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WASHINGTON, DC (January 8, 2013) – The Embassy of Ecuador in Washington, DC is proud to announce that for the fifth consecutive year Ecuador has been named the best international retirement destination for North Americans according to International Living, a leading magazine devoted to covering overseas retirement.’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2013 ranks the best international locations to retire based on data and information collected from correspondents in countries most popular with U.S. and Canadian retirees. For 2013, twenty-two countries were scored across eight categories: real estate, special retirement benefits, cost of living, ease of integration, entertainment and amenities, health care, retirement infrastructure and climate.

“We feel honored that Ecuador continues to be the number one retirement destination for nearly 20,000 North Americans,” said Ecuador’s Ambassador to the US Nathalie Cely. “We are proud to share the wonders of our beautiful country and our welcoming culture with the world.”

Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, whose beaches, mountains, tropical rainforests, and temperate climate allow visitors enjoy nature at a glance.

According to’s editor Dan Prescher, “The combination of a welcoming culture, the great weather, the affordability and its proximity to the United States all go together to make it a good package.” One of the main reasons Ecuador was chosen for the fifth consecutive year as the number one place to retire for North Americans is that the South American country offers a good quality of life at a reasonable price. Monthly living expenses range from $900 to $1,400, and senior residents in Ecuador enjoy a number of discounts for services, public transportation, and refunds of sales tax.

Panama, Mexico, and Costa Rica were also ranked among the top five retirement destinations for North Americans, proving that Latin America is a growing region with substantial economic opportunities.

For more about International Living’s “The World’s Top Retirement Havens in 2013 Index”, please visit: