Visas Questions

I am hoping to get some advice on visa application and procedures. After researching different communities in Ecuador, I have decided to seek retirement in Cotacachi. (Not too small, not too big.) I have accessed the government website for visa application and requirements. Would it be better to arrive in Ecuador via a tourist visa and then apply, or apply prior to arriving? I would be bringing all required documents apostilled but needing official translation.

Also, would it be advantageous to hire a firm to represent me? I have intermediate Spanish skills and feel relatively confident in my ability to complete the application my self.

Any advice would be appreciated

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