Black-listed real estate agents in Ecuador – Background checks

10 December 2014

Come on, man Were you actually expecting a list of names here? I’m not about to start mud-slinging. But I will show you how to let the facts speak for themselves and how you can do a FREE background check on anyone you like in Ecuador. Especially helpful before you do a bigger business deal […]

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Macadamia farming in Ecuador – really?

08 December 2014

China, India, Egypt, Jordan, Dubai… I can say one thing after living or visiting those places… what a barren wasteland!  At least the parts I saw.   But Ecuador is different.   Truly gifted.   The green here in the Andes is a special color green, really.  So much water.  The dark black top soil […]

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Beachfront or oceanview in Ecuador?

06 December 2014

Good question.  Well, obviously if you can get your hands on a cheap beachfront property, you should go for it.  By “cheap” for Ecuador standards, I mean anything less than $50 a square meter ($4.65 per sq. ft).  On the high end, I’ve seen folks ask (and get) as much as $200 per square meter […]

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Hopelessly lost in Ecuador – The best free Ecuador GPS maps

02 December 2014

“Oh sh*t.” I thought as I looked at my friend who I was driving to south Quito main bus terminal.   Now, anyone who knows Quito knows don’t go to south Quito.   Its rough.  Locals joke with reason,  ‘go into south Quito and you’ll come out naked.’   In fact, there’s only one reason […]

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When to fly cheapest from Ecuador: Quito-Miami RT $354

27 November 2014

Now’s the time to buy your flight if you plan on flying back from Ecuador to visit the US/Canada in the next few months!   Wait a month to buy and any reasonably priced fare from now until May will be long gone.   Working next to the Quito airport in my hotel for over […]

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The easy way to bring household goods tax-free to Ecuador

06 November 2014

One big perk of moving to Ecuador is for new residents to be able to bring their household belongings tax-free. Under Ecuador law, any new arrival who just got their legal permanent residency visa, albeit a pensioner, investor or even a professional visa based off a college degree, can bring as much as one container […]

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My love hate relationship with Ecuador

09 October 2014

I swear man, I have a love hate relationship with Ecuador. Aww, I love Ecuador… as I wake to the sound of hundreds of birds chirping in my yard, I see why Ecuador is a top 3 destination in the world for bird watchers.  Then my thought gets disrupted by the horrid screech of a […]

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The golden fruit of Ecuador – Papaya

14 September 2014

  When you move to a new country and try to sell a product to the locals, there are two ways to do things. The right way. And the wrong way. Especially when it comes to food. The wrong way, at least if you dont have a multi-million dollar marketing budget, is imposing your “superior” […]

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Are $100 bills worthless in Ecuador?

12 August 2014

I see it everyday. Folks arrive in Ecuador with stacks of $100 dollar bills only to be surprised NO ONE will take them. Why? Well, for many years Ecuador has had a problem with fake $100 bills floating down from Colombia. So most merchants are afraid to accept them. Also, almost no one has change […]

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Is Chicken farming in Ecuador really that profitable?

18 July 2014

Ecuador is closing its borders. To many imported products that is. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but it is what it is. Like it or not, with policies like this there are always a few “winners” and often a lot of “losers” (like the end consumer who now has to pay more for inferior […]

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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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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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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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