Cuenca has been rated the #1 place to retire for a couple of years now. But becoming a Cuencano isn't as easy, or straightforward, as you might think.
Whether it's getting yourself to Cuenca, or finding a place to live, or furnishing your new home, there are pitfalls to avoid and expenses you can reduce. This section of Captivating Cuenca will discuss all that.
We'll also be outlining how you can become a welcome addition to the city. What does that mean?
Well, it means that you learn how to speak Spanish, you know when and when not to tip, and other important aspects of life as a Cuencano.
You may be wondering why we think it's important to become a "good" Cuencano. Well, it's because people are moving here at the rate of about 50 a month now (so we've heard).
And most are bringing their North American or European experiences and points of view (that's only natural). Some of those are in direct contradiction to Cuencano points of view.
You'll also find people much friendlier here if you speak their language (even if you only attempt to speak it and mess it up badly).
If you're already living in Cuenca, consider this section a refresher (or wake-up call) about living among our hosts, the residents of this beautiful city.
If you're still deciding whether to move here, use this section to help you decide if Cuenca is the right place for you, before you invest a lot of time and money. Begin by reading this article by Dr. Lee Dubs.
And here's a follow-up article by Lee, titled Who Are All These Gringos, Anyway?
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I just want to thank you both soooo much for creating this web site. I am originally from Cuenca but moved to New York 11 years ago and have not being back since. My husband and I are planning on visiting Cuenca over the Summer and this web site has helped me a lot.
When I came to the US we still had the "sucre," the bus ride cost 1,000 sucres and a pack of trident gum would cost 3,000 sucres. I am very nervous to go back, but thanks to your web site I now know what to expect.
My husband is American and Captivating Cuenca has taught him a lot about what my great city has to offer, things that I had forgotten about myself! :)
Thank You both so much! I cannot wait to visit Cuenca!!