. Mr. and/or Mrs. Ecuador Expert, you, too, can do your part. You need to stop lying, and most of all, pick up a (GASP!!! SHUDDER!!!) book and learn a thing or two.