Cost of Living in Cuenca

Summary about cost of living in Cuenca, Ecuador:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.00 $ 2.00-4.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20.00 $ 15.00-30.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.50 $ 1.00-2.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.50 $ 2.00-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.08 $ 1.25-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.73 $ 0.50-1.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.52 $ 0.40-1.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.05 $ 2.84-5.11
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.46 $ 0.91-2.13
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.56 $ 0.45-0.77
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.90 $ 1.00-2.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1.63 $ 0.68-3.40
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.09 $ 1.36-2.72
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.65 $ 1.32-3.63
Apples (1 lb) 0.65 $ 0.45-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 0.51 $ 0.23-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.43 $ 0.23-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.43 $ 0.23-0.50
Potato (1 lb) 0.43 $ 0.33-0.50
Onion (1 lb) 0.42 $ 0.23-0.45
Lettuce (1 head) 0.71 $ 0.50-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.84 $ 0.50-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.00 $ 6.00-11.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.06 $ 0.60-1.43
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.38 $ 1.25-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.00 $ 5.80-6.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.30 $ 0.30-0.40
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 17.50 $ 10.00-30.43
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.50 $ 1.40-1.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.41 $ 1.61-2.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.00 $ 8.00-10.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.18 $ 1.75-2.85
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 $ 20,000.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,833.33 $ 29,000.00-35,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 29.33 $ 20.00-40.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.15 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 40.10 $ 30.00-65.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 32.50 $ 15.00-40.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 7.25 $ 5.00-10.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.00 $ 6.00-7.50
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 218.00 $ 150.00-400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 3,972.00 $ 3,000.00-9,600.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 50.00 $ 20.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 43.57 $ 15.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 91.88 $ 50.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 62.78 $ 40.00-90.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 414.44 $ 350.00-500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 330.31 $ 250.00-450.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 655.26 $ 500.00-900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 519.09 $ 400.00-700.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 119.10 $ 83.61-139.35
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 91.40 $ 74.32-111.48
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 425.00 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.17 9.90-12.00

Prices in Cuenca

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Last update: September 2020
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9 Comments so far
Warren Light on Mar 05, 2019:
Several of the questions asked in the comments below might be better answered by the internet resources listed in my portal web page. If you are considering Cuenca as a place to live, I recommend you read "Cuenca High Life" and "Gringo Post". Both are published daily. Go to portal.light.ec in your browser and look for the Cuenca links and the Ecuador links. My email is on my home page, and I will answer questions. I have lived in Cuenca for six years and enjoy the city. I am not stuck here, but could have moved away long ago if the city did not please me.
Warren Light on Mar 05, 2019:
(1) I have my clothing made here in Cuenca by a tailor. It fits well and wears well, and is about one third what I would pay in Macys in Houston.
(2) Heath care has been affordable in Cuenca - including medicine - about 1/4 that in Houston. Hospital costs are about 1/10 that in Houston. But health insurance here is very problematic. Some companies never pay clams. Others go out of business leaving you hanging. Ecuador has been struggling to improve their public health insurance, but that is very expensive for expats living on SSI. The public health insurance, IESS, charges 17% of the SSI to those who legally report their correct income. Many expats have resorted to fraudulently claiming that their income is only $600/month.
Anonymous on Feb 01, 2019:
plus Ecuador is beautiful and why not live there even if just for the fun of it all - I say if Trump in US is your thing, then yes the cultural diversity and architectural riches of Latin America are not...
Anonymous on Feb 01, 2019:
well, the person from the last post should note that the prices listed here are well below your average 1st world prices, so dont talk badly abouth something you are not even sure about...
Anonymous on Jan 07, 2019:
Why would anyone want to move to a 3rd world country like Ecuador? The government is corrupt as hell but the government likes to chisel every penny from expats.Ecuador can't even manage it's own currency so they copped out and changed to the dollar instead.All the while expats living in Ecuador think they've got it made funny.I'd never live in Ecuador pay u s prices and let the government rip me off.
Jorge on May 08, 2017:
The meat prices you quote is from SuperMaxi. At the Mercado 9 de Octubre meat is $2.00 per pound.

We are a family of 2, including all expenses rent, transport, food, utilities, internet, phone etc $700 - $800 per month
Peter on Apr 21, 2017:
Kindly add cost of health insurance.
Preferable private health insurance companies- monthly rates and some mechanicsbpike coverage, co-pays and doctor visits, etc
These are important matters too.
Mak Shwaish on Apr 09, 2017:
good day ..
i heard a lot of positive reviews about Cuenca , i am planning to move there with may family (two kids (between 4 - 7 years Old ) and wife by June 2017 from Dubai.

i want to know about the schools there and fees structures . my kids and i can not speak Spanish so we prefer English ones .

please if some one can help me on this as its big concern , and if any one have a business would like to have silent or active partner i may be interested as well .

thanks
gus klumpp on Feb 10, 2017:
Please help me with some advice. I and wife thinking about visiting Quito for a month in Nov 2017 for 1 month. I need to know if Quito is ok for Americans to retire in. Thinking we should stay 2 weeks in Quito and 2 weeks in Cuenca, is this a good idea. I am looking to stay in places from Home Away, are there any suggestions? How can I get from Quito to Cuenca if I don't rent a car?
Any information I would appreciate. Took 1 yr Spanish in high school many moons ago.
I just retired from 26.5 in USNavy and 21 yrs at the USPostal Service. I still have the desire to travel and live in other places overseas, I guess it is in my blood.
Thanking anybody in advance for contacting me.
Gus