If you love to eat healthy meals prepared with only the freshest ingredients, then Ecuador’s local cuisine will exceed your culinary expectations. With a cornucopia of perfectly ripened fruits, just-picked vegetables and seafood caught fresh each day, it’s hard to not eat healthy foods in Ecuador.
Ecuador’s coast is comprised of many small towns with their unique microclimates and resources. Most are stocked with a small fleet of boats and local fishermen, who bring in the fresh catch early each morning. Depending on the particular climate of a town, you may also see small farms growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, the offerings unique to each location. Be sure allow time during your travels to stop in and experience what each of these coastal towns has to offer.
I fell in love with Ecuador for multiple reasons, one of the best being how little money it takes to eat exceedingly well. For example, here a full pound of Wahoo costs a mere $1.50, and a dragon fruit costs less than 50 cents. After traveling home to Colorado following one of my visits to Ecuador’s coast, I tried to maintain the same healthy, fresh, delicious diet to which I had grown accustomed in Ecuador. Easier said than done: a pound of Wahoo cost $40! And if you’re lucky enough to even find a Dragon fruit, it was in the $4 range. I use these two items for comparison, because they are two of my favorites, but the same crazy cost differential runs across the board.
So many factors contributed to the fact that I was already feeling the way of life living on the coast of Ecuador, but the relative cost to eat healthy and delicious foods every day without breaking the bank actually was one of the major deciding factors in my decision to live on the coast of Ecuador.