Expert Info

Posted by Traveling_Guy
on 16 Jul 2017
Ecuador is currently on my short list for a retirement destination. I'll have to see it up close and personal first. I'll be there for a week in October of 2017. Can I expect to locate a bilingual tour guide that can interpret language/culture and has access to transportation? Are my expectations unrealistic?
Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Jul 2017 - 21:22
Hi Traveliing Guy, Yes, some--but not all---of the tourist agencies in the Mariscal sector of Quito (i.e., tourist district) offer day and overnight trips accompanied by a guide who speaks a reasonable level of English, as well as Spanish. You'll have to check out each agency and see what there is, however. Use a travel guidebook or website for recommendations. The tours usually come with transportation. You could also try South American Explorers Quito office. Community Hostel in Quito also offers groups trips. There are also some bilingual guides on the coast for diving and whalewatching activities. Almost all Ecuadorians with a college degree (including tourist degrees)have to take a proficiency exam in English to graduate. But skill levels vary according to the aptitute of the student, and the proficiency only measures an intermediate level of English. Hope that helps.

Expat Health Insurance Partners

Aetna International

Aetna offers award-winning international health insurance plans to more than 55 million members worldwide. Their plans are tailored to meet the individual needs of you and your family while you are away from your home country, living and working abroad. Get peace of mind knowing you and your family will be protected and have access to quality health care wherever you are, where you need it.

* For a limited time, there is a discount of up to 20% on new multi-member policies and up to 10% on single member policies. This offer is valid until 19 June 2020. See website for details.

Get a quote from Aetna International

Cigna_logo_300.png

Cigna Global

With 86 million customer relationships in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.

Get a quote from Cigna Global