Cost of living in Machala, Ecuador

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $4.22
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $5.69
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $1.69
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.15
12 eggs, large $2.09
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $1.32
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $2.10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $1.30
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $0.92
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.03
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $20
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.70
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $0.50
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $470
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $201
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $50
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $414
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $179
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $23
40” flat screen TV $549
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $111
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $4.15
Hourly rate for cleaning help $3.05
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $87
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) $94
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $122
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.71
Monthly ticket public transport -
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $14
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $6.00
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $3.00
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $20
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.75
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.00
4 rolls of toilet paper $1.32
Tube of toothpaste $1.00
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $2.95
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $18
2 tickets to the movies $10
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $8
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $33
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $5.14
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $2.22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $1.98
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $700
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $47
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $3.25
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 29 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: September 18, 2018.

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