My top 3 cheap side-trips from Ecuador everyone should take

South America is a BIG continent.

And not many budget airlines yet more are coming.

But there are interesting side-trips you can take while living in Ecuador… I suggest starting with these three!

1. San Andres Island (Colombia).  This picturesque Caribbean island off the coast of Honduras is actually a part of Colombia, yet most don´t realize it if they´ve even heard of the place.  Yet it costs just $69 roundtrip to get there from Bogota!  And now with the Colombian budget airline Wingo flying to Quito you can get roundtrip to Bogota for around $230 if you buy at least a month or so in advance. A must-see!  Try Google Flights to find.

2. Summer skiing in Chile.  The ski season in Chile is July through September.  And most don´t realize you can actually get to the resorts quite quickly from the capital Santiago.  And you can get to Santiago for around $300 round-trip if bought in advance from Guayaquil (Ecuador). Try Google Flights or Kayak.com.

3. El Salvador/Nicaragua/Costa Rica.  There is a little-known, new, cheap round-trip flight for $232 with Avianca from Quito to El Salvador.  From there you could discover the El Salvador coastline or drift up by land to Guatemala for a few days or catch a cheap flight to Nicaragua or Costa Rica via Kayak.com. I´ve seen one way flights for around $60 from El Salvador to Nica.

There you have it! A few interesting side trips to get you started once living in Ecuador.  More to come.

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The deal-breaker: Why my brother would NEVER move to Ecuador

Recently, one of my brothers who lives on the west side of Cleveland recently came to visit me on an extended trip to Ecuador.

Towards the end of his stay I asked him if he would ever consider living in Ecuador?

He said “no”.

Naturally, I asked “why?”

He said not being able to flush the toilet paper after wiping is a total dealbreaker for him.

Fair enough. Deal-breakers can be very simple things.

I agree that aspect of living here is annoying.

Yet all the while some gringos think it´s just a false belief and actually you can flush it, you´re wrong, in almost all places in Ecuador you really can´t or you could have major problems soon.

I know I´m going to get a million emails now saying why don-t I use a bidet. Man, whatever.

But I´d still choose Ecuador for the weather, costs of living, food, people, language, business opportunity and much more.

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How to avoid pricey roaming and keep in touch free with North America from Ecuador

Keeping in touch from abroad for extended periods of time can get costly.

Here’s how I’d do it.

I’d completely take your USA sim card out of your phone, or if not possible buy a second unlocked phone you can use when abroad and leave the USA one home.

Then, buy an Ecuadorian SIM to get you on the local network here and just go prepaid as you go.

And then to stay in touch with North America download the app I use and love …

TalkaTone.  

It’s free and instantly gives you a USA number people can call you at and the app also allows you to call USA and Canada numbers free as well. If you don’t answer you can activate the voicemail to email option also free.

It’s nice answering right from your cell phone and not a computer or phone attached to a router (like with Magic Jack).

Or having to keep up with annual fees like with Magic Jack or Vonage.

But you do have to be connected to the Internet, the faster the better for better call quality. I’ve found the call quality quite good though.

Once you have an Ecuadorian SIM you can buy DATA packages to stay connected just like you can buy minutes.

Now there’s no excuse to not stay connected.

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