Ecuador is not ready for prime time. There are lots of gringos everywhere in Ecuador for three great reasons: awesome weather in the high cities of Quito, Cuenca, and Baños; cheap cost of living - much less than half the cheapest places in the USA, and great, cheap, healthcare. But you want anything out of the ordinary? Forget it. Charging cable for Asus tablet - not in Ecuador. Basalmic vinegar, sour cream, Alfredo sauce, peanut butter, decent wine... hard or impossible to get at any price. Times 10,000 things we use and think we "need" in the US. Today we went to the waterfall in Baños, and read how far away we are. Photos.