Will your pet be detained upon entering Ecuador?

19 August 2015

Recently a friend of mine brought her pet to Ecuador… here´s what went down… First, before coming she made sure she had the necessary documents: A vaccination certificate for international travel and a certification from an FDA approved veternarian that the pet was healthy. All of which needs to be done right before traveling and […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A

Is Ecuador the new American dream?

11 August 2015

Dom, “So, where you from?” I asked. “Gambia,” the guest in my hotel responded. “Wow, Gambia, I thought, where the heck’s that?” I thought.This young guy I was chatting with was obviously an immigrant, fresh off the plane, about to try his luck inEcuador.  Just like i was 3 years ago. You see, Ecuador is […]

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Expansion complete: the surprising difference between a 6 and 23 room hotel

Expansion complete: the surprising difference between a 6 and 23 room hotel

05 August 2015

Often, the first business most of us expats think of putting in our new country is a guesthouse. It´s not a bad idea cause you really don´t need any formal education on the subject to do it. It wasn´t my plan either, I just kind of fell into it. First in Guayaquil, partnering with a […]

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The difference between car insurance in Ecuador vs the US

28 July 2015

Yesterday, I hired private car insurance for the first time since i moved to Ecuador. It’s true that most Ecuadorians just go with the state mandated liability insurance that covers damages to third parties (previously known as SOAT) that costs about $45/year. But that still doesn’t cover YOUR car in the case of an accident […]

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Expected returns in Ecuador, and how Ecuadorians double them

21 July 2015

A lot of people don’t know this about me… but I actually have an Ecuadorian mentor. He’s born and raised Ecuadorian, from Guayaquil, self-made, about 50, and currently owns a hotel in Salinas, a rent a car company in Guayaquil, and a few other smaller hotels in Guayaquil. I actually partnered with him when I […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A, Investor News/Analysis

Keeping your car legal in Ecuador

14 July 2015

Got a car in Ecuador? Worried the papers might not be up-to-date and the next time you´re pulled over might be your last? I got several friends with cars in Ecuador and almost all of them have cars with expired registrations and are subsequently illegal for transit. When really, it´s pretty easy to keep your car […]

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Getting Internet (data in your phone) anytime anywhere in Ecuador – Not always as easy as you think

07 July 2015

I know, I know, I get it. Staying connected to the Internet is more important than water, electricity for you. We´ve reached that point in our society. Problem is, in Ecuador, the Internet connection is not so good, especially in the small towns.  Even hotels that advertise they have WIFI, often will be having network […]

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Ecuador dual citizenship myths debunked- How to get around the 90 day rule

30 June 2015

There’s really only one simple requirement that qualifies you for an Ecuadorian second passport (aka Ecuador dual citizenship)… you need 3 years of permanent residency after getting any of the resident visas and obtaining your “cedula” ID card. In fact, I was told by my source in immigration you can actually apply after about 2 and a […]

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Getting electricity to your lot in Ecuador

22 June 2015

And on goes my building project on the coast of Ecuador. Next up, electricity, not necessarily a sure thing in Ecuador. But in this case, the electricity was about 100 meters away from my lot, maybe a bit less, so it wasnt a huge deal hooking it up to my property. Total cost $2450 for […]

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Where’s best to exchange money in Ecuador?

13 June 2015

Got Euros or another foreign currency, or maybe want to buy it in Ecuador getting out of the USD while it's strong?   So, where has the best exchange rates?   First off, for the best rates be sure to exchange your money in one of the only two cities in Ecuador with international airports… […]

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Making sense of the new Ecuador Inheritance Law

10 June 2015

This week (June 2015) the Ecuador president is sending a new bill to the Ecuador Assembly to seriously hike the inheritance taxes the rich will have to pay.Important news for us property investors. As it lays now, folks in Ecuador with inheritances under $66,000USD dont pay any tax.  For inheritances valued $100,000, they pay a […]

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5 Ecuador beaches suffering from receding sand line- buyer beware

07 June 2015

Although the Ecuador coast still has some extraordinarily good buys, and many beaches not at all effected by erosion, here are five places on the coast I would avoid buying front-line beachfront property due to the noticeably receding sand line.     In other words, the beach there is disappearing fast and who knows, your investment could […]

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160m2 lot 4 blocks from beach in Canoa, $7500

02 June 2015

With todays deal I´d like to bring up an important point when looking for property on the coast of Ecuador. While in many places lots that are front-line beachfront or with a nice view may have already risen in prices, you can still find lots in these same areas 2, 3, or 4 blocks from […]

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Posted in Central coast- Manta Area, Listings by Area, Listings by Price, Listings by Type, Near beach, Under $50k

The nicest beach in Ecuador is…

The nicest beach in Ecuador is…

27 May 2015

“I didn’t know Ecuador had anything like this!” My Ecuadorian friend said upon arrival. “Me neither,” I responded. It was a couple weeks ago, and we had just arrived to BY FAR the nicest beach I’ve ever seen in Ecuador. Portete. I know what you’re saying, where? It’s small, and undeveloped, but I’ve visited over […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

Pedernales beachfront lot for sale 920m2, $43k

Pedernales beachfront lot for sale 920m2, $43k

24 May 2015

Pedernales beachfront lot for sale 920m2, $43k Negotiable.Right on main coastal road.  Lot goes from road to ocean.  Hard to beat beachfront even in Ecuador for under $40 per meter.  Call for more… Jorge luis sanchez 0983680353 And to be the FIRST to find out about more property deals like this one sign up for […]

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Posted in Beachfront, North Coast- Esmeraldas-Bahia-Canoa, Under $50k

Getting water to your lot on the coast of Ecuador

Getting water to your lot on the coast of Ecuador

22 May 2015

Before we could even think about building anything here on the coast just south of Manta, Ecuador, we had to get water to the lot. Electricity can come later. Like with most things in Ecuador, its usually either ridiculously easy or excruciatingly difficult. Thankfully, this time it was easy. Like usual in Ecuador, we asked […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A

Budget airline arrives in Ecuador, brings lower prices to USA: Get RT Miami-Quito under $400

19 May 2015

VivaColombia is a budget airline based out of Colombia that just made getting to the US from Ecuador and vice versa a whole lot cheaper. And not just once in a blue moon, pretty much anytime you want to go in 2015 you can find a roundtrip flight QUITO to USA (MIAMI) for around $400 […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A, Ecuador Travel Guides, Expat Lifestyle

The best driving routes, and driving times in Ecuador

16 May 2015

This week I had the pleasure to interview someone that knows the roads of Ecuador better than ANYONE I know. Jack Abercrombie, an American expat from Atlanta who has lived in Ecuador for over 7 years now and has a heavy-duty truck he uses to help expats move heavy loads of belongings within Ecuador. With all the new […]

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And we’re off! Foundation prep. Ecuador coast house build part 1.

And we’re off! Foundation prep. Ecuador coast house build part 1.

13 May 2015

So this week we broke ground on the 3 bedroom, 2 bath oceanview house here south of Manta, Ecuador. The first step was to level the ground and dig the holes for the foundation and septic system all in one shot. As you can see in the pics (click display images in your email reader) […]

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Is there really NO car depreciation in Ecuador?

09 May 2015

  Today I sold my car in Ecuador.A 2013 model Chevy N300 mini-van for $13,000 USD. I bought it one year ago from a used car dealership here in Quito for $13,000 USD. So, I used the car for a year, put 26,000km on the car (16,100 miles), scratched it up a bit and still […]

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