Visiting Ecuador for an extended stay ... even possibly permanent. A place to move that is friendly, safe and affordable is very important. I am 59, single, have an 80 lb. 9 yr. old dog, and a Blue and Gold Macaw who will come with me on my second trip. Do not yet speak Spanish, although I learn very fast and am great at non-verbal communication. My initial trip would be to help me decide if retirement would be possible there on my limited budget. I am planning on an initial visit by myself for up to a month to explore the possibilities. I love hiking, the water, animals, culture and art of all kinds. Any tips on where to start, as well as how to go about it would be appreciated.