#1 Best Places to Retire in South America: Ecuador
Ecuador tops many Best Of lists for retirement worldwide for a number of reasons (and it comes in at No. 2 on InternationalLiving.com Global Retirement Index 2014): The country offers a spring-like climate and low-cost for retirees, just to begin. Add to that your choice of living options — beautiful beaches, relaxing mountain tows, or even city life.
One of Ecuador’s best locales, Cuenca, is a colonial city with a large and growing expat community. (Rent for a great building often falls under $500 a month.) The city offers an orchestra and many art, theater and dance opportunities that are free — and culturally thrilling.