7 businesses I would put in Canoa, Ecuador right now

06 May 2017

Disaster breeds opportunity. The ying and the yang, there is a positive side to everything if you look for it. This fact has became particularly clear to me since I started investing in currencies online (more on that soon). But particularly since the earthquake last April, here are 7 businesses I personally would consider putting […]

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Earthquake rebuild update from Canoa, Ecuador

05 May 2017

This week I had the pleasure to chat with a friend that has lived since June of last year in Canoa, Danial Turner (not a property owner there). He said he’s noticed a lot of changes in the picturesque town of Canoa, Ecuador on the north Ecuadorian coast which happens to be one of the […]

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The 1 hardest thing for a nice guy doing business in Ecuador

04 May 2017

I’ve got a confession to make, I’m a nice guy. If you’ve ever met me you know, kinda short, kinda soft-spoken, generally nice. And being nice in a place like Ecuador isn’t necessarily a virtue, it’s a handicap. But I’ve done pretty good here economically (so far) in spite of it. As I covered earlier […]

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Surprise flight connection that could save you BIG getting to/from Ecuador

03 May 2017

Recently, I helped an Ecuadorian friend buy her ticket from Ecuador to Israel. And I learned something interesting. To or from most places in the world, right now, it is FAR cheaper to fly there from Bogota than from anywhere in Ecuador. Bogota is WAY more connected than Quito, and right now Quito is getting […]

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Dodging a shark: The dangers of buying vacant land in Ecuador

02 May 2017

“Oh, man, here he comes again.” I said to an Ecuadorian friend as I saw my neighbors big black pick up pull up to my property near Salinas on the coast. The car stopped, he got out and walked up. I had previously explained to my friend that my neighbor used to be the owner […]

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How to save on your income tax in Ecuador

01 May 2017

This week I filed my income tax return in Ecuador due every March (impuesto a la renta). My accountant charged $30 and was done in 20 minutes. It was so quick because she already handled my monthly sales tax declarations and already had the paperwork on hand. Based on the monthly tax declarations for all […]

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How to see the coast of Ecuador without a car

30 April 2017

By far the easiest way to see the coast is renting a car, but if you are like me when I first got here and intimidated by driving in a foreign country, I don’t blame you! The good thing about Ecuador is you can bus it and be just fine. IF YOU ONLY HAVE ABOUT A […]

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Why you should start a tourism-related business in Ecuador now

28 April 2017

2017 is the time to start a tourism-based business in a place like Ecuador where 80-90% of the foreign tourists are American (aka from the USA). Why? Because this is going to be a great year. Being in the industry myself, I can’t help but notice the uptick in travelers so far this year. Never […]

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How much should you pay a caretaker for your beach house in Ecuador?

26 April 2017

Good question. Not much. I’ve owned several properties on the coast of Ecuador, and currently own one for sale. All I can say is how much I pay. I pay a local guy $10 a week to go to the house once or twice a week at different times and check if everything is OK, […]

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The difference between Cuenca and the rest of Ecuador

21 April 2017

Most foreigners who move to Ecuador, move straight to Cuenca. It’s a nice place, but it’s actually quite similar to most of the other colonial mountain towns in Ecuador. So what’s different about Cuenca to me as an occasional visitor? The variety and quality of cuisine options from all around the world. World-class chefs from […]

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Is this the best rental investment in Ecuador?

18 April 2017

Many new expats in Ecuador gaggle over how cheap the rents are here. Yet are unpleasantly surprised by how pricey the same properties are to purchase. It’s true.  It often doesn’t add up. But there are some opportunities here to make a nice rental return on a purchased property. So far, I have one of […]

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When is best to visit the coast of Ecuador?

15 April 2017

Today, I’m checking in from Puerto Cayo, about an hour south of Manta where i have one house and a few lots for sale.   And holy sh#t it’s hot as I type this the beads of sweat roll down my fingers.   This time of year on the coast (from January to March) it […]

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10 tips I’ve learned the hard way from 1 year of managing an AirBnb rental

11 April 2017

{!firstname_fix}, I just passed the 14 month mark owning and managing rentals I promote primarily on AirBnb in Guayaquil.  Previously, I had never done anything like it. I’ve learned a lot.  Here’s a few things that first come to mind to help you keep your rental filled. 1. A little goes a long way.  Reading […]

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1 Ecuador investment that beats the stock market

04 April 2017

I’ve never been a fan of investing in the stock market.   Especially now that it’s at record highs (terrible time to buy in).   There’s just too much you or I don’t know, and too many others that know so much more.   Instead, especially for a steady passive income I’d suggest to anyone […]

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Top 3 scenic routes in Ecuador no one knows about

23 March 2017

Working with tourists and new arrival expats in Ecuador on a daily basis at my hotel near the airport in Quito, It never ceases to amaze me how everyone comes to Ecuador for an adventure, thinks they are adventurous yet are quick to follow the same beaten path of everyone else.  Same goes for when […]

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The best new-age way to find furnished rentals abroad for expats

17 March 2017

When moving to a new country, in this case Ecuador, as a new expat you are going to face a problem.   You don’t want to live in a cramped hotel room for extended periods of time with no kitchen.   And all the cheapest rentals that you’ve read about online (like the $200-400/month ones […]

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The biggest mistake new expats make before they even get to Ecuador

06 March 2017

“Oh, man. What did i get myself into?” I said to myself as I arrived to my new craigslist rental I found online which ended up being on the wrong side of the river in a ghetto of Santo Domingo, in the DR.   That was the scene for me a few years ago when […]

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The first 10 things gringos notice in Ecuador

10 February 2017

  “T.I.E. This. is. Ecuador.”  I find myself often telling my brother (from the USA) who is currently visiting Ecuador for the first time. The things he initially notices crack me up when I’m just used to it being here a few years now. Here were a few things he noticed first in Ecuador, and […]

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1 Cell Phone-Related Biz-Opp In Ecuador

17 January 2017

“I’m starting to think this is hopeless.” I thought as I visited the fifth store dedicated to selling cell phone protective cases in Quito (Ecuador’s capitol city). You see, in Ecuador, just like the cars on the road, due to the import restrictions there is a very limited variety of cell phones available locally. And […]

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Why I Really Moved To Ecuador

08 January 2017

Oh, man. I’ve been avoiding this question ever since I started this blog a few years back. Yet, this is the first thing people ask me, how did a guy from Cleveland, Ohio end up in Ecuador? Lie every time. OK, maybe not “lie” but I always give a very vague, “blow off” answer like, […]

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