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Mexico, Colombia or Ecuador?

As my husband and I continue our travels through Colombia and now Cuenca, Ecuador, we find ourselves reflecting on our time living in Queretaro. While we cherish the memories and friendships we made there, we both agree that it feels like our time in Queretaro has come to an end.


Although it's difficult to leave behind our friends, we are excited about the opportunities and experiences that lie ahead. Our travels have inspired us to see more of the world and discover new places.


We will be returning to Mexico in June for a friend's wedding, but after that, we are unsure of where to go next. We are open to suggestions and would love to hear any thoughts you may have regarding our travel and lifestyle. Although we will make a visit to Queretaro of course.

A brief summary of Colombia and Mexico (differences)


You know that we were living in Querétaro, Mexico and that after spending a lot of years living there, we decided to head over to Manizales, Colombia. What are things unique about these places that we enjoyed?



Querétaro, Mexico - A place chosen by foreigners to retire in Mexico.


Querétaro, located in central Mexico, is a city known for its rich colonial history and stunning architecture. Its downtown area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to many beautiful churches and buildings dating back to the 16th century.

The strong community of foreigners is very noticeable and you can make friends easily not only with foreigners but with locals too. The city also attracts many Mexicans from all over the country because the city is a hub of industry and commerce.


Querétaro is also famous for its delicious cuisine, with dishes like enchiladas queretanas and gorditas de maiz taking center stage. The city is a hub of industry and commerce, with a thriving business district that attracts entrepreneurs and investors from around the world.


Manizales, Colombia - A very liveable, gorgeous and safe place in Colombia

Moving south to Colombia, we find Manizales, a city nestled in the Andes mountains. Manizales is known for its coffee plantations and is home to many coffee farms that offer tours and tastings for visitors.


The city is also a centre for education and research, with several prestigious universities and research centres located there. The people of Manizales are friendly and welcoming, and the city has a laid-back, relaxed vibe that is hard to resist.


What we loved about that city apart from what I said it's that there's a very young energy vibe and it was easy for us to get by there. We made friends and I'm sure that friendship is the kind of friendship that lasts forever. I will never forget the experiences I had in this beautiful city.


We'll be back in Mexico and we don't know what to do. I won't tell this to my best friends in Querétaro now so you have the first fruits. They don't see my blogs anyway. My best friends huh? haha.


Cuenca Ecuador - It's known for being a city to retire from among Americans.


Finally, we travel to Cuenca, a city in southern Ecuador that is renowned for its stunning architecture and beautiful natural surroundings.


Cuenca's old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to many beautiful churches, museums, and other historic buildings. The city is surrounded by mountains and rivers, making it a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Cuenca is also known for its artisanal crafts, such as pottery, weaving, and embroidery, which make great souvenirs to take home.


We are thrilled to be exploring all that Cuenca has to offer, and I can already tell you that we are loving what we have seen so far!


Yesterday, we had the pleasure of dining at an Indian restaurant, and the flavors were absolutely amazing. It's a nice change of pace from Queretaro, where Indian cuisine isn't as widely available.


If you have any questions, comments, or recommendations about Cuenca, please don't hesitate to let us know. We are always eager to learn more about this beautiful city and its culture. Thanks for following our journey!

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Frederick Holmshaw
Frederick Holmshaw
Apr 15, 2023

Hi Karen. I miss chatting with you on Italki. Thanks for the update. Glad you and Dave are enjoying your travels. Looking forward to your next video but I like the blog too. Wetalki soon😸

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La Karencita
La Karencita
Apr 15, 2023
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Hola amigo!

I'm actually wondering how you are doing lately. Please let me know and I look forward to chatting with you soon too!

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