A sneak peek into the rose business in Ecuador

29 June 2014

Roses are big money here in the Andes.  Both Ecuador and neighboring Colombia are deep in the business while flowers are chief exports.  This week I had the chance to sit down with a 14-year vet rose farmer at his place during my research for my soon-to-be-released Insiders Guide to Agro-businesses in Ecuador.  I’m also planning […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Investor News/Analysis

Will your bags get stuck when moving to Ecuador?

27 June 2014

“But I was told if I bought a first-class bus ticket i could take as many bags as I wanted under the bus free.” A friend of mine recently implored at the Quito bus station on his way to Loja.“Nope, sorry, thats not correct.” The bus attendent flatly stated.  He and his wife had about 20 […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A

Why Playas is a dud

24 June 2014

I got an interesting article from an “expert” forwarded to me this week about how great Playas, Ecuador is. Insert YAWN here. My response… Are you serious? Have you actually been to Playas? Spent significant time there? Done business there? I have. Trust me, there are much better options on the Ecuador coast for investors […]

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How much to make your own road in Ecuador?

21 June 2014

I’ve been there, man. I still remember that day about 2 years ago. I had a chance to buy a whole mountain with an oceanview behind the quaint little coastal town of Olon, Ecuador. For $4,000 dollars. But I passed. It was rainy season. And when my Ecuadorian friend and I started walking towards the […]

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Whats your perfect altitude in Ecuador?

10 June 2014

I´m spoiled. I´ve been in Ecuador, a tropical mountainous country, too long where you can pick the elevation for you. And wherever you pick has the same climate all year round. For instance, where I live in a valley of Quito the elevation is 2398 meters (7867 ft) above sea level. The climate is just […]

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The ultimate expat-mobile for the beach in Ecuador for $250

The ultimate expat-mobile for the beach in Ecuador for $250

09 June 2014

Trust me, I´ve been there. I mean, living in a small town on the coast of Ecuador. The town (Manglaralto) was 4 km from Montanita and had a total of 3 streets parallel to the ocean with about 20 streets perpendicular. Tiny. You know, I didn´t really need or want a car. I could use […]

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The secret to finding anything in Ecuador

08 June 2014

A friend recently asked…“Where can I find some duct tape and a tennis ball in Ecuador.” Referring to his mom sitting next to him in the case she didn´t shut her trap.  But seriously, if you´re living in a small town in Ecuador (like me) far from the nearest Supermaxi big box store, how can you […]

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DIY: Ecuador residency visa in 4 hours or less… for pensioners

07 June 2014

  This week, I broke my own record. About 4 hours of pounding the pavement in Manta, Ecuador. 2 permanent residency visas for friends of mine. And yes, its something easy enough you could actually do it yourself, or maybe with the help of someone that speaks Spanish. You certainly dont have to pay a […]

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Example Ecuador Visa Solicitation Letter

01 June 2014

Here´s an example of the official letter immigration in Ecuador asks for when you apply for a visa, just plug in your info and where you are applying and play! —BEGIN— 2 de junio, 2013. Manta, Ecuador. Estimados. Coordinacion Zonal 4 Manta Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movimiento Humano. Por medio del presente, yo, John […]

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5 must-have apps before you go to Ecuador

24 May 2014

  Language used to be a barrier when traveling or living abroad in a place like Ecuador. Not anymore. Not with todays technology. Even 2 or 3 years ago had nothing on what we got today. Here are my favorite 5 apps for your smart-phone that will seriously break any communication barriers you have in […]

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The ONLY type of hotel I’d put in Cuenca

14 May 2014

I get it all the time. People know I’m in the hotel biz… …and they tell me they have a property and are thinking about putting a hotel in Cuenca. But truth is, I would NOT put a hotel in Cuenca, except for one type. You see, Cuenca is already loaded with good hotels, and […]

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Sold! Montanita beach house: from $15 to $45k

24 April 2014

“There it is.” I said as I signed the sales deed this week. I sold my 4 bedroom, 3 bath beach house near Montanita for $45k. The same one I bought entering 2012 for $15k. Once I bought the property I put about $2k into it to clean it out and lightly furnish it with […]

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Cotacachi beautiful, flat 16,000m2 property near center of town

Cotacachi beautiful, flat 16,000m2 property near center of town

13 April 2014

  Perfect land to construct a quality home development with municipal designated building use for multi homes on ¼ acre parcels.   A very rare 4 acre property with beautiful grounds in the most exclusive neighborhood of Cotacachi. In the beautiful mountain village of Cotacachi a prime piece of land has just become available. If […]

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Posted in Andes Mountain Properties, Cotacachi, Listings by Area, Over $150k, Vacant land for sale

Who pays what in an Ecuador real estate transaction

08 April 2014

  This week I was involved in an Ecuador real estate transaction. More on that in my next email. But it reminded me of something very important to know before you buy property in Ecuador. To know who typically pays what in a standard Ecuador real property transaction as it may differ from your home […]

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8 things to know before you visit Salinas, Ecuador

06 April 2014

“It was too cloudy.” “It was a ghost town.” I hear things like this all the time when people describe Salinas, Ecuador. They just don´t know. Right now I´m checking in from Salinas, Ecuador on a bluebird sunny day. The ocean is sapphire blue and very inviting, not a cloud in the sky, and I´m […]

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An Insiders take of the restaurant biz in Ecuador

23 March 2014

Something about Ecuador ignites the entrepreneur in all of us. As my Ecuadorian mentor once told me, “people in Ecuador are more entrepreneurial than in a country like the US because they have to be, there are less decent employment options so you got to employ yourself. ” I´d agree. And this week, I´m going […]

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Why I left Cuenca…

17 March 2014

  I hear it all the time… “Man, Cuenca was too da** cold and rainy.  I came south to get away from that.  But the coast is too hot and humid for me, I think Ecuador is not for me.” You’re right.  It’s freakin cold! Cuenca doesn’t have eternal spring weather like what you’ve probably […]

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21 Things you can ONLY see in Ecuador

04 March 2014

That’s the reason we travel, right? To see stuff we can’t see in our home country. Well, here are 21 things you could never see in the USA or Canada (or elsewhere for that matter) but you CAN see in Ecuador. 1.  When pulled over by the cops, Ecuadorians tend to get out of their cars […]

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The dirt on Cotacachi, Ecuador: March 2014 Market Report

03 March 2014

This week I had the pleasure to interview Olga Plavidal, one of the most knowledgable people I know on the Cotacachi real estate market. Cotacachi is a small mountainous community a few hours north of Quito, and 15 minutes from Otavalo, which has experienced quite an influx of North American expats in recent years due […]

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What Pablo Escobar taught me about life in Latin America

02 March 2014

Many people don’t know this about me. But my first ‘living’ experience in Latin America was when I lived almost a year in Medellin, Colombia. I was young, 23 years old in fact. And I have to admit I was mainly focused on going out, partying and chasing women. But in the breaks from that, […]

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