I am a semi-retired American with no dependents who has Ecuador on his radar screen. Cotacachi is on my preferred city list, though I'm open to living in other places in the country such as Cuenca. My current plan is to begin the search process by getting a 90-day tourist visa and spending time in Ecuador to become acquainted with the country and figuring out whether a permanent move would be right for me. Because I own a small business in addition to drawing a pension, I am looking at mid-to-late April as the date when I would be making my initial trek to Ecuador, as I need the time to finish and submit my tax returns. I am particularly interested in obtaining feedback from ex-pats (retired or not) who relocated by themselves without being accompanied by their spouse or partner.