Cost of living in Cuenca, Ecuador

Summary of cost of living in Cuenca

Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,433
Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,110
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List of prices in Cuenca, Ecuador. Current as of Dec 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $5.39
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $6
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $2.96
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.37
12 eggs, large $2.54
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $1.27
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $5.10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.20
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.48
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.73
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $12
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.01
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.27
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $685
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $668
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $54
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $478
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $297
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $36
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $27
40” flat screen TV $523
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $202
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $6
Hourly rate for cleaning help $8
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $58
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $48
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $109
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $86
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $28,273
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.45
Monthly ticket public transport $23
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $13
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $5.75
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $26
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $4.90
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.48
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.41
4 rolls of toilet paper $1.50
Tube of toothpaste $1.84
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $7
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $22
2 tickets to the movies $13
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $93
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $28
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $5.72
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $2.61
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $2.02
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $710
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.21
1 month of gym membership in business district $34
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $4.99
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 301 prices entered by 26 different people.
Latest price update: December 08, 2019

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