A couple of you mentioned that we might have missed the boat as the prices tend to creep up here in Ecuador...please be assured that our prices are nothing like the States, or even most other retirement havens...Gas is $1.48/ gal, food is pretty darn cheap, restaurants and labor are dirt cheap. The items that tend to cost more are those that are imported, and must be paid for by the disintegrating Yankee Dollar.
But, that problem is happening to everyone, everywhere.
Here some articles that describe Ecuador a little better...also, one that now lists the country as the number two destination:
Just in case, you are getting itchy feet...