Cost of living in Cuenca, Ecuador

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $3.20
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $4.56
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $2.97
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.03
12 eggs, large $1.68
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $1.29
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.46
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $1.85
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.12
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.28
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.60
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.04
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $646
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $418
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $46
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $396
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $284
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $33
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $36
40” flat screen TV $715
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $129
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $5.38
Hourly rate for cleaning help $3.65
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $55
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $47
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $103
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $64
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $29,115
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.53
Monthly ticket public transport $13
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $10
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $4.52
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $4.39
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $22
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $5.49
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.31
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $3.62
4 rolls of toilet paper $1.52
Tube of toothpaste $1.88
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $4.56
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $12
2 tickets to the movies $10
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $28
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $27
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $4.77
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $2.58
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $2.14
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $804
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.54
1 month of gym membership in business district $30
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $4.00
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 187 prices entered by 13 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2018.

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